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Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)

Route 4171, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
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Route 4171, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Worth a visit but not that big of a Buddha if you have visited Big Buddhas elsewhere. There was renovation work happening (hammering, drilling) so not a very relaxing visit with the noise.

Thank DonnaL0810
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

This temple was well positioned and worth a quick visit. We were blessed by a Buddhist monk, albeit perfunctorily and the views of the surrounding bays are quite pretty.

Thank Michelle T
Reviewed 29 July 2016

This temple is a visual feast. There are some market stalls set up and you get the usual tourist stuff, but the temple and Buddha statues are amazing, so worth the trip, and fantastic if you're a keen photographer. Make sure to dress respectfully though...More

Thank Toni L
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

The place tourist view as touristic and local use it for prayer or ceremony, the monks over there dislike tourist that are uncovered as its a spiritual place for the tai people. The Buddah is quite massive and so many stairs good to see if...More

Thank HebaElmenabawy1
Reviewed 28 July 2016

must visit!!! it's a nice tourist destination... lovely people... it's really nice getaway... if you love nature... THAILAND is a must especially the islands.

Thank Minnie G
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

I visited this with my family including my 2 teenagers. We were all disappointed by our experience for several reasons. The Big Buddha itself is beautiful and quite awe inspiring, however, our visit was very far from spiritual. I was loudly abused by a large...More

Thank louiseje44
Reviewed 28 July 2016

calm and peacefull must wear polite clothes chance to get alonetime with munk for blessing and good luck

Thank christerbjork
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is one of the most visited temples and everyone sees it when they are landing at Koh Samui,the temple is nice,but it is more a tourist attraction that a temple.It is always busy.There are many shops around the temple grounds and there are nice...More

Thank jonfeaver
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

The Big Buddha is a weird kind of experience for the traveller to Koh Samui. It's big, no doubt there. Does right what it says on the box. However there's no presence to it. It's just a big statue. There's no signs advising people to...More

Thank NewieDog
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Well worth a visit to view, would suggest you go under your own stem if possible so you can this temple and other key areas of interest around the island.

Thank Gazza_The_Skull
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Response from Mark B | Reviewed this property |
No it's all on its own
29 January 2017|
Response from Hans Christian T | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the severity of your illness. There is about 60 steps, a little more than half way up there is a platform. However the steps are not steeper than regular steps I know of. BR Hans Christian
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Response from Hans Christian T | Reviewed this property |
We went there in the morning (around 10 am) hired a taxi to first visit the big Buddha and then the Wat Plai Laem. At this time there was other tourist but it was not crawling with them. One thing to remember is that the... More
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