Bang Rak Beach

Bang Rak Beach (Big Buddha Beach)

View from Bang Rak across Big Buddha BayBang Rak Beach is located at the northern shore of Koh Samui, between Bophut Beach and Choeng Mon Beach. The place is well known for a tall, golden Buddha statue, which is very visible from a far distance.

The resorts at Bang Rak are well-spaced and laid-back beach-side bungalow or villa accommodations attracting families, couples and singles alike. Prices are very reasonable and there are many places for a party, such as the Secret Garden with its weekly festivals. Bang Rak also has a great number of fine dining options with Thai and international cuisine.

White sand beach fringed with coconut trees. The tranquility of the beach and the calmness of the sea here make Bang Rak Beach a great pleasure for every visitor. It offers privacy and amusement as well. A good choice of accommodations, restaurants and shops are available along this beach.

Arrival at Bang Rak by boat from Koh PhanganArrival from Koh Phangan:
Boats from Haad Rin on Koh Phangan arrive on Koh Samui at Bang Rak Beach

original island beach character

The calm and scenic bay that has maintained its original island character.

Sandy beaches of Bang Rak Bay

It seems a million miles from the hustle, bustle and nightlife of Chaweng and Lamai.

Boat mooring at the beach

Small crafts are moored directly in front of the sand

Half moon shaped bay of Bang Rak Koh Samui

A wide half moon circle of sand and a calm sea, which can become quite shallow during low tide.

Calm seas at Bang Rak Beach

Bang Rak Bay is protected by headlands at both ends and the water is calm and shallow, making it a good and safe place for swimming.

Palm fringed sandy beach

Swaying palm trees like a post card picture

Scenic views

View across Bang Rak Bay

Fishing boats moored inside Bang Rak Bay

Fishing vessels preparing for a new catch

Bang Rak Beach is near Koh Samui's Airport

Bang Rak's proximity to Koh Samui Airport makes Big Buddha Beach very convenient if you’re flying in.

The islet Koh Farn with Wat Phra Yai, the Big Buddha temple

Big Buddha Beach takes its name from the twelve meter tall statue sitting out on an islet 'Koh Farn' which can be reached by causeway. It is part of the Big Buddha temple ' Wat Phra Yai', a focal point of the area. Bang Rak has a nice village character with plenty of little shops and restaurants around the temple and along the shoreline. The beach itself is quiet and peaceful and the waters are calm.

Big Buddha statue seen from a boat

View from the sea towards the Big Buddha statue


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