Bang Rak Beach (Big Buddha Beach)
Bang 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 from Koh Phangan:
Boats from Haad Rin on Koh Phangan arrive on Koh Samui at Bang Rak Beach
The calm and scenic bay that has maintained its original island character.
It seems a million miles from the hustle, bustle and nightlife of Chaweng and Lamai.
Small crafts are moored directly in front of the sand
A wide half moon circle of sand and a calm sea, which can become quite shallow during low tide.
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.
Swaying palm trees like a post card picture
View across Bang Rak Bay
Fishing vessels preparing for a new catch
Bang Rak's proximity to Koh Samui Airport makes Big Buddha Beach very convenient if you’re flying in.
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.
View from the sea towards the Big Buddha statue