The famous Big Buddha can be found on the north coast of Koh Samui. It’s Samui’s best known landmark and can be seen from several kilometres away. Inside the surrounding temple there are many different shrines and other smaller ornate Buddhas. There is also a small market selling a range of lucky charms and souvenirs as well as a number of food stalls.
The temple is about 3km north of Samui International Airport, 3km east of Bo Phut Beach and 7.5km away from Chaweng Beach. The temple is open to visitors all day, but for those hoping to catch a true cultural experience it’s best to go in the early morning, when local people bring their food and other offerings and the monks do their morning chanting. Since this is a sacred place, visitors are advised to dress politely. Be sure to wear shirts or scarves that cover the shoulders, trousers or long shorts, and no beachwear.