Bang Rak Beach, also known as the Big Buddha Beach, is one of Koh Samui’s most popular areas. The nickname of Big Buddha Beach came from the sight of the massive Buddha statue, which is visible from the eastern end of the beach.
Thanks to its proximity to Chaweng Beach, as well as the airport, it makes for a convenient beach destination for travellers looking to explore the islands or attend the famous full moon parties.
Bang Rak Beach, Restaurants, Clubs, Cafes & Nightlife Map, Koh Samui
The main road has seen significant improvement over the last few years. It is now dotted by several tourist establishments including supermarkets, dive shops, as well as bars. The variety of nightlife available has also improved, and travellers now have much more choices.
In the beginning, Bang Rak beach used to be filled with backpackers. Today, there are now more families as well as small tour groups who enjoy the quiet beach. Getting around is easy; taxis are all over, but you can also rent a scooter for your convenience.
On the northern part of the beach, you can see the Wat Phra Yai, which is where the majestic Big Buddha is also found. The statue is the most popular attraction on the island, standing 12 meters high and sitting on top of a staircase adorned with dragons. It’s also one of the best spots on the island to enjoy spectacular panoramic views, so don’t forget to bring your camera.
Around the temple, you’ll find a handful of art and jewellery shops, most of which specialise in handmade silver products.