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Bophut 84320, Thailand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very interesting place to go. We were blessed by one of the monks which we found was very spiritual. Lots of tat shops around it but once you climb to the top the view was stunning. A must see if you are in Ko Samui.

Thank Jackie P
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Buddha looks good from a distance but on closer inspection it felt very Disneyfied. The dress code was more relaxed than at sacred sites in Bangkok with shorts being allowed but bare shoulders needed to be covered. There is a touristy market of sorts...More

Thank morleyterrier
Reviewed 3 days ago

A very calm and mesmerising place. They have attire restriction and they provide you with shawls, robes etc. to make you feel comfortable!

Thank Prattyush N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice to see a lot of work going on shops underneath that had trinkets and devotional purchases. Worth a visit.

Thank dunlor
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Having rented bikes on Chaweng Beach we made the nice trip up to see the big Buddha. Very pretty surroundings, some lovely little shops and places to eat around too.

Thank James W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The big Buddha is a must see in Ko Samui. Ring the bell and pray for who you love. There is also a beautiful view from the top.

Thank lulup86
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ive been travelling to Ko Samui for years yet, until now, never taken the time to visit the Big Buddha. So glad i did. It's quite an impressive and tranquil spot once you've climbed those steps (not that many). If you time it right you...More

Thank MartyD63
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Buddha is beautiful, and the views from the temple well worth the climb up the stairs. Locals are more likely to visit in the morning, and it seems busiest mid-morning when the tours come in.

Thank Judy12343
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always so peaceful and relaxing! Lots of shops and snack areas to explore. There was a monk offering blessings for a small donation. Just a beautiful! They were doing a bit of restorations while we were there, but still a beautiful sight.

Thank Heather W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The big buddha is impressive to see. Once you've climbed the stairs, you'll notice that there is also a beautiful view over the sea on one side. On the other side there are a few little buddha's in between the woods accompanied by litter (soda...More

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1 December 2017|
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Response from missinnocent91 | Reviewed this property |
Hey Yea there are taxis outside the temple itself and just ask for it to be on the meter you will probably pay about 250 baht on the meter to Chaweng beach!
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1 April 2017|
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Response from Trishnjarrod | Reviewed this property |
Not that I seen
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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