Bangrak Beach translates as place of love or Big Buddha Beach as it is known locally is ideally located within close proximity to both Samui Airport and Chaweng Beach.

The palm fringed beach with its’ white powder sand and blue waters is also the best place to catch a ferry or speedboat over to Samui’s neighbouring islands Koh Phangan and Koh Tao or to explore the Angthong National Marine Park.

There is also a wide range of accommodation from budget hostels, mid-price hotels and fully serviced 5 star beachfront luxury villa samui with live-in staff and your own private chef.

The beach is good for all year round swimming even at low tide and also due to the protected bay you rarely experience strong tides or currents so ideal for kids.

The landmark that dominates this beach hence the name is the large 12 metre high statue of a sitting Buddha at the western end at Big Buddha Temple or Wat Phra Yai.


It was built in 1972 and the temple is actually on a small island Koh Fam which can be reached by a bridge. A stairway flanked by the mythological serpent called Naga leads up to the viewing platform, where you can see the huge image from up close. From the platform you will also have great views of the surrounding beaches and the island of Koh Pha Ngan to the North.

In the temple grounds there are a number of souvenir shops as well as shops selling cold drinks and food you can even have your fortune told.

If you want to be close to both Chaweng Beach and Bophut Fisherman’s Village but away from the crowds Big Buddha Beach is an ideal location.