Big Buddha Bo Put Surat Thani Thailand
Big Buddha Temple
Big Buddha temple sits majestically on a small rocky island off Koh Samui’s north-eastern corner. Known locally as Wat Phra Yai, its golden, 12-metre seated Buddha statue was built in 1972 and remains one of the island’s most popular attractions. Set on Koh Faan, Big Buddha temple is reached by a causeway that connects it to the main island. The Big Buddha can be seen at a distance of several kilometres and is often the first landmark people see when arriving to Samui by air.
The Big Buddha sits in the Mara posture, with the left hand’s palm up resting on the lap and the right hand facing down, the fingers hanging over the knee and grazing the ground. It depicts a time during Buddha’s journey to enlightenment where he successfully subdued the temptations and dangers thrust at him by the devil-figure Mara by meditating and remaining calm. The pose is a symbol of steadfastness, purity and enlightenment.
Bangrak Pier (Big Buddha Pier) Bo Put Surat Thani Thailand
Bangrak Pier, being toward the northeast of the island is also the closest ferry pier to the elegant Samui Airport, which makes some transfers really simple. Taxi fares to and from the airport are only going to be 200-300 THB. It's also the closest pier to the Samui's most reknown beaches, Chaweng and Lamai. The pier is a great departure point to the nearby Koh Phangan, famous for its "Full Moon Party" and Koh Tao, the amazing diver's paradise! Local facilities are good, and accommodation is going to be a little cheaper around here but still good.
209, Moo 2, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Central Festival Samui
Central Festival Samui describes itself as 'the most complete and largest lifestyle shopping complex in Samui’; with three storeys and around 90,000sqm of retail space, there couldn't be a better description for this huge shopping and dining mall, which is located between Chaweng's Beach Road and the nearby lake.
Centrally set in this prime east coast resort town of Samui Island, Central Festival Samui has completely changed the face of Chaweng. With four sections – Chaweng Port, Bird Cage, Fisherman Village, and Beach Town Market – this modern and trendy complex boasts some original architectural features with its central open-air atrium as well as a beautifully landscaped garden area complete with benches, a kid's playground and countless shops and restaurants.
Choengmon Beach, Bo Put Surat Thani Thailand
Most of the resorts attract an older, package tour crowd, predominantly from Germany and France. This is reflected in the food and entertainment on offer in many of the resorts' restaurants. So don't expect the Thai cuisine served to be too spicy and do expect traditional Thai dancing and numerous Filipino bands expertly playing covers of Western pop standards.
Fisherman's Village Plaza Bo Put Surat Thani Thailand
Fisherman’s Village Walking Street brings the quiet, sleepy town of Bophut to life every Friday from 17:00 to 23:00. It sees the narrow Beach Road and adjoining streets crammed with market stalls and shoppers from across Koh Samui, with a diverse range of wares available at very low prices.
Many of the stalls sell much the same items as you will find in markets throughout Thailand, including 100-baht T-shirts, simple jewellery, handbags, sunglasses, beer cosies, souvenirs, watches of questionable mechanical soundness, branded clothes of dubious manufacture and electrical goods of suspicious provenance. As with all market shopping in Thailand, a certain amount of judgement and measured expectations is necessary when selecting your purchases.
Hinta Hinyai, Maret Surat Thani Thailand
Hin Ta and Hin Yai, some fascinating rock formations on Koh Samui’s south coast, have been a source of mirth and wonder on the island since they were discovered by the locals many years ago. Art often imitates Nature, but less common is Nature imitating Art, especially the Art of the Ribald. But in Thailand anything is possible and these rocks, known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai), look, respectively, like male and female genitalia.
Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Welcome to Samui Airport. There are many airports in picturesque exotic locations around the world, but Samui airport holds the crown as the most beautiful and the best designed in tune with its gorgeous natural surroundings.
Wat Plai Laem Ko Samui Thailand
Wat Plai Laem is a living and active temple, where devotees come daily to pay homage to Guanyin and the Buddha, who is also depicted in a number of statues and murals around the temple. This is a relatively new temple but the art techniques used in its creation are centuries-old and based on ancient beliefs. Adding to its feel of tranquillity, the temple is surrounded by a lake, which is teeming with fish. Visitors who make a donation to the temple are given a bag of food to feed the fish.