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Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai) Tours

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Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)
Apart from the beaches, Koh Samui’s most distinctive attraction is the golden Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai) visible above the red-tiled rooftops on the island’s north coast. The 40-foot (12-meter) Buddha statue can be seen from several miles away—even from a plane—and the site is an active place of worship.

The Basics
Built in 1972, the statue is visited by both Buddhist devotees and tourists. Worshippers light incense and make offerings, as visitors observe these religious rituals. The temple, souvenir shops, and food stalls and restaurants are clustered at the base of the statue, with ceremonial stairs leading to the top for terrific island views. And Big Buddha Beach (Bang Rak) is nearby, with more places to eat and shop.

Guided sightseeing tours of Koh Samui typically stop by the Big Buddha Temple. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • As the Big Buddha Temple is a religious site, cover your shoulders and knees before visiting. Monks turn away tourists who aren’t dressed properly.
  • To greet or thank a monk, offer them a prayerlike hand gesture with a slight bow—known as a higher wai.
  • If you’re going in the afternoon, take socks (ones with grippy bottoms are best) to protect your feet from the hot stairs.

How to Get There
Near the airport, on Koh Samui’s northeast coast, the Big Buddha Temple sits on a hill at the end of a causeway at the eastern end of Big Buddha Beach. Guided tours normally include round-trip transportation from your hotel. Koh Samui doesn’t have a public bus system, but songthaews (inexpensive makeshift buses) run along somewhat nebulous routes. Or, take a taxi.

When to Get There
Get there in the early morning to hear the monks chant and watch locals present their offerings—you’ll also beat the afternoon heat. If you don’t like crowds, avoid visiting during Thai festivals. Sunset is a great time to take in the golden views from the top.

The Importance of Buddha’s Mudras
Whether standing, sitting, reclining, or laughing, a Buddha statue reveals the most through its hand mudra. Koh Samui’s Big Buddha Temple depicts the earth-touching mudra (or bhumisparsha), which is a symbol of steadfastness, purity, and enlightenment. It is believed that the Buddha used this gesture after he successfully subdued the temptations presented by the demon Mara.
Address: Highway 4171, Hat Bang Rak 84140, Thailand
Admission: Free
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Top Sights of Samui City Tour

Top Sights of Samui City Tour

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Visit Koh Samui's most interesting sites with our certified guide! The top sights on the island can be explored in a day on this tour, you would know enough about cultural and history of this charming tropical island: • First, visit Big Buddha temple which is the most famous landmark. Reach by walking up by the steps to pay respect and take the spectacular view. • Next is Chinese Lady Monk, statue is surrounding by a pond. Visitors can feed the fish by donation. • Then, visit the spectacular panoramic views at the Lad Koh Viewpoint. • The Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks, This unusually rock with naturally creation. • Guan Yu Shrine, The biggest Chinese's god in Thailand. • Pay respect the mummified monk, real body in a sitting position and un-decomposed. • Stop at Namuang Waterfall before heading to Nathon Town, learn about local daily life. Samui local products can also be found here. Remark: For Cruise Ship's customer who travels less than 10 pax is not suitable with this program
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Private - 6 Hours Best of Samui City Tour including Lunch

Private - 6 Hours Best of Samui City Tour including Lunch

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Visit the top sights of Koh Samui with ease on a full-day tour with your own private guide. Travel in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle to important temples including Big Buddha Temple, Wat Plai Laem, and the temple with the mummified monk. Take in the spectacular scenery from Lad Koh viewpoint, see Namuang waterfall and the Grandmother-Grandfather rock formations, and have a Thai lunch at a beachside restaurant.
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Koh Samui Private Customized Tour with Driver

Koh Samui Private Customized Tour with Driver

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Treat your group to a private and personalized 4-hour, 6-hour, or 8-hour tour of Koh Samui. Your driver will make sure you see all the key attractions and sites. After that, you will be able to drive around at your own pace while seeing particular sites you want to see. service is ideal for the first time visitors or for that last minute shopping trip before catching a flight. Pickup to and from Cruise Terminal also avaiable
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Private Customized Tour with Driver in Koh Samui

Private Customized Tour with Driver in Koh Samui

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Make one day trip to explore the island with a stress-free by booking the private car with driver. You can select the visiting places and manage the time of each destination by yourself with no rush! The duration of the trip is flexible with 4-hour, 6-hour, and 8-hour, select one which is suitable for you. Our experience driver starts pick you up from the hotel or any starting point with smooth drive to visit the key places of Koh Samui or other places as your requirement. We also accept the pick up service for cruise's ship customers. • Recommend for first time visiting and want to see all the main sights of Koh Samui • Visit all the key places of Koh Samui, except some places are on the mountain. • Give your visiting lists and let us make a plan for you • Tour can start morning or afternoon to suite your lifestyle.
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Koh Samui Round Island Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the best of Koh Sumai with this Round Island sightseeing tour that hits all of the highlights. Explore this popular boutique island with your friendly local guide. Make stops at Grandpa and Grandma Rocks, the famous Big Buddha and NaMuang Waterfall, plus learn about the numerous beaches and resorts that dot the island.
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Koh Samui Jungle Safari Tour

Koh Samui Jungle Safari Tour

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Explore Koh Samui’s unique cultural and fantastic sites from the back of 4-wheel drive vehicle. You’ll be amazed by the rich forest of Koh Samui and its incredible natural resources. Visit some of the island’s iconic attractions including the Guan Yu Shrine, the Big Buddha, and more. Stop at rubber and coconut' plantations, see the local people show you how they do it. Enjoy Thai buffet lunch while gazing at the amazing views. Then, continue to Buddha Magic Garden where you can find a lot of Buddha statues. Heading up to the scenic viewpoint overlooking the south coast and passing fruit orchards till reach to the highest point and stop at Walking Buddha before back to the hotel. • Hop on an exciting offroad to explore the jungle on the mountain • Make great experience by visiting, learning, and enjoying the panoramic view from above. • Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch at mountain view’s restaurant • Valuable tour included round trip hotel pick up, lunch, all admission fees
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Private Group City Tour Around Koh Samui

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Private sightseeing tour exploring Koh Samui Island's most popular sightseeing places. Discover the best of this boutique island on a half-day tour that hits all of the most notable attractions of this wonderful island, provided with a knowledgeable and friendly local guide who will offer you plenty of history information & insight about each of attractions. • Visit the sensational panoramic Chaweng Beach and Thong Takhian Beach views at Lad Koh Viewpoint. • Pay homage to Guanyin and the Buddha at Wat Plai Laem. • Visit one of Koh Samui’s most impressive landmarks at Big Buddha Temple. • Marvel at one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world, the extraordinary rock formation, “Grandfather's Grandmother's Rocks” • Make merit with powerful Chinese shrine dedicated to Guan Yu at Guan Yu Shrine (Lamai) • Go for worship Loung Pordaeng at Khunaram Temple (Mummified monk temple). • Jump into the natural pool for refreshing yourself at this pristine Na Mueang Waterfall.
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Ko Samui City Tour with Wat Phra Yai, Lat Ko Viewpoint & Hin Ta Hin Yai Rock

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Uncover Ko Samui's unique cultural heritage and scenic natural surroundings on this half-day tour. Marvel at the Big Buddha temple, admire the sandy beaches from Laad Ko lookout, drop by the Grandmother and Grandfather rocks, and see the Mummified Monk. - Guided tour to glimpse natural wonders of Ko Samui - Chance to visit to unique rock formations—Hin Yai & Hin Ta - Opportunity to see preserved mummified monk at Wat Khunaram - Lush waterfalls of Na Muang & photos at Big Buddha Temple - Stroll up to panoramic Lad Koh viewpoint
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Ko Samui City Tour including Wat Phra Yai, Lat Ko Viewpoint, Hin Ta Hin Yai Rock

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Explore the highlights of Ko Samui in just a half day on this comprehensive tour, with all round-trip transportation included. You'll travel with a small group, which means personalized attention from your guide and plenty of time to ask questions. Stops include the viewpoint at Lad Koh, Big Buddha Temple, the Na Muang Waterfalls, the mummy at Wat Khunaram, and others.
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Ko Samui City Tour including Wat Phra Yai, Lat Ko Viewpoint, Hin Ta Hin Yai Rock

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Leave navigation to the experts and check off Koh Samui’s signature sights in just half a day on this guided door-to-door tour. Traveling in a group no larger than 15, see Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai), Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks (Hin Yai and Hin Ta), Wat Khunaram, with the Mummified Monk, and Na Muang Waterfall. Along the way, soak up island vistas from the Lad Koh View Point.
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Koh Samui Mountain Adventure Tour

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Koh Samui Island Tour by Boat

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- Hop on a boat and enjoy a tour of the beautiful islands of Ko Samui - Enjoy snorkeling in clear blue waters and see the lush marine life of Koh Tan! - Savor a sumptuous lunch after a day of fun-filled activities! - Cruise around the stunning Birds Nest Islands and enjoy a panoramic view - Travel stress-free with a round trip transfer from your hotel in Koh Samui
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Koh Samui Jungle Mountain Adventure Tour

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Full-Day Tour to Koh Samui Island by Boat with Lunch

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- Hop on a boat and enjoy a tour of the beautiful islands of Ko Samui - Enjoy snorkeling in clear blue waters and see the lush marine life of Koh Tan! - Savor a sumptuous lunch after a day of fun-filled activities! - Cruise around the stunning Birds Nest Islands and enjoy a panoramic view - Travel stress-free with a round trip transfer from your hotel in Koh Samui
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  • 8 hours
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City Tour Around Koh Samui

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City Tour Around Koh Samui explores all the main cultural attractions on the beautiful island of Koh Samui in a day. This Koh Samui city tour will allow you to see all the sights without taking the risk of getting lost on this amazing Thai island. If you are new to Koh Samui, this is a great way to get to see all the important attractions in a day. • Capture memories of Koh Samui's natural and you can have a great photo of the panoramic view of Chaweng beach shore. • Visit the famous Grand Mother & Grand Father rock, and you can have a look of the rocks that were being sculptured by nature itself. • Visit one of the hidden treasures of the island where you can personally see the Mummified Monk sited in the middle of the Khunaram Temple. • Have a quick dip ate the cold waters that fall down from the top of the Koh Samui forest and we will also take you to the local shopping spots for you to have a chance to buy some souvenirs.
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Private Driver with Customized Tour Itinerary Koh Samui 1 - 4 Persons

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  • 5 hours
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Private Tour with English Speaking Guide & Customized Itinerary 1 - 4 Persons

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Samui Explorer customised Itinerary tour, if perfect for those wanting to explore Koh Samui avoiding the tourist areas, off the beaten track, beaches, waterfall hiking, or exploring Temples. Whatever your desire Samui Explorer will build that perfect day around Koh Samui Island There is no set Itinerary, each tour is built especially for each customer Samui Explorers customised tours are unique, because we have the knowledge to build a tour which suits each customer, based on their wants and needs, and apply that to places to see or do around Koh Samui Our guides have excellent knowledge of Koh Samui and have been guides for lots of years with experience of working with nationalities around the globe Being British communication is easy, therefore your desires are fully understood and all things taking into account when building your perfect Itinerary
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Private Driver with Customized Itinerary around Koh Samui 5 - 10 Persons

Private Driver with Customized Itinerary around Koh Samui 5 - 10 Persons

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Samui Explorer customised Itinerary tour, if perfect for those wanting to explore Koh Samui avoiding the tourist areas, off the beaten track, beaches, waterfall hiking, or exploring Temples. Whatever your desire Samui Explorer will build that perfect day around Koh Samui Island There is no set Itinerary, each tour is built especially for each customer Samui Explorers customised tours are unique, because we have the knowledge to build a tour which suits each customer, based on their wants and needs, and apply that to places to see or do around Koh Samui Our drivers have excellent knowledge of Koh Samui and have been guides for lots of years with experience of working with nationalities around the globe Being British communication is easy, therefore your desires are fully understood and all things taking into account when building your perfect Itinerary
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Private Tour with English Speaking Guide & Customized Itinerary 5 - 9 Persons

Private Tour with English Speaking Guide & Customized Itinerary 5 - 9 Persons

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Samui Explorer customised Itinerary tour, if perfect for those wanting to explore Koh Samui avoiding the tourist areas, off the beaten track, beaches, waterfall hiking, or exploring Temples. Whatever your desire Samui Explorer will build that perfect day around Koh Samui Island There is no set Itinerary, each tour is built especially for each customer Samui Explorers customised tours are unique, because we have the knowledge to build a tour which suits each customer, based on their wants and needs, and apply that to places to see or do around Koh Samui Our guides have excellent knowledge of Koh Samui and have been guides for lots of years with experience of working with nationalities around the globe Being British communication is easy, therefore your desires are fully understood and all things taking into account when building your perfect Itinerary
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Full Day Ko Samui Island Boat Tour

Full Day Ko Samui Island Boat Tour

- Hop on a boat and enjoy a tour of the beautiful islands of Ko Samui - Enjoy snorkeling in clear blue waters and see the lush marine life of Koh Tan! - Savor a sumptuous lunch after a day of fun-filled activities! - Cruise around the stunning Birds Nest Islands and enjoy a panoramic view - Travel stress-free with a round trip transfer from your hotel in Koh Samui
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Full-Day Koh Samui Jungle Mountain Adventure Tour with Lunch

Full-Day Koh Samui Jungle Mountain Adventure Tour with Lunch

- Discover the highlights of Koh Samui on a full-day trip showing you all the famous spots - Visit temples and statues and witness the work day of locals on a rubber and coconut plantation - Enjoy the beautiful Namuang Waterfall and cool off in the pool or just relax next to the mighty water stream - Savor a delicious lunch and marvel at the great views of the island from a mountain top - Take a rugged ridge on a 4X4 army jeep - See the famous mummified monk who died in the sitting meditation position - Visit the iconic Grandmother and Grandfather rocks
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Ko Samui City Tour including Wat Phra Yai, Lat Ko Viewpoint, Hin Ta Hin Yai Rock

Ko Samui City Tour including Wat Phra Yai, Lat Ko Viewpoint, Hin Ta Hin Yai Rock

#Uncover Ko Samui's unique cultural heritage and scenic natural surroundings on this half-day tour. Marvel at the Big Buddha temple, admire the sandy beaches from Laad Ko lookout, drop by the Grandmother and Grandfather rocks, and see the Mummified Monk. - Guided tour to glimpse natural wonders of Ko Samui - Chance to visit to unique rock formations—Hin Yai & Hin Ta - Opportunity to see preserved mummified monk at Wat Khunaram - Lush waterfalls of Na Muang & photos at Big Buddha Temple - Stroll up to panoramic Lad Koh viewpoint
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Koh Samui Island Tour by Boat

Koh Samui Island Tour by Boat

- Hop on a boat and enjoy a tour of the beautiful islands of Ko Samui - Enjoy snorkeling in clear blue waters and see the lush marine life of Koh Tan! - Savor a sumptuous lunch after a day of fun-filled activities! - Cruise around the stunning Birds Nest Islands and enjoy a panoramic view - Travel stress-free with a round trip transfer from your hotel in Koh Samui
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Koh Samui Custom Sightseeing Tour with Private Guide

Koh Samui Custom Sightseeing Tour with Private Guide

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Our friendly & licensed guide will pick you up from your hotel or villa in an Air-Conditioned minivan (or other vehicles like an SUV or 4x4 truck if requested.) When you step into the vehicle you can share your ideas and interests so we customize the plan for the day. Gain local insight into Thai culture as you visit the island's top sights like the Big Buddha, Wat Plai Laem, Hin Tai & Hin Yai, see amazing scenery and more & beaches. Get recommendations on the best spots to eat for local cuisine or street food, learn about the island's history, and swim on white sandy beaches or in hidden jungle waterfalls. Please note that the tour can be personalized to your own interests and desires. If desired we can have a lunch stop at a local restaurant on the beach or at any restaurant type that you prefer. The cost of lunch is not included in the tour. We provide Coldwater, Onboard Wifi and refreshment towels along the way to ensure that you have a comfortable day of sightseeing.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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