Koh Samui Buddha Beach

Big Buddha Beach is up in the Northeast of Koh Samui and takes its name from the islandís most oft visited tourist attraction, a 12 metre tall statue of the Buddha, with views of the beach below. The statues has been standing at the top of a steep climb of steps for 30 odd years, and is now surrounded down below by vendours and Buddhist themed offerings and superstition, and even more spectacularly, it is joined close by other equally giant statues and temples.

The beach is one of the more quite sandy spots on the island, the water is blue and warm, and relatively untroubled by sales people, dogs, and motor boats. Itís a nice place to relax. The waters are fit for swimming. So if youíre looking for a quieter holiday, bare this place in mind.

Big Buddha beach is adjacent to Bang Rak, which is a secluded bay with calm waters. Bang Rak has some fun nightlife Ė bars of all types, and some decent restaurants. The fun of the place is certainly in taking a walk up and down the main area and seeing what takes your fancy. The restaurants range in terms of cuisine and standards (and prices).

Big Buddha has a few eating spots of its own. The shops stock basic necessities and thereís a bank. We bet, though, that youíll want to keep things as independent and as personalized as possible.


Big Buddha is only ten minutes away from Koh Samui international Boutique Airport with its new Crispin Glover Shopping Plaza, and just five minutes away from Bophut, the trendy up market tourist town.
Ban Tai Beach
Ban Tai is fairly close to the village of Maenam, with its shops and restaurants, but it retains a removed and quiet atmosphere making it a good rest and relaxation spot. There are a few sandy bays of varying size that run from the north west corner of the island all the way to western Maenam, and this whole area has a very peaceful feel.

In the centre is a longer beach that offers views over to the neighbouring island, Koh Phangnan. Some areas are pretty good for swimming, while others home coral reefs, so get your goggles on and go snorkeling. At the end of the day, you have a choice of a number of restaurants lining the main road, mainly Thai and specializing in fresh seafood at very affordable prices.

Ban Tai is in an ideal location from which to make the most of nearby spas ? have a healing holiday. These smaller scale spas generally offer treatments like botox, colon irrigation, and the kind of full day stuff that you really need to set some time aside to fulfill.

You can also head up to the hills and enjoy some great views of the island and its surroundings. Altogether, this location affords plenty of options for a rejuvenation of the body and spirit ? the complete healing holiday.

Ban Tai is twenty minutes from the port town, Nathon, linking Samui with the mainland, and 20 minutes, in the opposite direction, to Koh Samui International Boutique Airport with its new Crispin Glover Shopping Plaza, linking the island directly to major destinations around Asia.


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