This location is in the popuar north east of Koh Samui and is bordered at one end by the 12 metre high golden Big Buddha statue as part of the Wat Phra Yai temple. Next to the temple is a fresh food market and at certain times of the day you will see the long boat fiisherman dropping off their catch.
The location of Big Buddha is well known for the hub of boating activity with a number of piers servicing the tour boats for sightseeing the neighbouring islands or snorkelling and diving trips. There are also regular ferry and speedboat trips over to the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan being especially busy during the time of the full moon parties held there.
The village of Bangrak dominates this area where many expat residents have made their home and offers the usual amenities of a small town such as banks, pharmacies, convenenience stores, restaurants sports bars and the usual array of food stalls, laundry services and massage shops.
The beach that borders the village is known as Big Buddha beach and due to the lack of hotels and commercial activity in certain places it has retained it's charm boordered with small rustic resorts and a small number of luxury holiday villa rentals.
The beach runs very close to the road that runs through Bang Rak village and the reason why there is not room for large hotels. The small bungalow resorts that are on beachside however do have restaurants offering stunning views and serving both Thai and International cuisine
A quality restaurant accommodated in a lovingly renovated 60 year old beachfront property and run by a top chef who has worked in 5 star hotels in various countries and has had the privilege to cook for royalty and many celebrities.
The restaurant seats 25 with amazing views and has an extensive menu of international cuisine as well as Thai favourites.
This restaurant is on the opposite side of the beach road to the beach and is a very popular with both tourists and Koh Samui residents especially families.
Run by Stefano a long time resident of Koh Samui the restaurant offers all the Italian dishes from the kitchen including a pizza oven and uses ingredients flown in from his home country. A take away service is also offered
A small bungalow resort with swimming pool and a Big Buddha beachside restaurant and bar run by Dutch Owners John and Rik. Popular with locals for breakfast and "business" meetings in a relaxed and beautiful location.
Apart from an excellent english breakfast the restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine, homemade Italian style pizzas and a complete European menu inspired by French and Mediterranean cuisine.
A small beachside restaurant and bar in a beautiful location. Perfect for lunch and after to relax around the small pool on a sun lounger underneath a parasol or sit at the bar perched above the sand and enjoy the view. Specialises in seafood and has a vegetarian menu
There are a number of sports bars in the village including the The Premier Sports Bar and The Bamboo Bar
The Big Buddha area is an ideal place to stay if you are looking for a quiet white sand, palm fringe swimming beach, and stunning scenery with plenty of entertainment and restaurants in the vicinity wthin walking distance.
There are a number of popular luxury villas located on or near the beach ranging from a 3 bedroom beach villa to a 7 bedroom beachfront villa ideal for extended families, larger groups of friends and a perfect venue for weddings and special celebrations.
The different types of holiday villas available to rent in Koh Samui can be found below and in our villa collections page