village in Bo Phut subdistrict, Ko Samui district, Surat Thani province, Thailand

Bang Rak is in Ko Samui and is known for its Big Buddha statue. Due to its proximity, the area is commonly referred to as "Big Buddha Beach."

Big Buddha as seen from Bang Rak beach

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Bang Rak is close to Ko Samui International Airport. In addition, Bang Rak is home to Bang Rak Pier, commonly known as Big Buddha Pier. Ferries depart from here to Ko Pha-ngan, Ko Tao and Surat Thani. As such, Bang Rak makes a convenient stop-over if transiting between the airport and ferries.

Bang Rak is not one of Samui's better beaches for beach activities like swimming or sunbathing. It is a very busy place as ferries depart from near here to Ko Pha Ngan and Bang Rak lies under the airport flight path.

  • Antica Locanda, +66 77 245163. 13:00-23:00. Some of the best Italian cuisine on Samui. Very reasonably priced.
  • Shambala. Food at great prices, well established. Cooking without MSG. Large selection of curries.
  • Tam Thai. Great Thai food at Thai prices.







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