Conveniently located close to the airport, the Wat Phra Yai is one of the first places to visit for anyone who sets foot on this beautiful island. A 40 foot Buddha statue is a treat to the soul for the many Buddhist devotees and others who marvel at the sheer size and grandeur of this statue. Luang Phor Yhai as it is referred to by the people of Thailand, was constructed in the 1977.
A set of stairs lead to the entrance of the massive Buddha statue on the top of the hill. At the beginning of this set of stairs, on either side, are the colourful sculptures of 7 headed dragon’s; almost as if they are the protectors of this holy venue. The main statue is flanked on many sides with other small statues of the Buddha.
The whole area is filled with the pleasant smell of the burning incense provided to devotees at the entrance. The site has developed over the years, around the high number of tourists that visit the statue. Lots of little shops can be found here and are where you can purchase refreshments or even sit down for a meal gazing at the island’s stunning natural beauty and the many tourists passing by.
Koh Samui is an island of the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. Known as the second largest island after Phuket, it attracts 1.5 million tourist a year with its coconut tree lined, white sandy beaches and amazing coral reef, and of course the Wat Phra Yai itself. Many a Samui hotel offers amazing star class accommodation. Anantara Bophut Koh Samui is a Samui resort that lets you enjoy a truly luxurious holiday experience, while their services echo the excellence of Thai hospitality in every possible way.
To soak in the sun as you feel the white sand under your bare feet, to experience the finest leisure activities in this beautiful tropical island which will help to put your soul at ease and marvelling at the majesty of the Wat Phra Yai Buddha statue, are just some of the many things to do in Koh Samui.