Bang Rak Beach
Bang Rak is home to Wat Phra Yai where the iconic 12 meter golden Buddha or 'Big Buddha' is found. Along with the temple in Plai Laem Wat Phra Yai is a 'must visit' if you are interested in Thai culture. Around Wat Phra Yai there are a few restaurants and a ferry pier with services to Koh Phangan.
Bang Rak beach is in a small and sheltered cove. It is a beach that alternates between sand and rock pools. Bang Rak beach is about 3 km long. It is narrow in parts as the coastal road comes close to the beach. There are few trees to give natural shade. The sea at Bang Rak is usually calm. It gets deep gradually and has no undercurrents so it is a suitable beach for children.
The beach is lined with cafes, restaurants and resorts. Many of the locally owned restaurants at Bang Rak sell great Thai food at reasonable prices.
The accommodation at Bang Rak ranges from cheap bungalows to luxury villas. Bang Rak is a good place to look for a room if you arrive on Koh Samui during the high season and you haven't made a booking in advance.
Bang Rak has plenty of bars, resaurants and shops. There are girly bars and sports bars. Around the pier there is a new shopping complex with shops and cafes. Nearby is Bang Rak fish and fruit market. Bang Rak has a 7-11 convenience store, ATMs and travel agents.
Bang Rak beach is ideally placed just a few kilometers away from Chaweng, Samui Airport and Bophut. There are also plenty of boats leaving from the area to Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Nang Yuan.
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