This 2-mile (3-km) stretch of beach gets its name from the 12-ft- (4-m-) tall statue that watches over it from the east. The temple here is a pilgrimage site, but most visitors come for the sand, sea, and nightlife. Big Buddha Beach slips down into clear, protected waters and is backed by low palms and hotels, restaurants, and bars, which come alive at night.
Wat Phra Yai, known in English as the Big Buddha Temple, is a Buddhist temple on Ko Phan, a small island offshore from the northeastern area of Ko Samui, Thailand, connected to that island by a short causeway 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) north of Samui International Airport. As its name indicates, it is home to a giant, 12-metre-high (39-foot) gold-painted Buddha statue. Since being built in 1972, it has become one of Ko Samui’s main tourist attractions and a major landmark. Wikipedia
Ko Samui is an island off the east coast of Thailand. Geographically in the Chumphon Archipelago, it is part of Surat Thani Province, though as of 2012, Ko Samui was granted municipal status and thus is now locally self-governing. Ko Samui, with an area of 228.7 square kilometres (88.3 sq mi), is Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket.In 2018, it was visited by 2.7 million tourists. Wikipedia