The southern coast of Ko Samui has a few small beaches. Although the area is not very popular to tourists, it provides a spectacular view of the sea with islands lying on the horizon. The place is quiet and not as well developed as other beaches around the island. In some parts, the beach is rocky and not a good place for swimming. However, the southern coast holds what is probably the most beautiful setting in Ko Samui – the Laem Sor Temple.
This temple rarely gets a visit from tourists, perhaps because of its location or perhaps because not many people know of its existence. Sitting on the beach, the chedi is indeed a beautiful sight. The untouched beach with its rocky coastline adds to the temple’s charm. The chedi is a bit old. Years ago, as an effort to restore it, it was covered on the outside with tiles resembling the color of mustard. The effect was wonderful: if viewed from a distance on a bright sunny day, the chedi actually looks like gold.
The surrounding areas of Laem Sor Temple provide the best place to relax and retreat into your thoughts. Both sides of the temple are bordered by a peaceful man-made lagoon. Beside the temple lies a patch of meditation forest with sitting areas and a few tables distributed over the place. It is the perfect spot for those times when you want to be alone to do some personal reflection. Families can also go here to enjoy a day of picnic away from the crowded beaches.
Laem Sor Temple and its vicinity are generally quiet except during festivals. On festival celebrations, monks and locals who come to pay respect to the temple visit the place and fill the air with a joyful atmosphere. When the festivals are over, the place reverts back to its tranquil state.
This area of the southern coast of Ko Samui is not developed, as can be observed by the absence of resorts and hotels. Years ago, a bunch of bungalows served as accommodations for tourists, but the business eventually closed down. Now, there are just a few private homes near the pagoda.
Unlike Laem Sor, Laem Set, which is also along the southern coastline of the island, has a few high-end resorts, hotels, and spas. Although the coastline is shallow and not suitable for swimming, tourists are attracted to the unspoilt beauty of Laem Set. You will love the huge boulders set against soft white sand and the coconut trees growing at impossible angles to the ground. If you decide to stay in Laem Set and you want a taste of some Ko Samui shopping or nightlife, you will need to drive over to Chaweng, which is 40 minutes away, or to Lamai, which is just 20 minutes away.
Laem Sor Temple and its surrounding environment combine nature’s beauty with spirituality. With its picturesque charm, it is the ideal getaway for those who want an escape from a noisy and busy environment.