Laem Sor is well known for being traditionally Thai and as it’s not over run with tourists.
Known for it's famous landmark the Golden Pagoda (Laem Sor Pagoda) it retains a sense of a time past, mirroring the early days of Koh Samui.
Away from busy roads and tourist enclaves of Samui’s other coastlines, here coconut plantations line quiet roads, Thai villagers smile as you pass by, Thai teak houses are dotted around the small village surrounded by plantations and palms and the unspoilt beach beckons.
The Laem Sor area is part of the district of Ban Khao located on the south coast of Koh Samui. Considered one of the peaceful and tropical areas of Koh Samui, Laem Sor beach is a great choice for those seeking a perfect getaway with family or group of friends in one of our multi bedroom luxury beachfront villas.
Ban Khao Bay stretches from the equally peaceful deep south area of Laem set to the headland of the southern most tip of Laem Sor beach to the west beyond which is the picturesque fishing village of Thong Krut.
The palm fringed unspoilt sandy Laem Sor beach is bordered by an increasing number of luxury villas together with a scattering of local beach bars, bungalow resorts and a popular yoga retreat.
There is a very low tide during the summer months and the sea retreats 100's of meters out when kite surfers and other activities on the sand and in the shallow waters take over.
Laem Sor Pagoda
The main attraction here is Wat Laem Sor, part of which is a golden looking Pagoda perched on the waters edge at the headland at the the west end of Laem Sor beach. Next to this Chedi which was built many years ago is a 'meditation' forest, where there are also some seats and tables should you wish to stay a while and enjoy the stunning views over to the neighbouring islands of Koh Tan and Koh Matsum and even have a picnic. On Buddhist holy days, monks and lay people will fill the area with a festival atmosphere.
Next to this is a boathouse where model boats are placed to thank the monk who built the pagoda, for granting their wishes. A visitor centre is here to provide further information.
Prior to the existence of Pagoda Laem Sor, a snow white stupa known as Khao Chedi was erected over 100 years ago and sits on top of a steep hill above Ban Khao bay surrounded by various statues of Buddha. The view over the bay and the islands and mainland beyond is an added bonus
The village of Thong Krut also offers boat trips by speed boat or longtail boat to the neighbouring island to the south of Koh Mudsam also known as Pig Island, which has proved a popular tour and tours are also available to teh famous Five Islands. There is plenty of other water sports easily arranged from boat excursions to snorkelling trips and deep sea fishing trips.
The Wang Sao Thong and Na Mueang waterfalls are great for a dip in cool crystal waters.
If you can tear yourself away from the delicious meals your private chef will present to you, the nearest diining options can be found 5 minuites drive away in the neighbouring village of Thong Krut and we have provided some suggestions below. 15 minutes away you will find more upmarket dining on the west and north coasts coasts and at the hotel restaurants in the nearest town of Lamai.
Nuch's Green Talay Restaurant
One of the top rated restaurants on Koh Samui located within the inner Thong Krut village. Set in a clean peaceful garden setting, with the front decks surrounded by fragrant delivering excellent authentic Thai cuisine
The Beach Restaurant
Located at the end of the road bordering the coast and set in a large plot with tables on the lawn at the waters edge. Great place for a refreshing drink on a stop off on your tour round Koh Samui with plenty of room to park.
TK Tour Restaurant
This is one of the rustic Thai syle restaurants located in the centre of the bay and serves delicious Thai cuisine inside and on the beach. TK Tour is better known for being TK Tour Operator as they have been operating boat tours on Koh Samui for many years. To encourage you to stay a whiles and enjoy the scenery hey have su loungers on the beach in front of the restaurant.
The Hideaway Pub
Located in the eastern end of the waterside strip is the Hideaway owned by Peter fromthe UK. Popular with the ex pats it is open from noon to 6pm every day except Saturday and serves both Thai dishes and western favourites including baked potatoes with a western style BBQ on a Friday night. Sunday lunches are popular but are not served during the busy high season. Tables are limited and booking is recommended.
Boys Coffee Shop
Not an eatery but worth mentioning is this delightful coffee shop located right opposite the 7/11 in the village. Boy is from Chiang Mai and but has lived in Koh Samui for 10 years opening his organic coffee shop 4 years ago. The coffee and tea he brews in the shop is purely organic which he sources from the highlands back where he was brought up in Chiang Mai. The little coffee place was easily missed previously being just a small shop with limited seating however his fame on trip advisor with positive comments has led to travellers seeking him out to stop and enjoy a cup of organic coffee and tea.
There is also a small bungalow resort which has a pizzaria restaurant on the beach.