Laem Sor

Laem Sor - Koh Samui - Thailand

Laem Sor - Koh Samui - Thailand

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.

Map of villas in Laem Sor

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.

Nearby Activities 

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

Boat Trips 

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.

Laem Sor Beaches

Laem Sor Beach

South - A very quiet unspoiled sandy palm fringed beach protected by a coral reef so swimming is not possible at certain times due to the low tide but opens up to a wide expanse of sand for other activities. The beach is rockier towards the western end.

Watersports and Sea Tours

Water ski

The busier beaches of Chaweng and Lamai will have speed boats offering the traditional water ski trips and lessons and some will also offer wakeboarding, paragliding and banana boat rides.

Windsurf and Paddleboard

Windsurfing and Paddleboard rental is available on Lamai beach as well as lessons for both kiddies and adults. Maenam beach also a windsurfing facility as well as other sail boats.


Kayaks can be hired on most of the beaches around Koh Samui either through hotels or concessions for paddling around locally.

Diving and Snorkelling

Koh Samui does not have much in the way of coral and therefore very little marine life. Many dive companies operate diving and snorkeling trips to other dive sites as well as PADI dive courses.

Deep Sea Fishing Trips

The waters surrounding Koh Samui are teaming with fish and there are many day or night-time game fishing tours available, catering for beginners and experts with all equipment provided.

Sight Seeing Boat Trips

One of the most popular is to the stunning islands of the Angthong National Marine Park Optional snorkelling and kayaking is usually available with equipment provided and lunch. A private speedboat trip around Koh Samui's coast exploring secret beaches is another option.


Kiteboarding is availabel on Koh Samui at two locations at different times of the year on the south and west coasts when the water is shallow and has ideal conditons


An adventrure playground for  great day out for the family with fun for kids of all ages and the adults! Swimming pools, waterslides, boating, bungee trapeezing, mini go karts, mini golf course, tree to tree rope bridge course (2 levels), inflatable bouncey castle.

Sailing Charters

A great way to see the coastline of Koh Samui for a few hours or have an overnight stay visiting other islands is to charter a sailing boat. Different size boats all for a romantic sunset cruise for two or to have fun with a large group of family or friends.

Other Activities

Namuang Safari Park

Tours include 20min ATV Quad bikes fun , elephant trekking and show and a cable ride which includes one ride for 6 - 11yearolds.

Go Karts

There are three Go Kart tracks now on Koh Samui and provides a fun time for all the family. There are both single and double karts should you wish to drive wth younger kids.

Football Golf

Get family and friends playing, laughing and enjoying this fun game of kicking the football into 18 holes on a tropical course with a cold drink provided.

Muay Thai Boxing

The national sport of Thailand with venues to spectate or partake in professional Muay Thai are found in Chaweng and Lamai.


There is a PGA International championship 18 hole par 72 golf course and two 9 hole courses all with stunning views. There are also two driving ranges.

Temple Visits

There are many temples in and around Koh Samui representing the history and the different cultures of the Thai residents all well worth a visit some of which have amazing views.


There is ample souvenir and fashion shopping in the popular coastal towns with Koh Samui’s biggest shopping "mall" Central Festival located right in the centre of Chaweng. There are also the "Walking Street" markets in different places every night of the week

Walking Street Markets

There is a "walking Street" market in one of the towns and villages on everyday of the week - the most popular being the "Od Fisheman's Village" at Bophut which takes place on a Friday night from around 4pm until 10 - 11pm.

4 W/D Jeep Jungle Tour and Waterfall

Enjoy an exhilarating trip on the back of a jeep through Koh Samui's jungle and across rivers reaching the highest point on the island experiencing amazing view.

Cinema and Ten Pin Bowling

There is just one cinema at the present time located at the Tesco Lotus Supermarket and shopping mall alongside a small bowling alley. Another bowling alley is located in the centre of Chaweng.

Thai Cookery School

SITCA is the original Thai cookery school on Koh Samui based in Chaweng and has both morning and afternoon sessions to learn all about the ingredients and preparation. The manager of your luxury Koh Samui villa will be able to assist with recommending other cookery schools nearby.


Nearby Dining

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.


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