A holiday in Laem Sor, deep in the south of Koh Samui island, transports you to a magically quiet, unspoilt and peaceful oasis surrounded by coconut groves, grazing water buffaloes and a pristine palm-fringed beach offering mesmerising views of the neighbouring islands of Koh Tan and Koh Madsum. The wide sandy beach is protected by a coral reef, so swimming is not possible for most of the year, but a small bay nicknamed South Beach found at the western end, is more swimmable.
Although a laid-back area, there are still many things to do in Laem Sor. Waterfalls and
temples abound in the vicinity and the main attractions are Wat Laem Sor - a golden Pagoda perched on the beach, a 'meditation' forest and Khao Chedi, a snow-white stupa, sitting atop a steep hill and surrounded by various Buddha statues. All have stunning ocean views and gather a festive atmosphere on Buddhist holy days, as monks and locals pay homage.
Thai style rustic eateries, classier establishments and a small beachside 'pub' are found in the picturesque fishing village of Thong Krut, just three kilometres away. Brightly coloured long-tail tour boats and speed boats lie anchored along the shoreline, waiting to transport you to the local islands. Venture out to Koh Tan for snorkelling and an amazing white beach, perfect for swimming and relaxing with an epic sunset barbecue.
The quiet and tranquil area around Laem Sor is dotted with spas and wellbeing centres such as Kamalaya (6km), Avani (7km) and Samahita (2km). Be sure to get pampered whilst you are there.