Laem Sor Pagoda is often overlooked due to its more remote location yet still well worth a trip out to see.

This beautiful pagoda is free to visit and is a holy shrine to Buddha. It is a place where the locals come to worship and show their respect giving offerings to Buddha

Laem Sor Pagoda
Laem Sor Pagoda

Due to its location, far away from the main beach resorts, this place is usually quiet and very well suited for some relaxation.

On Buddhist holidays it can get busy when local people come here to make merit and pay respect to the Buddha.

Laem Sor Pagoda is located in the South Western part of Koh Samui very to close Bang Kao village.

Laem Sor Pagoda Location

If you follow Route 4170 past the village Baan Bang Kao the road becomes a smaller road which leads to the beach and where the pagoda proudly sits.

Quick word, as with all Buddhist temples shrines and the like, it is important not to disrespect these places of worship. Please dress appropriately.

Thai’s are very tolerant people and will forgive small faux pas.

Laem Sor Pagoda or Chedi  Laem Sor is it is also known locally as, is a fully operational temple, where people come to worship.

The temple itself shines like a golden beacon. It’s not made from gold, it is instead, made of bright yellow tiles were used in its construction, giving it this glow.

Set close to the beach and the azure waters of Samui, give it an even more beautiful appearance when the sun is shining brightly.

The entrance to the Pagoda is closely guarded by two huge giant statues. Both of these statues are holding large swords and will slay anyone that is offensive. And behind these two colossi stands a beautiful coloured image of Buddha.

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Further along the road, you will find a building named the ‘boat hut’ inside you will find a figure of the monk. He built the temple, he sits proudly in a small boat, all this is very visible through the large glass windows.


The monk is highly revered by the locals, many come here to pray directly to him. You can purchase a small boat yourself from the store nearby and make a wish or say a prayer.

There is a small forest with a lake very close by. There are tables and chairs where you can sit relax and maybe even eat a small snack.

Part of this temple complex just up the hill from there lays another pagoda called Khao Chedi.

This temple is white it is a little further up the hill and does involve some walking. Once up there you will witness some very stunning views of the area so best take a camera.

Being located on a beach Laem Sor Pagoda means that you can visit any time and there are no fees to enter.

You can make small donations if you like. During daylight, the pagoda looks at its best with its beautiful golden hue.

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Koh Samui is a beautiful Island with some dramatic views, and the drive down to see the Pagoda here is no exception.

There is no doubt that this is a very special shrine and well worth the visit.

Also worth a visit is Wat Khunaram and Big Buddha too.

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