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It is no secret that the south of Koh Samui has some of the most amazing deserted beaches the island has to offer. Although, generally, in the south the water is shallow, so the beaches are not as ideal as those in the north for swimming, they do offer the perfect opportunity to get away from it all and the perfect opportunity to get your camera out and catch those picture- perfect shots you will treasure forever.
One of the other things that Samui is famous for is its temples. On the southernmost tip of Koh Samui at the end off Bang Kao Beach is one of those temples, Wat Leam Sor.
In the grounds of the Wat sits the Laem Sor Pagoda, an incredible, ornately ,designed golden Chedi. The Chedi offers an unrivaled photo opportunity with its sensational backdrop of blue skies and turquoise waters and is well worth a visit. At the entrance to the pagoda are two ‘Yak’, warrior statues holding swords protecting the Buddha who sits majestically just inside the door way. The pagoda is adorned with Buddha statues and to the side of the Chedi there is a lovely grassy Meditation forest area that is the ideal place to enjoy picnic under the shade of the trees. I you visit the Pagoda on a Buddhist holy day you can enjoy the sight of the monks who visit and the festival atmosphere. The beach here has perfect white sands and crystal clear waters, a man-made lagoon and mangrove trees.
To get to Wat Laem Sor drive south through Nathon on the 4169. Go past the turning for Raja Ferry and then turn right on to the 4170. Go through Ban Taling Ngam and when you come to a cross roads turn left and continue along the 4170 with the snake farm on you left. Continue along the 4170 past the turnings on the left for Santi-Sook 2 and the turnings on the right for Santi Sook 1. Take a right turn off the 4170 onto the Laem sor road and drive as far as you can go as you get to the end of the road it winds round to the left where you will find a parking area. Park here and then make your way across the mediation forest to the temple. At the opposite end of the forest to the pagoda is a temple room that is home to a long tail boat full of Buddha images and offerings.
If you plan to spend some time at the temple and enjoy the beach then don’t forget to take plenty of drinking water and some sunscreen.