As an island, Koh Samui naturally has myriad beaches, with Laem Set Beach one of the most popular. The fact that it is not ideal for swimming, however, means that those wanting to take a dip should look for accommodations at other beaches such as Mae Nam Beach or Chaweng Beach. Nevertheless, Laem Set Beach still has much to offer. Many who book holiday rentals at Laem Set Beach do so to take advantage of the excellent yoga and tai chi facilities. It is also a great place to take children due to the abundance of animal life.
HomeAway’s selection of villas at Laem Set Beach includes several stunning villas with private pools that are ideally suited to housing large groups. Those travelling with the family can also find suitable accommodations in the form of comfortable holiday houses and bungalows.
Though it is not a large island, HomeAway has several other holiday accommodations on Koh Samui, such as at Lipa Noi Beach and Choeng Mon Beach. For those who want to see Thailand’s other popular island, HomeAway also offers holiday homes on Phuket.
Wat Plai Laem:
This modern temple boasts a statue of Guanyin, the goddess of compassion and mercy, rather than a statue of Buddha. Though the design of the temple is modern, it nevertheless incorporates aspects of Thai and Chinese traditions, making it a worth a visit for those who like to delve into local cultures and religions.
Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks:
These natural beauties provide a source of entertainment due to their shapes: Hin Ta (Grandpa) looks like male genitalia, while Hin Yai (grandma) resembles female genitalia. Apart from their humorous shapes, Hin Ta and Hin Yai offer magnificent views of the sea and nearby islands.
Since 1973, Wat Khunaram has been a unique attraction due to its mummified monk. Luong Pordaeng died in 1973 while seated in a meditative position, and it is in precisely this position that one can see his remains today displayed in a glass case.
Samui Aquarium and Tiger Show:
The Samui Aquarium & Tiger Show is a wonderful place to take the kids to see a wide variety of birds, fish and other wildlife. The collection of animals is mostly comprised of local fauna such as leopard sharks, manta rays and tropical fish. Tourists can also take pictures with Bengal tigers.
Buffalo fighting has long been a popular sport on Koh Samui, and unlike bull fighting, it is relatively harmless to the animals. Two buffaloes face off in what essentially amounts to a wrestling contest. Buffalo fighting takes places at several venues across the island and is a must see for the inherently curious.
Samui Snake Farm:
Located on the southwestern coast of Koh Samui, the Samui Snake Farm boasts a diverse selection of snakes. Everyday the snake farm puts on two shows where visitors can see poisonous snakes in the hands of capable trainers.
The weather on Koh Samui is typically nothing less than idyllic. Temperatures range from 26-32°C throughout the year, with the highest temperatures recorded in March and April. From May to August there are occasionally brief thunderstorms in the afternoon, though the real rainy season runs from September to November. During this time diving and snorkelling is a less favourable option due to the reduction in visibility, but the rains come in short bursts, meaning beach holidays are still thoroughly enjoyable.
Getting to Laem Set Beach is simple enough as it is only 9 miles from the airport. Simply fly into Samui Airport (USM) and hire a car or take an inexpensive taxi. Those coming from Phuket can either take a one-hour flight or enjoy a six-hour ferry ride to Koh Samui.