Plai Laem Koh Samui

Located northeast of Koh Samui is Plai Laem. Conveniently located for the early morning and the late night flights from Samui Airport. Plai Laem is close to the popular tourist areas of Chaweng and Bophut. The Songthaew public transport runs along the main road. Taxis and motorbike taxis are found at the entrance to the Big Buddha temple. A recommended bar in Plai Laem is Bob Bar on the left past the opening to the Big Buddha.  The Bob bar serves fantastic food and cocktails with views of the Buddha Statue. Thai and international food is served at a good range of restaurants to suit everyone’s budget.

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Beach Plai Laem

The beach at Plai Laem Koh Samui stretches for 2km. The beach is not a beach for swimming. The shallow waters are suitable for children to play safely. Watersports are available in Plai Laem but not in great numbers. The sunset views from the Plai Laem are stunning. Beach vendors sell freshly cooked corn and chicken from homemade barbecues. Moored along the shore are luxury yachts. At sunset, local fishermen prepare for their nightly catch. Photo opportunities are amazing on the beach.

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Temples Plai Laem

Plai Laem Koh Samui boasts two incredible temples. The Wat Plai Laem houses the laughing Chinese Buddha and the 18 armed Guanim Goddess. Pedal boats are available to hire for different views on the lake. Children feed the fish and the chickens running wild in the temple grounds. The Big Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai is visible as you approach Samui by air. An impressive popular temple in Samui. Both of the temples are historical places of worship. The traditional temples are visited daily by the locals of Samui. The Blue Vanilla Cafe is a perfect pit stop when visiting the Big Buddha Temple. Observe the temple rules and immerse in the culture and tradition of Koh Samui.

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Accommodation in Plai Laem Area

The accommodation choices are sparse in Plai Laem Koh Samui. The majority of accommodation is in nearby Choeng Mon. Five-star establishments such as The Melati Beach Resort are perfect for family vacations. The Backpackers Euro Hostel is cheap for the traveler. The Absolute Sanctuary is a retreat dedicated to yoga and fitness in Koh Samui Thailand.

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