The Plai Laem area is located between the areas of Big Buddha and Choeng Mon and is runs up along the west coast of the north east peninsular and over the top taking in a few small bays on the eastern side as far as Tongson beach.
The white soft sands on the west facing unspoiled palm fringed beach stretches for 2 km however the sea is quite shallow and swimming is restricted to just paddling in most places. The popular beach of Choeng Mon with more activity is just a few minutes drive away.
The view from Plai Laem beach is stunning and is one of the best places to see Koh Samui’s amazing sunsets as the sun disappears beyond the sloping hills and north coastline. An ideal place to relax, read a book and enjoy the scenery.
Plai Laem has some excellent dining options, whether you want fine dining, beachside romance or authentic Thai.
Dining on the Rocks
For fine dining located at the Six Senses Hotel and Spa on the tip of the headland, offers amazing views whilst you dine.
Araya Buri Resort
Further down the east coast on Samrong Bay, the Araya Buri resort offers beachside dining serving both Thai and International cuisine.
Tango Luxe Beach Villas
Beachside dining next to the small marina with west facing views over Big Buddha temple.
In-Villa Dining on the beach
Enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner on this wonderfully quiet beach, with the sand between your toes and just the sound of the waves in front of your luxury beachfront villa.
There are a range of things to do in Plai Laem. Visitors looking for culture will enjoy visiting the Wat Plai Laem temples. Families will enjoy exploring the beach and other activities like mini golf. The Plai Laem pier is a good start point for alluring day trips.
Wat Plai Laem
This is the main attraction in Plai Laem and well worth seeing, offering the visitor an insight into Chinese-Thai history with art, murals and architecture depicting this period throughout. There are two temples and two impressive 40ft statues, including one with 18 arms. It is an active working temple and the best time would be to visit early morning when the serenity of Buddhism is apparent, dress respectfully.
A minigolf course in the Ayara Buri Resort at Samrong Bay offers good value and fun for all the family.
The Plai Laem Pier at the Big Buddha end of the beach is now well signposted. Sightseeing, snorkelling and sunset cruises as well as fishing trips can be arranged from here or through your local tour shop.
We have some superb great value Plai Laem beachfront villas for holiday rental especially on the west facing coastline as well as panoramic view villas in Samrong Bay and Thongson bay on the east facing coastline.
Although this is one of Koh Samui’s quieter areas it is still in close proximity to the livelier town of Chaweng and the bustling villages of Bang Rak and Bophut