Plai Laem is located on the north east coast of Koh Samui. It is nestled between Big Buddha BangRak and Choeng Mon. Plai Laem is noted for being a quiet spot with limited tourist or even local activity along its coastline. Plai Laem is located at the southern end of the beach and is a small marina where local fishermen moor their boats, and a couple of tour companies have their deep sea fishing and pleasure crafts.
There are palm fringed beaches and stunning sunsets are in abundance in Plai Laem. There are also minimal hotel and resort developments along the coast and it has balanced the commercial growth with quiet island life. The solitude of Plai Laem is evident when relaxing on the beach and Plain Laem is the closest you will get to have your own private beach on Koh Samui. Plai Laem may not provide the best of water sports facilities that Koh Samui has to offer but usually attracts the more discerning traveller requiring a luxury beachfront villa located in a peaceful setting yet close enough to the buzzing tourist spots of Koh Samui. The sea at Plai laem is often too shallow for swimming, but it is only a short drive to Choeng Mon, one of the best swimming beaches on Koh Samui.
Plai Laem maybe quieter spot, but it is not isolated from the rest of Koh Samui, with Big Buddha beach and the golden Big Buddha statue within walking distance and the busy Chaweng just a short taxi ride away. As a honeymooner's destination, Plai Laem has all the privacy and solitude you would expect with a few restaurants, spas and hotels to keep you occupied during your Koh Samui holiday.
Plai Laem is famous for its temple, adorned with amazing Buddhist idols; the most visited being the 18-armed Buddha statue. Surrounded by a lake teeming with large fish, Plai Laem temple is the epitome of the serenity and solitude associated with Buddhism and offers an interesting alternative to Koh Samui's usual beach activity. The small island of Koh Som is located just off the Plai Laem coast and with no major commercial development, you can enjoy a quiet picnic on Koh Som's shore, overlooking the pristine waters separating the two islands.