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“dont bother” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Laem Sor Pagoda

Laem Sor Pagoda
Maret, Ko Samui, Thailand
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Ranked #15 of 33 things to do in Maret
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Owner description: This beach-front chedi may be the most beautiful place on the island.
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“dont bother”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

a very modern pagoda type temple way off the beaten track and difficult to find

Visited March 2012
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“place you must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

We liked the view from this place, also the area very pleasant, real THailand!

Visited February 2012
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“Both beach front Temple and hill top site - great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

The Laem Sor Pagoda is a must. The original temple was located on top of the hill above the present site. But poor old Buddha kept getting hit by lightning, so he moved to the lower land. Just beautiful! A very large site that need to be explored. The Pagoda and the boat temple are just some of the gems to be discovered on in this venue.
Before you get to the temple down the access road, there are two right hand junctions The first will lead you into a rubber tapping plantation (worth a visit for the kids) and the second (just before you get to the Golden Pagoda Temple, takes you up to the original temple site. This temple is being reconstructed (presumably with a lightning conductor0 but provides one of the most spectacular views of that part of the coast. Few visit this site and it is worth the climb on the motorcycle and the steps up the hill.

Visited January 2012
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“Impressive golden pagoda/chedi in a lovely setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

Although the golden Laem Sor Srivichai Pagoda/Chedi is good, what makes it very good is the setting. The pagoda is a little difficult to find as it is a kilometre or two off the main 4170 road but there are some signs and as it is right on the south coast, very close to the most southerly point on Samui, it shouldn't be too difficult to get there. This Pagoda/Chedi is not that old having been built only in 1968 but there is another white Chedi associated with this temple a couple of hundred metres away on a small hill which is earlier, built in 1908 - but we were short of time so gave it a miss as it is meant to be not nearly as impressive. Both Chedi contain sacred relics.
You don't really get to see the rest of the temple and the monks as they are a bit further back behind some trees in a 'meditation forest' and most tourists just go to the Srivichai Pagoda at Laem Sor and then go away again. And an impressive sight the Chedi is with the yellow tiles twinkling in the sunlight so that from afar it looks like it is made of solid gold - and behind the deep blue of the sea and views of other islands in the distance. There are some smaller religious statues under an awning in front of the Chedi where worshippers make offerings and light candles/incense sticks. Various other Buddha statues can be seen around the Chedi. Just to the west of the Chedi is a small lake with a number of mangrove trees plus all along the beach area are a number of concrete tables & benches under the trees. This is a good place just to relax and take it easy - though remember that it is an active religious site so be respectful and don't wear revealing clothing.
A few metres to the east of the Chedi you can see a low building on the beach with glass walls. This is the Boat Hall and in it you will see a small boat and in the boat a statue in a glass case of Pho Luang Dang who built the Chedi. He was a monk who was famed for his meditation skills and he liked nothing better than to take a boat and visit one of the small islands that you can see from the Chedi and spend some time there meditating. The Boat Hall was built after his death and in it as well as the main boat you will see dozens of small models of boats. Apparently people do pray to the monk and if their wishes are granted they purchase a model boat and place it in the Boat Hall as a gesture of thanks.
Maybe because of its distance from the main resorts, this still remains a mainly very peaceful place (apart from on festival days) as well as a very beautiful place.

Visited September 2011
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