The gusty winds that originate from the blue waves of the ocean that surrounds the island of Koh Samui are sultry but comforting. The locals who were once accustomed to living off coconut farming have now slowly but surely adapted to the sharp increase in tourist arrivals and turned to tourism as their main means of earning. The island’s inhabitants hail from all parts of Thailand and differ in their social status, religions they follow and wealth. Yet, they reside harmoniously and join in the festivals of each race and religion with much enthusiasm.
It is in an environment such as this that the Buddhist place of worship, the Laem Sor Pagoda stands. It benefits from all the natural wonders of the island of Koh Samui as it has a sprawling forest on one side and the beach on the other. In fact the part of the temple known as the chedi is located on the rocky beach front which is quite deserted. The chedi glistens in the sunlight as rays fall on its mustard coloured tiles. Devotees find that the solitude of the beach and the warmth of the sun are perfect complements to their holy visit.
The forest is used frequently by the monks of the pagoda for meditation and during Buddhist festivals the forest is transformed into a site of celebration. Laypeople also join in to commemorate the teachings of the Buddha. The forest is flanked on two sides by a man-made lagoon and hedged with mangroves. The environment is peaceful and the weather is mild once you step in to the evergreens. Hence, during the day it is common to see one or two groups of people enjoying picnics under the shelter of the massive tree branches.
The tropical climate, the healing effects of the ocean and enchanting greenery are definite attractions that have wooed tourists for decades. For a spiritually uplifting experience that soothes your soul and relaxes your mind being at a Ko Samui resort would probably be the best option. The Anantara Lawana Koh Samui offers true Thai hospitality and is one of the most charming Koh Samui villas that one can find on the island.