Koh Samui offers an impressive range of beach locations, each with its own special atmosphere and different options for activities and entertainment. Sealed roads make travelling to the different beaches and attractions easy and enjoyable. Whether it’s five star luxury services or a simple natural setting you seek, a trip around the island is sure to reveal some interesting, beautiful and sometimes surprising local color.
The most famous beaches are Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach on the east coast, Which are long majestic sweeps of sand, hugely popular and backed by a host of hotels, restaurants, shops, bars and discos. However, if the traveler seeks a quieter scene, the smaller beaches and covers on the south, west or north shores afford tranquil hideaways. Moreover, each locale has its own character and ambience, offering a refreshing change of scenery as one tours the island.
Chaweng beach is the most attractive long beach with smooth white sand and clear water. Situated on Koh Samui’s east coast, this is the island’s longest and most beautiful beach, strip of powder-soft sand fronted by crystal-clear water. The beach is about 6 kilometers long and very suitable for swimming in the sea. The white sandy beach is clean and the water level is not too deep. The most well-known and developed, but also one of the best. You can rent anything from a simple bungalows to a five star hotel room here. There are of plenty of high standard resorts here. Chaweng has the highest density and widest selection restaurants, clubs and bars on Koh Samui.
In the center of the North coast of the island, Maenam Beach offers spectacular views of Koh Phangan to the North, and the Ang Thong National Marine Park to the East. The waters are calm and clean, being protected from the North Easterly currents by Koh Phangan. Because the sans are golden rather than white Meanam Beach is usually much less crowded than Lamai Beach or Chaweng Beach, and
Maenam’s restaurants and bars still retain much of the local Thai flavor as well as being more reasonably priced, or even inexpensive. Overall Maenam is quieter, more relaxed, with local Thai community still pretty much intact.
Lamai Beach is situated on the East coast of Koh Samui, just south of Chaweng Beach and smaller, but Lamai’s beaches are clean and occasionally less crowded than Chaweng. The playful waters of Lamai Beach always attracts surfers, as they run a little deeper than any other beaches in Koh Samui.Lamai Beach, situated a couple of bays to the south of Koh Samui’s most famous beach, Chaweng, has long been considered the latter’s poor cousin. The beach isn’t as long, the off-white sand isn’t as fine and the restaurants and bars lack the range and quality of those on Chaweng. That being said, both the guesthouses and resorts are considerably cheaper and Lamai Beach seems never as busy. So for those looking for value for money and smaller crowds, it can be a good choice.
Bophut Beach is the beach/bay just to the east of Maenam Beach. Its lifestyle is relaxed and more traditional than the larger communities, referring to itself as Fisherman’s Village. Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village has a very pleasant feel to it and remains one of the favourites among Ko Samui’s expat community. This popularity is reflected in the prices which can be a little higher than elsewhere on Koh Samui. On the up-side, there’s less of the sleaze and company-for-sale that you’ll find on most of Koh Samui’s other beaches, and the whole bay retains a distinctly family-friendly atmosphere.
Choengmon Beach is one of the smallest of Koh Samui’s tourist beaches, but lies in a secluded bay on the northeastern tip of the island, making it perfect for those who want peace and quiet. It doesn’t have much of a town but there are a number of small restaurants and a couple of shops, in addition to some very luxurious and expensive hotels that surround the bay…and it is only five minutes north from the bright lights of Chaweng Beach.
Bangrak Beach or Big Buddha Beach
Bangrak Beach is also known as Big Buddha Beach because of the 12 meter high Buddha statue that dominates the area. While the Buddha statue is perhaps the most well-known tourist attraction on the island, the beach resort here is much calmer and quieter than Chaweng and Lamai on Samui’s east coast. Big Buddha beach is located on the north east coast of Samui, about 15 minutes by road to Chaweng Beach, as well as being in a good location for the airport. It’s a lengthy sweeping beach lined with resorts but with a quiet atmosphere. Don’t expect a huge selection of bars after hours, but a quick taxi ride will solve that problem.
Bang Po Beach
Bang Po is located on the northwest corner of Koh Samui, between Nathon and Maenam. The beach is four kilometers long and faces to the north with views of Koh Phangan. The waters are calm in this area of Koh Samui and the beach is very clean. Palm trees line the edge. There are shallow coral reefs nearby which provide excellent snorkeling. There is not much development in this area, very limited accommodation, no tourist shopping or nightlife. The price for land in th in this part of Koh Samui is very close mto the ocean and quite hilly.
Taling Ngam Beach
This lovely, hidden away beach is dominated by the Le Meridien Baan Taling Ngam, which climbs from the beachfront all the way up the hillside. Luckily you don’t have to stay there to enjoy the beach – day-trippers are welcome, and Taling Ngam is a world away from much of the rest of the island. Fine swimming and sunbathing are the two main pastimes here, though a small fishing village is within walking distance nearby and more restaurants are slowly appearing in the area.
Chaweng Noi Beach
Chaweng Noi Beach is the part of largest and most popular of Samui’s beaches, Chaweng beach. Chaweng Noi (Little Chaweng) around a headland to the south. Chaweng Beach is longest beach locatedon Samui Island’s east coast. The beach is powdery white sand. It is bordered by emerald-blue waters and a coral reef where waves break, leaving the bay quite peaceful. Not far from the beach, there are two small islands near the reef. After swimming, you can explore the nearest one by walking through shallow water or go for snorkeling and kayaking at the second island which is further out and larger.
Bang Kao Beach
Bang Kao is the first pier on Koh Samui. Although it is a short beach like Baan Thale, it has white powdered sand. Additionally, you can take a fishing boat to Tan and Mudsum Islands. Bang Kao are amongst the least developed part of Koh Samui with only a few Resort spread at leisurely intervals along the beach on the island’s south west tip. So if you want total peace and quiet…this is it.
Its closeness to the island’s main car ferry pier makes Nathon a convenient choice for anyone driving to koh Samui from the mainland. The beach has fine white sand and there are no rocks or coral in the water, making it one of the best beaches for kids on the island. The water is also very shallow for up to 100 meters out.
Hua Thanon Beach
Hua Thanon, which starts just beyond Hin Tin & Hin Yai, is similarly quiet and is home to a few long-stay backpacker resorts as well as one of Samui’s last remaining traditional fishing fleets. The Muslim village has a charming atmosphere and is well worth a visit for a glimpse into island life before mass tourism. The fishermen’s elegantly painted kor lae boats are very photogenic, as is the village’s fish market. There are a few decent seafood restaurants by the side of the sea, which give you a taste of true Samui cuisine at bargain basement prices.
Laem Set Beach
Laem Set is found right down on the south coast of Koh Samui, the sea is too shallow for swimming.However, the huge smooth boulders on the beach and the coconut palms leaning over at impossible angles make it look spectacular. It’s one of the more relaxing areas of Koh Samui with a void of nightlife and shops. You’ll have to drive 20 minutes to Lamai or 40 minutes to Chaweng if you want the up scale amenities you may be used to.
Lipa Noi Beach
Lipa Noi are located at the west coast of Samui. Koh Small, uninhabited beaches with crystal clear waters, perfect for relaxing beach holidays and snorkeling. From here you have the best sunset views. Its closeness to the island’s main car ferry pier makes Lipa Noi a convenient choice for anyone driving to Koh Samui from the mainland. The beach has fine white sand and there are no rocks or coral in the water, making it one of the best beaches for kids on the island. The water is also very shallow for up to 100 meters out.
Plai Laem is a popular spot in Koh Samui, due to its location and fantastic views. Certain spots in Plai Laem offers fantastic sunsets. The sand stretches for 2 kilometers and is white and soft. The water is kept warm and calm by an of shore coral so it’s great for paddling or swimming, and a bit of snorkeling. You will spot the occasional Thai fisherman or visitor passing by, but it’s as close as you’ll come on the island to having your own private beach.
Thong Tanote Beach
Thong Tanote Beach, a secluded beach on the south coast of Koh Samui, offering breathtaking scenery of the Gulf of Thailand. You have an amazing view of Koh Tan & Mutsum Islands. We encourage our guests to take advantage of the amazing and immediate snorkeling and diving exploration available on these islands. The south coast is very relaxing and there is no shopping or nightlife nearby though it is only a 20 min. drive to Lamai or 30min to Chaweng.
Coral Cove Bay
Coral Cove is less well known, and yet more appealing to the visitor to Koh Samui who seeks a private piece of paradise with calm, quiet and seclusion. The beach is located off an inconspicuous turning along the hilly main road. Coral Cove has small beaches and is good for snorkeling. From there it is only a 5 minute ride to Chaweng or Lamai beaches.
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