Koh Samui’s beaches are world-famous for their soft, white sands and aquamarine waters. Here on a Koh Samui beach you’ll find peace, relaxation, palm trees – and maybe an all-night party. Depending on which beach you visit, you can find bars and restaurants, barbecues and stores, or nothing at all – many of the beaches on Koh Samui are deserted and tranquil; the ideal place to get away from it all. Find your perfect Koh Samui beach with our list of some hot favorites.
Chaweng/ Image via moaksey/ Flickr
1) Chaweng Beach
By far the busiest and most popular beach on the island, Chaweng Beach is the place to come if you are looking for a great time. With plenty of nightlife, shops, people, and activities, it is easy to find something to do on Chaweng. The beach may get a little crowded at times during high season but this is the place to be if you want to party and have fun.
2) Lamai Beach
Second only to Chaweng Beach in terms of popularity, Lamai Beach is smaller and quieter than Chaweng but still sees plenty of tourists – there are probably more backpackers here than in Chaweng. This beach is in the south of Koh Samui and you will find plenty of bars and restaurants for evening meals or daytime dining.
3) Bo Phut Beach
This is a trendy and chilled-out place to come when you want to relax in beautiful surroundings. The two-kilometer-long Bo Phut Beach is lined with wooden houses and boutique shops. You’ll find lots to see and do, or you can simply relax under one of the many coconut palm trees with a drink and a book. You can also catch a boat for one of the popular diving tours out into the surrounding ocean. This area is rapidly gaining in popularity so visit it while it still remains the same.
Bo Phut/ Image via SMcGarnigle/ Flickr
4) Maenam Beach
If you want some tranquility, and you don’t want to share the beach with hordes of other people, then Maenam Beach is a good option. This beach and its surrounding area have an old-fashioned charm and there is plenty of character in the establishments. There are also some new and luxury resorts next to the beach. Located on the northern coast of the island, this beach has shallow waters and is suitable for swimming and particularly popular with families due to the safe waters.
5) Big Buddha Beach
Big Buddha is a cool place and it owes much of its popularity to its proximity to the airport on Koh Samui and to Chaweng Beach. Here you can also catch a boat to nearby Koh Pha Ngan – the location for the legendary Full Moon beach parties. Big Buddha Beach has good safe swimming, plus you can find many different bars and restaurants.
6) Choeng Mon Beach
Located close to the Big Buddha beach, this is an upmarket series of bays which boasts some of the most luxurious accommodation on the island. Choeng Mon is located in the north-west of Koh Samui.
7) Taling Ngam
If you want to get away from it all then traveling to Taling Ngam should be appealing. Located at one of the most remote spots on Koh Samui, Taling Ngam is home to the Inter-Continental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, a luxurious resort for people who want to stay on Koh Samui in style.
8) Lipa Noi Beach
A fine place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a spectacular sunset. Lipa Noi is a peaceful place with just a few small bungalows along the shore and a relaxed vibe. Great for people who want to sit on the sand and chill out, without having to worry about much.
9) Silver Beach
This beautiful tropical beach is inside a small bay looking northeast, close to Lamai Beach. It is separated from the more popular, and busier, Chaweng Beach area by cliffs and hills. A lovely place to come to get away from it all.
10) Hua Thanon and Bang Kao
These beaches are set on the southwest edge of the island and are not particularly developed, which adds to their charm. There are a few resorts next to these beaches but not a lot else in terms of facilities. The beautiful beaches are perfect for relaxation.
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