Koh Samui Beaches attract tourists from all over the world, making it the most popular beach destination in Thailand. The white sands and crystal clear waters are its claim to fame. They are surrounded by coconut trees on one side and the Gulf of Thailand on the other.
The nightlife is to die for and the crowd of young people meet other youngsters from other countries.
Chaweng Beach is one of the Best Beaches in Thailand
This is Koh Samui’s busiest beach on its biggest town. It is full of bars and restaurants catering to all tastes. The main artery, the renowned Green Mango strip is the center around which the whole town revolves, being about 3 km long.
Some travel magazines call it the best beach in Koh Samui. Located in the north side, it is without a doubt the # 1 magnet for tourists and many islanders alike.
This is where you’ll find the best accommodations in the island and during the day enjoy the 7 km long stretch of beach.
Lamai is the second largest of Koh Samui Beaches
This is the second largest beach resort after Chaweng, but still with many hotels, bars and restaurants to accommodate the large number of visitors.
It is a laid back beach, but some say that the atmosphere is rejuvenating and reaching the levels of the “big sister”. It is located about half an hour south of Chaweng. The town itself is a small village.
The beach is a beautiful long stretch absolutely perfect for kicking back and relaxing or simply enjoying a quiet swim. It is definitely the destination for those seeking a quiet place to enjoy a day on the beach.
Located between Maenam and Big Buddha this is a fishermen village, perhaps the oldest on the island. Lined by old wooden Chinese shop-houses mingled with a few new buildings. It has a French taste, since it was the last French outpost on the island for many years.
This place is great for Scuba Divers proving day dives at the nearby Ang Thong Marine Park, Sail Rock or Koh Tao Island.
From the beach you have excellent views of Koh Phangan and at the same time the resorts are located at the end of long rambling pathways, providing the kind of privacy that is not available anywhere else on the island.
This is where people come for longer stays like a few weeks or months on a low budget, staying in one of the bungalows, dotted along the beach.
Lipa Noi Beach
Located near the main pier of the island, this beach is very shallow, almost 100 meters out, making it ideal for families with small children. They offer many bungalows, which are well spaced to host families. They offer a restaurant worthwhile a visit.
It is home to the Samui Dhama Healing Centre one of Samui's more intense fasting spas. The coconut plantations will provide you with a pleasant and relaxing sense of being in tropical paradise.
Choeng Mon Beach on a few small bays in Koh Samui Beaches
Choeng Mon Beach
This beach is a combination of small bays located on the north of the island and feature a few resorts. Most of the activity is in the resorts and a few restaurants outside of them.
It is known to attract older people coming in all-inclusive packages. But one you have your private beach for yourself, there is no incentive in going out to look for more.
In the evenings there is a lot of entertainment with Thai music and dancing. Some Filipino bands play Western music.
This is a quiet beach with a few long-staying resorts with a charming ambience. It is where you can feel the island life as it was before mass tourism.
The fishermen village show their beautifully painted boats ideal for a postcard photo. There are a few good fish restaurants in the area.
This is Koh Samui business and administrative center. This is the place to go for banking and the main port for ferry to other destinations such as the islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and mainland Surat Thani.
The town’s main attraction for day visitors is its old wooden Chinese shop houses that line the middle road, selling an esoteric range of goods, including a lot of gold. Any of the waterfront seafood restaurants are recommended for a taste of truly authentic and very spicy, local cuisine.
This is 250-meter-long tropical beach, set in a little bay, located north of Lamai Beach. It is home to 4 well established hotels and restaurants, Crystal Bay Beach Resort, Silver Beach Resort, Thongtakian Resort, and Crystal Bay Yacht Club which occupy the full length of the beach.
According to Thai law the beaches are free to all, so you don’t have to stay in any of the hotels to enjoy your day at the beach.
Big Buddha Beach in Koh Samui Thailand
Big Buddha Beach
Also called Bangrak Beach, it is located near the airport and Chaweng Beach area. The beach is full of bungalows accommodation, with some good restaurants attached to them. It is also home of the famous independent spa of Ben Sabai.
There are several British pubs and many beer bars as well as BBQ and Tapas.
The proximity to Chaweng area has made this beach very popular in the last few years with groups and families, besides the eternal crowd of mochileros.
Map of Koh Samui Beaches in Thailand
images credits for koh samui beaches
chaweng by thajsko
lamai by langham place
bophut by thajsko
maenam by per meistrup
lipa no by tsui
choen mong by rich daley
hua tanon by josef knetch
nathon town by irene ochoa
silver by salvador ulloa
big buddha by bentzi sagiv
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