Located a quick one-hour flight away from the capital city of Bangkok, Thailand’s Koh Samui island is a world apart. Its quintessential Thai beaches attract all types of travellers, from budget backpackers to affluent holidaymakers.
The Big Buddha temple, the interesting rocks of Hin Ta and Hin Yai (which look like male and female genitalia), the serene Angthong Marine Park, the Laem Pagoda and the cascading Namuang Waterfall; while the tourist attractions in Koh Samui are aplenty, the best part about the island is its beaches. And here’s a list of 8 of the best beaches in Koh Samui that you should definitely add to your itinerary.
The Best Beaches in Koh Samui for the Perfect Thai Getaway
1. Bang Por
Approximately 11 kilometers long and interrupted only by the Phong Phae river’s mouth, Bang Por is the longest beach on the island of Koh Samui. Relatively unexplored due to its remote location, this beach offers a respite from the crowds of tourists that one can generally find on the beaches of Thailand. And the best part about Bang Por is the fact that it has still managed to retain its tropical charm and serenity.
2. Bophut Beach
Spanning from Big Buddha to Maenam Beach, the Bophut Beach is where the famous Fisherman’s Village is located. This village is an old area on the island where the houses and shops are well-preserved and represent a bygone era. You can shop for trinkets and souvenirs at the shops and stalls in this Fisherman’s village and can also hog on some delicious seafood. If you want to go diving at the Ang Thong Marine Park, you can book your day dives from the Bophut Beach.
3. Chaweng Beach
The most popular beach on the island of Koh Samui, Chaweng Beach is the place to be if you are search of some partying on the beach! Boasting of an enviable nightlife, the entire length of this beach, all 5 kilometers of it, is lined with beach bars, cafes, restaurants, pubs, hotels, spas and resorts. Apart from partying, the other activities you can undertake at the Chaweng Beach include waterskiing, swimming, sunbathing, sea diving, windsurfing, wakeboarding, parasailing and kayaking.
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4. Maenam Beach
If Chaweng Beach is for the party people, Maenam Beach is for the daydreamers and the tranquility lovers. A peaceful and secluded beach in Koh Samui, the best way to have a memorable day on Maenam Beach is to hop on a hammock, open a fascinating novel and read it while sipping on coconut water. If you are on your honeymoon in Koh Samui, this beach is the best place to take romantic walks into the sunset.
5. Silver Beach
Located between the two popular beaches of Chaweng and Lamai, Silver Beach is a tiny piece of heaven that is home to charming holiday resorts such as Crystal Bay Yacht Club, Thongtakian Resort and Silver Beach Resort. Activities you can undertake at this beach include sunbathing, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and some delicious beachside dining.
6. Lamai Beach
The second largest resort town in Koh Samui, the first one being Chaweng, the beach at Lamai is one of the busiest beaches on the island. From watersports to bar hopping, you can do it all on this beach. The popular rock formations of Hin Ta and Hin Yai are located at the end of Lamai Beach. For foodies, this beach should be of particular interest due to its night market that is host to many eateries that serve delectable food dishes.
7. Choeng Mon
Made up of several bays, Choeng Mon beach is located at the northeastern tip of Koh Samui. If luxury, rejuvenation and peace is what you want, Choeng Mon is the place you should be at. Home to 3 star, 4 star and 5-star properties, this part of Koh Samui caters to a rich clientele. Many of these properties have their own private beaches so that you won’t have to face crowds of tourists on your vacation.
8. Thongson Bay
What sets Thongson Bay apart from the other beaches on Koh Samui, Thailand, is its greyish sand, its pebbled beach and the possibilities it offers to visitors to stumble upon beautiful pieces of coral. Located near the northern most point of Koh Samui, on the cape Plai Laem, this bay is home to some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts on the island.
Fun fact – A tiny part of the Thongson Bay also doubles up as a Naturism Beach!
Now that you have a list of some of the best beaches on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand, are you ready to soak up some Vitamin Sea?! We hope you seas the day! Sea ya after your Thai escapade! Ok, we’ll stop with the puns now!