Authored by Robert Tellier
Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, the beautiful island of Koh Samui it is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, attracting travelers from all over the world seeking a tropical beach vacation.
Fine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters come together with nodding coconut trees to one side and the beautiful Gulf of Thailand to the other, and those wanting to dance barefoot under the soft light of the full moon can join one of Koh Samui’s wild nightly beach parties.
More than 1.5 million tourists visit the island each year to enjoy the kind of tropical coastline and beaches you find featured in ads. Here are a few of the more popular, and some of my most favorite beaches to visit on the island. “Get a massage, have your hair braided, buy barbecued chicken or sarongs, get to know the locals or simply doze off and chill out.”
Best Beaches in Koh Samui Thailand
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Choeng Mon Beach
With a small number of accommodations available ranging from modest boutique hotels to higher 5 star properties, this is the perfect base for a relaxing beach vacation. It offers isolation while being close to the busier hub of Chaweng (just a 20 minute ride in a taxi or songthaew … red pick-up trucks that haul passengers in the back).
The Big Buddha is also close-by, and the beautiful private Samui airport is just 5 minutes away!
Hotels Near Choeng Mon Beach
The Tongsai Bay
The Tongsai Bay is located on Koh Samui and provides 5-star accommodation as well as free Wi-Fi. There is also a gym with a swimming pool.
Baywater Resort Samui
Located within the scenic countryside of Bo Phut, Baywater Resort Samui provides comfortable accommodation and a wide range of facilities, such as a gift shop and a library. It is conveniently close to Samui International Airport, which is a 10-minute drive away.
Kaya Mani Thai Villa Resort Samui
Set within the scenic parkland of Bo Phut, Kaya Mani Thai Villa Resort Samui offers comfortable accommodation and a wide range of facilities, such as free Wi-Fi and a laundry service. It is also a short car ride from Chaweng Beach and Wat Phra Yai.
Chaweng beach is argued to be the best in Koh Samui, and with many luxury boutique hotels, this is without a doubt the most popular part of the island for tourists. Located in the north east, just south of Choeng Mon, this is where most of the islanders reside. Koh Samui’s busiest and biggest town has sprung up around one of the island’s best beaches.
The town offers more options for accommodation than anywhere else on the island, as well as restaurants and bars which cater to every taste. The town comes alive at night, and party goers will find the nightlife here to be ahead of anywhere else on Samui in terms of choice. Be sure to find the famous Soi Green Mango Strip which is the center of the nightlife scene. Chaweng’s single most popular bar is Tropical Murphy’s Irish pub.
During the day, enjoy the vast 7 kilometer stretch of beach to recover from the previous night’s activities in town.
Hotels Near Chaweng Beach
Tradewinds Cottages is located on Koh Samui and offers 3.5-star accommodation in addition to free Wi-Fi. The resort is situated on Chaweng Beach.
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort is situated on Koh Samui and offers 4-star accommodation as well as a rooftop terrace and a Jacuzzi. There is also a fitness centre with yoga classes and a swimming pool.
Amari Koh Samui
Elegant and cosy, Amari Koh Samui is located in Chaweng and provides a swimming pool. It is situated a 10-minute drive from Samui International Airport and an airport shuttle is available for guests.
Heading further south of Chaweng by about half an hour, you will arrive at my favorite part of the island; the beach and village of Lamai. While a quaint town, this is Samui’s second-largest resort area after Chaweng, so provides all the amenities one would expect from a tropical vacation. There is plenty of accommodation available to suit every budget as well as a variety of dining options, food carts, bars, shopping, convenience stores and more.
Though let’s not forget about the beach! A beautiful long stretch of beach absolutely perfect for kicking back and relaxing or simply enjoying a quiet swim, Lamai is out of the way, making it a perfect destination for those looking for a quieter, more peaceful vacation. Though everything you could possibly need is just steps from the beach.
Lamai is easily reached from the busier parts of the island – we were surprised by the ease and affordable choices of transportation always available to take you anywhere you wanted to go. Equally as surprising were how reliable your taxi or songthaew drivers were. If you ask them to return and pick you up at a specific time, they’ll always be there as requested!
Hotels Near Lamai Beach
Weekender Resort is located on Koh Samui, and provides 4-star accommodation as well as an infinity pool. It offers a Jacuzzi, a sauna and free Wi-Fi access.
Pavilion Samui Villas and Resort
Pavilion Samui Villas and Resort is located on Koh Samui and offers 4-star accommodation in addition to free Wi-Fi and a rooftop terrace. There is also a gym with a swimming pool.
Thai House Beach Resort
Boasting unique views of Lamai Beach, Thai House Beach Resort is located in a popular part of Maret and provides free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a Jacuzzi. It offers 3-star accommodation and views of the garden.
This is one of the most idyllic and beautiful small beaches on Samui. Also commonly known as Silver Beach (easier translation) it is located between Chaweng and Lamai. It cannot be spotted from the road, though definitely worth a visit. The crystal clear waters are more secluded, and snorkeling is some of the best.
With soft white powdery sand and crystal-clear shallow waters, this beach is absolutely beautiful and unspoiled. Lined with a couple of smaller boutique hotels and a modest beach bar restaurant, it really is a small hidden gem on the island and not one widely known by most visitors.
Located in the other direction on the island’s north shore, the stunning Maenam Beach lies to the west of Choeng Mon, about a ½ hour drive until you reach the busy town of Maenam. With predominantly low budget beach bungalows (though also offering higher end 5 star resorts), this is another popular part of the island for tourists, and is known as Samui’s last predominantly backpacker beach.
The beach runs for 7 kilometers, and is favored among windsurfers due to the currents and winds which pick up on the north side. Though for this reason too, the waters are not as clear here as other beaches along the coast.
Hotels Near Maenam Beach
The Moonrakers Beachfront Villas
The Moonrakers Beachfront Villas is ideally positioned in peaceful surrounds in Mae Nam, a short car trip from Chaweng Noi Beach and Wat Phra Yai. The hotel is set on Maenam Beach.
Anjali is situated in Mae Nam and features complimentary wireless internet. The hotel is located on Maenam Beach.
Amarin Samui Hotel
Located in Mae Nam, Amarin Samui Hotel is an easy drive from Bo Phut and provides free Wi-Fi and a rooftop pool. It offers 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.
Anthong Marine National Park
If you are visiting the island, do make a note to also visit Anthong Marine National Park. One of Samui’s most famous surrounding attractions, the park is also lined with spectacular and remote beaches, these more off the beaten path.
Dotted with 42 beautiful tiny islands, there are many day trip opportunities from the park. It offers spectacular scenery and beautiful swimming in the crystal clears waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
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Having touched on only 5 of the islands beaches that we visited during our brief stay, that’s not to say that Samui isn’t bursting with more coastline to explore. Find the cheapest flights to Koh Samui by downloading the free Skyscanner app. Click here.
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