The second largest among Thailand’s islands, Koh Samui’s pristine white beaches are its biggest draw. Bordered by groves of coconut palms, and lush rainforests and mountains further beyond, the coastline is breath-taking. But with so many stretches of sand and sea to choose from, planning a getaway in Koh Samui can get a little confusing.
Vacationers enjoy beaches for many reasons – sometimes it’s as simple as wanting to soak up the sun and listen to the sound of the waves, and at other occasions, you may want to try your hand at kiting or join a moonlit beach party. Here is the ultimate guide to choosing the perfect beach for your holiday in Koh Samui.
North or South
Samui International Airport is in the northern part of the island, making the nearby beaches much more touristy than others in Koh Samui. Most of the luxury resorts are also located in this part, offering you easy access to the gorgeous Chaweng and Chaweng Noi beaches. The former is the best-known beach of Koh Samui, and there is plenty to see and do, including water sports, youthful pubs, and massage parlors. Don’t miss the Big Buddha Island either, off the coast of which the 12-meter golden statue of Buddha stands tall.
The southern part of Koh Samui is known to be quieter and less-frequented. Natien Beach and Taling Ngam Beach are worth visiting in this part of the island, especially for couples looking for some peace and privacy. A smattering of bars is available for those who’d like a bite or drink.
Fun with Family
The popular beaches of Chaweng and Big Buddha are obvious choices for fun family time. The nearby villages are also worth exploring. If your kids are easily bored, take them to the lively Lamai Beach, where there is no dearth of vendors, restaurants, and water sports organizers. The Fresh Food Market at Lamai village is renowned for its smorgasbord of aromas and flavors. At the southern tip of the 5km-long beach, you’ll find the remarkable rock formations of Hin Ta and Hin Yai. Choeng Mon Beach, Silver Beach, and Bophut Beach are also family-friendly.
If you’re visiting Koh Samui between December and March, make sure you try kitesurfing with the help of an instructor at Nahai Beach. Although Koh Samui is not the best spot for advanced snorkeling, Coral Cove off the coast of Chaweng Noi Beach does offer beautiful corals and marine life. At Choeng Mon Beach, you can also try sea kayaking and scuba diving.
Relax and Read a Book
Whether you’re alone or with family and friends, you’re bound to find a great lounging spot at the picturesque Silver Beach on the eastern coast. Find relaxing hammocks and large, shady trees at Laem Nan Beach. Another picture-perfect stretch of sand with rare serenity is the Ban Tai Beach.
The best and biggest parties are at Chaweng and Lamai Beaches in the northern part of Koh Samui.