Koh Samui is the third largest island in the Gulf of Thailand and certainly the most unique one. It has a bountiful supply of beautiful beaches that are filled with coconut trees, luxury villas, and friendly locals. The food choices on Koh Samui are great, the sunsets are magical, and the culture is to die for. In addition, there’s everything for everyone. This includes simple beachside bungalows if you are travelling on a budget as well as palatial villas if you are seeking to make the most of your visit to Thailand. Let’s take a look at what has made Koh Samui one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in Southeast Asia - the fantastic Koh Samui beaches.
One of the biggest and busiest towns of Thailand, Chaweng, has the biggest beach in Koh Samui Thailand. Chaweng Beach appeals to revellers who fancy a vibrant nightlife with sophisticated cocktails among other drinks. This extensive beach is home to many clubs and resorts, making it a major attraction for young travellers. Despite having a long coastline, the beach is always crawling with people engaging in different activities from swimming to sunbathing to numerous water sports. This provides the perfect opportunity to socialize with people from different walks of life and culture.
Accommodation in Chaweng won’t be a problem since most of the hotels are located along the beach. The hotels are responsible for the sanitation of the adjacent coastline making Chaweng quite clean for a beach its size. Fire shows and live DJs makes most of the nights on this attraction site. But if you are looking for a quiet place, there are also secluded villas and bungalows at the northern end.
Chaweng beach is also a great place for collectors or those interested in antiquities. If you aren’t strolling on the white sands and collecting shells you can duck into one of the reputable spas to appreciate a rich collection of dead sea mineral products.
Lamai is another busy beach situated on the east coast of Koh Samui. It is one of the best beaches in Koh Samui with regards to nature and unique scenery. The beach is crescent shaped and is filled with palm trees. You can enjoy some great sundowners as you watch the wind tango with the palm leaves. Huge granite boulders of interesting shapes are another landmark attraction on this beach. The famous ones, Hin Ta and Hin Yai, sit at the southern end of Lamai and are quite a spectacle for nature lovers.
While it has its fair share of lively clubs for party lovers, it is much quieter and less fussy than its neighbour Chaweng. Lamai also has a broad range of villas for accommodation. The Beach Republic, for instance, offers luxurious villas, penthouses and spacious suits for visitors. Food is also available in plenty. From tantalizing Samui cuisines to modern dishes from famous chefs, guests will be spoilt for choice. All-inclusive Sunday brunches at the Beach Republic are also held especially on every Sundays and are a great attraction for food lovers. The Beach Republic is particularly known for such events. Gastronomy of all kinds including seafood and other authentic Thai dishes are usually served. A blend of traditional desserts and some modern fruity ones are available too.
Thongtakian (or silver beach as it is famously known) is a small beach sitting right between Chaweng and Lamai. It is one of the most epic Koh Samui tourist attractions. Its clear waters are idyllically secluded making it a perfect place for snorkelling. The beach has white powdery sands and clear waters that are perfect for an afternoon dip. This hidden gem on Koh Samui Island maintains a serene and tranquil environment. It could easily be passed by many owing to its “hidden” nature. However, once you’ve set foot in there, the thought of leaving will barely occur to you.
The full length of the beach is occupied by four beach resorts where visitors can get pampered with class-leading Thai services. It also offers a mix of friendly-priced boutique hotels and beach bar restaurants. In your next trip to Koh Samui for holidays, make sure to try out the beachside dining in the famous restaurants lining the beach.
Lipa Noi Beach
Located at the West Coast of Koh Samui, Lipa Noi Beach is one of the ideal Koh Samui tourist attractions for family and kids. The waters are quite shallow and are devoid of corals or rocks. It is the perfect place to unwind owing to its peaceful and quiet nature. If you’d like to get away from the kids for a night of light partying, there is a luxurious resort within the beach offering live DJs. Lipa Noi beach is located close to the main car ferry on the island making it easily accessible through driving.
Bophut is another great beach in Koh Samui stretching all the way from the Big Buddha to Maenam Beach. It is one of the unique Koh Samui beaches as it delivers a different kind of thrill for tourists, which is the enchanting Fisherman’s village. The village lies on the eastern part of the beach and carries quite a history of the Koh Samui Island. It is extremely old and perhaps the most preserved culture in the entire Thailand Gulf.
The main Bophut beach stretches for up to three kilometres. The long coastline coupled with the intriguing yellowish sand makes it perfect for beachside trekking and sightseeing. For accommodation, there are a couple of resorts both cost-friendly and high-end.
For a true beach lover, these are just a fraction of the best beaches in Koh Samui. They deliver a host of activities to ensure you don’t lack something to do in your stay on the Island. Whether you prefer a bustling nightlife or a private and secluded site for a swell time with loved ones, Koh Samui has got just the right beach for you.
Published by Johanne Cosihan