There are over 20 beautiful beaches in Koh Samui for your holiday options. With these great numbers of beaches on the island, it might be a hard work for you to really pick the right one.
Most of the beaches offer different types of accommodations from budget hotels, luxurious beachfront accommodations, short-term apartment rentals and more.
To choose which beach is the best option for you, first you will need to know what you are looking for in your beach holiday. If you are looking for nightlife attraction with easy accessibility to the civilized world, you should not make the mistake by choosing isolated beach.
Here we have picked some of the famous areas on Samui Island as a guide for your next visit.
Chaweng is the most famous and well-equipped beach on the island. It is located on the east of Samui and it has beautiful 6 km-long beach with the white powdery sandy beach.
Chaweng is separated into 4 sections, they are; North, Central, South Chaweng and Chaweng Noi (small).
Chaweng Beach is perfect for a one-stop destination for those who love the beautiful beach and party at the same time. The beach has everything to offer, all the convenience from various type of accommodation, nice restaurants, fancy pubs and bars to shopping arcades.
If you are a first-time visitor to the island, Chaweng might be a better choice due to its convenience. However, Chaweng can be a bit noisy by day and by night, it might not be suitable for introvert people who seek for an alone time. Click here to see the finest villas in Chaweng.
Ranked second place best beach in Samui, Lamai Beach is as beautiful as Chaweng but with less crowd. You can still see local people’s life goes by on this beach while there are still plenty of accommodation choices for you to choose.
Lamai also has nice restaurants, pubs and bars but less than Chaweng. Therefore, if you do not like too many noises but still do not want to be cut off from the civilised world, Lamai should serve you well.
Bophut can serve as the perfect venue for the night out as well as quiet holiday abode. This is the venue where you will find local community meet with the commercial world. There are plenty of boutique shops selling quality local handmade products as well as high-end restaurants and these shops resided in historic Chinese shop-house.
Although Bophut might serve you well for all the convenience, the water at Bophut is not as clear as in other beaches in Samui. See our list of villas in Bophut.
A great combination for both high-end travellers and backpackers, Maenam can serve both groups impeccably. At one end, Maenam beach has plenty of affordable accommodation, restaurants and shops for budget travellers. While the other end, Maenam beach is equipped with luxurious resorts, fine cuisine outlets and sophisticated nightlife for the big-spenders.
Maenam Beach is the perfect place for couples who seek relaxation, romantic place and relatively peaceful vacation venue. Maenam is also a home to the most romantic and luxury resort – W Retreat Koh Samui.
5. Taling Ngam
Taling Ngam Beach or the Sunset Beach is well-known for being a great spot to view the most romantic sunset on the island. This pristine beach offers the dazzling view of Angthong Marine National Park. It has several accommodation from the high-end resorts to affordable bungalows.
This charming beach will be packed during the evening where travellers will flock to the spot waiting for the sun to go down. If your kind of holiday is to relax by the beach, swim in the ocean and watch the day goes by, Taling Ngam is sure a perfect place for you.
6. Big Buddha
Gaining popularity from its convenient location from the Samui Airport as well as from the ferry pier to Phangan Island, Big Buddha Beach offers family-friendly facilities such as affordable accommodation and restaurants.
The beach is relative good with one of the clearest water on the island. You can also visit Samui’s landmark like the Big Buddha situating on this beach. However, some part of the beach might be a bit rockery and make it impossible to swim.
7. Choeng Mon
Home to mid-range to upper-class accommodation, Cheong Mon Beach is located on the north-western of Samui Island. Choeng Mon also has the beautiful beach that is suitable for swimming as it is not too deep.
The beach is surrounded by pine trees and coconut trees as a background. Some of the properties on Choeng Mon Beach offers private beach such as Tongsai Bay and The Peninsula.
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