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Koh Samui Beaches

Chaweng Beach - more info

This 7-km beautiful beach is the longest, the most popular and developed beach on the east coast of Ko Samui. The clean white sand and sparkling water make the place charming and inviting.

chaweng beach koh samui thailand
Chaweng Beach

The underwater world is inviting. In addition to numerous accommodations, this pretty beach is packed with restaurants, souvenir shops, bars and discos catering for all types of visitors. There are a number of dive shops on the beach, some of which also organize night dives.

Lamai Beach - more info

The second most popular beach on the island, Lamai Beach is situated to the south of Chaweng Beach. This 4-km beach offers various attractions like health and meditation centres, a cultural hall, a market and dive shops. Ten kilometers from Chaweng is a smaller, quieter beach. The two-kilometer white-sand stretch on the island's eastern coast still has that quintessential small town feel.

You can ride or walk to the back of the beach road and you're in the heart of banana groves and coconut plantations, and you can take a mountain bike ride up the hilltracks and into the rugged interior. Or, you can follow the road down past the headland where the famed Grandfather and Grandmother rocks are.

lamai beach

Especially recommended for a visit is the twin rocks on shore -- Hin TA and Hin Yai, both grotesquely shaped. The two unusual rocks are the most curious things you can find on this side of the island; they look like giant male and female genitals. Lamai has a clean, less crowded beach. And the sea, because it isn't shielded by any other island, is a little rougher, perfect for some watersport challenge. Of late, Lamai has become some sort of a healing destination, thanks to the presence of a good number of spas, yoga, meditation, tai-chi, reflexol-ogy, fasting and herbal cleaning and healing centers.

Hin TA and Hin Yai

Lamai's main entertainment and shopping areas are close to the beach. These areas also teem with outdoor eating places serving a mix of Thai and Western food. The central part of Lamai also has a broad selection of bungalow-type accommodation, ranging from basic budget to more upmarket resorts with landscaped gardens and swimming pools.

Bang Rak Beach (Big Buddha Beach) - more info

The beach has derived its name from the 12-metre high golden Buddha, which is the spectacular landmark of the island.

big buddha beach koh samui

It is also a quiet beach with a number of bungalows.

Bo Phut Beach - more info

This beach next to Big Buddha Beach well retains its peacefulness due to the existence of a fishing village and a pier nearby. A two- kilometer sandy shoreline fringed by coconut palms leaning over the sea. With its calm waters, Bophut is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. This is one of the few beaches on Samui where you can rent jet skis, as well as kayaks and snorkeling gear.

bophut beach koh samui thailand
Bo Phut Beach

And at the west end of Bophut is perhaps one of the oldest places on the island, the Fisherman's Village. The nostalgic wooden houses and small local shops here remind one of days gone by. The "main street" along the beach is not longer than a kilometer but is rich in style and variety of shops, from the oldest local shop selling anything and nothing, to the most elegant restaurant. Each of these shops offers a unique touch.

Mae Nam Beach - more info

Situated next to Bo Phut Beach, this 5-km white beach is one of the most popular spots for holiday-makers.

mae nam beach koh samui
Mae Nam Beach

Apart from numerous bungalows and restaurants, there are also dive shops and other water sports facilities on the beach.

Bang Po Beach - more info

The calm sea and coral reefs in this area make it suitable for snorkeling.

bang po beach
Bang Po Beach

Other Beaches

Na Thon Bay
This is the island's major settlement on the west coast, where express and night ferries from the piers in Surat Thani arrive and is a shopping centre of the island. A wide selection of souvenirs and handicrafts, silks and jewellery are available. It also provides visitors with all necessary facilities -- a post office, banks, a police station, telephone services, and a hospital.

Taling Ngam Beach
To the South of Na Thon, this quiet beach is the most beautiful one on the western coast of Ko Samui. It is also a good spot to view the sunset.

Phang Ka Bay
This little beach, close to Taling Ngam, is not good for swimming as the ground is muddy and the water is very shallow. However, the place offers the most beautiful view of sunset on the island, especially in the evening of a summer day when the sky is perfectly clear.

Thong Krud Bay
Located to the South of the island next to Taling Ngam Beach, this bay is not far away from Ko Taen, a good fishing ground of Samui. Though not suitable for swimming, the beach has boat services for Ko Taen.

Choeng Mon Beach
Located 4 km. to the North of Chaweng Beach, this lovely, clean and quiet beach is suitable for those who need a real relaxation.

Ko Pha-ngan - more info

It has an area of about 170 and is located about 20 km. to the north of Ko Samui. Vvisitors can absorb the charm of nature. The island, with its several secluded beaches and lack of modern amenities, is a good choice for those who find Samui too crowded or too expensive. With rocky landscape and waterfalls, it is ideal for adventure-seeking visitors. Over a hundred inexpensive bungalows built in natural settings are scattered around.

koh pha ngan
Ko Pha-ngan

Rin Nok and Rin Nai beaches at the southeast, on either side of the long Hat Rin Cape, are the most popular beaches. Rin Nok, on the east side, has the better beach for swimming and snorkeling and to see the coral reefs, while Rin Nai has a greater selection of bungalows. Thong Sala Beach , where the major community of the island is located, is also where the ferries from Surat Thani and Samui are moored. Restaurants, travel agents, motorcycle rental shops, and general stores are also available.
Among the four waterfalls on the island, Than Sadet Falls in the eastern part is the most famous, mainly because it has been visited by King Rama V, King Rama VII and King Rama IX, whose royal insignia were carved on huge rocks at the falls. Wat Khao Tham is a cave temple situated on a hilltop about 4 km. from Thong Sala port. This peaceful temple is a meditation centre where courses are provided for foreigners.

Ko Tao - more info

This small lovely island is 45 km. to the north of Ko Pha-ngan. Here nature is unspoiled and the local people live harmoniously with it. It is an ideal place for snorkeling and diving.

kao tao thailand

Koh Tao

Due to the perfect visibility and the rich underwater resources, the island has gradually become the leading diving resort in the Gulf of Thailand.

koh tao

Koh Tao Sunset

Accommodations and facilities are available. Besides walking, you can get around the island by songthaeos or by renting a motorcycle or a long-tail boat.

Ko Nang Yuan
It is a group of three little virgin islands close to the north of Ko Tao, joined together by a three-way stretch of pure white powdery beach and offering a scenic view.

ko nang yuan

Like Ko Tao, the sea around it is excellent for diving and snorkeling because of its wide variety of coral formations and a large quantity of marine fauna. Accommodation and facilities are available in the island group. To reach it, there is a daily boat service from Ko Tao.

Ang Thong Islands National Marine Park
Located 20 km. northwest of Ko Samui, it is full of fascinating beaches, caves and coral formations. This about-40-island group is abundant with marine resources. It contains many oddly shaped islands, sheer limestone cliffs and hidden lagoons.

ang thong islands

The largest island of the group is Wua Ta Lap , which is the site of the park office and a beautiful cave, Tham Bua Bok , with spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. The top of a 400- metre mountain on the island overlooks all the picturesque Ang Thong islands. Another main island, Mae Ko , has a beautiful beach and an emerald saltwater lake.
The national park does not allow a night stay. It is also out of reach of individual tourists who will have to join a group organized by a tourist agency to visit the place.


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