Our Guide to the Best and Beautiful Beaches of Koh Samui Thailand

Our Guide to finding the

Best Beautiful Beaches of

Koh Samui Thailand

We have now visited Koh Samui 7 times so have got to know the island fairly well. Koh Samui really has something for everyone, the beaches are numerous and all offer a different experience. So if you are planning a trip and can’t decide where to stay, or where to visit during your stay here is our guide to the best beaches of Koh Samui.

We will start with the beaches on the north of the island and work our way around the island clockwise.

Bang Por Beach – Beaches of Koh Samui

On the north west coast of the island Bang Por is a very quiet beach. We normally get the taxi to drop us off at the end by Relax Beach Bar and then walk up the beach stopping at Shenanigans Irish Bar then on to Som restaurant for some excellent food. It is a beautiful beach, firm for walking on and shallow for swimming with the opportunity for some great sunsets. Something always surprises us when we visit Thailand and we were sat here one afternoon when a man walked past with a buffalo, we were not expecting that!  If you are after a secluded and quiet day of relaxing with very few people around then this is a great beach to visit.

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Bang Por Beach

Guide to the best beautiful beaches of Koh Samui Thailand by Paul and Carole buffalo watching Bang Por beach

Buffalo watching on Bang Por Beach

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Sun setting on Bang Por Beach

Maenam Beach – Beaches of Koh Samui

Maenam Beach is a lovely long beach on the north coast of the island. The beach has plenty of restaurants and bars where sunbeds can be used if you buy food and drink. Good for a long beach walk and great for swimming too. We tend to head to Maenam on a Thursday as that is when the walking street market happens. We spend the day at the beach and then spend the evening at the night market. It starts at around 1700 and offers souvenirs, street food, clothes and cheap cocktails until about midnight.

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Maenam Beach

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Sunset Maenam Beach



Bangrak Beach – Beaches of Koh Samui

This picture is pretty special to us because we arrived in Koh Samui for the first time and got up to this view! The beach at Bangrak is lovely, narrow and really shallow, however, does get grittier and less picturesque the nearer you get to the Bangrak Pier. We stayed at the Secret Garden Beach Resort and really enjoyed the beach here. The beach has firm sand, good for walking and also for plane spotting!

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Our first view of Koh Samui on Bangrak Beach

Fishermans Village, Bophut – Beaches of Koh Samui

The beach at Fishermans village is good but does have very gritty sand which does make it hard work to walk on. However, it is dotted with bars and restaurants where you can sit and admire the views over to Koh Phangan. It is also very shallow for swimming. We stayed at Enjoy Beach Hotel and had fantastic views and fabulous sunrises.

We would definitely recommend taking some beach shoes if you are coming here. We took these and they were ideal.

Guide to the best beautiful beaches of Koh Samui Thailand by Paul and Carole Fishermans village bophut

Fishermans Village Beach Bophut


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Sunrise in Fishermans Village Bophut

Choeng Mon – Beaches of Koh Samui

Choeng Mon beach is situated on the north east corner of Koh Samui. The beach is beautiful with shallow waters and really great for families. There are some bars and restaurants on the beach and we experienced some incredible sunsets. Choeng Mon is a quieter resort area and does has some great restaurants and bars, however, if you are looking for partying until dawn then you will be disappointed.

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Choeng Mon Beach

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Amazing sunsets on Choeng Mon Beach



Chaweng Beach – Beaches of Koh Samui

Chaweng beach is beautiful and is the main party area of Koh Samui and can get very busy. It is a beautiful beach in the day, soft white sand with very shallow waters, perfect for swimming. Restaurants and bars are plentiful and there are plenty of options of sunbeds for the cost of a beer or food. There is a constant stream of beach sellers so shopping is an option too.

Chaweng beach can be a fun place at night however it can also become quite intimidating too. We stayed centrally at the Montien House Hotel which was not far from the Ark Bar and were approached by a few unsavoury characters offering us some dubious goods which has never happened to us before on all our trips to Thailand, this happened both at night and also when we got up to watch the sunrise. However, Chaweng Beach is very long so if we returned again we would opt to stay on the outskirts rather than smack bang in the party zone. This area was great for plane spotting too!

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Fruit seller on Chaweng Beach

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Chaweng Beach

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Sunrise Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Noi – Beaches of Koh Samui

Chaweng Noi is a beautiful beach, much quieter than Chaweng beach, the water is shallow and ideal for swimming. There are large hotels all along this beach and a couple of bars and restaurants. As long as you buy a drink or food you are able to use their sunbeds.

We found two ways to access Chaweng Noi beach. You can go through the Bistro Restaurant, buy a drink and use their beds and their mango smoothie’s were excellent! Secondly, look for signs for the Beach Club and you can walk down the steps and onto the beach. The Beach Club is more expensive and has loud music playing but if that’s what you enjoy it is a good place to visit. They do have offers and Saturday nights is ladies night where ladies drink free.

Here is a look around Chaweng Noi Beach.

Lamai Beach – Beaches of Koh Samui

We love Lamai, the beach is varied and gets less coarse the further south you go, the sand is soft so quite hard work to walk distances on. The water gets deep fairly quickly and can get rough at times, but is great for swimming and having fun in the waves.

There are lots of bars and restaurants along the length so finding sunbeds is not a problem. Plenty of options for Thai food, however, if you fancy a change from Thai food then the Bikini Bar does excellent ribs with reggie music playing. Our favourite spot though is towards the south end by a bar called No Stress, we love it here, great food, service and perfect views.

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Fresh coconut at No Stress Bar

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Lamai Beach

Lipa Noi – Beaches of Koh Samui

On the west of the island below Nathon you will find Lipa Noi Beach. This is a quiet beach with a few restaurants and hotels dotted along. The famous Nikki Beach club is situated here, and is a luxurious place to spend the day, it is free to get in but drinks and food are expensive, you can check out our visit here. This beach is firm and great for walking and has the best sunsets!

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Lipa Noi Beach

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Stunning sunsets

Fire Shows on the Beaches of Koh Samui

We can’t talk about the beaches of Koh Samui without mentioning the Fire Shows. When the sun goes down we find a spot in a bar or on the beach and watch the fire shows. These happen about 3 times a week, about 7-8pm and are always spectacular. They are free to watch but tips are expected. Here is a short video showing you what to expect at a fire show. We watched this from the Kon-Tiki New Nordic Beach Restaurant & Bar. We have also seen fire shows on Chaweng beach too.



We hope you have found our guide useful, and it helps you plan and make the most of your stay.

Tip on getting around Koh Samui to visit the beaches – On our recent trip to Koh Samui we discovered Navigo, an app where you can book taxis. Not only was it so easy but it saved us a lot of money too. The fares were about 30% cheaper than conventional taxis. We have updated our Koh Samui transport post so do have a read and share with friends who are heading that way!

What’s your favourite beach in Koh Samui? If you have any questions then do get in touch via our social media channels and please do comment below.

Here is a map of Koh Samui courtesy of Kohsamui.org which shows you the locations of the beaches mentioned.

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Koh Samui map courtesy of http://www.kohsamui.org

Now you have seen the beaches, check out our hotel reviews to choose where you want to stay!

 

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27 Responses to Our Guide to the Best and Beautiful Beaches of Koh Samui Thailand

  1. Shona says:

    Fantastic info for Koh Samui first-timers. I followed your last trip there and continually wondered why I haven’t been yet. I’ll be saving this post for when I do. Thanks, guys, I know it was tough putting this together, but someone had to! 😉

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  3. Jean-luc says:

    Hello Carole and Paul,
    You do not mention Chaweng Noi Beach, Coral Cove, and Crystal Bay / Silver Beach which are all very nice. Have you been there? What is your opinion about these?
    Thanks

    • Hi Jean-Luc,
      Thanks for pointing out Chaweng Noi was missing, that was an oversight on our part, as was included in our notes for this post! We plan to visit Chrystal Bay/Silver Beach next time and add this information. We have not heard of Coral Cove so look forward to your insider knowledge when we stay with you again next year!

  4. What a great guide to Koh Samui. I will definitely use this to determine where I want to stay on my next visit there. How funny to see a buffalo walking down the beach. lol. I bet you took a second look at that. I enjoy watching sunsets, so on my next trip will pick a beach on the west side. Grea information, photos, and videos! #feetdotravel

  5. Sharon says:

    This is a comprehensive and organized post — thank you! I love that you included a map. I am challenged by geography so this is very helpful!
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  6. Ruth says:

    You have me suffering in here! Those beaches are way too beautiful. They remind me of the Caribbean. I have not visited the beaches of Thailand yet and I know I am missing a lot because of that. And then, all that stuff about the beach bars, restaurants and reggae music is very appealing ;0) #feetdotravel

  7. Oh it’s hard to choose which one I like best! I guess it would have to be Lamai Beach! #FeetDoTravel
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  8. Oh my my, based on your photos I would love to visit all of the listed beaches. 🙂 How could you even choose the favorite one? 😉
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  9. We stayed on Lamai and visited Chawang but didn’t check out any of these other beaches. I wish Pinterest was around when I went, I would have pinned this and visited more! Pinned now though! #feetdotravel

  10. Guru says:

    This is great guide to Koh Samui and thank you for sharing such great information about every beach you explored.

  11. Trippin' Turpins (Kelly) says:

    Great informative post! Wish we had this in 2010 when we first visited Koh Samui. We stay out at a quiet beach but I remember we had trouble even finding a way onto Chaweng Beach! Ha ha ha. Have pinned to use on our next visit, thanks for sharing.

  12. I always love a good budgeting tip and the taxi app sounds great! Im glad they have made it work there, as in Bali you would get your ass kicked if you used Uber. The beaches, however, all look lovely. With white sand a beautiful blue water. Looks like you two had a ball!

  13. Koh Samui looks amazing! We would love the Choeng Mon beach. Quieter beaches are more us than party beaches. The fire shows are stunning.

  14. It does look beautiful and we hope to explore more of Thailand at some point and Koh Samui is definitely on the agenda! Will pin for later!

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