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Best Beaches Around Ko Samui

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Ko Samui’s beaches vary from secluded havens to full-on party hotspots. Among the island’s beaches you can swim, jet-ski, get a massage, have your hair braided and buy almost anything – or simply lay back and enjoy the sun. Whatever your idea of beach heaven is, here’s your guide to the best beaches around Ko Samui.

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Chaweng Noi Beach

Beaches

Lamai Beach

Beaches

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

National Parks, Geologic Formations

Fisherman’s Village

Neighbourhoods

Choeng Mon Beach

Beaches

Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach)

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Bang Po Beach

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Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach

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Mae Haad Beach

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Haad Yao Beach

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Kirsty S's City Tips

  • Be careful when swimming and taking part in other water-based activities around Ko Samui’s beaches, particularly in monsoon season when the weather can cause high waves and strong currents, especially on the island’s east coast.
  • The people selling things up and down Ko Samui’s beaches can be quite insistent and some people become irritated with constantly being asked to make a purchase. You’ll find that a polite but firm “no” will be more effective than becoming agitated.
  • Hiring a moped is a cheap and easy way to get around Ko Samui. If you do use taxis, be sure to agreed a fixed fare with the driver before you set off.
  • Chaweng Noi Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Chaweng Beach is the largest and most popular beach in Ko Samui, and it’s a real stunner too. As such, Chaweng draws the crowds and there’s always a busy, lively atmosphere here. There’s also a wide range of watersports and other activities on offer, as well as a plethora of shops, bars and restaurants lining the road parallel to it.

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Chaweng Beach does tend to get crowded, particularly in the afternoons. If you want a quiet spot to relax, head towards the southern end of the beach.
    • Beware of jet ski scams – go with a recommendation if you can to avoid any false claims of damage followed by demands for compensation.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 126 things to do in Ko Samui
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice white sand beach 10/06/2019
    • Clean beach 06/01/2019
    • Chaweng Noi Beach
    Address:
    Bo Put
    Thailand
  • Lamai Beach
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The second most famous beach in Ko Samui is Lamai Beach. This is Chaweng’s laidback, quieter cousin. Perhaps because they’re older, the amenities are considerably cheaper than around Chaweng Beach and the beach itself is not nearly as busy. For those looking for value for money and smaller crowds, Lamai is a great option.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • The southern end of the beach has the widest strip of sand. The further north you go, the narrower and quieter the beach becomes, eventually becoming rocky towards the headland.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 126 things to do in Ko Samui
    • Great stretch of beach - something for everyone 05/06/2019
    • best beach paradise 17/05/2019
    • Lamai Beach
  • Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
    National Parks, Geologic Formations
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The beaches across the islands of the Ang Thong National Marine Park are simply stunning and a day trip out to visit them will reveal fine white stretches of sand lapped by crystal-clear waters. There’s a famous viewpoint on one of the main islands, where, after a steep climb, incredible sweeping views of the islands will be revealed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To avoid the package tour crowds, arrange an independent speedboat to take you out to the islands.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Ang Thong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great day out site seeing kayaking snorkeling boat ride 02/06/2019
    • Ang Thong Marine park 31/05/2019
    • Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
    Address:
    346/1 Talad Lang
    Ang Thong 84000
    Thailand
    Phone:
    077 280 222
    Other:
  • Fisherman’s Village
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The Fisherman's Village takes up the middle section of Bophut Beach, which is home to a combination of flash, modern resorts interspersed with traditional Chinese shop-houses. Popular with couples and young families, the beach in this area is one of the finest on the island and unlike Chaweng, there has been a conscious effort to dissuade any rowdy nightlife spots from springing up.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • If you can tear yourself away from the beach, be sure to take a stroll down the pedestrian-only walking street when visiting this area.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 31 things to do in Bophut
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bustling street lined with bars, restaurants and shops. Makes for a good evening's entertainment 16/06/2019
    • Lovely place 15/06/2019
    • Fisherman’s Village
    Phone:
    +66 81 719 2456
    Other:
  • Choeng Mon Beach
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Choeng Mon Beach is made up of a series of pretty bays on the northwest tip of the island. There’s an excellent choice of restaurants and bars located along the coast here, plus a number of small massage huts and the usual offerings of jet skis and the like. The atmosphere is relaxed and the shallow waters make it a great beach for the kids.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • If you want a quieter beach during the day but prefer a livelier nightlife, stay around Choeng Mon Beach and head to Chaweng in the evenings – it’s only ten minutes away.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Choeng Mon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good time there 15/06/2019
    • Not appealing at all 05/06/2019
    • Choeng Mon Beach
  • Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Silver Beach offers a tiny slice of beach paradise. Located just north of Lamai Beach, this tranquil strip of sand offers stunning views, along with some particularly good swimming and snorkeling opportunities.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Swimmers and snorkelers should be careful; a few large rocks lurk in the water around here.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Maret
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful beach 10/06/2019
    • Wonderful clean beach 09/06/2019
    • Thong Takhian Beach (Silver Beach)
  • Bang Po Beach
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you’re after a bit of peace and quiet, head over to Bang Po Beach. This narrow strip of beach sits in a beautiful bay and is refreshingly free from hawkers, jet skis and crowds.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • There’s a laidback bar and restaurant at Bang Po Beach, which should keep you adequately fed and watered throughout the day.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 126 things to do in Ko Samui
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great beach for walking 11/06/2019
    • One of the best beaches in Thailand 09/02/2019
    • Bang Po Beach
  • Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Ko Samui’s little sister, Ko Phangan, offers some stunning beaches. Both the Thong Nai Pan beaches are stunners, but Thong Nai Pan Yai has a wider stretch of sand and calmer, more swimmable waters.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Stick around for sunset – it’s particularly spectacular here.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 48 things to do in Ko Pha Ngan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dunno why this is labelled as "sold out", it's not. 13/06/2019
    • Top Spot 15/04/2019
    • Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach
    Phone:
    +66 77 956 660
    Other:
  • Mae Haad Beach
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Just a boat ride from Ko Samui, Mae Haad Beach is one of the few remaining unspoilt beaches in Ko Phangan. Rarely busy, the beach is situated in the northwest of the island and sports a spectacular strip of white sand. At low tide a sandbank joining the beach to the small island of Ko Ma is revealed.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • The area around Mae Haad Beach is a National Marine Park and possibly the best place around Ko Phangan to go snorkeling.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Ko Pha-ngan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • best beach 20/02/2019
    • For sue not a dream beach or in anyway secret 19/02/2019
    • Mae Haad Beach
  • Haad Yao Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Another absolute stunner from Saumi’s neighboring island, Haad Yao Beach in Ko Phangan is the quintessential south Thailand beach. With a blaze of stunning white sand and impossibly crystal-clear waters, this one-kilometer stretch of coast is unsurprisingly very popular.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • To avoid confusion, it helps to know that Had Yao Beach is sometimes referred to as Long Beach.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 48 things to do in Ko Pha Ngan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Small white sand beach to relax on... 30/03/2019
    • best of 24/02/2019
    • Haad Yao Beach
    Phone:
    +66 81 958 2223
    Other:
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