About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
National Parks, Geologic Formations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.