Koh Samui is an amazing holiday destination. As the second largest island in Thailand, it has an airport that is quickly transferred to all beach locations. One of the best places in Koh Samui is to have the main road that surrounds the entire island, but it is far from the beach. This means you have a bustling shop, restaurants, and bars, but the beach is tree-lined and quiet. This Thai island is 25 kilometers long and 21 kilometers wide, suitable for everyone. Below is an overview of all the major beaches in Koh Samui.
Mae Nam Beach
Mae Nam Beach is a lovely, quiet, 7km long beach, shoal at low tide, perfect for kids. This beach is less protected than Bophut, Chaweng or Choeng Mon, so it may become choppy, but it will attract kite surfers. The beach and beachfront resort are far from the main road and offer visitors a remote tropical feel. Mae Nam Beach has high-end and budget accommodation, and visitors year after year. With more than 70 resorts and hotels, Mae Nam is located on the waterfront, so long-term travelers are popular because there are some good quality long-stay apartments that are very affordable. There are some casual beach bars in Weinan, which are open until late, but if you want to enjoy the busy nightlife, Chaweng is only 2 minutes away.
The sand is not as powdery as other Samui beaches, but the scenery of Bophut is beautiful and the water is calm, perfect for swimming. The beach itself is about 2 km long and there are some very lovely resorts to suit any budget. The highlight of this beach is that it has a thriving village, as part of the area, traveling in advance, so there are some real Thai things to see. Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village is a collection of chic shops, restaurants, and bars with a Chinese/French atmosphere due to its colonial history. The effort to make this stylish place worth visiting is impressive, which is why you should consider staying on this beach for a good part. Most of the accommodation is on the beach, not in the fisherman’s village of Bophut.
Big Buddha Beach
Bang Rak Beach (sometimes called Big Buddha Beach) is located at the northern end of Koh Samui. It has nearly 40 hotels and resorts to suit everyone’s budget and has a 4km long beach, but because it’s not completely original, accommodation is often cheaper. If you are planning to take a speedboat ride to the full moon party at Koh Phangan, Bang Rak is a good place to stay because there is a pier that can take you. Bang Rak has a more hippie atmosphere than other beaches and can still find bungalows on the beachfront fan. There is a relaxed party atmosphere in the evening to meet the needs of most people. Bang Rak Beach is a favorite of many people who don’t like to see big chain stores like McDonald’s or Holiday Inn. For budget travelers, this is my first choice for all beaches in Koh Samui.
Choeng Mon Beach
Cheong Mon Beach is a crescent-shaped white sand beach with three quiet bays in the north and south. (Plai Leim, Thongson, and Thongsai Bay) There are more than 130 hotels on 4 beaches, mainly on 3-5 star stands, but the area is very quiet except for the jet skis on the main beach of Cheong Mon. Just 15 minutes from Chaweng’s main tourist center, Cheong Mon is quieter than its recommended number of hotels. The area caters to a slightly higher level of upscale and older people, with most of the nightly entertainment being kept in the resort. This area is very popular with French and German tourists, so the cuisine of these countries is well represented here. In addition to those who want to host large parties, this area has something for everyone. It is also very popular with foreigners because it is quiet but still close to Chaweng Beach and the party life there.
With more than 200 hotels and resorts, Chaweng Beach is the main tourist area of Koh Samui. The beach is 7 km from the stunning white sand beach and is perfect for swimming. The north and south ends are quiet, while the main beaches are busy with tourists and seaside activities. At dusk, the beach is taken over by the Candlelight Restaurant, serving grilled seafood and other delicacies. The main streets are full of shops, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, especially for young people, which can be fun. A wide variety of accommodation is available, although some may enjoy an ordinary nightlife (including some girls’ bars) at night, there are some very high-end clubs on the hills that have a worldwide reputation.
Lamai Beach is the second busiest beach area on Koh Samui, with more than 160 resorts full of embarrassment. However, the beach itself is very amazing and in quite quiet areas, although the main sliding of the beach has bars and motorboats. This is a great swimming beach and it is easy to reach a quieter beach from Lamai. The fact that Samui does not allow tall buildings does mean that Lamai is still very charming. After 10 pm, there are plenty of shopping and dining options and a rich nightlife. There are many girls and bars on the main road in Lamai, but if you want to do this, it is easy to avoid. Lamai has a large community of expatriates, so you will find many Western bars and restaurants. Like all the beaches of Koh Samui, there are various types of accommodation. The most expensive water sports are on the waterfront.
Lipa Noi Beach
With 2 beaches, Lipa Noi has about 30 hotels and resorts, making it a quiet little place. It has fine white sand, shallow when low tide, very suitable for children, but only suitable for swimming at high tide. There is no real nightlife in the area and it is more popular in the 30s. It has some lovely restaurants and easy access to shops, supermarkets, and local markets. The famous Nikki Beach Club is also located here.