- Peter Roodnat
The 10 best beaches in Koh Samui
Updated: Dec 14, 2021
Koh Samui is a tropical island located in the middle of the ocean. This means there is absolutely no shortage of beaches. Fortunately, Koh Samui doesn't just offer the kind of beaches you can find anywhere. The island offers one of the most interesting beaches you can find in Thailand. What's the best part? You can easily access most of them during your stay on Koh Samui.
Whether you're looking for Samui's white sand beaches or trying to find the best beaches on Samui for swimming, the island will never disappoint travelers looking for the perfect combination of beautiful beaches and magnificent nature.
Want to know more about the best beaches on Koh Samui? We'll tell you everything you need to know.
#1 Chaweng Beach - the most popular beach on Koh Samui
Chaweng Beach is similar to the city around it. Busy, huge and very interesting. The beach stretches for 5 km, which means there is always room for a pleasant walk or swim in the sea. If you live in Chaweng, you're in luck. Chaweng Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Samui, which means you don't have to go very far to get that real tropical island feel. On top of that, there's always something to do on the beach. Whether it's water sports, swimming, entertainment, or just going for a drink。
#2 Poppet Beach - a beach for swimming
The town of Bophut is not known for its beaches. It is mainly known for its picturesque fishermen's village, that is also one of the best attractions on Koh Samui. But its beach also deserves praise because it is several kilometers long and offers great swimming spots. The combination of activities, entertainment and culinary options in and around Pobut Beach makes it a must-visit during your stay on Samui.
#3 Lamai Beach - a great beach for swimming
Lamai resort is second in size only to the main city of Chaweng. Although Lamai is a large city, due to the size of the beach - several kilometers long - you can never find it too busy if you are willing to find a quiet place. Lamai beach is also a great place for water sports or swimming, as the waters in the center of the beach are free of rocks and corals. On both sides of the beach you can find large rocks, including the famous Grandfather and Grandmother rocks, which happen to be very popular tourist attractions on Koh Samui.
#4 Maenam - Samui Quiet Beach
Do you like to walk along the beach in the evening? Do you want to spend the day on the beach without worrying about where to put your towel or sunbed? Maenam is a fairly large but relatively quiet beach in the north of Koh Samui. The coastline isn't completely covered by huge resorts, which means it's easy to find a quiet or romantic spot. Fortunately, there are more than enough bars and restaurants along the way to take a break.
#5 Choeng Mon - Smaller and quieter beaches
When you see the pictures of Choeng Mon beach, it is hard to believe that such a beautiful beach is not so crowded. The reason is simple. Only a few hotels and resorts occupy the space around the beach, which makes it less known than other beaches on Koh Samui. This means you can enjoy the white sandy beach as if it were your own private beach. One of the cool features of Joan Men Beach is a small island on the east side of the beach. At low tide you can walk to the island, which is a great place that offers only a few hotels and a restaurant.
#6 Lipa Noi - Samui's white sand beach
Lipa Noi is one of the white sand beaches that can be found on Koh Samui. Just being on this beach alone already gives you a bountiful island experience, but this beach is also very convenient for families with children. This is because Lipa Noi offers long shallow waters where you won't find coral or rocks in the water. Also, the location of the beach is great. The dock for the car ferry is nearby, which is the best way to get to and from mainland Thailand.
#7 Talingam - the best sunset beach on Koh Samui
What could be more romantic than watching the sunset on a tropical island? Talinjam itself is one of the most beautiful beaches on Samui, mainly because of its location directly next to the jungle. While this beach is known for sunbathing, it is equally known for watching romantic sunsets.
#8 Silver Beach - The most beautiful beach on Samui
Many people say that Silver Beach (also called Crystal Beach) is their favorite beach on Koh Samui. This is mainly because it offers a variety of things that give it a special island feel. It is only 250 meters long, which makes it quite comfortable. Also, its shape, huge rock formations and the green hills in the background make it look like a typical beach you would find on a tropical island. Due to its popularity, and because there are four major resorts next to the beach, it can get a little crowded at Silver Beach. But with such beautiful scenery, this is one beach you shouldn't cross off your list.
#9 Samrong Beach and Thongson Bay - very quiet and almost private beaches
Being the northernmost beach on Samui has one advantage. Samrong Beach and Thongson Bay are both relatively small beaches, but for those who have accommodation in this area they can sometimes feel like a private beach. These beaches are shared with only a few resorts, and our Koh Samui pool Resort is one of them. The water at these beaches is crystal clear and it is great to swim in the bay. This beach is also one of the few beaches on Samui that offers beautiful white sand.
#10 Bang Por - Samui's longest beach
With nearly 12 kilometers of sandy beach, Bang Por is the largest beach on Koh Samui. In addition to this title, this beach also holds the name of "Best Backpacker Beach", a name stolen from Mae Nam Beach. It was given this name because the area has a lot of good accommodations for backpackers at great prices, although there are some luxury hotels and resorts on the beach as well. Along the beach, you can find many bars and restaurants where you can go for a refreshing drink after a long day on the beach.
Are you planning a trip to Koh Samui? This beautiful island in the middle of the ocean is a place you should visit only once in your life. Not just for the great weather, friendly locals or luxury resorts, but for the most beautiful beaches you've ever seen. Want to stay just 50 meters from one of the beaches on this list? Check out our luxury beach vacation villas with private pools and near-private beaches.