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We were able to enjoy Koh Samui’s beaches for a month straight. On our motorbike we traveled from one paradise to another and we can guarantee there will be something there for everybody, from the still unspoiled beaches in Koh Samui’s south to busy Chaweng Beach with its powdery sand. We’ll also be giving you tips for accommodations and restaurants. Dream away…

The best beaches of Koh Samui

Crystal Bay Beach – Thong Takien Bay

In the Thong Takien bay you’ll find one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. At Crystal Bay Beach Resort you’ll have the opportunity to wake up every morning with this view!

You can relax on the beach, take a dip in the swimming pool or go snorkeling in the sea. With its many different restaurants and vibrant night life, the location is ideal, just around the corner from Lamai Beach. Still, somehow, this beach always manages to remain peaceful and calm…

Crystal Bay - Koh Samui

Photo credit: Jakub Michankow

Lipa Noi Beach

We heard about this quiet little beach on Koh Samui’s west coast indirectly and when we visited, there were a total of 8 other tourists there. So if you’re looking for peace and quiet, this is the place to be. There are a few restaurants on the beach where you can order an amazing coconut shake. The day here passes very quickly…

Empty beaches of Lipa Noi

Mae Nam Beach

Mae Nam is a stunning beach in Koh Samui’s north where, surprisingly, it’s always peaceful. That doesn’t mean it’s any less of a paradise. Take a walk along Mae Nam Beach from east to west and soak up all the beauty it has to offer!

Tip: Did you get a chance to read our piece on the Moonhut Bungalows? It’s our favorite place on this beach.

The end of Mae Nam Beach

Chaweng Beach

If you love going out, partying and recovering on the beach, this is the place to be. It’s always busy, in a good way. During the day, pretty much everyone finds their way to this beach. Maneuver your way through the hundreds of parked motorbikes and pick a spot on this vast beach. You will have to share it with many other sun worshippers, though, just because it is so beautiful and accessible.

Chaweng beach is the most populair beach of Koh Samui

Photo credit: Boryeongsi

Lamai Beach

This is Chaweng Beach’s little sister. It’s slightly less busy than Chaweng, but with plenty of opportunities to relax or join in a game of beach volleyball with the locals. We spent three nights here in a small beach hut. The sound of the sea cancels out the noise of the nightlife, which means you can sleep really well and wake up calmly to a sea view. We would also like to tell you about Pizza del Sol: only a five-minute walk from the beach and the best pizzas in the whole Koh Samui.

The Lamai Beach viewpoint

Photo credit: Irumge

Bophut Beach

The small fishing village in Koh Samui’s northeast is a tourist favorite. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is one of Koh Samui’s hippest areas. It has trendy restaurants, nice shops, cool bars and a fantastic beach. Highly recommended as a day out.

Relaxing Bophut Beach

Thong Krut Beach

The quiet south of Koh Samui harbors innumerable undiscovered beaches. You can go for a nice walk along the beach, where you’ll encounter local fishermen emptying their nets. We’ve also eaten at this beach fairly regularly and recommend the Lai Thai Restaurant. It’s run by a very nice, local family. The food is fresh, prepared with love and very cheap.

At Koh Tan Cuisine you can also book long tail boat trips to, among other places, Koh Tan’s mangrove forest!

Thung Krut Beach in the south of Koh Samui

Bang Po Beach

We discovered Bang Po Beach completely by chance. We were looking for Mae Nam Beach, but when we first saw it, we decided not to look any further and lay out our towels here. This beach is ideal for families with children. The sand is really nice and there is enough space to run around. Unfortunately for us, it started to rain less than half an hour after we arrived, but with a blue sky and lots of sunshine this is an excellent place to enjoy the good life.

Tip: This little beach has a very nice resort that’s ideal for families with children. The By Beach Resort →

Child friendly beaches

Getting there

Koh Samui is easily reached from Bangkok. Catch a direct plane to the airport of Koh Samui. The flight will take only one hour. Here you can find the tickets.

Want to see more of Koh Samui?
Then click here for 10 fun things to see and do!

Best Hotels Koh Samui

Coco Palm Beach Resort, Koh Samui

Coco Palm Beach Resort - $$

Coco Palm Beach Resort is located on what might be Koh Samui’s nicest beach. Escape the hustle and bustle in the beautifully landscaped garden with its palm trees, luxury swimming pool and beach location.

Crystal Bay Beach Resort, Koh Samui

Crystal Bay Beach Resort - $$

Sleep in one of the nicer hotels at a reasonable price. Located between busy Lamai and Chaweng Beach, the Crystal Bay Beach Resort offers everything you would expect from a tropical island. One of Koh Samui’s best kept secrets!

What is your favorite beach of Koh Samui?


Author Sander

Former elementary school teacher, storyteller, sports enthusiast, and adventurer. Love to do the "impossible", which is usually the exact opposite of what’s expected.

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