If you’re looking for the best beaches in Koh Samui then look no further. Here’s our personal round up of Koh Samui beaches.
Getting around Koh Samui couldn’t be easier.
Before we start, if you’re looking for transport to and from the islands in Thailand, you can pre-book all of your Lomprayah transfers here.
We always choose to rent scooters to get around the islands, which start at around 150 Baht per day, and explore ourselves. Most accommodations will be able to source you a scooter.
By Tuk Tuk:
Another option is pay for tuk tuks, which are pretty popular for day trips around the island, however they can soon add up. So make sure you plan your day efficiently and maybe look into hiring one for the day!
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
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WHAT TO PACK
DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 90D
Tripod: Zomei Z666 Tripod
Day Bag: Manfrotto Manhattan Mover-50
Sunscreen: Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF-50
Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Rain Jacket: Columbia Lightweight Rain Jacket
Silver Beach was definitely the best of the best beaches on Koh Samui and it was all down to the pure white sand and perfectly transparent water. You can even see little fishes swimming around your legs.
The beach is surrounded by beautiful rocks and private sandy areas. With it having the perfect location and chilled atmosphere, we had to make Silver Beach top of our best beaches on Koh Samui.
Lipa Noi Beach is not the first beach on everyones list when visiting the popular Thai island.
We however, received a lot of messages through Instagram advising us that it was one of the best beaches in Koh Samui for sunset. So we had to head over to the West coast just before golden hour to catch some colours in the sky…and boy was it worth it!
Maenam Beach was honestly one of the most peaceful beaches in Koh Samui.
With an entrance that caught our eye and plenty of resorts popping up in the area it’s definitely an up and coming spot!
You can relax at Maenam Beach for hours with any of the hustle and bustle that goes on in Chaweng.
The most popular of the beaches in Koh Samui is definitely Chaweng Beach!
It’s situated right in the hub of the most touristy part of the island and is generally where people book their stay.
With it being so easily accessible, it does get super busy in peak season. Although that doesn’t stop the beach from being beautiful most days!
For the most beautiful parts of the beach head as far North on Chaweng as possible.
Bophut Beach Koh Samui is situated on the Northern point of Koh Samui Island.
It’s beautiful white sand and crystal blue waters attract countless tourists every single day. Not only that, but Bophut Beach is smack bang at the end of Fisherman’s Village – which holds an awesome night market every Monday and Friday!
So, if you’re planning a souvenir shop, the Northern Koh Samui beaches are right there to take a dip in before or after shopping.
Lamai Beach Koh Samui is a stunning beach situated on the South East coast of the island.
We spent some time hunting the best beaches on Koh Samui and Lamai Beach had some of the best powdery white sands and turquoise waters, even on an overcast day.
Lamai Beach is the second most popular of the Koh Samui beaches after Chaweng Beach. Although they both have a very similar feel.
Luxury – Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui – Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui offers tropical villas with a private pool and free WiFi. It has a main infinity pool, two on-site restaurants and pampering spa treatments. Luxurious ocean-facing villas come with a 42-inch flat-screen TV, iPod dock and sun loungers. The large en suite bathroom has a separate bathtub and shower stall. Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui is a 5-minute drive from Seatran Ferry Pier, which offers transfers to Koh Phangan. It is 1.9 miles from Samui International Airport.
Mid-Budget – Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana – Located along Chaweng Road, the charming Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana features cosy and comfortable rooms with free WiFi. Offering 2 dining options, the property also boasts an outdoor swimming pool with pool bar. Just 550 yards from the beach, the hotel is a 15-minute drive from Samui International Airport. Samui Ferry Terminal is a 30-minute drive away. The Thai-style rooms come with wooden flooring and furnishings. Each room has a tea/coffee maker, a safe deposit box and a minibar. Guests enjoy satellite channels on a flat-screen TV. An en suite bathroom comes with a shower.
Budget – Arina Boutique Residence – Just off Chaweng Beach Road, the family-run Arina Boutique Residence offers cosy rooms decorated with traditional Thai artwork. Providing free Wi-Fi, it is just 2 minutes’ drive from central Chaweng. Arina Residence is a 30-minute drive from Nathon Ferry Pier and a 45-minute drive from Tong Yang Ferry Port. Koh Samui Airport is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Decorated with dark wood furnishings, rooms at Arina feature a private balcony and a 29-inch flat-screen cable/satellite TV.
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