Soft sand, indigo seas and swaying green palms make Koh Samui’s beaches some of the most beautiful in the world. Even if you don't like lying in the sun it’s always supremely relaxing experience to spend an hour or two at the beach and its even more inspiring to stay right next to one.
If you’re heading to Thailand on holiday, the likelihood is that the Kingdom’s spectacular plethora of beaches played their part in attracting you there in the first place.
The country’s idyllic stretches of sandy coastline are known all over the world for their blissful surroundings, and Koh Samui is without doubt one of Thailand’s leading beach hotspots.
While lively stretches of beach offer a buzzing atmosphere and plenty to do, you might also be on the lookout for a quiet hangout to enjoy a romantic sunset stroll, or an untroubled afternoon of relaxation with your family.
Below is a round up of Samui’s most untroubled seaside locations.
Situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, Choeng Mon beach is the perfect location for those in search of more of a classic island beachside experience. This stretch of Samui’s shoreline is peppered with upmarket resorts, and tends to attract families and visitors seeking a quiet place to kick back and relax. A scattering of beach massage huts and bungalows give Choeng Mon an authentic Thai feel, and you’re never too far away from the nearby high street where there’s a selection of shops to browse. The silky soft sand here is also second to none.
If you want a generous beach to spread out and play games with your family, Mae Nam could be just the spot. This beach on the northern shore of the island tends to attract less people, so it’s the ideal destination if you were planning to have a few games of beach volleyball or make a sand sculpture or two. The beach is a fair distance from the main road, so you can be sure of finding a secluded, laid back atmosphere, too. A smattering of eateries has sprung up by the beach in recent years to cater for the growing number of families seeking a peaceful place to unwind on this part of the island.
Thanks to its advantageous position on the western coast of the island, Lipa Noi beach is one of the best sandy vantage points on Koh Samui to enjoy a glorious Thai sunset. With glassy, calm waters and sensationally soft sand, Lipa Noi is the ideal spot for paddling with little ones or swimming further out. It enjoys a chilled out atmosphere on this less-developed side of the island. A handful of restaurants are nearby, including the chic Mediterranean-style Nikki Beach club – a hotspot for Sunday brunch buffets.
The gorgeous stretches of sand that fringe the Laem Set peninsula in south Samui are one of the island’s best-kept secrets. The sheltered coves and bays offer a wonderful chance to sample a more local way of life – head here early in the morning and you’ll likely see local fishermen heading out to get their catch of the day. The quaint Muslim village of Hua Thanon is situated just to the north, and retains a traditional way of life – it also happens to be the perfect spot for the chef to grab some of the best fresh seafood you’ll eat while on holiday in Thailand. On the western side of the peninsula is Bang Kao beach, which offers some of the most luxurious boutique accommodation options on the whole island.
Nestled on the south-west corner of Koh Samui, Taling Ngam beach is another stunning stretch of coastline that enjoys the most mesmerising crimson sunsets. It’s another of Samui’s less developed beaches, so perfect for those in search of a place with an irresistibly laid-back ambience. The stunning views extend out towards the iconic Five Islands, and the beach itself serves as the perfect jumping off point for boat trips out to these craggy limestone attractions. Retaining much of its pristine, exotic allure, Taling Ngam is one of those dazzling beaches that will remind you why you came to Thailand in the first place.