12 Best Beaches in Koh Samui - 2020 (Photos & 1500+ Reviews)

Beaches in Koh Samui are a major tourist attraction for those planning to visit Koh Samui, the second largest island of Thailand. White sands, clean water and lines of coconut and palm trees makes them the ideal vacation choice as an escape from the busy city life and the perfect backdrop for memorable pictures to upload on your Instagram timeline.

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Enjoy the warm sun and cool water during the day and head out to local pubs and flea markets during the night. Taste local food and take back souvenirs from that unforgettable vacation. Koh Samui beaches have something to offer for everyone. Whether you want a quiet, lazy afternoon to unwind or beaches that offer water activities, you are sure to find a beach that suits you.

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Sunbathe for that perfect tan, go swimming in the cool water, take long walks with your loved one or on your own, go deep sea diving, or explore the underwater world by scuba diving and snorkelling. You will never return disappointed.

Here are some of the best beaches in Koh Samui:

01

Maenam Beach

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Maenam Beach
White sand and lines of coconut trees makes Maenam Beach perfect for long walks and lazy vacations. The name literally means ‘mother water’.

The beach keeps up to its name with clean, blue water and long stretches of cafes serving local food. The gorgeous view of the Koh Phangan makes it a must-visit beach. Of all the
Koh Samui beaches, Maenam gives you the perfect balance of lazy and fun.

Location:
2 Tambon Mae Nam, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat, Surat Thani

Activities:
Take a lazy, long walk, and enjoy the breath-taking sunset. The Pink Elephant Waterpark nearby is a great stop for adventure lovers.

But you should visit the beach on Thursday and explore the Maenam Walking Street. Local food stalls, souvenir shops, handicraft purchases and much more to add to your Instagram feed.

Distance from Koh Samui:
13.1 km
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02

Chaweng Beach

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Chaweng Beach

One of the largest and most popular beaches in Koh Samui, Chaweng Beach attracts tourists all year round. With lines of coconut trees for miles and clean, white sand, this beach is the perfect choice for beach lovers.

And you will easily find a suitable stay option very close to the beach. From budget guest houses for backpackers to premium resorts for families, everything is available at a stone’s throw. The beach offers a lot to experience and explore. Some activities may require prior booking. Check with your travel agent for details.

Location:
Surat Thani

Activities:
 Whether looking for a lazy beach vacation or a holiday filled with adventure, Chaweng Beach is the perfect destination for both. The clean blue water and white sand gives you the perfect opportunity to take long walks and soak in the gorgeous sunset.

But if you want an adrenaline rush, explore the diving and snorkelling options. Push the envelope a little further and experience elephant trekking and tree-top cable rides.

Distance from Koh Samui: 
17.3 km

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04

Lamai Beach

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Lamai Beach
The second most popular of the Koh Samui beaches after Chaweng, Lamai Beach offers the best of amenities to tourists. Although the sunset is gorgeous, but if you can make it early to the beach then you can witness the most beautiful sunrise of your lifetime. Hire a deckchair and enjoy the breeze or get into the water for a relaxing swim.

Location:
Surat Thani

Activities:
  Like most beaches in Koh Samui, the best way to explore this beach as well is to hire a jeep or a motorbike. Visit the nearby fishing village of Hua Thanon. The Wat Lamai Temple is an architecture to behold and a popular site for religious and social ceremonies.

If you are there during one of these ceremonies, don’t miss it. Once you have had enough of surrounding sightseeing, go for a dive in the beach, or explore the walking street to pick up local knick-knacks and souvenirs. Don’t miss the performance by Ovada Showband, a five-piece live Phillipino band.

Distance from Koh Samui:
10.1 km
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Bophut Beach

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Bophut Beach
Bophut Beach is one of the remaining Koh Samui Beaches that maintains the original Thai-Chinese culture.

Originally known as the Fisherman’s Village, Bophut is fast becoming a major tourist attraction. If travelling with your family or with young children, this is the perfect location.

Location: Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Activities: Jet skiing is the most popular attraction at this beach. It is different from other beaches in Koh Samui as it also offers a go-cart track. Come here to relax with a beautiful sunset, Thai massage, manicure and pedicure.

If you are here on a Friday, don’t miss the Friday Walking Market with a wide variety of food to taste and knick-knacks to buy. Also enjoy live music and performances. Head out to anyone of the many small cafes for a taste of authentic Thai food.

Distance from Koh Samui:
11.5 km
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Lipa Noi Beach

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Lipa Noi Beach
Clean white sand and blue water without any corals or rocks makes Lipa Noi Beach one of the most suitable beaches in Koh Samui for children and senior citizens.

Its distance from the main island makes it suitable for those who wish to escape the city crowd. The beach is very well connected through ferry or you can hire a scooter to explore the beach.

Location: Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Activities: Unlike other Koh Samui Beaches, this is not a regular tourist spot. And it is exactly this that makes it the ideal choice for those looking for ‘me’ time or a romantic spot undisturbed by tourists.

The clean sand is ideal for long walks and the sunset is mesmerising. Take a short ride to the mesmerising Na Muang Waterfall or learn more about the southeastern Thai culture at the Dusit Dhewa Samui Cultural and Fine Art Centre.

Distance from Koh Samui:
26.7 km
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Chaweng Noi Beach

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Chaweng Noi Beach
A part of the Chaweng Beach, Chaweng Noi Beach is preferred by those who want to enjoy the proximity of the Chaweng market but wish for solitary relaxation.

Close to the happening night life of Chaweng, the beach maintains its privacy and offers accommodation options for those who like the silent time with all the luxuries of modern life.

Location: Surat Thani

Activities: Standing away from the popular Chaweng beach and yet not inaccessible, Chaweng Noi is perfect for lazy, long strolls and sunbathing. You can occasionally visit Chaweng to enjoy the sights and sounds and then return to the tranquillity of the Chaweng Noi.

The best way to explore the beach is to hire a scooter or a jeep. Go swimming in the cool water and then enjoy refreshing mocktails and cocktails with a private view of the beach.

Distance from Koh Samui: 17.3 km
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Silver Beach

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Silver Beach

This tropical beach paradise is one of the most secluded beaches in Koh Samui, also making it one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in Thailand.

Known to locals as the Haad Thong Ta-khian or ‘the beach of the Ta-khian trees’, this is the ideal vacation location for honeymoon couples and group of friends. Not a very big beach, it has plenty to offer in way of both entertainment and relaxation.

Location: Maret, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Activities: Popular for water activities, choose from swimming, snorkelling or simply sunbathing. You can also go kayaking and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

Beach massage parlours offer the perfect opportunity to get relaxing massages, manicures and pedicures. Choose an accommodation close to the beach and enjoy local food and easy access to all amenities without staying in the middle of the crowd.

Distance from Koh Samui: 
10.2 km

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09

Choeng Mon Beach

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Choeng Mon Beach

If you are looking for beaches in Koh Samui that are not very far from the thoroughfare but is not extremely noisy and crowded, Choeng Mon Beach should be on your list. Located close to Chaweng, the beach is protected from noisy tourists by intervening coastlines.

It is best suited for family vacations and for those who love luxurious holidays. With not much night life, it is ideal for those who want to get away from their busy city lives.

Location: Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Activities: This beach is extremely popular for a wide variety of water activities. Relax while swimming or kayaking, and enjoy the underwater world by scuba diving or snorkelling.

Enjoy your meals at quaint little cafes and restaurants with live musical performances by Filipino bands and dance performances by Thai troupes.

Distance from Koh Samui: 
19.2 km

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Samrong Beach

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Samrong Beach

Ironically called the Secret Beach, Samrong Beach is secluded from tourists but very well connected to all modes of transport and the market.

The clear water gives you a view of the beautiful coral reefs. The beach offers a number of affordable accommodation options that make it easy for you to walk to the beach without having to encounter crowds.

Location: Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Activities: Enjoy kayaking, play beach volleyball or simply sunbathe surrounded by mesmerising natural beauty. Explore the beach on foot or hire a motorbike or car. You can also head out a little and visit a mini golf course and enjoy an amusing game of football-golf.

If you are staying at one of the hotels that share the beach, you can enjoy cool cocktails and relax in deckchairs.

Distance from Koh Samui:
19.8 km

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Bang Por

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Bang Por
If you are looking for a beach that has something different to offer, head straight to Bang Por beach. This picturesque beach is perfect for sighting local shellfish harvesting.

Being a shallow and narrow beach, it makes the perfect spot for children to enjoy a day in the sun. Don’t forget to carry your sunblock and glasses. A part of the beach also homes a number of private bungalows. Your hotel can guide you about the parts open to public.

Location: Mae Nam, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Activities: The beach does not offer much in terms of adrenaline-rushing activities. But it is the ideal location for sunbathing and long walks.

Take your children along and enjoy beach activities like building sand castles and playing in the cool water. Stand at the Mountain Viewpoint for one of the most breath-taking view of the surrounding nature.

Distance from Koh Samui: 14.7 km
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Taling Ngam Beach

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Taling Ngam Beach
When speaking of beaches in Koh Samui, Taling Ngam beach is usually not on the list. But if you miss it, it will be your loss. Go kayaking over crystal clear water and witness gorgeous and colourful coral reefs.

When visiting this wild beach, don’t go looking for organised cafes and stalls. But be prepared to be blown away with nature’s beauty. This beach also gives you the advantage of visiting five tiny neighbouring isles.

Location: Surat Thani

Activities: Head out to Taling Ngam for a dose of colourful corals and long, sandy beach. Enjoy the clean blue of the archipelago Ang Thong National Marine Park. Visit the surrounding tiny five isles of Koh Thalu, Koh Din, Koh Chetta Mun, Koh Mae Koh and Koh Malaeng Pong.

Enjoy the serenity of the Buddha Magic Garden and offer your prayers at the Wat Nara Charoensuk temple.

Distance from Koh Samui:
22 km
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Ban Tai Beach

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Ban Tai Beach

Standing at the opposite end of Bang Por beach, Ban Tai beach is exactly opposite in nature. The white beach offers ample opportunity for long walks and lazy afternoons.

One of the longest beaches in Thailand, it still offers ample entertainment options for tourists of all age groups. The beach is particularly beautiful on a moonlit night.

Location: Surat Thani

Activities: If you are feeling lazy, simply sunbathe and get that perfect tan. But if you are feeling a little adventurous, choose to swim or snorkel. Go diving and then enjoy zipline adventures in the surrounding Ban Tai forest.

Animal and bird safaris are also arranged on special request. It is also popular amongst those who love a night life. Enquire about the popular Full Moon Party that has now become a monthly affair.

Distance from Koh Samui: 14.7 km

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  1. What are the best beaches in Koh Samui for couples?

    1. Silver Beach: Famous for its clean water and pristine sand, Silver Beach isn’t very crowded which makes it a perfect pick for couples to enjoy their serene time.
    2. Choeng Mon Beach: As Choeng Mon Beach is a lesser-known place, you will find fewer crowds here. With clean white sands and azure blue waters, this beach makes a perfect setting for couples to get their pictures clicked.
    3. Maenam Beach: With a lighter crowd, Maenam Beach features thick yellowish sand and a perfect place for snorkeling with its colorful coral reefs and healthy marine life.
    4. Lamai Beach: Offering options for a plethora of water sports, Lamai Beach is a great pick to have some adventurous fun where you can also munch on great Thai food and tipsy drinks.
    5. Coral Cove Beach: Underestimated and that’s why serene, Coral Cove Beach features huge rock formations that are ideal for some creative pictures of you two together.
  2. What are the best resorts near beaches in Koh Samui?

    1. ShaSa Resort and Residences Koh Samui: Situated right next to a beach, ShaSa Resort and Residences Koh Samui offer you a glittering swimming pool amidst the tropical trees of Thailand.
    2. SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort: Furnished with white paints, SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort has amazing thatched lounges to offer to its guests along with a refreshing swimming pool.
    3. Nora Buri Resort and Spa: Situated right next to the beach, Nora Buri Resort and Spa have a swimming pool for its guests which overlooks the sandy stretch of the beach and the majestic sea.
    4. The Hammock Samui Beach Resort: Respecting its name, The Hammock Samui Beach Resort literally provides you with hammocks and hanging chairs in the beach exclusively kept for its guests.
    5. Casa De Mar Samui Resort: Extending its boundaries right into the adjoining sea, Casa De Mar is an amazing resort where you can enjoy the sea waters in the comfort of your stay.

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