Koh Samui Top 5 Beaches
Most travellers hailing from far-off lands are seduced by the crystal clear waters and powdery sands of the Koh Samui’s best beaches. Tranquil waters, swaying palm trees and a gentle breeze sound like Paradise to some while for others, a happening vibe, live music and snacks on the beach make a great day out. At Koh Samui, you can indeed have it all; just take your pick from our list of the island’s top beaches:
Here is our pick of Koh Samui’s best beaches.
Silver Beach, on the south-east coast, is just a 10 minute taxi ride from Lamai. The pure white sandy beach is enclosed by jungle-covered headlands. Palm trees fringe the shore and large boulders decorate the scene as if deliberately and artfully placed there by nature. For a good sunbathing spot, come in the morning before the crowds arrive. If you need to cool off, this is a good swimming and snorkeling beach, and there are a few small bars with open terraces where you can sit back in comfort under the trees and watch the world go by.
Choeng Mon beach is on the eastern side of a narrow peninsular in the north of the island: a small, tranquil, sandy bay with a handful of good quality hotels strung along the seafront, which are popular with families. The restaurants offer free chairs and beach loungers, which is uncommon on the rest of the island. Tailoring shops and various beauty treatments and new age relaxation therapies are to be found everywhere on Koh Samui, and Choeng Mon is no exception, although it is generally a quiet and undeveloped little resort.
Chaweng Beach, just a half hour’s drive south, offers a contrasting experience of life on Koh Samui. This is one of the island’s finest long sandy beaches, and Chaweng town is its largest and busiest town, a lively night-spot with pubs, dance bars and restaurants catering to all tastes. It’s just as busy in daylight, with beach vendors selling everything from beach balls to bikinis, to the sounds of the jet-skis, windsurfers and banana boats out on the water.
Bophut Beach is known for two things: its long sweep of golden palm-fringed beach and the Fisherman’s Village, a charmingly preserved area of old wooden Chinese houses and shops that stretch to the water’s edge. The few modern buildings match their style, so that the village retains its distinctly French, Mediterranean feel as a former trading outpost. Here you can find high quality boutiques and jewellers mixed in with the pubs, cafés and restaurants. There are also several dive shops offering lessons and diving trips to the nearby Angthong National Marine Park and Koh Tao Island.
Koh Samui caters the perfect beach experience for travellers, day after day. Waves or serenity, music or silence, socialising or self-discovery—decide what feels right for you and live the day of your dreams nestled in the soft sands of Koh Samui’s best beaches.
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