The island of Koh Samui is located on the east coast of Thailand and possesses some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. The two main beaches are Chaweng and Lamai but we thought you might like to have a look at IVL’s favourite beaches of Koh Samui.
Bangrak Beach, also spelled Bang Rak and nicknamed Big Buddha Beach, is located by the Big Buddha which is one of Koh Samui’s most famous landmarks. Not only will you be mesmerized by the beauty of the gigantic Buddha watching over the water but the proximity to the airport and the ferry to Haad Rin (departure point for the Island of Koh Phangan and the famous Full Moon Party) will make it a must-go beach by the end or beginning of your visit to the island.
Lamai Beach is most likely one of Koh Samui’s most beautiful stretches of sand and with no doubt the most visited by tourists. This beach is located on the east coast of the island and offers a variety of cheap quality local restaurants. A very good choice if you are spending time with family. Nearby to the south are the famous Grandmother and Grandfather rocks.
Chaweng Noi Beach is located south of Chaweng Beach. It differs from its big sister Chaweng Beach as it is quieter and a better option for you if you want to relax. The landscape there is beautiful and you will find many smaller restaurants surrounded by a lush coconut grove.
Still on the northern part of the island, Maenam Beach has kept its authenticity and is a good option for those seduced by the more authentic look of the beaches in the south of the island. Here you will be able to enjoy the calm and natural surroundings of this simply beautiful landscape. If you are trying to escape the crowds of Chaweng and the roaring parties of the island then this beach is your best option. A very good beach for families and people looking to enjoy a moment with loved ones. If you are not into family holidays and kids running around then this beach might not be for you.
Bo Phut, also spelled Bophut or Bophud, is another northern beach not far from the Big Buddha landmark. There you will have access to one of the island’s most prized attractions, Fisherman’s Village. The village retains a French feel from colonial times and is the home to many incredible restaurants and stores. A very pleasant walk after dinner leading to Koh Samui’s latest beachfront shopping center, The Wharf. This sandy beach is lined with palms and is several kilometers long making it the ideal beach for a romantic walk by the water.
Chaweng Beach is where the party begins and probably the most famous beach on Koh Samui. If you are looking for the entertainment capital of the island then you just found it. Lined with bars and restaurants this beach has a lot to offer for travellers looking for excitement. Attractions include tattoo parlors, conceptual bars and restaurants as well as dinner on the beach.
Ban Tai Beach is one of Koh Samui’s southern beaches. If tranquility and relaxation are in your program then you will love this stretch of sand. This beach is secluded and about an hour from the north of the Island. From there you will enjoy the best views over Angthong Marine Park islands, prepare for a snorkeling trip amongst friends or simply relax on the beach with your loved ones.
Lipa Noi Beach is located in the South West of the Island and offers a long stretch of white sand. Along the beach are a number of luxury beachfront villas. It is not rare to witness traditional fishermen's boats on the water and tourists snorkeling in the deep blue waters. This beach is perfect for couples looking for romantic escape away from the crowds of the north.
Your IVL concierge will be more than happy to arrange a driver to take you to an afternoon at any of the beaches listed above or a day of beach hopping. Don’t forget to ask for restaurant recommendations on each beach or reserve a picnic basket in advance. Enjoy and don’t forget sunscreen.