5 beaches in Koh Samui you need to visit

Koi Samui in the south of Thailand is a dream destination for many holidaymakers. This bucket list island enjoys average temperatures of 30 degrees and boars a massive 40 beaches. So when you are not seeing the sights and fancy lazing in the sand, you have a fantastic choice. Here are five of the best beaches in Koh Samui that you need to visit while you are there.

1. Maenam

If you are looking to really get away from it all, this could be the beach for you. Long, scenic paths lead down to this beach, where you will find beach huts nestled between luscious green palm trees, you may never want to leave. The sand is a darker yellow, and the waters are, as you would expect, crystal clear. Some great pictures for the amateur photographer as the sun goes down, and then why not chill with a drink at one of the beach bars.

2. Chaweng

For those that prefer more in the way of the hustle and bustle then Chaweng. Widely lauded as one of the best beaches on the island it isn’t hard to see why. White sand stretches in both directions to meet rocky headlands which are in all five kilometres apart. So while it is busier, there are opportunities to find quieter patches for your sun loungers, and there is plenty on offer in the way of food and drink. It is easy to lose a day here, especially with the change to see the reef that hides in the sparkling waters.

3. Lamai

Forming a wide sweeping crescent Lamai is another beach to add to your must-see list. There are lots of water-based sports on offer, and this is a good stretch of the sea for swimmers. Iconic palms sway lazily over the white sands, and the beach is marked by giant granite boulders that sit just offshore in places. Not as chaotic as Chaweng but still offering plenty of restaurants and spas, this is a stunning place to spend a day.

4. Choeng Mon

Rather than forming one stretch of sand, Choeng Mon consists of a run of little bays. Tucked up on the northern tip of the island is another quieter beach if you are looking to get away from it all for a few hours. The largest bay has more of the beautiful fine white sand, and you can experience some excellent snorkelling on the rocks at each end. If you fancy some sea kayaking, you can head out to an inlet on the other side of the bay.

5. Bophut

Back to the darker yellow sand, Bophut is another widely acclaimed beach in Koh Samui. Although a lot of the beach is built up with hotels and resorts, it still offers some stunning views out into the water. With the sizzling temperatures and the clearest of blue waters, it is indeed not going to disappoint. If you fancy a meal while you are there, you have an excellent choice of cafes and bars as well as luxury resort restaurants.

Kerrie Potts is CEO at Exclusive Private Villas Limited. Exclusive Private Villas offers exquisite, handpicked luxury villas around the world.

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Comments (12)

  1. Kate says:

    What an amazing selection of beaches! The photos make it look absolutely idyllic. Koh Samui is very blessed to have five such beautiful beaches and I expect that there are a few more that would have been pushing for contention in that top five.

  2. Ed says:

    These beaches must be paradise. Do they ever get busy? What’s the best time of year to go? Is there a wet season to avoid?

    • Kerrie Potts says:

      Hi Ed,

      Thanks for your comments.

      The best time to go if you afford the time is February/March time when Koh Samui is at its driest.

      Oct/Nov is the low season and is the wettest.


    • Andy says:

      You’ve really sold Koh Samui to me. Unfortunately I can’t get there in February / March – end of financial year and all that jazz – but last two weeks of April work for me. What sort of weather could I expect then?

    • Kerrie says:

      It’s about 30 degrees. Always nice weather in Koh but avoid Monsoon season (August/July)


    • Andy says:

      30C will be just about perfect for me. Many thanks for the help.

  3. Bob Brown says:

    Nice variety across these five beaches. Some days, on your holiday, you want to be where the actions is and you want to be at the bar and have a good choice of restaurants. Then again, the next day you might want to relax and get away from the crowds. I’m always up for some top quality snorkelling so I’m pleased to see that there’s plenty on offer along the coast and what could be better than kayaking from bay to bay?

  4. Alex Parker says:

    Can you recommend me one resort in Bophut ? I really wanna go there this summer, Thanks much !

    • Kerrie Potts says:

      Hi Alex,

      I would take a look at the Anantara. I haven’t been to this but have been to the one in Dubai which was absolutely amazing.

      Have a great holiday.



  5. Dane O'Hara says:

    These are really great beaches! They’re very similar to some beaches in the Philippines. I think it’s because they’re very close to each other considering that they’re both in Asia. Shorelines surrounded by trees, mountains, and islands. I remember visiting Boracay years ago, it’s a small island in the Philippines with white beaches, palm trees, restaurants, and of course, different bars which make the island’s night life. I hope I’ll have the same experience when I visit Chaweng or Maenam.

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