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6 Best Beaches In Koh Samui

If you’re looking for the best beaches in Koh Samui then look no further. Here’s our personal round up of Koh Samui beaches.

1. Silver Beach

Silver Beach was definitely the best of the best beaches on Koh Samui and it was all down to the pure white sand and perfectly transparent water.

It offers the perfect spot for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling. You can even see small fishes swimming around your legs if you step into the water.

The beach is surrounded by beautiful rocks and private sandy areas. With it having the perfect location and such a chilled atmosphere, we had to put Silver Beach top of our best beaches on Koh Samui.

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Silver Beach ranks No 1 on the best beaches in Koh Samui list

2. Lipa Noi Beach

Lipa Noi Beach is a little off the beaten track and maybe not the first beach on everyones list when visiting the popular Thai island.

We, however, received a lot of messages through Instagram advising us that it was one of the best beaches in Koh Samui for sunset.

So we had to head over to the west coast, just before golden hour, to catch some colours in the sky and boy was it worth it!

The beach gradually slopes into the ocean and is said to be great for swimming. The white sand is firm and would be nice for a beach walk, although there was some debris scattered about.

This is also a very family friendly beach with shallow waters, that have no rocks or coral in them, and a large beach of soft white sand. The perfect beach for children to enjoy themselves, safely.

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Lipa Noi Beach – One of the best beaches on Koh Samui for sunset

3. Maenam Beach

Maenam Beach was honestly one of the most peaceful beaches in Koh Samui.

However, with an entrance that caught our eye and plenty of resorts popping up in the area, it’s definitely an up and coming spot!

With far fewer beach vendors and plenty of sand to find your own space, this is definitely one of the quieter beaches.

You can really relax at Maenam Beach for hours without any of the hustle and bustle that goes on in Chaweng.

There’s not a lot more to say about Maenam Beach apart from, if you’re looking for a beautiful beach away from the crowds, with mature surroundings, then this is your spot!

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Maenam Beach – Possibly the most chilled of the beaches in Koh Samui.

4. Chaweng Beach

The most popular of the beaches in Koh Samui is definitely Chaweng Beach.

It’s situated right in the hub of the most touristy part of the island and is generally where people book their stay.

With it being so easily accessible, it does get super busy in peak season. Although that doesn’t stop the beach from being spectacular most days!

For the most beautiful parts of the beach, head as far North on Chaweng as possible.

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Chaweng Beach – easily the most popular of the Koh Samui beaches

5. Bophut Beach

Bophut Beach in Koh Samui is situated on the Northern point of the Island.

Its beautiful white sand beach gently slopes down to crystal blue waters and attracts countless tourists every single day. A great place to chill and unwind in the sun.

Alternatively, along the beach there are all kinds of water sports you can get stuck in to. From jet skiing to banana boats and even flyboarding.

Not only that, but Bophut Beach is smack bang at the end of Bophut Fisherman Village – which holds an awesome night market every Monday and Friday!

So, if you’re planning a souvenir shop, the Northern Koh Samui beaches are right there to take a dip in before or after shopping.

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Bophut Beach – One of the best beaches on Koh Samui for cafes and shops

6. Lamai Beach

Lamai Beach Koh Samui is a stunning beach situated on the South East coast of the island.

We spent some time hunting around the island, and Lamai Beach had some of the best powdery white sands and turquoise waters, even on an overcast day.

Lamai Beach is the second most popular of the Koh Samui beaches after Chaweng Beach. Although they both have a very similar feel.

Within the area of Lamai Beach you can also explore Overlap Stone Viewpoint & Grandfather & Grandmother Rocks.

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Lamai Beach – A short drive from Chaweng and the second most popular of the Koh Samui beaches

Where To Stay In Koh Samui


Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui

Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui offers tropical villas with a private pool and free WiFi.

It has a main infinity pool, two on-site restaurants and pampering spa treatments.

Luxurious ocean-facing villas come with a 42-inch flat-screen TV, iPod dock and sun loungers.

The large en suite bathroom has a separate bathtub and shower stall.

Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui is a 5-minute drive from Seatran Ferry Pier, which offers transfers to Koh Phangan. It is 1.9 miles from Samui International Airport.


Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana

Located along Chaweng Road, the charming Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana features cosy and comfortable rooms with free WiFi.

Offering 2 dining options, the property also boasts an outdoor swimming pool with pool bar.

Just 550 yards from the beach, the hotel is a 15-minute drive from Samui International Airport. Samui Ferry Terminal is a 30-minute drive away.

The Thai-style rooms come with wooden flooring and furnishings. Each room has a tea/coffee maker, a safe deposit box and a minibar.

Guests enjoy satellite channels on a flat-screen TV. An en suite bathroom comes with a shower.


Arina Boutique Residence

Just off Chaweng Beach Road, the family-run Arina Boutique Residence offers cosy rooms decorated with traditional Thai artwork.

Providing free Wi-Fi, it is just 2 minutes’ drive from central Chaweng. Arina Residence is a 30-minute drive from Nathon Ferry Pier and a 45-minute drive from Tong Yang Ferry Port.

Koh Samui Airport is a 15-minute drive from the hotel.

Decorated with dark wood furnishings, rooms at Arina feature a private balcony and a 29-inch flat-screen cable/satellite TV.

For more places to stay in Koh Samui, you can check the latest prices on

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6 Best Beaches In Koh Samui

Ron Zimardi

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

Bophut is the dirtiest water in Thailand. Stop the lies idiots.

Fjott Fjalle

Tuesday 19th of September 2023

@Ron Zimardi, Who the hell do you think you are BOY? Moron!

Khun Farang

Friday 2nd of December 2022

@Charlie Pauly,

Ron didn't have to be a jerk about it, but he is correct. Shame I didn't get to visit when it was cleaner

Charlie Pauly

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

The photos speak for themselves. We visited in 2018 and it was crystal clear.

Sunil Chawla

Thursday 19th of December 2019

Lovely Blog Thanks for sharing Sunil

Charlie Pauly

Thursday 19th of December 2019

Thank you!