Beaches on Koh Samui

Koh Samui offers visitors an impressive choice of fine beach locations, each with their own special atmosphere and different options for activities and entertainment. Sealed roads make travelling to the different beaches and attractions easy and enjoyable.

There are six main tourist beaches on Samui that are all located on the east or north coast, and here you’ll find most of the islands’ main resorts and services. Chaweng and Lamai are the two top locations - both on the east coast - and they are also the most vibrant and developed. Discover more details on each particular Samui beach in this section.


You’ll find the perfect swimming waters on Samui’s most popular and lively beach, along with many bars and restaurants and a large range of hotels and resorts for most budgets...more


Second best choice, after Chaweng, Lamai is lengthy and down-to-earth, with room for all and a nice village behind the resorts. It, too, boasts a good nightlife, yet can be thoroughly laid-back...more

Big Buddha

This fine, sweeping beach in the north has ferries to Koh Pha Ngan and is near the airport - think nice views, clearer beaches, the iconic Giant Buddha, and some peace and quiet...more


Further from the action, resorts are all right on the beach but you won’t find a bangin’ nightlife here; relax and enjoy the boutique atmosphere, find out more...more

Mae Nam

Cheaper and far removed from the tourist crowds, yet furthest from the aiport but closest to the ferries, Mae Nam is the ‘getaway from it all’ experience and boasts plenty of plush digs...more

Choeng Mon

Exclusive and small and tucked away in the north, away from the hussle and bustle but just 10 minutes from Chaweng, Choeng Mon is a bit limited and pricey; take a look...more

Whether it’s five-star luxury services or a simple natural setting you seek, a trip around the island is sure to reveal some interesting, beautiful and, sometimes, surprising sights. However, lying on the beach you’d scarcely notice.

See them all on a map of Samui

Much quieter are the northern Samui beaches of Big Buddha, Bo Phut, Choeng Mon, and Mae Nam, where you get better value for resorts on the waterfront. These beaches can be very quiet in the evenings, though.

Although the centre of Chaweng and Lamai can be a bit chaotic and touristy - with their sections of girlie bars, mini traffic jams and neon signs - none of the Samui beaches are particularly overly developed. In fact, beach access is restricted to a few lanes, with the waterfront dominated by low-rise, tastefully-developed resorts. These two beaches are ideal if you can’t do without evening entertainment, otherwise choose the northern beaches if you prefer an idyllic peaceful escape, confined to the company and hospitality of your resort.

Travellers footage: Beautiful Chaweng beach waters

Of course, you can also hire a bike and seek out your own unspoilt and deserted beach on the west or south coast of the island. These areas are becoming popular locations for luxury private villas and, with the arrival of international brand hotels like Conrad, plus chic venues like Nikki Beach, there's a sophisticated side to the islands’ less developed areas

The beach life is what Samui is all about. From the vibrancy of Chaweng and Lamai to the quieter atmosphere of Bo Phut and Mae Nam, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.

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