The 8 Best Beaches Around Koh Samui
Koh Samui and the nearby islands are one of the best beach holiday destinations in the world. It’s known for its paradise-like islands, emerald green waters and relaxed way of life. Since the destination has so many beaches, we’re here to help so we’ve rounded up the eight top beaches around Koh Samui, so you can kick back with a fresh coconut and catch some rays. You will find that island hopping is a great way to see it all.
Crystal Bay aka Silver Beach is a 250m-long tropical beach paradise set in a charming little bay facing northeast located just north of Lamai Beach, at the foothills and cliffs separating Lamai from the more popular Chaweng area on the east coast of Koh Samui.
Sairee Beach is a stunning bay on Koh Tao, with one mile of golden sands and perfect, turquoise waters. There are long boats bobbing in the sea, vendors selling fresh coconuts and crystal clear waters to float in. Ko Tao is known as one of the top diving spots in Thailand, with stunning coral reefs and tons of tropical fish. Be sure to bring your snorkel.
Hanuman Bay on Koh Samui stretches for almost half a kilometer, its dazzling white sand softened by a shadow play of palms, bounded by spectacular granite headlands. Its seclusion offers moments of rare privacy and contemplation.
Koh Nang Yuan
Koh Nang Yuan is a tiny island that’s a short boat trip away from Ko Tao. It’s one Thailand’s most ‘Instagrammable locations’, as it’s made up of two archipelagos connected by a sand strip. Climb to the top of the mountain for stunning views of the double bay. Be sure to do the climb out of the midday sun. The beach has crystal clear waters that are great for snorkeling.
Haad Yuan on the island of Koh Phangan is just another example of how there’s much more to the island than the famous Full Moon Parties. Much quieter and with no road, Haad Yuan is a pleasant beach with excellent swimming and a mostly relaxed vibe compared to the busier pace of Haad Rin.
Coral Cove is a tiny bay located just south of Chaweng Noi on the east coast of Koh Samui and is the most highly-recommended place to enjoy snorkeling on the island. Featuring big boulders outside and inside the water, as well as a wide variety of corals – hence its name – housing schools of fish and abundant marine life a few meters off the beach, Coral Cove will surely please all underwater exploration aficionados.
Koh Wua Talap
Ang Thong National Marine Park is a protected nature area consisting of over 40 islands and is famous for its natural beauty. All of the islands are uninhabited and undeveloped except for two. One being Koh Wua Talap which has two beaches. Both beaches are located on opposite ends of the island and it is possible to go from one to another via a short but by no means easy jungle trek (around 30 mins) using a trail. There is a rope all along the trail which ensures you do not get lost.
The beach of the Thongson Bay is somewhat hidden and not visited very much. It’s one of Koh Samui’s little secret tips. It is absolutely calm and peaceful, has an amazing white sand beach with a view and a quiet atmosphere away from the island’s hustle and bustle. The beach is only a 400 meters stretch of sand, but it won’t get crowded here at all. The northern part of the bay is good to take a swim, while the southern part is better for snorkeling because of the rocks.
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