KOH SAMUI BEACHES
Perhaps, it is your first trip to Koh Samui. May we show you our beaches around the island?
Let’s start at the most popular beach – CHAWENG and work our way clockwise around the island. Chaweng beach stretches seven kilometers long curving gently inwards form the Gulf of Thailand. White powder soft sand and swaying palm trees greet you every morning and you could happily spend your whole vacation with just warm sand and water between your toes.
On the southern end of Chaweng, there are a couple of quieter bays like Chaweng Noi and Coral Cove that offer a more relaxed atmosphere but are just minutes from the main town.
And as you travel southward, you will find another famous beach, LAMAI It is the beachside village that is a mix of old and the new with plenty of night life and restaurants yet it still retains the charm of a small community.
You will discover a whole range of beach bungalows and hotel along the four kilometers stretch and the middle section is always popular for swimming and water sports.
Heading off the ring-road after Lamai beach toward the southern shore, you will see a completely different aspect of the island. Mile of coconut groves line the roads and paths and Huathanon and Thong Krut bays are home to many local fisherman.
There is very rural feeling to the landscape and there are lots of small secret beaches that few visitors ever get to see. This area and the bay along Pangkha, Taling Ngam and onto Lipa Noi is real for really getting away from it all for few days.
Further on up to the west coast lies the administrative town of Nathon and ferry port to the mainland. And the road from there leads you up to the northern shores of the island.
From here, you have fabulous view across to Koh Pha-ngan from the beaches of Bang Por and Ban Tai.
Still on the northern shoreline and the small town of Mae Nam is the gateway to a five-kilometre stretch of soft sand.
This part of the island boasts its beautiful scenery, peacefulness, cleanliness and sandy beaches. Besides, it is very popular among families and honeymooners.
A mile or so further on is BoPhut that is known as Fisherman’s Village.
The ambience of this area is like stepping back in time somewhat and the structure in the village have changed little over the years. There are now plenty of bars, chic restaurant and boutique shops on both side of the one small road running along the beach in the village.
Before making your way back to Chaweng there are the north-eastern beaches of Bang Rak, Big Buddha, Plai Laem, Thong Sai and Choengmon.
They are near the airport and there are several local markets. a good range of shops, restaurant and bars, secluded beaches and a growing numbers of up-scale resort and private villas.