Beaches, Ko Samui

37 Reviews

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • Beaches
    by Willettsworld
  • Beaches
    by Willettsworld
  • Beaches
    by Willettsworld
  • Princess_Emily's Profile Photo

    KO PhaNgan

    by Princess_Emily Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    3 more images

    The Full Moon Party is held on KO PhaNgan on the eve of the Full Moon, and what a party it is. I was tempted to jump on one of the speed boats and participate in the fun, But my Dad thought i was still a little to young for that kind of stuff. Plus he still remembers what had happened just a few months earlier when he was here with a couple of his friends, one of the speed boats returning to Samui was overloaded with a bunch of drunk tourist, the operator of the speed boat was traveling way to fast, lost control, and the boat flipped over, yes people died that night. My dad and his friends had left on another boat about 1 hour earlier.
    Months later, on my first trip to Asia I visited KO PhaNgan during the daytime and had a very fun and relaxing day on the beach where the party is held.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • Princess_Emily's Profile Photo

    Feeding Fish

    by Princess_Emily Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Not a whale  :-))
    2 more images

    Our last full day for this trip to Samui was spent right around the hotel area swimming in the pool and at the private beach. On one of our walks through Chaweng my Dad stopped and bought a plastic bottle of water, which of course we drank, but he also kept the plastic bottle which he later filled with bread, he took the bottle with bread out into the water, when he was far enough away from shore he dove underwater and opened the bottle. The fish showed up about 30 seconds later and they were not all small fish either, someone on shore started to yell something about a whale but it turned out to be dear old Dad . LOL

    Related to:
    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Bophut Beach

    by Willettsworld Written Jan 12, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    3 more images

    The area referred as Bophut Beach has two distinct parts - Fisherman's Village which sits towards the eastern end of the bay and Bophut beach which runs from the village out to the west. The former has a rather quaint appeal with a bunch of mid-range to upmarket restaurants, boutiques, cafes and bars, while the Beach is a long, drawn out affair that is host to a row of rather flash resorts with a few budget orientated guesthouses still holding out. It is one of the few places on Samui that retains some of the island's original Thai-Chinese atmosphere. In contrast to Chaweng there has been a conscious effort to dissuade the more commercial elements of Thai nightlife from setting up shop and instead aiming for couples and young families.

    Related to:
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Lamai Beach

    by Willettsworld Written Jan 12, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    3 more images

    Lamai Beach, situated a couple of bays to the south of Ko Samui's most famous beach, Chaweng, has long been considered the latter's poor cousin. The beach isn't as long, the off-white sand isn't as fine and the restaurants and bars lack the range and quality of those on Chaweng. That being said, both the guesthouses and resorts are considerably cheaper and Lamai Beach seems never as busy. So for those looking for value for money and smaller crowds, it can be a good choice.

    The southern third of the beach has the widest strip of sand, is the best for swimming, and has the most nearby eating and drinking and shopping options. To the north, the water doesn't get deep enough for swimming until you're quite some distance out, and the further north you go, the narrower and quieter the beach becomes, eventually becoming rocky towards the headland.

    Related to:
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Chaweng Beach

    by Willettsworld Written Jan 12, 2010
    2 more images

    Chaweng is the largest and most popular of Samui's beaches at 7km long, and is usually divided into three sections: North Chaweng, Central Chaweng and Chaweng Noi (Little Chaweng) around a headland to the south. Chaweng Beach is the longest beach on Samui Island's east coast. The beach is beautiful here and local developers are finally cleaning up some of the trashy areas on the island. It attracts many young travellers and families alike, but still remains good value for money. As the beach faces east, there's some shade in the afternoon which is provided by the posh resorts the face along it. Water sports are on offer here as well. Parallel to the beach, clustered in the middle of the strip, lies Samui's greatest concentration of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and of course, fast food and convenience stores.

    Related to:
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • Chaweng Beach

    by realrv6 Written Nov 3, 2009

    With about 7km is the longest beach in the island of Koh Samui. The crystal clear water, the white sand and the palm trees next to the beach make it to a wonderful place. It's great for young people and families too.
    Even for the nightlife Chaweng Beach is the best place of the island...

    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • georeiser's Profile Photo

    The beaches of Koh Samui

    by georeiser Written Jun 22, 2009
    The beaches of Koh Samui
    3 more images

    Koh Samui in the south-eastern region of Thailand is an island known for the tropical beaches. It used to be a backpacker area, but the island is now more a beach vacation area for families with children. I have been there twice, and use to stay at Lamai beach. Chaweng beach is the other main tourist destination there.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Beer Tasting
    • Adventure Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • kenningst's Profile Photo

    Chaweng Beach

    by kenningst Written Aug 25, 2008

    Because Chaweng beach is the main tourist attraction/party area thus the beach is not the best in the whole island but it is not too shabby as you are still able to take a swim or do some sun tanning. If you are really looking for beach and sun then you will be better off in Lamai beach or other beaches which are better kept.

    Was this review helpful?

  • clouds111's Profile Photo

    Hat Bo Phut

    by clouds111 Updated Oct 26, 2007

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    1 more image

    Bo Phut, a little further long from Bug Buddha beach and much more peaceful than Chaweng. The village is beautiful and the beach is lovely. The sand is not as fine as on Chaweng and the sea is less shallow as there is a port here I think BUT you don't get the hassle, it's idyllic and very quiet. Have yourself a nice Thai massage on the beach while you're there too - perfect :)

    Was this review helpful?

  • clouds111's Profile Photo

    Lamai Beach

    by clouds111 Written Oct 26, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Lamai Beach is not as as long as Chaweng but it is quieter, despite this I preferred Chaweng. The southern part of the beach is better than the northern end, as there are not so many stones and corals there. At the southern end you'll also find the Grandfather/mother rocks. Lamai is located in South of Chaweng, about a 15-20 minute drive.

    Was this review helpful?

  • JohnandSuzie's Profile Photo

    Great Beaches

    by JohnandSuzie Written Sep 24, 2007
    east Samui
    4 more images

    Apart from Chaweng and Lamai there are loads of great and quite beaches the best i think is Bo Phut which is near Big Buddha.
    I found the best way was to get on my scooter, then just ride...........see a sign post and take a look

    Was this review helpful?

  • clouds111's Profile Photo

    Chaweng Beach

    by clouds111 Updated Aug 3, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Nothing beats lazing on the beach with the sea lapping at your feet. The beach here although at times a little overcrowded with numerous beach sellers was one of my favourites. The sand was white and soft, the sea was shallow and perfect. If you can get used to the hassle it's worth staying in Chaweng.

    Was this review helpful?

  • STRATOS79's Profile Photo

    Tropical beaches

    by STRATOS79 Written Apr 28, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Located on the east side and about 7 km long with coconut trees Chaweng beach is the most crowded beach in Samui .The beach are near or have access from the hotels
    Located on the south side a place less development and less crowded and smaller comparing to Chaweng beach Lamai beach is preferred by families or people who like quiet beaches to relax

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Water Sports

    Was this review helpful?

  • Hinta Hinyai Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

    by MickyT162 Written Feb 22, 2007
    Hinta Hinyai Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
    3 more images

    Hinta Hinyai is Thai for Grandfather & Grandmother and this beach is situated just around the corner and a short walk from Hinta Hinyai Rocks. Both these sites are also located just south of Lamai on the south east coast and are well worth a visit.

    Was this review helpful?

  • austarman's Profile Photo

    Chill out on Chaweng beach (part2)

    by austarman Updated Jan 21, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Chaweng beach after rain
    4 more images

    Early in the morning the beach is a great place for a quiet dip to help you to decide how you will spend another day in paradise.
    One of the photo's here is the view from my breakfast table over-looking Chaweng beach.
    Not too long after I took these photo's I was in there for my morning wake up swim.
    I wasn't there long before the Jet-ski guys arrived to start thier wheeling and dealing for another day.
    They have a very good business here and must make a fortune as their jet-ski's were always in use.
    Also you can buy just about anything you want on this beach, once the merchants start trotting up and down the beach with there wide range of products for sale.
    You can get a great massage here too for only a few hundred baht per hour! (oil or Thai style)

    Related to:
    • Beer Tasting
    • Surfing
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Ko Samui

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

89 travelers online now

Comments

View all Ko Samui hotels