Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most renowned islands, attracting more than a million tourists every year. Despite such inflow, the island still holds some breathtaking beaches hidden from the public eye just waiting to be discovered. So without further ado… let’s dive into paradise!
Thong Takian (Silver Beach)
Thong Takian is known to tourists as the Silver Beach because true to its name, the beach offers 250 meters of powdery white sand that easily sink between your toes. The beach’s shallow turquoise waters present an excellent opportunity for taking long dips and snapping Instagram photos. There are tons of activities to do as well such as paddling or taking the challenge of conquering an outdoor climbing wall.
Getting here is relatively easy, but the beach can only be accessed through the Silver Beach Resort on the island’s East Coast. The beach spreads out between two other famous beaches, Chaweng and Lamai, just along Samui’s Ring Road.
Ban Tai Beach
Up in the North Coast of Koh Samui, another unspoiled enclave known only to few tourists is Ban Tai Beach. This gorgeous beach is home to a handful of resorts, but what it boasts most is its two-kilometer shoreline of fine white sand. Rave sites and beer bars promise nights full of entertainment and parties while morning activities vary from fishing to kiteboarding during the windy months.
Samrong Beach & Thongson Bay
These twin beaches are known for their serene atmosphere, something truly hard to find in a party-stricken place such s Koh Samui. This can be attributed to the fact that Samrong Beach and Thongson Bay are located in the island’s northernmost part.
Though a little far from the island’s main entry points, the beach is very accessible and is home to a number of resorts. You can easily reach it via the coastal road that goes to Bophut. The landmarks would be Arayaburi Resort for Samrong Beach and Melati Resort for Thongson Bay.
Laem Yai Beach
Search Google for Laem Yai and you will find very little information about this beach. This may be the most secluded beach in the whole of Koh Samui. Located in the northwestern part of the island, this lovely cove features 200 meters of white sand beaches with very shallow waters. This can be a bit of a downside for those looking for a swim, but perfect for those in search for a place to beach bum and sunbathe quietly. A few resorts can be found here but not as many as most other beaches on the island.
To get to Laem Yai, head straight along Ring Road and find Movenpick Resort.
Thong Krut Beach
As beautiful as it is overlooked, Thong Krut Beach on the southern side of Koh Samui earns a well-deserved spot on our list. It is known by many as the fishermen’s village but the beauty of its beaches will surpise you. If you are looking for an experience somewhat on the traditional side, this is the place to go. The area is also popular for its seaside seafood restaurants.
Taking the Ring Road, you can get here by heading straight south. The area’s Police Booth will serve as your landmark.
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