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5 Best Beaches to Stay in Koh Samui - Top 5 Beach Bases to Enjoy in Koh Samui

Often described as Thailand's most popular beach Mecca, Koh Samui is home to some of the most stunning seaside hamlets in the world. Here are 5 beach areas that are ideal for your next getaway in Koh Samui.


Chaweng Beach

Occupying pride of place on the eastern shores of the island, Chaweng Beach is a lively and breathtaking beach haven ideal for young and restless travellers. Renowned for its nightlife hubs and beach parties, this three-mile stretch of beach offers the perfect hideaway for those looking to party till the sun comes up and sleep in till the mid-afternoon. The Ark Bar Beach Club is the main draw for most holidaymakers who choose to base themselves at Chaweng Beach as the venue attracts internationally recognised DJs and musical acts while the On Street Bar is another reason why revellers head to this sandy beach.


Lamai Beach

Those in search of a more tranquil and peaceful beach hideaway in Koh Samui will find Lamai Beach the ideal alternative. Known for its calming and laid-back atmosphere, Lamai Beach is also home to some of the finest restaurants in all of Koh Samui while swimming activities are also another great way to spend time on this beach lined with food and drink stalls.


Silver Beach

Also known as Crystal Bay, Koh Samui's Silver Beach or Haad Thong Takhian as it is known to the locals is located just north of Lamai beach and often compared to paradise for its aesthetic appeal. Renowned for its ideal swimming conditions, the waters off the coast of this captivating beach are as clear as day. One of the most noticeable features of this beach is the two large boulders thrusting out of the sea. Although Silver Beach is only a mile long in length and one of the smallest beaches in Koh Samui, it is by far the most photogenic. Waves are not a part of this area of the ocean so one can just float around with ease and engage in snorkelling activities.


Maenam Beach

Dubbed Koh Samui's official 'backpacker beach', Maenam Beach is another fantastic beach hub for couples in search of privacy and affordable guestrooms in a scenic beach area. Only a few tourists venture down to Maenam Beach, making it one of the most spacious and secluded beaches on the island. Lined with swaying palm trees, the area is the perfect place to lie around in the sun and work on one's tan while catching up on a beach read.


Bophut Beach

With Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort and a host of other high-end accommodation hubs within its confines, Bophut Beach is another compelling corner of Koh Samui to consider spending some time during your holiday in Koh Samui. Those in search of the best resort in Samui will likely find it here as Bophut is well-known for its big hotel chains. Located near the Big Buddha Temple and other cultural hotspots, Bophut is also known for its local markets and superb restaurants.