The paradisiacal island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand is a perfect destination for those looking for an idyllic tropical beach holiday. Featuring crystal clear waters and beautiful golden and white sand and dotted with palms swaying gently in the breeze, these beaches are perfect to soak up the sun and indulge in a range of water activities. Here are some of the areas you can visit. Samui Beach
Chaweng Beach: One of the most exciting and biggest beaches on the island, Chaweng beach is located on the north coast. Here you can enjoy a range of fun activities from sun bathing and swimming to banana boat riding and parasailing. Given its popularity with the visitors it is dotted with resorts and private Koh Samui holiday villas. Also, everything is within convenient distance – be it bars, restaurants, entertainment, and nightlife attractions. You can also find the usual business set ups such as dive shops, souvenir shops, tour operators and internet cafes.
Lamai Beach: Lamai, till some years ago, was a favourite with the backpackers but not so anymore. The stunning beach with a laid back ambience is the second largest beach after Chaweng has witnessed a steep rise in popularity something which is obvious when you see the number of luxury resorts and trendy cafes that have come up in the recent years. It also offers its share of dining and nightlife opportunities. Also, it is very convenient to set base here and explore the island’s numerous attractions including Wat Khunaram and the Grandma and Grandpa rocks.
Bophut: Bophut area, on the northern coast of the island, comprises two places – the beach which stretches for several kilometres between Big Buddha and Maenam beaches, and the well-preserved Fisherman’s Village located right in the centre of the beach. The scenic village boasts old wooden Chinese shop houses and fishing boats making to and fro trips. The village is not just about the past- if features several accommodations of all sizes that reflect the old-world charm but are fitted with all modern comforts.
Maenam Beach: If you are looking for peace and quiet and a long powdery beach fringed by palms swaying gently in the breeze, you will find your answer in Maenam beach. Located to the north of Bophut beach, it is a haven for all visitors – those on a budget and those looking for luxury. From a simple room to a five star holiday villa with a private pool, and everything else in between, there is something for everyone. There is a pier in the middle of the beach from where you can catch a ferry and head to the nearby Koh Phangan, famous for its scenic beaches and also for its Full Moon Party.
East and South Coasts: Those looking for beach areas that are slightly off the beaten track and have a laid back atmosphere, will find interesting beaches, and in some cases, rocky bays overlooking beautiful islets. Cahweng Noi Beach and Coral Cove are peaceful getaway areas, yet they are also close to Chaweng and Lamai beaches, which means that some lively action is within convenient distance. These are areas also offer high end resorts and luxury Koh Samui villas which you can rent for the duration of your stay.
By Preety Gupta | Submitted On September 24, 2012
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