This gorgeous island will leave you spoilt for choice with its stunning beaches. Here is our guide to the best white sands in Koh Samui that we visited during our stay!
The tourist hub of the island is definitely Chaweng Beach and is where most people choose to book their stay. Despite it getting very busy during peak season, the endless stretch of white sand and clear blue water is a true place of beauty!
The beach is also great for people who enjoy watersports, such as paddle boarding or even jet skiing. We rented a kayak for 100 baht per hour and visited a small rocky island which had beautiful views back towards the shore.
If you are looking for a beach with the calmest blue sea mixed with an impressive row of bars and a lively atmosphere, then Chaweng is the place to be!
Situated in a sheltered cove just 10-minutes south of Chaweng is Silver Beach, a private bay with crystal clear water and a relaxed atmosphere that everybody longs for after a busy day of exploring. You can clearly see all the fishes swimming around your legs and here is a perfect place to snorkel in Koh Samui.
The beach is also referred to as Crystal Bay, so make sure you look out for signs and enter through the resort to access the beach.
Especially in low season, Silver Beach is a quieter and more peaceful space to relax compared to Chaweng. So why not take a dip with the fishes and unwind on the soft white sand after a long day!
Located just around the corner from Crystal Bay is Lamai Beach, the second most popular beach of Koh Samui. The turquoise waters and soft white sand makes a perfect place to chill for the day, although just be aware if swimming during the jellyfish season. Luckily, there is a safe swimming area which is protected by a large net to stop any jellyfish getting to shore. However, we still spotted a few of them lurking in the water and kept getting mildly stung by what we researched to be ‘sea lice’.
If you’re up for a walk, the famous attraction of Hin Ta and Hin Yai can be accessed from Lamai Beach by heading to the very south. You will have to climb over some rocks and up a rickety set of stairs, but the journey is much more fun than driving directly to the entrance. Read our full blog post on Hin Ta and Hin Yai here.
Lamai has a slightly more relaxed vibe than Chaweng and the stretch of powdery white sand certainly won’t disappoint!
Lipa Noi Beach
We heard that Lipa Noi Beach is one of the best places on the island to watch the sunset and as this is Jade’s favourite time of the day, we had to go and check it out!
Located on the west coast of Koh Samui, it is roughly an hour drive to reach Lipa Noi from Chaweng but we visited Na Muang Waterfalls on the way so the drive didn’t seem so long.
Unfortunately, the weather was a little stormy and the sun was hidden behind thick black clouds, so the sunset wasn’t what we were expecting which can’t be helped. The beach was also eerily deserted, but we were used to this in the middle of low season and decided to visit an empty restaurant before heading back to Chaweng.
After visiting Na Muang Waterfalls, Lipa Noi Beach is a beautiful end to the day – hopefully the sun will be beaming for you as it lowers into the ocean!