The Spectacular Beaches Of Koh Samui
Thirteen beaches kiss the coast of Koh Samui. Each beach has her own allure and magical persona.
Mae Nam is a sweet maiden with a calm sea, coconut trees, and satin sand. Bophut is kin to Chinese fishermen. Choeng Mon offers diving, swimming, and snorkeling. Bang Rak is known as the “Town of Love.” She delights visitors with dining, shopping, and a vibrant night life. Chaweng is her big sister, with a lively beach, bars, and world-class restaurants.
Welcome to Koh Samui’s spectacular beaches !
MAE NAM BEACH, KOH SAMUI
Crowning the northern coast is Mae Nam. The sweeping arms of her silky sand tenderly embrace the Gulf of Thailand. Mae Nam beach is wide and spacious. Sunrise and sunset cast a romantic glow upon the sand, perfect for walking hand-in-hand.
Highlights of fun-filled Mae Nam Beach.
SAMUI FRISBEE GOLF
Location – 62/5 Moo 3, 1.2 km south of Samui Ring Road
Telephone – +66 (0) 98-670-3315
Website – www.samuidiscgolf.com
Hours – 11am-6pm
Frisbee golf is a fun game where a disc is thrown at a series of targets. These take the form of a pole with a basket base. Aim for the basket, fling your frisbee, and cast your cares away. The goal of the game is to complete the course in the fewest possible throws. The Samui Frisbee Golf course consists of 9 targets set in a shady grove. A hospitable family runs the course, who will gladly teach you how to play the game. Play as many rounds as you like with one admission fee.
SANTIBURI SAMUI COUNTRY CLUB
Location – 1.7 km south of Samui Ring Road
Telephone – +66 (0) 77-421-700
Website – www.samuigolf.net
Hours – Sunrise to Sunset
This 18-hole course is a world-class gem. A panoramic paradise, it is caressed by coconut trees and verdant valleys. It features a well-stocked pro shop and top-notch restaurant. You’ll feel like royalty as you play this course, considered among the best in Thailand. Challenging fairways charge up and down slopes and around mountain streams. Enjoy spectacular views from the clubhouse, with open-air terrace seating. Caddies are friendly and professional. Santiburi is golf heaven on earth.
ARUN@SAMUI COOKING SCHOOL
Location – 248/10, between Soi 4 and 5 on Mae Nam’s Ring Road
Telephone – +66 (0) 77-921-566
Website – www.arunatsamui.weebly.com
Restaurant Hours – 11am-10pm daily, except Wednesday
In addition to being a cooking school, Arun@Samui is one of the best restaurants in Mae Nam. Chef Sue is its charming owner, the former manager of an award-winning Thai restaurant in Australia. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, with a choice of three to five dishes per class. After creating your culinary masterpieces, you can share them with your fellow students. Sue warmly welcomes all guests, making them feel like they’re dining in her home. Food is fabulous and MSG-free. Prices are inexpensive. The restaurant is cozy, clean, and comfortable.
BOPHUT BEACH, KOH SAMUI
Southeast of Mae Nam is the village of Bophut. It consists of two sections, the beach and Fisherman’s Village. Bophut’s beach is narrow and its water is calm. Colourful boats court the soft sand and cruise the turquoise water. The town is famed for its fine restaurants and fantastic sunsets. A “walking street” is a traffic-free zone, featuring chic shops and quaint cafés. Boutiques sell quality clothing and jewellery.
Location – 7/8 Moo 1, Laan Thong Road, Fisherman’s Village
Telephone – +66 (0) 85-790-3409
Website – www.theyogardensamui.com
Hours – 10:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday; 9am-1pm, Saturday; Closed Sunday.
This retreat offers Pilates, Zumba, Dancercise, yoga, martial arts, and massage in a lovely garden setting. Classes are given in an open-air studio by attentive, friendly teachers. A café serves fresh smoothies, juices, drinks, and food from an ever-changing menu. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming.
BOPHUT DIVING SCHOOL
Location – 24/36 Moo 1, Bophut
Telephone – +66 (0) 77-310-934
Website – www.bophutdiving.com
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to scuba dive? Discover diving through this stellar school. A beginner’s course teaches the use of scuba equipment in shallow water. Under the supervision of a professional instructor, you learn basic skills and safety rules. Once comfortable with scuba diving, you can take a day trip to local reefs. Imagine exploring the underwater world of colourful fish and coral! Friendly dive leaders treat customers like friends. Fees are reasonable.
SAMUI BOAT CHARTER
Location – 24 Moo 1, Fisherman’s Village, opposite Starfish and Coffee
Telephone – +66 (0) 872-767-598
Website – www.samuiboatcharter.com
Sunset Cruise – Watch a peaceful sunset at sea from your own private boat. Cruisers are new, luxury-class vehicles. Travel at your own pace on your own schedule. On-board amenities include drinks, snacks, and fresh fruit.
Charter Cruise – Enjoy first-class service with an English-speaking guide. Charters are tailored to individual requests. Speed boats carry up to 25 guests. Whether you board the Hanna, Matthew, Anda, or Popeye, you’ll be thrilled by the ride and stunning views.
CHOENG MON BEACH, KOH SAMUI
At the northeast tip of Koh Samui is dazzling queen Choeng Mon. She comprises a series of bays and whitewashed sand. Choeng Mon’s skies are azure blue. Her beach is soft, wide, and spacious.
WAT PLAI LAEM
Location – Road 4171, near Choeng Mon Beach
Hours – Open daily
The Goddess of Compassion sits atop this glorious temple. She is strikingly beautiful in brilliant white. Her 18 arms reach out to people and embrace them in distress. She is known as the protector of the ill, poor, women, and children. Flanking the temple are two long halls with colourful murals. A lovely lake encircles the temple, teeming with fish that can be fed for a small donation. The compound also features a red-pillared walkway leading to a laughing Buddha. Many devotees come daily to honor goddess Guanyin and Buddha. Out of respect for this sacred place, one needs to dress conservatively. Be sure to wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
SEAROBIN DIVE CENTER
Location – Choeng Mon Beach Hotel, 24/3 Moo 5, Choeng Mon
Telephone – +66 (0) 77-447-503
Website – www.divesearobin.com
Hours – 1pm-8pm
This dive center offers a variety of scuba diving tours and courses. The Discover Scuba Diving program teaches basic scuba skills. Other courses include Open Water Diver, Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster, and Scuba Review. Both classroom and active instruction are given. Personalized attention is provided by experienced teachers. Divers are grouped according to skill level. Boats are world-class yachts that deliver smooth, swift sailing. Each accommodates 15 divers plus staff. On-board amenities include a bathroom, cabins, shady seating, and sun-lit decks. You’ll enjoy a fun, safe diving experience with this superb school.
MINI GOLF INTERNATIONAL
Location – 79/53 Moo 5, Ban Plailaem
Telephone – +66 (0) 817-879-148
Website – www.minigolfsamui.com
Hours – 9am-6:30pm
This professional course features concrete tracks on gorgeously landscaped grounds. The course has the unique distinction of being a member of the Mini Golf Federation, making it first-class. It consists of 18 holes flanked by red bricking and colourful flowers. The concrete creates a faster course than typical astro-turf. Tropical trees provide plenty of shade. A café offers beverages, snacks, and sandwiches.
BANG RAK BEACH, KOH SAMUI
The north coast of Koh Samui is also host to Bang Rak Beach. Located between Bophut and Choeng Mon, it is one of the quieter, less-known beaches. A novel feature of this beach is a lovely sandbar.
BIG BUDDHA TEMPLE
Location – Highway 4171, at the east end of Bang Rak Beach
Hours – Open daily
This immense golden temple is one of Koh Samui’s most impressive landmarks. The complex sits on a small island, cresting a verdant hill. It is accessed by a red ceremonial stairway. On each side of the stairs is a red-roofed pavilion, featuring golden Buddhas. Numerous bells surround the temple, which can be sounded with coconut sticks. Come evening, the statue is bathed in a golden glow of floodlight, further highlighting its beauty. The top of the 12-meter temple provides sweeping views of the sea. A courtyard at its base features shops and restaurants. Visitors are asked to dress respectfully, covering their arms and legs.
FERRY BOAT RIDE BY SEATRAN DISCOVERY LINK
Location – 36/14 Moo 4, Bang Rak Pier, 300 meters from Big Buddha Temple
Telephone – 66+ (0) 77-246-0868
Website – www.seatrandiscovery.com
Departure Times – 8am and 1:30pm
The Seatran ferry provides a relaxing ride with views of the Koh Samui countryside. It travels to Ko Pha Ngan in 30 minutes, then on to Ko Tao in 90 minutes. The boat is clean, comfortable, and spacious. On-board amenities include an air-conditioned cabin, café, and bathroom. Staff is pleasant.
CHAWENG BEACH, KOH SAMUI
Chaweng is one of the best beaches in Koh Samui. It is the most favoured destination in Thailand. Access to the beach is primarily through on-site hotels. The Akyra Chura Samui Resort is your gateway to beachfront enjoyment. For couples, it’s the ideal romantic setting. February is the perfect time to visit, featuring Valentine’s Day. Here are some ways to celebrate your love in Chaweng Beach.
EAT SENSE CANDLELIGHT DINNER
Location – Chaweng Beach Road, adjacent to Banana Fansea Resort
Telephone – +66 (0) 77-414-242
Website – www.eatsensesamui.com
Hours – 11am-12pm daily
You and your sweetie have several seating options at this enchanting restaurant. You can cozy up at a terrace table, relax on the patio, or unwind in an air-conditioned alcove. Lights dancing on the water and breezes nudging palm trees further enhance the romance. The glow of soft candlelight and table-side lanterns creates a dreamy ambiance. The restaurant offers the use of free sun loungers for guests. The cuisine at Eat Sense features organic vegetables and local fruits. Fresh and flavourful are the hallmarks of this food. Preservatives are never used. Service is courteous, friendly, and prompt.
NA MUANG WATERFALLS
Location – Off Route 4169, 10 km south of Nathon
Hours – Open daily
Na Muang is a lovely spot for romantic walks. Two thrilling cascades comprise this beautiful oasis. The first waterfall tumbles down a rocky cliff into a large pool, perfect for swimming. A 30-minute walk brings you to the second waterfall, which is the highest in Koh Samui. Easy hiking paths provide close-up views of the intricate rock formations. After your walk, enjoy the food from stalls at the park entrance. Souvenirs are also available, by which to remember your romantic outing.
KOH SAMUI SUNSET DINNER CRUISE
Telephone – +66 (0) 831-728-792
Website – www.redbaron-samui.com
Pick-Up Time – 3:30pm, for a 4:30pm Departure
You and your honey can set sail for Koh Som on a delightful dinner cruise. The 3-hour tour begins with free pick-up from our resort. You’ll be welcomed aboard the Red Baron, an elegant sailing yacht, and greeted with cocktails. Seating options include the upper deck or open-air lounge. At the island of Koh Som, you’ll explore the limestone formations and pristine beach. En route back to Koh Samui, you’ll enjoy a serene sunset and delicious dinner. This is a romantic adventure you’ll treasure forever.
KOH SAMUI’S BEACHES BECKON
The beaches of Koh Samui provide all you could want in a tropical paradise. Warm sun, soft sand, and dreamlike beauty beckon from every beach.