Life’s a beach
Whether you prefer a bustling beach or an empty stretch of sand, there’ll be something for you on this island. For a truly tranquil experience, some of Koh Samui’s best hotels have private beaches. Tongsai Grand Villas is the perfect place to drop off the map and unwind. And thanks to the no watersports rule, you won’t have your swim interrupted by noisy jet skis.
For seafood restaurants to cross oceans for, head to Bang Po beach in the North. Towards the Baan Tai end, you’ll find fishermen in longtail boats reeling in the catch of the day. To feast on their fish, dine out at Krua Bang Po. Propped up by bamboo beams, this authentic Thai restaurant serves fresh fish and classic dishes right on the sand.
If you’d prefer a livelier spot, Bophut Beach blends quintessential island living with a bustling village feel. Beyond the remains of the old pier, anchored sailboats glitter on the horizon, stretching out to Koh Pha Ngan. While you’re here, be sure to explore the Fisherman’s Village. This former hub for local fishing has transformed into a cluster of boutique shops, art galleries and exotic eateries.
Sadly, the surf in Samui is non-existent. But active travellers will be pleased to know that most of the island’s beaches offer a range of activities. From kayaks to paddle boards, you won’t be short of ways to get out on the water. And the ocean is the best place to savour that consistently stunning backdrop.