Koh Samui is located in the province of Surat Thani, in the South China Sea, in the Gulf of Thailand.
Samui - the third largest island in Thailand after Phuket and Chiang. Once the main occupation of the inhabitants of the island was growing coconut trees, which are now a great many on Samui. Then he became a favorite place for vacation wealthy inhabitants of Bangkok, well, today this island paradise knows anyone who is planning to visit Thailand.
Koh Samui has many advantages over other large islands of Thailand. In Koh Chang, at least to him and get much closer than before Samui, much worse than the infrastructure. Samuel, for example, boasts two giperkarketami Macro, three Tesco Lotus, and hypermarket Big C. And if you compare it to Phuket - Samui is not as noisy and crowded (but enough bars and discos to everyone!), It is not so much spoiled tourists. And let's not forget about the 2004 tsunami, which claimed thousands of lives, including Phuket. Koh Samui such disasters are impossible - the island is inside the Gulf of Thailand, which is part of another ocean, it is protected from the ocean space and earthquake zones.
The most convenient way to get to Samui from Bangkok - directly from the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which will fly your airplane, seats on the plane Bangkok Air, which is an hour will take you directly to the island. More budget options - loukost AirAsia, the night comfortable bus, train - they all come to the city of Surat Thani, about an hour from the pier to Donsak, and then half an hour by ferry. (However, public buses will take you directly to the island). Everyone can choose the way to your taste and budget.
On Samui, probably not too pronounced seasonality, and clearly certain off seasons. In November, it is likely to be more rain. Spring is likely to be very hot. But a year on year is not necessary, in November can be perfect weather and the month of March - pouring rain (there is).
Perhaps the "golden mean" of Koh Samui. It's not as noisy and crowded as Chaweng, but at the same time have all the necessary entertainment and shopping.
Lamai beach sand is relatively large, slightly yellowish. The beach has a length of several kilometers. On the left side (when facing the sea) across the shallows and reefs, in addition, there is the river flows into the sea, so swimming is more suitable central part of the beach. Once entry into the water on Lamai was pretty sharp, and less than 10 meters from the shore it was impossible to get to the bottom, but after heavy storms in the last years of entry into the water became flatter convenient for swimmers. Right beach rests on the rocks, one of the attractions of Koh Samui - Hin Ta Hin Yai. In this part of the beach, much farther from the center of Lamai, even in high season, there is no large number of people.
Parallel to the coast of Lamai beach runs a one way street, which is full of bars, shops and small markets. On one of the sites held weekly fights on Thai boxing among women, free for spectators. Here, in the heart of Lamai, it is a great evening food court where you can choose ready meals for every taste, and then dine at tables, or ask to have prepared meals to take away.
Chaweng is the first beach you hear about, when going to Samui. This is most popular and developed beach of the island. It is located on the east of Samui between Chaweng Noi and Chaweng Yai beaches, its lenght is around 4 kilometers.
Chaweng has few benefits from other Samui beaches due to wide white sandy beach, smooth entering into the sea, clean and pure water. There is a perfect for swimming beach , starting from southern part of Chaweng, let's say from The First Bungalow hotel, until Ark Bar, then the sea is shallow and bottom is silty.
Guests have a possibility to choose a place on the beach according to their mood - from more secluded southern part of Chaweng, where only a couple of restaurants is open after sunset, to a party center of the beach with its heart at famous Ark Bar and KC Beach Club.
Lots of hotels offers to rent a sunbed for small fee, you can use also sunbeds at cafes or restaurants if make an order or buy a drink. Fortunately, there are many to choose from rasta bars with sounding songs of Bob Marley to chic restaurants offering fresh seafood dishes.
There is a lot of entertainments too: thai shill offers you to rent a jet ski or to go for a ride on water tablet, masseuses offers different types of Thai massage, which you have to try; local sellers provide you with BBQ corn, fruits and ice cream.
Choeng Mon is amazing. It is one of most picturesque beaches of Samui with lenght around 1 km, located on the same name bay on north-east of Samui. This white sandy beach is perfect place for family or romantic holidays.
Good location in a bay lets swim even when there a big waves on other Samui beaches. There is smooth entry into the sea with deep area starting from around 100 meters from the shore, the best area for swimming is central Choeng Mon . Bottom of Choeng Mon is sandy near the beachside, muddy areas can be found on more deep zones.
For those, who like to have a lunch or dinner with sea views there is good choice of restaurants, cafes and bars on the beach. Musicians start their performances in the evening, that creates a fantastic atmosphere for romantic and relaxed rest.
Between tropical greenery and palms framing the beach , you will find few traditional thai style hotels, which provide possibility to rent a sunbed and umbrellas for a small fee. You also may use sunbeds of one of cafes if you make an order.
The beach will be liked by those, who like activities - there is volleyball net on the northern part of Choeng mon, a lot of space for playing ball , frisby and running. Picturesque stones is good place for snorkeling in sunny days. There is a small island on southern part of Choeng mon, which is reachable easily during low tide.
Chaweng Noi on Thai means "small Chaweng". The beach deserves the meaning, it like a little Chaweng with the same blue water, white sandy beach and lots of entertainment, but it has less tourists. Only 100 meters with picturesque boulders separate the beach from Chaweng.
Chaweng Noi is located on east of Samui between Chaweng and Coral Cove beaches. Its length is a little more, than 1 kilometer. Both kids and adults will enjoy the white beach with blue water. Swimming there is a really pleasure. Amazing views, comfortable entering into the sea, cleanliness, provided by beachfront hotels, make the beach an excellent choice for family holiday. Most of guests there is from the hotels, located directly on the beach. There is no public entrance to Chaweng Noi, but you can use one of private entrances, for example, you can walk through The First bungalow residence.
There is a lot of entertainments: jet ski rent, thai massage, beachfront bars and restaurants. Those, who drive a motorbike or car, can reach a famous viewpoint, located nearby, there you will sea nice views on Chaweng and Chaweng Noi beachfront and the sea.
Many luxury hotels chose Chaweng Noi for its location (including Sheraton Samui) , thanks to its perfect conditions for recreation, preserving the privacy and serenity..
Nathon, as we can say - the business center of Samui. These ferries Seatran Ferry, here comes the most of high-speed catamarans Lomprayah, you can buy train tickets, here you can find all at the most reasonable prices on the island (including housing); finally - you can every evening to watch the stunning sunsets. But, alas, can not swim in Nathon.
However, if you choose as a place of residence is Nathon, which may also be reasons - only 4 kilometers away from the Nathon you'll find beautiful , Lipa Noi beach which not lost kinship with nature..
You find out what is real calmness and relax only by staying on Lipa Noi beach.
This beach is on west coast of Samui, which is far away from shopping centres, restaurants, jet ski rent and other water entertainments and, accordingly, bustle and hustle are in several kilometers from beautiful Lipa Noi beach. Only running through crab or waggish squirrel, jumping from tree to tree, can divert you from enjoying of the beach and sea views.
One more lovely feature of the beach is coniferous trees growing here with habitual for everybody palms.
You can find here relaxing Europeans aged couples, Thai families with children and Russian guests.
The length of Lipa Noi beach is several kilometers. Raja Ferry sits on the south side of the coast, but the beach is still good for swimming and enjoying views. From the northern part, divided from southern by cape, you will see only boats, hastening to Surat Thani. The beach is perfect as for adults and kids, it has flat entry to the sea, yellow averaged size sand and quite clear water, but not perfect for snorkeling.
Part of the beachfront is occupied by luxury villas and expensive resorts. Here is also situated well-known Nikki beach resort koh Samui, which is open for guests and offers perhaps best pool parties on the island.
Coral Cove is one of most picturesque beaches of Samui, located in small cove in east of the island, between Chaweng Noi and Crystal Bay. It justifies the name - you can enjoy snorkeling and sea corals and fish right near the seashore.
There are scenic boulders on both sides of the beach, where guests of Samui like to do photos.
You can get to the beach if stop near Coral Cove Chalet hotel.
Lenght of Coral Cove is little more than hundred meters, but there is enough place for the not too big quantity of guests, who usually stay here. There is coarse sand, that is becoming to small stones near the water. Coral Cove is good enough for swimming and or relaxing and reading a good book. Here you will not be disturbed by intrusive sellers of souvenirs or by noisy jet ski.
There are no sunbeds, umbrellas and shops, but a restaurant on the beach, where you can enjoy thai dishes or just have a drink while viewing at beautiful Samui seaside.
Coral Cove is perfect beach both for family and romantic staying..
A lot of travellers say that Crystal Bay beach (second name is Silver beach) is the best beach of Samui. Here you will find everything you dreamed about, when planned your vacation to a tropical country - blue water, white soft sand, surrounded by picturesque palms and exotic greenery.
Crystal Bay sits on east of Samui in a small bay between Lamai beach and Coral Cove. You can reach the beach by a motorbike or by a car if stop near same name resort and restaurant.
Crystal Bay is small beach, a little more than 300 meters of lenght, but amazing views and clear water did it quite famous. The water in good both for swimming and snorkeling. There are fantastically beautiful boulders on the both sides of the bay, where guests of Samui like to take photos.
The beach includes shallow water suitable for kids swimming and deep zones, which is well suitable for adults. In the summer usually low tides occur , baring rocks hidden on the bottom of Crystal Bay . Due to secluded location there are no activities such as renting jet skis, banana boating, shops and other things, but a restaurant at the exit of the bay attracts guests' attention, Samui chef will offer you a selection of Thai cuisine here. There is a deck upstairs, where you will enjoy amazing views of Crystal Bay. Crystal Bay is an excellent choice for a romantic getaway on Samui or families with children..
Laem Sor beach is one of southern beaches of Samui with length nearly 1 kilometer.
It has light sand and small stones and corals near the water, which is particularly noticeable at low tide. Due this and due shallow water , the beach becomes not a perfect choice for those who like swimming.
The coast is dotted with palm trees and tropical greenery, among which are several villas and resorts. Despite the fact that Laem Sor beach is not suitable for swimming, it is an excellent choice for those , who are looking for privacy, peace and tranquility.
Laem Sor is also famous because of the same name pagoda, located on the western end of the beach..
Maenam - beach with large enough yellowish sand. Let the sand of the beach looks for many people less attractive than the white sand of Chaweng, but from a practical point of view, it is more pleasant for walk, and it is easily shaken down, while after the beach with fine sand you, no matter how washed his feet, inevitably will bring the sand back home.
The entry in the water fairly steep, although the bottom of the shallow shores, many families with small children choose this beach. The water near the coast Maenam rarely clear due to the nature of sand.
The advantages of Maenam is the fact that it is closed from large waves by Phangan island (under certain wind directions). The beach is primarily suitable for families with children. There are almost no such noisy bars and discos, which you can find on Chaweng or Lamai. But there is in the area of Maenam and large supermarkets. Only 7Eleven stores and Family Mart. The nearest large supermarket, Big C - located on the ring road in the direction of Chaweng. To get there you can either songteo (margrutnye taxis that do not go after 18:30), a taxi, or the most popular method - on a rented motorbike.
If you have a motorbike, and for sports people who are accustomed to the heat - a bicycle, you scenic walkway, stretching to the mountains, among the coconut palms.