Koh Samui Popular Beaches
In addition to numerous accommodations, this charming beach is packed with restaurants, spas, souvenir shops, bars and discos catering to all the needs of visitors. In addition, there are a number of dive shops on the beach, some of which also organize night dives.
Lamai beach is Koh Samui's second largest beach, and some says that it is having the most beautiful beach in Koh Samui. The sea water caters for excellent swimming and the beach is studded with graceful granite boulders, which are often enjoyed as fishing perches by local fishermen.
Nightlife in Lamai Beach is a bit more laid back than in Chaweng Beach even though there are a couple of areas with beer bars and the Buahaus pub has a good dance floor and ample screens for watching current sports events. There are several good restaurants in Lamai town, but don't overlook Pizza Hat, on the main road near Lamai Beach which has been satisfying cheese cravings for over a decade.
This 5 kilometer white beach, one of the most popular spots for holiday-makers, is located next to Bo Phut Beach. Aside from numerous bungalows and restaurants, the beach is also the location of dive shops and other water sports facilities.
Located to the South of Na Thon Bay is supposedly the most beautiful and quite beach on the western coast of Ko Samui. It is the place that most visitors come to appreciate the beauty of the sunset.
Next to Big Buddha Beach is the beach that has been able to maintain its serenity and ambience as a traditional fishing village. Major activities for visitors include water skiing and sailing.
Located to the South of the island next to Taling Ngam Beach, this bay offers golden opportunities for fishing. Boat services to Ko Taen are also provided from here.
Located 4 kilometers to the north of Chaweng Beach is a charming, clean and peaceful beach which is ideal for deep relaxation.
Bang Rak Beach (Big Buddha Beach)
This beach, which is locally known as the Big Buddha Beach, is where the 12 meter high Golden Buddha, a spectacular landmark of the island, is situated. A number of bungalows with basic amenities are available. As the beach is relatively quite, it is suitable for visitors seeking seclusion.
This is the island's major settlement on the west coast offering a wide selection of souvenirs and handicrafts, silks and jewelry. In addition to being the shopping center of the island Na Thon Bay also provides visitors with the necessary facilities -- a post office, banks, a police station, telephone services, and a hospital. Moreover, this is where express and night ferries from the piers in Surat Thani dock.
Situated near Taling Ngam Beach is the bay that is not suitable for swimming but offers an incomparably stunning view of the sunset.
Source: Information by Tourism Authority of Thailand