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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular beaches of Koh Samui?

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The sun, the sand and those tall, green coconut trees adding a tint of green to the day. And there’s only one thing that can complete this picture - the lovely shade of turquoise from the sea. Visit Koh Samui’s picture-perfect beaches and you’ll never want to leave the island. Some of the popular beaches here are:

  • Chaweng Beach

    One of the most popular, and populated beaches of the island, this one has a lot to offer to the traveller in you. Stretching a length of 5 km, the beach, all white and sandy, has a plethora of small beach-side restaurants and shops to fine-dining and high-end shopping options. A popular tourist spot in Koh Samui, Chaweng will cater to every need of yours. Experience some thrilling adventure sports, shop your way through lovely knick-knacks, nibble on some delicious food and party all night, while you hop from one bar to another. An experience not to be missed!

  • Lamai Beach

    If sitting on the beach-front is your idea of relaxing, then the Lamai Beach is the perfect location for you. This white, sandy beach is ideal for swimming and water-sports (like windsurfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, parasailing and speedboat charters), though if you just want to lay on a sun-bed and relax, this beach will be at your service without a moment’s thought. The northern end of the beach is rocky and shallow, making it safe for children to splash around. You’ll find several vendors selling little knick-knacks and snacks like Thai papaya salad, grilled corn and chicken, though they are not intrusive and don’t annoy tourists. You can even opt for spa  and massage treatments at the various salas here offering exotic experiences. Absolute rejuvenation, basically!

  • Choeng Mon

    One of the more upscale areas of Koh Samui, this beach largely houses top-end resorts and private beaches. You won’t find too many people or vendors on this beach, distinctly different from the other, more commercial beaches of Koh Samui. Catering mostly to tourists from Europe, you’ll find very little spicy, Thai cuisine, and on the contrary, you’ll find hints of European influences on traditional culture here. Take a quiet, secluded walk and enjoy the experience of a retreat from the usual madness of civilisation at this beach, right next to the Big Buddha Beach.

  • Bo Phut

    The Bo Phut beach is adjacent to the Fisherman’s Village, both coming together to offer a uniquely Thai experience. Lined with quaint wooden buildings and shops, the entire area resonates an old world charm that you can’t afford to miss. Try the go-karting, scuba diving and jungle safaris here and you’re sure to come out feeling transformed. What’s more, shopping for jewellery and clothes is a real possibility here, with so many small and large boutiques and shops dotting the area, perfect if you’re buying some last minute gifts to take back home.

Lounge around on a beach bed with your favourite book, sunbathe and get that perfect tan tint you’ve always wanted, sip a cool drink while you wonder about the mysteries of nature or go crazy with exhilarating water and adventure sports. Whatever be your mood, these beaches are going to make you live all your dreams, and then some. Get packing and hop onto the next flight to this little paradise!

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