Photo: Beaches and boulders at Lamai.

The best beach on Ko Samui

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Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, and Ko Samui is one of the reasons this is so. Being one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations though, Samui's beaches are no longer as secluded as those of smaller islands. But never fear: some beautiful stretches of sand can still be found with a little help, some busy, some not so much.

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What makes a good beach? Well, everyone has their own idea of what makes a good beach. To some it means soft white sand, clear and calm water, a coconut palm to offer shade and no distractions. To others, plentiful deck chairs, music, a barman on call and a crowd to share this with make a beach something to remember. Still to others with young children, safe swimming, bathroom facilities and family-friendly restaurants might make a great beach. With this in mind, we've taken a walk around the island to help you get an idea of which beach on Ko Samui is best for you.

Ko Pha Ngan views from Mae Nam. Photo taken in or around The best beach on Ko Samui, Ko Samui, Thailand by David Luekens.

Ko Pha Ngan views from Mae Nam. Photo: David Luekens

Covering the long and rambling beaches on the western third of Samui’s north coast, Bang Po and Baan Tai beaches are quiet, quiet, quiet. Pretty patches of white sand are found to the east, around Mimosa Resort and By Beach Resort. Darker sand and mud flats fills in much of the western reaches, where the ring road cuts very close to the beach near a clutch of seafood restaurants that are worth a trip from across ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,300 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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