Photo: Peak hour on Bang Po.

Bang Po Beach

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Laid-back Bang Po Beach stretches for some five kilometres along the northwest coast and is a favourite of expats and retirees. While many travellers miss this part of the island altogether, those looking for something different will find low-key places to stay along with some of the best seafood on Samui.





Starting at Laem Yai in the west and continuing all the way to Mae Nam in the east, Bang Po (also spelt “Por”) is the name used for the entire bay, while the name Baan Tai is also used for the eastern stretch. In many places, the typically calm water retreats at low tide to reveal mud flats that draw local shellfish harvesters. The off-white sand becomes a narrow stripe at high tide.

Kayak anyone? Photo taken in or around Bang Po Beach, Ko Samui, Thailand by David Luekens.

Kayak anyone? Photo: David Luekens

Though Bang Po is not Samui’s most spectacular beach overall, it does offer some pretty patches particularly towards the Baan Tai end. Follow signs off the ring road for Mimosa Resort to find an undeveloped lane ending at a picturesque beach where you’re as likely to encounter fishermen as other travellers. Look no further if you seek a long, quiet stroll on the sand with only a few beach dogs and a splendid view of Ko Pha Ngan to keep you company.

Further west, the ring road cuts very close to the beach alongside a host of restaurants. Thai food enthusiasts should make a trip up here to hit Bang Po Seafood Takho and Khanom Jeen Pla Khiao before kicking back at one of several laid-back beach bars set in thatch-roof shacks.

Grazing at Bang Po Seafood Takho. Photo taken in or around Bang Po Beach, Ko Samui, Thailand by Stuart McDonald.

Grazing at Bang Po Seafood Takho. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Continue west and the ring road turns south, running up and over the hills of Laem Yai Cape and passing the entrances to some swanky resorts. A couple of hidden beaches rim the north coast of Laem Yai, though you might need to hire a boat or sneak through some upscale villa communities to ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Bang Po Beach
Northwest coast of Samui

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