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Koh Samui beaches - any tips!?

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Koh Samui beaches - any tips!?

My family and I are travelling to Koh Samui at the end of June for 2 weeks. We have stayed in Thailand before - Khao Lak which we loved but are unsure of what to expect on this island.

We generally prefer a quiet, relaxing holiday so any tips of less commercialised and 'touristy' beaches would be greatly appreciated. Also, as a whole what is the island like? - I know the enormity of this question but any help would be great!!!

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Koh Samui beaches - any tips!?

no problem

easy answer

Cheong Mon

very nice beach

nice selection of places to eat and chill out yet only 15 mins from the action by car/cab should you wish

what is it like well perfection on the sand its a quiet or as action packed as you wish.

just enough to spend a few days exploring and the rest on the beach or by the pool.

bliss

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2. Re: Koh Samui beaches - any tips!?

Another vote for Choeng Mon, a great horseshoe shaped bay with soft sand sloping gently into the almost currentless water. Ideal for families.

Not too touristy yet, with quick easy access to Maenam, Bohput and if you want Chaweng. A good base to tour from if you fancy.

Good choice of nearby restaurants/bars both on the beach and on the main road behind the beach.

Soon be counting the days, I'll be there mid June for 3 weeks.

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3. Re: Koh Samui beaches - any tips!?

Hi

What is the island like? Gosh, I can only tell you what the island is to us, and everyone will have an opinion . . . Its small and easy to drive round. There are busy bits and quiet bits, developed and undeveloped, good food, nice beaches and a nice feel.

What part of Khao Lak? Nang Thong?

There is not really much that would directly compare, but Bophut might suit you more. However, I don't like the beach there. So you could also look at Choeng Mon. You could also look at Mae Nam.

However, the nicest beach [sand quality] is Chaweng, and the southern end is nice, less busy. Ok to some it might be Chaweng but for us it is a lovely beach (even nicer than Khao Lak), and access to restuarnts and bars if you want them - is rather like Nang Thong.

If you don't mind a bit more remote you could look at the south west, where it is like going back in time.

If you want something really quiet then think about heading to Koh Phangan for a day or three. Really just like going back in time.

Have fun!

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4. Re: Koh Samui beaches - any tips!?

"However, the nicest beach [sand quality] is Chaweng"

Sorry Mitch can't agree with that statement. Choeng Mon is as nice as a beach gets in Samui and is also considerably less commercial than even the quieter South Chaweng (which is still a pretty busy area).

Edited: 06 April 2012, 23:48
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5. Re: Koh Samui beaches - any tips!?

Thank you everyone for your helpful responses.

TravellingMitch, you are in particularly wonderful and thank you for all of your detailed responses. I feel great about traveling to Phuket now that i have a much better idea and will certainly look forward to more of your expertise if ever another question arrises.

Edited: 12 April 2012, 14:44
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oops, posted in wrong forum

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7. Re: Koh Samui beaches - any tips!?

I vote for Maenam!

A great beach which had very little people on it, very quiet and relaxing.

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8. Re: Koh Samui beaches - any tips!?

I always say I'll stay somewhere else but always end up in South chaweng, I just love it.

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9. Re: Koh Samui beaches - any tips!?

Well, I hope I am still wonderful even if it is the wrong forum!

Hey FreshPrince, I find the sand quality nicer in Chaweng than on Choeng Mon, and it was the [sand quality] I was referring to, as I said, to some it will always be Chaweng. I was not really talking about the beach [resort] as that is a personal issue, I find Choeng Mon too quiet, but [the sand quality] is nicer at Chaweng IMO. Its all a personal thing, hey, some like it there, and some like it here . . . . I like lady boy shows, and hubby and I have adopted 2, but others won't go near them, I love hot curries whilst a lot of fareng avoid it . . .

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10. Re: Koh Samui beaches - any tips!?

Another vote for Choeng Mon. Lovely beach with great sand and clean safe water for swimming in. Its much less commercialised and touristy than the whole of Chaweng (even the Southern End). Its also much quieter - I've never heard a firework going off at night at night or a noisy thai boxing van blasting out its advertising in that area (and you get that all over Chaweng, even down South). The road through Choeng Mon is also not particularly busy in direct contrast to Chaweng which follows the incredibly busy and noisy ring road.

As for Samui, there's lots of different areas, some incredibly westernised and busy (Chaweng), some less developed (the South West), some developed but with a laid back upmarket feel (Bhoput), some retain a thai village atmosphere (Maenem and Choeng Mon) and some cater for men who those who like girlie bars (Lamai). It can be as in your face or as unspoilt as you like depending on what you want from a holiday.