What makes

Koh Samui beaches special?

Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand after Phuket. Is common for holiday makers to take a pick between both. On a Phuket vs Koh Samui contest, is hard to pick a winner. Both are great choices. At the end, it comes to weather and atmosphere differences. Have a look at tips related to weather in Koh Samui to see the best time to visit and how it compares with weather in Phuket.

Being smaller, without land access, the island vibes in Koh Samui are remarkable with a more relaxed ambience overall. A more relaxed island means less crowded beaches!

Koh Samui has 4 or 5 long beaches and then many medium and small ones where you may find yourself on your own!

There is a Koh Samui beach for everyone. Wether you want to relax or have a cocktail, be on your own or with restaurants and services around, do some snorkelling or enjoy a coconut oil massage. This is what makes beaches in Koh Samui special, the variety of options!

Keep reading to find the best beaches in Koh Samui for you.

Beach seasons in Koh Samui

High Season: chances are, if a stand has queues or a stall is packed with Thais waiting and eating their fare off metal tables, sitting on plastic chairs, it’s a safe bet it’s tried, tested, tasty. Go for it!

Quieter Season: if it looks and smells yummy, it probably is. Try anything that you suspect is delicious. Once you’ve sampled a bunch of harmless-looking dishes, you’ll have confidence to have a bite of something more daring...

During the monsoon: it’s always good to have a cold beer or iced coconut on hand, just in case things get a little hotter than  expected.


If you experience floods in Thailand during the monsoon, please try not to touch or submerge in standing water. It can be quite dangerous, there maybe sharp objects and currents and the water may carry bacteria that may get you in trouble. Wait until it pass! Allow some time for the ocean to clear the waters from floods before going for a swim.

Things to keep in mind

Sun in Thailand: Sun beams in Thailand does not forgive! Make sure you are protected against sunburns with adequate sun protection factor cream. Take special care with small children and babies.

You got sunburns in Thailand?. Ouch, it hurts... Nothing better than a special massage to hydrate your skin. In many Thai beaches you will find covered beds where you can get a coconut massage treatment on your skin to treat sunburns right on the sand

Box jellyfish in Koh Samui: Chances to be stung by a box jellyfish in Koh Samui are low, but better be prepared than unaware. During August, September and October box jellyfish is more noticeable in the Gulf of Thailand. Certain species of box jellyfish carry a extremely venomous toxin, so make sure to keep reading to understand what to do if you get stung.

If you get stung: Right after being stung by a box jellyfish, apply vinegar directly on the area affected for at least 30 to 60 seconds. Go immediately to a hospital. Most boats, resorts, beach restaurants and bars in Koh Samui should have vinegar

on their first aid kits to treat stings.

Do not try to clean the injury with fresh water.

Do not pee on the area affected!!

Public space and beaches in Thailand: You may see banners entering a beach reading "private beach" or "only customers".

You can ignore all those banners because all beaches in Thailand are public.


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