The best beaches in Koh Samui for swimming – complete guide

Koh Samui is well know for its beautiful beaches and incredible turquoise water. There are many beaches on the island to choose from. However, only a few are great for swimming.

I’ve been to most of the beaches. While some of them are rocky and not suited for swimming, others are perfect for a little exercise. Read below to find out which are the best beaches for swimming in Koh Samui.

1. Silver Beach

I’ll start with my favorite. This small beach situated on the eastern side of the island is a hidden gem. With white sand and clean water, Silver Beach is a paradise for swimmers.

There are almost no waves and, if you go towards the big rocks you can even swim with hundreds of colorful fish. In my opinion, Silver Beach is the best beach for swimming in Koh Samui but there are other amazing places too.

Read more about the Silver Beach here, in my complete guide.

Silver Beach Koh Samui people snorkeling - the best beach for swimming

2. Chaweng Beach

Probably the most popular beach on the island, Chaweng Beach is great if you are looking for a place to swim.

Unlike Silver Beach, at Chaweng Beach you’ll find that there are more waves but don’t worry, you can still swim in peace. The only downside is that here you won’t find such a thriving marine life.

Also, being very popular among tourists, sometimes Chaweng Beach can get pretty busy. If you want to find some hidden beaches in Koh Samui, click here.

Chaweng beach Koh Samui - the best beach for swimming

3. Maenam Beach

Situated in the north, Maenam Beach is one of the biggest beaches on Koh Samui.

The water is pretty calm and perfect for swiming. Maenam Beach is a good choice especially if you are looking for a place where you can swim long distances.

Maenam secret Beach Koh Samui - the best beach for swimming

4. Bophut Beach

Unlike its bigger sister (Maenam Beach), Bophut Beach is a bit more crowded since it’s located near one of the most important tourists attractions on the island – Bophut Fisherman’s Village.

The water here is great for swimming and you’ll find a plethora of restaurants right on the beach to settle your hunger after working out.

Bophut Beach Koh Samui cloudy - the best beach for swimming

5. Lamai Beach

Situated right near the famous Hin Ta and Hin Yai stones, Lamai Beach is a bit more challenging for swimming.

The waves are a bit bigger but nothing to worry about. Lamai Beach is popular among tourists. Therefore, don’t expect to be the only one here.

While you’re still in the area, I would definitely recommend visiting the amazing Overlap Stone or the Na Muang Waterall 2.

Lamai Beach at sunset Koh Samu - the best beach for swimmingi


Where to stay in Koh Samui

If you are looking for the best accommodation in Koh Samui, I’ve got you covered! I recommend staying somewhere near the Bophut area where all the restaurants, bars and shopping malls are located. Here are the best hotels, for every budget:

  • Budget – Gecko Hotel – great location, clean & spacious rooms, very friendly and helpful owner
  • Mid Budget – Ban Mok – beachfront villa, beautiful infinity poolexcellent location, modern & spacious rooms
  • Luxury – Sensimar Resort & Spa – rooms with private pool, excellent location on the beach, modern & luxurious hotel, breakfast included

These are the best beaches for swimming in Koh Samui. If you would like to suggest other beaches, let me know in the comments section below.

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Aurelia Teslaru

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  1. Greg Shaffer
    August 13, 2019 / 3:22 pm

    How is Crystal Bay on Ko Samui for swimming?

    • dailytravelpill
      August 14, 2019 / 6:05 pm

      Crystal Bay is right near the Silver Beach. Actually, I think they are the same beach. Silver Beach is just perfect for swimming! And the marine life is amazing too! Totally recommend it!

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