Samui, Thailand's third biggest island, is the ideal tourist destination with its tranquil atmosphere and miles of white sand beaches fringed by palm trees.
Two of the most well known beaches in Samui are Chaweng and Lamai. There are others, like Bo Phut, Maenam and Big Buddha, which are off the beaten path, although they are preferred by those who want to avoid the crowd.
Chaweng beach is located on the eastern coast of the island with a coastline that is about six kilometers long. The waters are clear and suitable for windsurfing, parasailing, snorkeling, and other watersports.
Parallel to the coast is Chaweng Beach Road where many resorts, bars and restaurants are situated. It is also here where the shopping, entertainment and nightlife districts are located.
Lamai is Samui's second largest beach. The waters are calmer and the coast is marked by granite boulders that jut out to the sea, This is an excellent spot for fishing. Also within the vicinity are the Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks, one of the island's top natural attractions.
Maenam is best for those seeking solitude, since it is smaller and not visited often by tourists, while Bophut offers the best sunset view on the island. Big Buddha in the northern coast facing Koh Pha-Ngan is quite secluded, making it the perfect hideaway.
Accommodation facilities on the island vary from five-star hotels and resorts to humble guesthouses and huts.
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