Hat Sai Kaew Beach
Otherwise known as Diamond beach, Hat Sai Kaew is the biggest and most favourable by visitors to Koh Samed. Hat Sai Kaew’s meaning speaks volume of what to expect. Translating as “Crystal Sand Beach” expect beautiful Whites Sands in abundance with clear Blue seas. The beach is located on the North East island and is about a kilometre long. Expect a multitude of activities here to keep the crowds entertained. Water sports such as water skiing, jet skiing, banana boats, and wind surfing are all available. The are various top quality restaurants that line the beaches and after dark the party scene come to life. Due to it’s popularity with weekend visitors from Bangkok, accommodation here can become scarce so be sure to book in advance.
Ao Vong Duan
Shaped in a crescent moon the 500m long Ao Vang Beach offers truly breathtaking sunsets across its shores. Expect a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere amongst it’s crystal white sands and vivid blue seas. Accommodation is a little dearer here than other parts of the island but the quality warrants that bit extra. The usual water sports are available here. Expect people staying here to be sipping cocktails rather than buckets of Sam Song due to it’s more sophisticated approach.
Ao Kiu Na Nok
Samet’s southernmost island is where the wealthy come to stay. Expect prices and accommodation at the opposite end of the spectrum to Backpackers requirements. Although home to the islands most expensive resort the area still remains undisturbed and is regarded as the islands finest. The southern part of the beach offers the best swimming.
Ao Prao Beach
The only beach located on the upper west coast of Koh Samet is sometimes referred to as paradise bay. If your looking for crystal clear blue sea and pristine white sands set in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere then this 200m long beach is definitely worth a visit. Expect expensive resorts and not backpacker accommodation if planning on staying on this “exclusive” resort. The amazing sunset that can be experienced from Ao Prao is worth the extra cost alone.
Ao Hin Khok
The Stunning Ao Hin Khok is Koh Samed’s number 1 backpackers retreat. With most of it’s resorts being built back from the sand the 200m long beach is largely undisturbed. As well as it’s natural beauty it’s popularity amongst backpackers is also down to the affordable accommodation you will find in the area. Accommodation can fill up quite quickly here so it’s advised to book in advance. It’s clear blue waters offer some of the best swimming on the island. The atmosphere can get rather lively come sunset so those looking for the quiet life are best served on another part of the island.
Ao Phai is a very popular stretch of amazing white sand and vivid topaz blue waters offering some of the islands best swimming. Accommodation here is on the sharp incline with the many backpacker retreats that once lined these shores being replaced with more up market resorts. However being situated next to Ao Hin Khok means you can benefit from cheaper accommodation there and still appreciate Ao Phai.
Located near Ao Put Sa the small beach of Ao Tubtim is renowned for its clear blue Sea and white sand. A tranquil ambience makes this the ideal place for those looking to watch the day go by in peace.
Otherwise known as Candlelight beach, Ao Thian has shorter intervals of sand broken up by stretches of rocks, this gives the beach the ideal balance between seclusion and accessibility.
Ao Wai is just a short walk from the delights of Candlelight Beach (Ao Thian). Lined with coconut trees, the beach is a tranquil scenic spot, and it’s clear blue waters are popular amongst sea lovers.
Ao Noi Na
Although close to the popular beach of Hat Sai Kaew, Ao Noi Na offers a completely different atmosphere to it’s nearby neighbour. It is a lot quieter, making it more suitable for those searching for a relaxing time on it’s pristine beach. You will find some of the islands best resorts and hotels here.
Located in close proximity to Ao Put Sa, Ao Nuan is an ideal retreat for those in search of relaxation with peace and quiet surroundings.