The beach at Mae Nam in high season.
The beach at Mae Nam is 4km of long and beautiful coastline.
There are a number of large and small resorts out to the water
here but there were surprisingly few tourists.
We often took walks on the beach where we hardly ever met
anyone else. If we ate outside the La Paz resort there were
often only 4 or 5 other people in the restaurant. So if you
love peace and quiet then this is the place for you. The resort
is, however, not too far from the town of Mae Nam, which is
not the world’s most charming town.
Silverbeach is the local’s favourite beach at koh
Silver Beach is one of the most beautiful places we
It is nearly a little lagoon where there are 3 resorts on
the beach. We stayed at Silver Beach Resort.
The beach is surrounded by beautiful rock formations
The water is crystal clear and is supposed to be one of the
best places for snorkelling on Samui unless you take a special
boat trip specifically for snorkelling. The coral starts 20-30m
out from the beach and the water is not very deep so you can
easily take small children out into the water with their waterwings
Crystal clear water and colourful fish.
There is a wide variety of fish and we saw lots of different
species such as clown fish, octupi, etc. It’s especially
nice snorkelling with someone else so you can share your experiences
afterwards. Sadly a lot of the coral, like in many other areas
of Thailand, is dead – but there is quite a bit which
is still alive and very colourful.
The Beach at Fisherman's Village Bophut is also quite lovely
Massage under the cool shade of the trees
The beach at the little idyllic fishing village of Bophut
is also very good – you just have to go over the main
street to reach it. The water is not completely clear and
there is no coral, but it is quite clean and absolutely wonderful
to swim in.
On the beach, and in fact on many other beaches on the island
you’ll find a lot of people selling different things,
such as bedspreads, hats, fruit, ice cream, sweetcorn or the
indispensible chicken satay. The satay is a snack which can
be made on the spot. The seller carries a stand with a barbecue
and 5-10 minutes later you are served the delicious chicken
sticks for lunch.
You can also get a massage on the beach. It is a lovely relaxing
experience for both the grown-ups and children. There are
many different kinds of massage on offer – amongst others,
a full-body oil massage with coconut oil, or a head/shoulders/feet
massage. It’s a luxury which we’re not that used
to at home.
We didn’t take any photos at Chaweng or Lamai Beach
There were simply too many people – but the beaches
are without a doubt white and absolutely top-class. If you’re
looking for a quiet palm-tree idyll then you shouldn’t
go here. But if you’re looking for a lively place with
night life, shops, tourists then Lamai and Chaweng have it