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Koh Samui Towns

There are many towns on the island of Koh Samui from small fishing villages to large bustling towns.

Make sure to pick the right place to stay in Koh Samui that serves your holiday needs as some places have lots of restaurants and bars, whilst others have quiet beaches and sunsets.

Koh Samui Towns & Islands, Cities To Visit Nearby & Map, Thailand


For those looking to be the centre of the action, head to Chaweng. Chaweng is the perhaps the most popular town in Koh Samui and is located on the east coast of the island. All visitors should visit Chaweng beach as its vibrant and pulsating nightlife are a sight to be seen. There is also a lot to see and do around this area and choices of activities and sightseeing tours are close to endless.

Bophut boasts a laid-back setting for those who enjoy quiet and relaxation. This beach village is located on the northern coast of Koh Samui, and just like Chaweng, Bophut is a well-established community. The town is known for its beautiful beaches, luxury accommodation, a wonderful seaside community and Thai-Chinese atmosphere.

Lamai is known for its scenic coastline and picturesque setting – just south of Chaweng and is easily accessible from most of the prime locations around Koh Samui. Lamai beach is perfect for families and couples alike because it offers an idyllic setting compared to Chaweng. So if you love peace and tranquillity, then choosing a hotel, guesthouse, apartment or resort in Lamai is a great choice.

Head down to the south of the island for quiet relaxation or up to the north-west to party!



Chaweng

Chaweng

Chaweng, Bophut

Chaweng is perhaps the most popular town in Koh Samui and is located on the east coast of the island. All visitors should visit Chaweng beach as its vibrant and pulsating nightlife are a sight to be seen. There is also...

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Bophut

Bophut

Bophut, Koh Samui

Koh Samui’s famous fishing village in Bophut boasts a laid-back setting for those who enjoy quiet and relaxation. This beach village is located on the northern coast of Koh Samui, and just like Chaweng, Bophut is...

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Lamai

Lamai

Lamai, Maret

Lamai is known for its scenic coastline and picturesque setting – just south of Chaweng and is easily accessible from most of the prime locations around Koh Samui. Lamai beach is perfect for families and couples...

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Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan, Surat Thani

Although Koh Phangan is internationally renowned for its Full Moon parties, there is a lot more to do on this touristy island. Choices of attractions and activities don’t just revolve around parties and beaches...

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Koh Tao

Koh Tao

Koh Tao, Koh Phangan

Historically, Koh Tao has played an important and significant role as the detention place for political prisoners in Koh Samui and Thailand. However over the past few decades, this island grew popular as a tourist...

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Maenam

Maenam

Maenam, Koh Samui

Unlike the other white sandy beaches in Koh Samui, the Maenam Beach features golden yellow sand and is one of the most under-rated beaches on this island. Those who love a serene beach will certainly love the delightful...

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Bang Rak

Bang Rak

Bang Rak, Bophut

Koh Samui’s stunning Bang Rak beach is 4km long with white sands and clear blue water; adjoining the popular north-eastern corner. The Bang Rak beach is known for its excellent scenery and lively parties. Bang Rak...

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Choeng Mon

Choeng Mon

Choeng Mon, Bophut

Koh Samui’s Choeng Mon beach stretches over 2km and boasts powdery white sand and pristine waters. Choeng Mon is located towards the north-eastern peninsula of the Koh Samui island and is known for its picturesque...

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Nathon

Nathon

Nathon, Koh Samui

The town of Nathon in Koh Samui is close to the island’s main car ferry pier; making it a convenient choice for many visitors and locals who want to drive to Koh Samui from the mainland. Nathon features a...

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Taling Ngam

Taling Ngam

Taling Ngam, Koh Samui

Taling Ngam is Koh Samui’s best-hidden secret. Although this beach doesn’t have the party atmosphere like Chaweng, it is a beautiful and quiet area that you’ll love to explore. The area around Taling...

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Na Muang

Na Muang

Na Muang, Koh Samui

Na Muang is a charming lush area in the heart of Samui. It’s a popular place for families, but its famous waterfalls are proof that there is so much more to the island than the beautiful beaches that it’s...

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Hua Thanon

Hua Thanon

Hua Thanon, Maret

Located on the south-east coast, Koh Samui’s Hua Thanon village is a quaint and picturesque beachfront village. The town’s stunning coastline and picturesque setting will fascinate visitors and unlike other...

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Lipa Noi

Lipa Noi

Lipa Noi, Koh Samui

Located towards the western edges of Koh Samui, you’ll come across the beautiful beach of Lipa Noi. This beach is small and uninhabited and features an idyllic setting and crystal clear waters. In fact, it is one...

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Haad Rin

Haad Rin

Haad Rin, Koh Phangan

Haad Rin is probably most famous for the Full Moon Party crowd, but there is also so much to discover while you’re here. Located on Koh Phangan’s south-east coast, this area is divided into two main places:...

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Baan Tai

Baan Tai

Baan Tai, Koh Phangan

Baan Tai is renowned for being one of the most beautiful beaches in Koh Phangan. It is also one of the longest beaches in Koh Phangan, with a coastline that is 5 kilometres long. Baan Tai Accommodation, Hotels, Hostels...

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Chaloklum

Chaloklum

Chaloklum, Koh Phangan

Chaloklum is a quaint, charming village in Koh Phangan that serves as the main fishing port in the north. The bay is home to the distinct Thai fishing boats, but there are nearby beaches to explore. Chaloklum...

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Thong Sala

Thong Sala

Thong Sala, Koh Phangan

Thong Sala is the main gateway to Koh Phangan. In the past, it was known as the next best beach party place after Haad Rin; but in the last few years, it has seen improvements and developments. Today, it is one of the...

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Thong Nai Pan

Thong Nai Pan

Thong Nai Pan, Koh Phangan

Thong Nai Pan is a beautiful beach area located in the north-eastern part of Koh Phangan. It’s made up of two famous beaches: Thong Nai Pan Yai and Thong Nai Pan Noi. This area is one of the most famous in...

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Koh Ma

Koh Ma

Koh Ma, Koh Phangan

Koh Ma is an exquisite island, located towards the north-west coast of Koh Phangan. Although this island doesn’t offer you any party venues, it certainly has some excellent scuba diving and snorkelling spots. In...

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Koh Phaluai

Koh Phaluai

Koh Phaluai, Ang Thong

Out of all 42 islands within the Ang Thong Marine Park, the island of Koh Phaluai is the largest and the most prominent; located towards the south of Koh Wua Talap. If you love mangrove forests, then visit the eastern...

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Koh Mat Sum

Koh Mat Sum

Koh Mat Sum, Taling Ngam
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Koh Samui’s proximity to lots of small and beautiful islands also make it a popular tourist destination. Often tourists who come here often take a day trip to the many nearby islands for a diving or snorkelling...

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Koh Taen

Koh Taen

Koh Taen, Ang Thong
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Koh Samui is blessed with a number of pristine beaches, welcoming more than a million visitors every year. In addition, Koh Samui is also surrounded by some excellent islands that are known for their awe-inspiring...

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Mae Haad

Mae Haad

Mae Haad, Koh Tao

Mae Haad is the main port town of Koh Tao. It is also where the local government offices are found, as well as the police station, banks, and post office. Over the last few years, it has experienced dramatic changes. It...

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Sri Thanu

Sri Thanu

Sri Thanu, Koh Phangan

Sri Thanu is a charming coastal village with lots to offer. Although quaint, the area is rich in historical and cultural attractions – all located within a scenic beachside town. If you’re looking for a...

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Bang Por

Bang Por

Bang Por, Mae Nam

Compared to other towns in Koh Samui, Bang Por is actually quite different; featuring a laid-back and tranquil setting that is quite a contrast to the parties and nightlife of Chaweng. As the urban development in Bang...

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Hin Kong

Hin Kong

Hin Kong, Koh Phangan

Hin Kong is a beautiful stretch of beach in Koh Phangan; most of which remains undeveloped. Lush mangroves dot the coastline, and several Thai long-tail fishing boats are parked on the shore. Tourists flock here to...

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Koh Chuak

Koh Chuak

Koh Chuak, Ang Thong

Koh Samui is surrounded by a range of small islands, with some of the most popular group of islands found near the Ang Thong Marine Park. The island of Koh Chuak is one of these small, yet stunningly charming islands...

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Koh Lim

Koh Lim

Koh Lim, Ang Thong

The beautiful Koh Lim is found within the popular national marine park, located towards the eastern part of Thailand. Apart from Koh Lim, there are a few other islands nearby. Choices of things to see and do in Koh Lim...

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Koh Nok Taphao

Koh Nok Taphao

Koh Nok Taphao, Surat Thani

Koh Nok Taphao is a small island in the province of Surat Thani and is in the Central Gulf Coast near Koh Samui. To find accommodation near Koh Nok Taphao, you’ll have to look for choices in and around Koh Samui...

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Koh Sam Sao

Koh Sam Sao

Koh Sam Sao, Ang Thong

Koh Sam Sao is located towards the north-eastern corner of Koh Mae Koh. Out of all of the small islands found around Koh Samui, Koh Sam Sao can be an interesting place to explore. Just like other Thai islands, the...

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Koh Som

Koh Som

Koh Som, Ang Thong

Koh Som is one of two tiny islands off the coast of Koh Samui – along with Koh Lum Mu Noi, they are uninhabited islands. Both of these islands are located quite close to each other and are connected by a small...

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Koh Wua Ta Lap

Koh Wua Ta Lap

Koh Wua Ta Lap, Ang Thong

The famous Ang Thong National Marine Park has many islands within its vicinity. If you’re visiting the area, then you must consider stopping at Koh Wua Ta Lap. Many tour operators include this island as the second...

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Koh Kluai

Koh Kluai

Koh Kluai, Ang Thong

Koh Samui’s tourist attractions also include many unique day trip destinations. In fact, the list of attractions includes a number of small islands and secluded beaches. When it comes to the islands around Koh...

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Koh Tae Nai

Koh Tae Nai

Koh Tae Nai, Koh Phangan

Ko Tae Nai is another private island near Koh Samui. The owners of this small island are offering the entire island on lease for 30 years and are perfect for those who want to invest on a beachfront plot. In fact, this...

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Koh Tae Nok

Koh Tae Nok

Koh Tae Nok, Surat Thani

Koh Tae Nok is another small neighbouring island near Koh Phangan and is very close to Thong Sala on the southern coast – a popular place for diving and snorkelling. Many visitors, especially locals, come to Koh...

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Koh Wua Chiu

Koh Wua Chiu

Koh Wua Chiu, Ang Thong

Ko Wua Chiu is a tiny island in the region of Surat Thani; sparsely populated and underdeveloped, with minimal tourist facilities. Just like other islands in Thailand, Koh Wua Chiu also features some excellent beaches...

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Koh Wua Te

Koh Wua Te

Koh Wua Te, Ang Thong

Koh Samui’s list of popular nearby attractions includes the internationally renowned Ang Thong Marine National Park. This stunning nature park is just 20 km west of Koh Samui and comprises 40 islands. Some of the...

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