Map of Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui was once a destination for those looking for rustic bungalows an a quite beach holiday, but now Samui is an international tourist destination of the first order. Chaweng Beach is the busiest and most congested and there is very little of the Thai Culture visible on Chaweng. But for tourists in search of a beach holiday with vibrant nightlife just steps away, the powdery white sands of Chaweng can be ideal.

Lamai Beach, farther south along the eastern coast is quieter. Nightlife is more subdued. Plenty of dining opportunities are available.

map of koh samui

Maenam Beach, which stretches along the northwestern shore, is Koh Samui's high rent district. Expensive homes plus 4 star and 5 star resorts dot the area. Maenam is quieter than the eastern beaches and caters to a unique group of residents and tourists.