The Top Beaches of Thailand – Ko Samui
Have you ever had a Trip to Ko Samui in Thailand? If not, it’s time you did. This beautiful island is a must-see tourist destination that offers much more than just a tropical paradise. In fact, a trip to this island paradise is like stepping into another dimension where every second is a precious moment. While there are many things to do and see while on vacation in Ko Samui, there is something specific that travelers should consider doing before they leave for their trip: shopping. At this island, shopping is a common and everyday occurrence, even during the peak tourist season.
Since Ko Samui is located in the middle of a thriving trading district, it is easy to find great deals on all sorts of goods from all over the country, as well as other Asian countries. The bustling markets, shabby-chic restaurants, and beauteous shops of Ko Samui provide visitors with the unique opportunity to buy souvenirs and gifts from some of the most exotic locals and Thai-owned goods around. The eclectic mix of richly crafted antiques and trendy apparel showcase the island’s penchant for quality, originality, and artistic beauty.
A shopper’s paradise, the Chaweng beach is one of Thailand’s most popular places for tourism. With miles of white sand beaches surrounded by friendly Thai families and beach-front bars, Chaweng beach is popular among local and foreign tourists alike. Of course, shopping doesn’t have to be done on the beach; Chaweng is also a great place to go if you want to indulge in some local handicrafts, visit a traditional Thai massage parlor, or engage in some underwater exploration. Some of the most well-known handicrafts in Thailand include paper lanterns, colorful silk sarees, wooden picture frames, and paper mache. Chaweng beach is a great place for both sightseeing and shopping, so make sure to take a trip there at least once during your trip to Ko Samui.
Along with Chaweng beach, another must-see site is the infamous “Red Beach” in Chiang Mai. It’s the largest beach in all of Thailand and stretches for miles along the shoreline, so it’s best to plan a day or more’s worth of travel when visiting this wonderful beach town. You’ll find all sorts of modern sporting equipment, such as snorkeling gear, water shoes, wetsuits, rafting poles, beach balls, kite boards, surfing gear, wakeboardboards, and much more, plus dozens of restaurants, bars, touristy stores, and nightspots to choose from.
Other popular beaches in Ko Samui include Phang Nga, which is a popular destination with surfers and other beach goers looking for a nice spot to kick back and relax. This area is less developed than some of the others mentioned here but still features all of the standard amenities you’d expect from a popular beach resort in Thailand, including good restaurants, beachfront shops, bars, shopping centers, hotels, condos, and resorts offering activities like swimming, snorkeling, diving, or sunbathing. One of the most famous beaches in Phang Nga is undeniably the “Phat Beach,” which boasts an incredible amount of retail outlets, restaurants, and entertainment options. Phuket’s neighboring beaches include Phang Nga Bay, which are known for being home to a series of highly popular nightclubs that are open all night; Karon Beach, which is a smaller, more intimate beach with a smaller number of clubs; and Koh Dai Nang, which have several nice bars and restaurants to enjoy. Other neighboring beaches include Hua Hin, Maenam Beach, and Choeng Mon, which all offer their own unique take on the popular beach holiday.
With so many beaches in Thailand to choose from, it may be difficult to choose just one. However, if you plan to travel to Ko Samui as part of a group, you will want to make sure that you are able to make it to all of the beaches listed above. Additionally, if you want to make the most of your time in Phuket, it will also be important to bring along plenty of water sports equipment, some sunscreen, a camera, a long sleeve shirt, loafers, flip flops, nylons, hand sanitizers, and a pair of flip-flops, because this beach is infamous for its waves. If you don’t feel comfortable swimming in the white sand, or if you don’t feel comfortable getting close to the beaches listed above, you should plan to visit Phuket at least once, especially if you have never been to Thailand before.