Which Beach of Samui is Best for Families

The Best Samui Beach to Stay With Kids

Planning a holiday with children in Koh Samui can be a little mind-boggling for first time family vacationers to this superb destination in southern Thailand. Which area is the most family-friendly? Which hotel offers the best facilities for kids? There is a long list of questions that all parents have to answer to ensure the well-being of their children in a foreign country.

Which is why we have made this simple newcomer’s guide to Where to Stay for Families in Koh Samui, detailing the pros and cons of each beach from the perspective of those planning a trip with children. In each of the top four destinations, we have also selected three of the best family hotels – a budget option, a luxury option and something in between. We have prioritised those places which offer the following family facilities:

  • connecting rooms
  • children’s pool
  • babysitting services
  • additional bed or cot provided
  • clean and welcoming environment
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Chaweng with Kids: How to decide...

As the prime holiday destination in Samui, Chaweng is the most developed resort town on the island. Therefore it is the place that offers the widest choice of hotels, restaurants, shops and leisure entertainment opportunities. With a total length of almost seven kilometres, the beach of Chaweng provides visitors with a long and large stretch of white powdery sand on which to spend a pleasant vacation. Families can find the affordable Samui Aquapark in Chaweng, as well as all the space necessary for their children to enjoy beach activities such as volley ball, badminton, and others.


What's Good:

  • Chaweng houses the only large shopping mall – Central Festival Samui – on the island
  • Chaweng dining scene can cater mostly any taste and budget
  • Long beach with many activities available including Samui Aquapark (large inflatable devices that permit a wide range of fun and challenging water activities for the whole family)
  • Seaside dining available
  • Good choice of high-quality beachfront hotels

What's Not so Good:

  • Lacks an authentic Thai ambiance
  • Crossing the beach road with children can be stressing at rush hour
  • Few attractions, other than the beach and Central Festival Samui


You like Chaweng? Now pick the right hotel!

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui is an award-winning four-star accommodation located along the shores of Chaweng Read More...

Amari Koh Samui

Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui is a four-star resort located not far from central Chaweng on the east coast of Koh Read More...

Chaba Samui Resort

Chaba Samui Resort is conveniently situated in the southern part of Chaweng, Samui biggest town. Read More...

Lamai with Kids: How to decide...

Even though it is the second most visited destination in Samui, Lamai somehow retains the relaxed atmosphere of a village. The town centre hosts a lively scene of restaurants and shops, as well as the extremely popular Lamai Night Plaza. Families staying in Lamai also appreciate Coco Splash Adventure & Water Park located on the town’s outskirts. The beach of Lamai is a tropical paradise come true: it offers water activities, tranquil corners, and a good choice of venues serving affordable drinks and food.

What's Good:

  • Lamai Town centre features a great choice of dining venues for all budgets
  • Lamai Night Plaza (opened daily) and the weekly Walking Street (on Sundays) make Lamai a lively shopping hub
  • Long beach with many activities available
  • Seaside dining available
  • Good range of hotel prices

What’s Not so Good:

  • Access to the beach can be difficult if you do not stay in a beach hotel
  • Traffic is intense at rush hours

You like Lamai? Now pick the right hotel!

Banyan Tree Samui

Banyan Tree Samui is nestled on the hillside of a small peninsula marking the southern end of the beautiful Lamai Read More...

Pavilion Samui Resort

Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort is a smart collection of Thai-inspired accommodation located beachfront of Lamai Read More...

Weekender Resort

Weekender Resort enjoys a good position in the centre of Lamai Beach, on the east coast of Koh Samui. Read More...

Bophut with Kids: How to decide...

Bophut definitely has all the assets of a prime family holiday destination. There is a great choice of beachfront accommodation options available, a three-kilometre long strip of sand offering splendid views to Koh Phangan, and a genuine southern Thai fisherman’s village that blends both vintage and modern touches. The village is really the soul of Bophut area and the perfect place to wander with family. It hosts an excellent range of dining and shopping venues as well as some cool attractions in its vicinity – mini-golf and go-kart track for instance.

What's Good:

  • Good compromise between 'too busy' and 'too quiet’
  • The Fisherman’s Village houses lively shopping (Walking Street market on Fridays) and dining scenes
  • Wide range of hotel prices
  • Plenty of dining choices overlooking the beach

What’s Not so Good:

  • The water can be quite murky, particularly around December
  • The sand is not as fine as beaches further south

Anantara Bophut Resort

Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa is a five-star beachside hotel located nearby Fishermans Village in Bophut Read More...

Bandara Resort & Spa

Bandara Resort and Spa is a modern four-star accommodation located at Bophut, in Samui, Thailand. Read More...

ibis Samui Bophut

ibis Samui Bophut comes with ibis standards and is located in a peaceful location along Bophut beachfront Read More...

Maenam with Kids: How to decide...

Tourism-wise, Maenam is the quietest developed area in Koh Samui. Situated between Bang Por and Bophut beaches, Maenam’s shoreline is made of a five-kilometre long stretch of sand fringed by coconut trees housing a variety of resorts from cheap to luxurious. Apart from a few standalone dining options, convenience stores, and the weekly Walking Street market held in the centrally located main village, Maenam is a very quiet place to stay. Maenam’s hinterland hosts a few attractions and activities such as Samui Canopy Adventure and Samui Frisbee Golf.

What's Good:

  • Tranquility of the area
  • Good choice of hotels for every types of budget

What’s Not so Good:

  • The water is not typically clear from September to December
  • Not much to do in the area without a vehicle

You like Maenam? Now pick the right hotel!

Santiburi Koh Samui

Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa is a sanctuary dedicated to the well-being of its guests. The luxury residence is Read More...

Samui Buri Beach Resort

Samui Buri Beach Resort is a four-star resort located on the beachfront of Maenam, in Samui, Thailand. Read More...

Coco Palm Beach Resort

Cocopalm Beach Resort is at the western end of Maenam Beach (also known as the last predominantly backpacker beach Read More...

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