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Bangrak Beach

An underappreciated diamond on Samui's north coast, Bang Rak Beach has long been favoured by the young and hip.

If you're looking for a less-touristy alternative to some of Koh Samui's more crowded beaches, look no further than the 3-kilometre powdery stretch of Bang Rak Beach. With old wooden piers projecting out into the sea, and a shore lined with all sorts of quirky bars and cafés, the area offers plenty of opportunities for exploration, both geographical and culinary.

As a popular drop-off point for people heading to Koh Phangan for one of its infamous full-moon parties, Bang Rak has traditionally been frequented by younger tourists, but you don't need to have a backpack on your back to enjoy what the area has to offer. Whether you prefer lazing on pristine beaches, swimming in gently lapping waters, sightseeing or bar-hopping, Bang Rak has what you are looking for.

If you're an early riser, there's no better way to start your day than with a walk along the beach in the peaceful early hours; see the Big Buddha as it looms above the island to the east and go for a dip in the calm waters. Stroll back along the main road and pop in to one of the many cafés to breakfast like the locals do.

As the day goes on, there are plenty of ways, both active and less so, for you to spend your time. You could lie on the beach and soak up some rays, or browse through the shops on the main road. The market at Bang Rak is a great spot for some souvenir shopping, or hop a boat from the pier and pay a visit to the stunning Ang Thong National Park.

The beach is just as impressive in the evening, with plenty of great spots to sit and sip a local beer or colourful cocktail while watching the sun sink beneath the island. There are plenty of bars, cafés and restaurants to choose from, both on the beach itself and along the street behind it – though it's useful to note that a wander along the beach will reveal numerous little hotspots not visible from the road, many of which are far less expensive.

Bang Rak lies on the northern coast of Koh Samui, less than 2 kilometres to the north of the island's airport.


Lodging Near Bangrak Beach

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The Privilege Hotel Ezra Beach Club

The Privilege Hotel Ezra Beach Club

5/1 Moo 4, Bangrak Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
    4.5 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in Big Buddha Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Bangrak Pier, Bangrak Beach and Bo Phut Beach. Big Buddha ...

    The Privilege Hotel Ezra Beach ClubAU$59

    Punnpreeda Beach Resort

    Punnpreeda Beach Resort

    32 Moo 4, Bang Rak Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
      3.5 out of 5.0
       
       

      Nestled on the beach, this Big Buddha Beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Phra Yai, Bangrak Beach and Big Buddha Statue. Bo Phut Beach and Fisherman's ...

      Punnpreeda Beach ResortAU$69

      Chaweng Regent Beach Resort

      Chaweng Regent Beach Resort

      155/4 Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
        4.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

        Located in Chaweng City Center, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Lake. Phetch Buncha Thai ...

        Chaweng Regent Beach ResortAU$193

        Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort

        Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort

        92/1 Moo 2, North Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
          5.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

          Located in Koh Samui, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Festival Samui and Chaweng Beach. Phetch Buncha ...

          Anantara Lawana Koh Samui ResortAU$346

          Casa De Mar

          Casa De Mar

          154/16 Moo 2, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Offering direct access to the beach, this Koh Samui hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Festival Samui and Chaweng Beach. Phetch Buncha ...

            Casa De MarAU$114

            Secret Garden Beach Resort

            Secret Garden Beach Resort

            22/1 Moo 4, Ban Bangrak, Big Buddha Beach, Koh Samui, Suratthani
              3.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Nestled on the beach, this Big Buddha Beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bangrak Pier, Bangrak Beach and Bo Phut Beach. Big Buddha Statue and Fisherman's Village ...

              Secret Garden Beach ResortAU$65

              Saboey Resort and Villas

              Saboey Resort and Villas

              51/4 Moo 4, Bangrak Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
                3.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Big Buddha Beach, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Bangrak Pier, Wat Phra Yai and Big Buddha ...

                Saboey Resort and VillasAU$84

                Samui Pier Beach Front Resort

                Samui Pier Beach Front Resort

                30/5, Moo 4, Bophut, Bangrak Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Nestled on the beach, this Big Buddha Beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bangrak Pier, Bangrak Beach and Big Buddha Statue. Bo Phut Beach and Fisherman's ...

                  Samui Pier Beach Front ResortAU$34

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