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Bangrak Beach Guide and Information

Bangrak Beach, Koh Samui Island, Thailand

Bangrak Beach is located on Koh Samui's popular north eastern coastline and offers fine, white sands with spectacular views towards the neighbouring island of Koh Phan Ngan under the ever-watchful presence of the island's famous Golden Big Buddha statue.

Bangrak beach is a 4km stretch of fine, white sands which curves around tropical Bangrak Bay in the popular northeast of Koh Samui island. The beach offers stunning views of the bay towards the neighbouring "full-moon party" island of Koh Phan Ngan and although this Koh Samui beach is relatively quiet compared to other beaches in the area, there are a few budget and higher-end resorts where you can use sun beds and beachfront facilities so long as you buy a few refreshments.

There are three small, rickety piers (from west to east; In-Sea Speedboat, Samui Pier and Petcharat Marina) on Bangrak beach where traditional Thai wooden ferry boats and more modern speedboats take vistors to Koh Phan Ngan Island and a larger, concrete pier (Seatran Ferries) at the far eastern end of the bay where larger ferries take passengers to the mainland and surrounding islands. The fresh fish market is located just beyond the Seatran pier with the entrance to the Golden Big Buddha temple a further 200 meters from the market.

Starting at the furthermost western point of the bay, the first kilometer of the beach is very undeveloped and the water is quite shallow and rocky with rocks exposed at low-tides. Towards the center of the beach, there are more accommodation options and the beach offers better swimming. The Samui Pier resort is well-recommended as it offers a good swimming spot with sunloungers, hammocks and shady bamboo pavilions where you can escape the heat and enjoy a refreshment. As the stretch of sands reaches the eastern side of the bay the coastline does get quite rocky and accommodation options become more sparse.

The only signposted way of getting onto Bangrak beach is to walk down the small lane opposite the 7-11 on the corner of Bangrak Beach road and Bon Gai road (the only T-junction in Bangrak) though you can also get there by walking though any of the beachfront resorts and restaurants.

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