Silver Beach is a 250-metre-long tropical beach paradise set in a charming little bay just north of Lamai Beach. It faces northeast from the foothills and cliffs separating Lamai from the popular Chaweng area, on the east coast of Koh Samui.
Also known as Haad Thong Ta-khian (which, in Thai, means ‘the beach of the Ta-khian trees’) Silver Beach hosts 4 long-established hotels and restaurants: Crystal Bay Beach Resort, Silver Beach Resort, Thongtakian Resort, and Crystal Bay Yacht Club which occupy the full length of the beach. Nevertheless, according to Thai law, even if you’re not staying at one of the hotels you still have free access to this tranquil strip of sand, which offers some particularly good sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling opportunities.
Silver Beach may be small, but it still has plenty of room to welcome visitors due to the fact it is not (yet) very well-known. The bay is stunning and offers excellent snorkelling opportunities along the rocks at both ends. A few large granite boulder rocks stand in the water and on the beach, obliging swimmers to be a little cautious.
Sea kayaks are available for rent for a few hundred baht at the hotels occupying the beach. There are a couple of beach massage parlours under the shade of the trees that offer a great range of massages, treatments and manicure/pedicure. Prices here are comparable to anywhere else on Koh Samui.