What to expect
Far away from the main tourist area of Koh Samui, you will find the wilder and more natural parts of Koh Samui on the West coast. Together with Maenam beach, Lipa Noi beach is our favorite relaxing and quiet beach on Koh Samui.
All of the West coast has an offshore reef, sand flats and shallow water. However, lucky enough Lipa Noi beach is the only beach here to face open water without the reef. That makes it the only good swimming beach on this side of the island.
The island’s West coast faces the small body of water between Koh Samui and the mainland, which can be seen on the horizon. It means there are never big waves on Lipa Noi beach, but the beaches are also not as well-developed nor as beautiful as those on the East coast of Koh Samui. Interestingly, one of Samui’s trendiest beach clubs “Nikkie beach”, has opened on Lipa Noi and manages to draw visitors to this part of the island. Otherwise, there is no entertainment or nightlife on this quiet beach.
If you arrive on the beach, far to the right of the beach you will see a fence with a sign NO ENTRANCE. This is the area of the Thai military, so you better not try to cross this part of the beach. We did actually fly the drone here, but not above the area of the military.