Chaweng Beach

Guests sitting on loungers on Chaweng Beach with people in the water.

This is the largest beach on Koh Samui. It has a long stretch of pure white sand. The water is clear, warm and mostly calm.

Due to the island’s regulation governing the height of buildings, you will not find towering blocks along the beach front, but you will find a mixture of luxury hotels, restaurants, nightlife and even the odd pub.

Water sports of every description abound - water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, wind surfing and paragliding. Some of the finest scuba and snorkeling dive sites can be found on nearby neighbouring islands (15 minutes to one hour away by high speed boat). Fully accredited PADI dive schools are plentiful and they will collect and deliver you back to Poppies.

Nightlife of every conceivable type, ranging from the sublime to the totally ridiculous, is readily available. It's all there if you want it, but it's also very easy to avoid! The restaurant scene is vibrant with just about every known cuisine available ranging from truly world class to the very simple. Be selective and research carefully - or simply stay at Poppies!

Poppies staff will be delighted to arrange diving courses, golf, excursions, car hire (we are agents for the leading car rental companies) whilst you are here.

If you prefer not to drive, you can take a Poppies limo for a half day tour of the island driven by one of our senior English speaking members of staff.

If you want to see photographs of the beach, then look at our tour page.

Koh Samui

View of Koh Samui from above.

The island of Koh Samui is about 700km south of Bangkok. The island is covered in palm trees, fruit plantations and rainforest.

There are many things to do and see in addition to beach activities including a truly spectacular internationally acclaimed golf course (Santiburi), elephant trekking, climbing, canopy rides, cycling, aquariums and waterfalls.

There are also a number of sandy beaches, villages and buddhist temples (called Wats) around the island. A couple of hidden treasures are the secret garden in the centre of the island and a butterfly garden to the south-east.

No visit to Koh Samui is complete without a day trip to the spectacular Anthong National Marine Park consisting of 47 unspoilt islands. Local operators offer day trips which include transfers, meals, snorkeling, canoeing and trekking.

Getting to Koh Samui has never been easier or quicker with direct flights on a daily basis operated by Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways International, Silk Air, and Firefly.

In addition to daily local flights to and from Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi and Hua Hin there are daily international flights to and from Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Koh Samui has one of the most uniquely charming international airports (USM) in the world.

For the more adventurous, passenger and car ferries operate frequent services. You can arrive by boat from Surat Thani, where you can get ferry boats from Donsak pier (60 minutes bus ride from Surat Thani).

If you are looking for a villa for your private get-a-way, then look no further than Tassana Pra Villa on Koh Samui.


A Thai style drawing of two heads which are female and male.

Formally Siam, Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia with a population of 68 million. Nearly 95% of the country is Buddhist, and some say this accounts for their friendly nature. The country has a rich culture dating back over 10,000 years.

Thai cuisine is known the world over, and places an emphasis on cooking with aromatic spices. The restaurant at Poppies takes advantage of this wealth of great food by providing many authentic Thai dishes to complement the International food menu we have.

The currency is the Thai Baht. The capital, Bangkok, is a hub for flights, shopping and business. Many of our guests enjoy a few nights in Bangkok before or after Poppies and we firmly recommend you look at our stunning 'sister' boutique hideaway The Ariyasom Villa in the heart of Bangkok which offers special rates to friends of Poppies.