Living and Dining in Koh Samui “Samui is offering something to please everyone”
Samui is a stunning tropical island offering something to please everyone. It’s a relatively small island and therefore most areas are easily and quickly reachable via the main ring road. However, when choosing an area to be based, the below information may be useful.
Bophut is situated on a quiet bay on the north of Samui and is considered by many to be a sophisticated resort area. The “Fisherman’s Village” area is an eclectic mix of boutique shops, bars and restaurants with a distinctly Mediterranean feel. Bophut has a good selection of accommodation across all budgets and is only 10 minutes away from Chaweng.
The island’s largest and busiest resort area contains everything you could possibly need during a stay on Samui. Chaweng has a fantastic white sandy beach, great shops, and numerous hotels, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and all budgets.
No trip to Samui is complete without visiting Chaweng however some may find the hustle and bustle of the high street and the hectic nightlife too much if they’re seeking a totally relaxing experience.
Accommodations range from inexpensive beach bungalows all the way through to five-star luxury hotels.
At the south of Chaweng beach is the separate, yet equally as beautiful, beach at Chaweng Noi. Here you’ll find a number of very nice hotels and some exceptional beach bars and restaurants. Chaweng Noi provides a more peaceful location that’s within easy reach of the hustle and bustle of Chaweng.
Choeng Mon is north of Chaweng and has recently seen a lot of development with a number of high-end hotel groups choosing this lovely bay as a place to open showcase resorts. A nice beach, calm seas and a good selection of dining options makes it an attractive choice that’s set just a few minutes away from Chaweng.
Situated below Chaweng on the east coast you’ll find Samui’s second largest and the second most popular resort area of Lamai. Historically Lamai has been the choice for the more budget conscious traveller however the opening of several new high-end resorts is seeing Lamai evolve into a more flexible and attractive area to stay. The nightlife here is also varied and it can get very busy like Chaweng.
Taling Ngam is the best among the beaches on the west coast of Samui. There are five star resorts spreading all over its northern reaches with the newly opened Intercontinental Resort. The attraction of the quiet village is that it is very untouched by development. Most of area is still covered with coconut plantations. In the local neighborhood, you can watch monkeys working everyday for real and you may not have to go the monkey theater at all.