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Where to stay in Samui : Na Thon

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Na Thon is situated on the west side of the island, which faces the mainland. The port serves as a centre for the tourism business, and harbours ferries from Ka-nom port; express ferries from Surat Thani; and ferries frequenting the route between Koh Samui and Koh Pha-Ngan. Boats offering tours to the Ang Thong archipelago also dock here, and ticket offices sell trips to Bangkok. This beach is therefore the main hub for travel to other locations.

Na Thon beach is also the site of government offices, shopping centres, food markets and souvenir shops.
The beach is suitable for walking, with local restaurants serving inexpensive fresh food for tourists to choose
from along the beach road. In the evening, the beach provides another place to watch Koh Samui is striking
sunsets.

Accommodation and Facilities

There are few places to stay in this area, as it is not a popular tourist destination, so the range of accommodation is less appealing than in other attractive tourist spots, such as Chaweng, Lamia or Bo Phut beaches.

Where to stay in Samui : Taling Ngam

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talingngamTaling Ngam beach is on the west side of the island, south of the port harbouring ferries traveling between Don Sak port and Koh Samui. It is one of the most well-known beaches, and the best place to watch the sunset on Koh Samui. Koh Si and Koh Ha are located offshore, and the sun sets between the two islands, gradually disappearing from the horizon into the sea, creating a striking image. Boats may be chartered to travel to Koh Si and Koh Ha for diving or a relaxing fishing expedition.

Accommodation and Facilities

This area is home to two recommended resorts for tourists who appreciate luxury: Baan Taling Ngam Resort and Spa and Ban Sabai Sunset Beach Resort. Finding budget accommodation in this area is not easy; however, if tourists would like to view the sunset or walk to Koh Si-Koh Ha, they may opt to stay in other areas from which this beach is easily accessible.

Recommended Restaurants

The Five Islands

This restaurant serves both Thai and international fare, and offers the recommended dishes of provincial-style fish cakes and ‘pla krapong tod preaw waan’.

Address : 348 Moo 3, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140Tel.: (66) 7741-5359

Website : www.thefiveislands.com

Where to stay in Samui : Mae Nam

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Mae namMae Nam is a bay with an attractive seaside atmosphere and a long narrow beach of around 4km. The attractive, peaceful and quiet beach is suitable for relaxation and swimming, but the sea is deep and rough in places, so care should be taken when going into the sea. The west side of the beach is adjoined to Wat Na Pralaan, which may be visited on foot. The central part of the beach is the site of Mae Nam village, home to an old island community and featuring a market, restaurants, laundry shops, retail shops, diving and water-sports shops and a port harbouring boats bound for Koh Pha-ngan.

Accommodation and Facilities

There are few places to stay in this area, and most of the accommodation are high-end hotels and resorts lining the clean white sand beach. In the evening, local restaurants operate on the beachfront road. Celebrated hotels in this area include the Santiburi Resort , Kirikayan Luxury Pool&Spa and many others.

Restaurants

Pane E Vino

An Italian-style restaurant serving the recommended dishes of antipasto della casa and carpaccio del giorno.

Address: 209/7 Moo 1, Mae Nam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330 Tel.: (66)7277-6493

Website : www.thailandsbestrestaurants.com/restaurants/paneevino.html

Where to stay in Samui : Cheong Mon

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cheong MonChoeng Mon beach is located at the end of the peninsula in the north-east of the island. It is a long, peaceful crescent-shaped beach lined by casuarina trees and coconut palms. The water is not too deep, and the sandy brown beach has a shallow incline, making it suitable for swimming. Many resorts are situated on the right side of the beach, but none on the left, and at low tide it is possible to walk to Koh Fan Noi.

Accommodation and Facilities

Most of the accommodation in Cheong Mon is in the form of resorts, as few hotels operate in this area. It is suitable for tourists who enjoy peace and quiet, and prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of other beaches. Another advantage of choosing to stay in this area is that much of the accommodation is spacious, and equipped with larger swimming pools than other beaches on Koh Samui, which is an advantage for families. It is most convenient to use the restaurant and entertainment facilities in your hotel in this area. Renowned hotels on this beach include the Sila Evason Hideaway ,Tongsai Bay , Sala Samui Resort&Spa and many others.

Where to stay in Samui : Bo Phut Beach

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BophutBo Phut is a beautiful, peaceful crescent-shaped bay with a clean beach. Both sides of Bo Phut beach road are lined with shops, tour agencies and restaurants modified from Chinese houses, so the original Chinese community atmosphere still remains. The port offers high-speed ferry services from Koh Samui to Koh Tao, and a selection of restaurants serve fresh seafood. The beach is famed for its seafood, and is also the site of an old fishing village, with its long row of houses along the beach.

Accommodation and Facilities

This area offers budget to high-end accommodation, and is suitable for all types of traveler who
require peace and privacy. Couples looking for a place to stay in this area will not be disappointed,
as Bo Phut is very charming and romantic in the evenings. Renowned hotels include
the Anantara Resort&Spa
and the Arayaburi Boutique Resort.

Recommended Restaurants

The Mangrove

A French-style restaurant offering cuisine of guaranteed quality, created by the renowned chef Yannick Tirbois and hostess Ilse Dumont, who are both experienced in working for 5-star hotels and international restaurants. The gratined scallops with citrus sabayon is recommended.

Address: 32/6 Moo 4, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320 Tel.: (66)7742-7584

Website : www.thailandsbestrestaurants.com/restaurants/themangrove.html

Aux Amis

Aux Amis serves French-style cuisine mixed with Thai ingredients and seasoning, which is highly-esteemed by its clientele. Recommended dishes are the Pate de campagne and Hachi parmentier.

Address: French 18/3 Moo 4, Ban Bangrak, Bophut, Koh Samui 84320 Tel.: 66) 1682-4341

The Shack

A steak restaurant decorated in the style of the local people. Recommended dishes are the barbecued ribs and Australian bacon-wrapped fillet.

Address : 88/3 Moo 1, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320 Tel.: (66)7 264-6994, (66) 7724-6041

Website : www.thailandsbestrestaurants.com/restaurants/theshack.html

Dining On The Rock

One of the Sila Evason Hideaway & Spa restaurants celebrated in Thailand for their tasty cuisine. This restaurant’s unparalleled feature is its stunning 360o vista of the surrounding sea and islands, due to its prime location on a peninsula in the bay.

Address: 9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Lam, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320 Tel.: 66-7724-5678

Website :www.sixsenses.com/hideaway-samui.com

Where to stay in Samui : Lamai Beach

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LamaiLamai beach is situated on the east side of Koh Samui and is around 4km long. The second most visited beach after Chaweng, Lamai is a long clean white sand beach with an indigo sea, lined by coconut palms. Locals say that the beach is at its most magnificent, and the sea is at a depth suitable for swimming, between December to April and July to August, when most tourists visit Lamai beach. November to mid-December bring high waves, while from May to June, the sea is shallow and not suitable for swimming.

Lamai Lamai beach is divided into north, central and south sections. North Lamai beach is a fishing village, while Central Lamai beach is most popular with foreign tourists, since the inner road running parallel to the beach abounds with nightlife venues and various conveniences such as shops, bookshops, and jeep and motorcycle hire shops. South Lamai beach is the location of the Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks (Hin-Ta Hin-Yai), which is the source of an interesting legend.

Accommodation and Facilities

Most accommodation is in the form of bungalows and resorts, but Lamai is less crowded and expensive than Chaweng beach. Tourists who choose to stay here are attracted by the beauty of the natural clean white sand beach, which differs to Chaweng beach, which offers plentiful entertainment venues. However, many entertainment spots also line the streets of Central Lamai beach, which bustles with tourists in the evening. Renowned hotels in this area include Renaissance Koh Samui Resort&Spa , Samui Yacht Club , Pavillion Samui Boutique Resort , Aloha Resort , Rocky Boutique Resort and many more.

Recommended Restaurants (Lamai Beach)

Rocky’s

The Rocky Boutique Resort’s restaurant was selected by ‘Thailand Tatler’ as one of the best restaurants on Koh Samui, and was rated one of the 50 most beautiful restaurants in Thailand, or ‘Dining in Paradise’, by ‘Unseen Paradise’. The paupiette of smoked salmon and white snapper is recommended.
Address: 438/1 Moo 1, T. Maret, Koh Samui Tel.: 66 77 233 020

Jubilee at Terrace

A seafood restaurant serving both Thai and Western fare and a variety of international wines. The Thai-style lobster comes recommended.
Address: 404/1 Moo 1, Maret, Koh Samui 84310 Tel.: (66) 7742-4725
Website : www.thailandsbestrestaurants.com/restaurants/jubilee.html

The Cliff Bar and Grill

A Mediterranean style restaurant offering grilled cuisine from 12 noon to 10pm every day, with a pool bar that serves until 1am. Recommended dishes are the Piri piri prawns and New Zealand mussels.
Address: 124/2 Moo 4, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330 Tel.: (66) 7741-4266
Website : www.thecliffsamui.com

Entertainment Venues

Bauhaus Disco

The only large discotheque on Lamai Beach. Tel.: (66) 77 233-147

Bikers and Rockers Pub

The Bikers and Rockers Pub is the only pub on Lamai Beach offering live rock music, and is also often used as a base for organizing band tours.

Christy’s Cabaret Bar

A magnificent cabaret show performed by ladyboys, featuring singing, dancing and acting to make the audience smile and laugh.
Address: Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng Centre 166/78, Moo 2, Tambon Bo Phut, Surat Thani, Koh Samui 84320 Tel.: (66) 77 413-244

Where to stay in Samui : Chaweng Beach

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Chaweng BeachChaweng is the longest, most beautiful and most celebrated beach on Koh Samui. Around 7km long, the beach also offers a pristine fringing reef at its north end (near Chaweng Garden Restaurant), which it is possible to swim to from the beach, as it is very close to the shore. Just swim for around 5 minutes, and you’ll reach a 5m deep diving spot. May to October is the most suitable period for diving as the sea is calm and tranquil.

As tourists have spread the beauty of the white beach, indigo sky and clear waters by word of mouth, Chaweng beach has experienced rapid growth and become the centre of tourism in Koh Samui. Northern and central Chaweng beach have a very lively atmosphere, and the beach is lined with diving shops, restaurants, boutiques and jewelry stores.

Chaweng Beach In the evening, the road running parallel to central Chaweng beach dazzles with neon from bars and nightclubs. If you enjoy nightlife, you won’t be lonely, especially on the way to the Reggae Pub in Soi Reggae, which is dense on both sides with pubs and bars. Chaweng beach also offers a plethora of international restaurants to choose from, including Indian, Japanese, German, Italian, Mexican, French eateries. Shops selling imitation products also abound, offering clothes, bags and CDs to browse through on an evening stroll.

Accommodation and Facilities

The beach is dense with resorts and hotels, and there is a wide range of accommodation to choose
from at a variety of prices for all types of traveler. If you don’t want to go in the sea,
each hotel has a swimming pool for a change of scenery. North and Central Chaweng beach accommodation
is very popular with tourists, but hotels at the northern end are quieter, as the bars and nightclubs
are located in Central Chaweng.

Chaweng Noi beach, the next beach to the south, is quiet and offers less expensive accommodation.
It is also a beautiful sand beach, especially at low tide when the whole beach is exposed and great
for walking and playing sport. Renowned hotels at Chaweng beach include


Briza Beach Resort & Spa
,
Amari Palm Reef Resort,

Nora Beach Resort & Spa,

Centara Grand Beach Resort

and many others.

Recommended Restaurants

Bellini Restaurant and Bar

A pub and restaurant offering Italian cuisine. A recommended dish is Ossobuco, pasta with stewed leg of
beef in port wine.

Address: Chaweng Boulevard, Bophut, Koh Samui 84320 Tel: 0-7741-3831

Website : www.bellini-samui.com

Betelnut Restaurant

The distinctive aspect of the Betelnut Restaurant is its unique cuisine, which blends Californian and
Thai fare to create a taste that keeps customers coming back for more. Recommended dishes include salmon
katsu, roast snow fish and Argentine beef fillet.

Address: 43/4 Moo 3 Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui Suratthani, Thailand 84320 Tel
(66)77 413370

website: www.betelnutsamui.net
/contact.html

Poppies Samui

Serves Thai, international and seafood fare. The chef selects fresh seafood from celebrated sources, such
as Live Phuket Lobster, simmered with kaffir lime, ginger and lemon grass.

Address :Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui 84320, Suratthani, Thailand Tel. (66 77)
422 419

Website :
www.poppiessamui.com/uk/uk-samui-restaurant.html

Sibelius

A restaurant well-known to Scandinavians and Asians, offering many notable international dishes. The creamy salmon and shrimp soup comes recommended.
Address :15/2 Moo 2, Soi Malibu, Chaweng Centre, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320 Tel (66)7 883-0527
Website :www.sibelius-samui.com/ravintola_en.php

Spice Island

A seaside restaurant with a romantic atmosphere in the Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui Hotel. Thai and seafood fare are served from 6pm-11pm, and recommended dishes include the spice island appetizer and prawns in dry red curry.
Address : Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui TEL: 0-7723-0500
Website :www.thailandsbestrestaurants.com/2007/restaurants/spiceisland.html

Entertainment Spots

Green Mango

A disco and nightclub, Green Mango is a nightlife tourist spot where you can listen to DJs from leading clubs around the world.
Address : 9/34 Chaweng Beach Rd., Bo-phut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320 THAILAND

Reggae Pub

The Reggae Pub was the first and oldest disco on Koh Samui. The Reggae Pub offers live pop and rock music and leading DJs, interspersed with the thick haze of reggae music. This pub has cultivated a dedicated regular customer base.
Address : 3/3 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand 84320
Website :www.reggae-pub.com/cms/

Where to stay in Samui

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samui Koh Samui is one of the most popular Thai destinations for tourists, with a variety of beautiful sandy beaches to choose from for sightseeing and relaxation. Traveling there is easy. Tourists may choose to fly directly to the island or travel by land and then take a boat from Surat Thani, where many different types of boat offer ferry services. Four or five days should be spent unwinding on this island.

The best time to visit Koh Samui and its surrounding islands is February to April, as the weather is good, the skies are clear, the waters are still and there is very little rain. These are suitable conditions for diving, swimming, boat trips around the islands and visiting view points to take pictures. You’ll be witness to indigo seas, blue skies and pure white beaches, a most dazzling sight.

If you would like to stay in comfort, with shopping, entertainment venues and a wide range of accommodation to choose from at a variety of prices, you should consider Chaweng and Lamai beaches, as they offer everything that a tourists could need. On the other hand, if you would like to experience the local way of life and untouched nature of the island, which would be a little less expensive, Bo Phut beach is an interesting option.

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If you prefer luxurious accommodation and an intimate peaceful atmosphere close to nature, Taling Ngam, Choeng Mon and Maenam beaches are recommended, although looking for accommodation around Laem Set beach may not be very convenient, as there are very few places to stay. The beach is short and full of stones and dead coral, and not suitable for swimming.

Where to stay in Pattaya : Jomtien Beach

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Jomtien Beach
Jomtien Beach is located just a short distance from the southern end of Pattaya Beach. It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk from South Pattaya to Jomtien Beach. Or you may take a Song Thaew from Beach Road. When taking a Song Thaew, it’s better to ask about their route or tell them your destination first. The atmosphere at Jomtien Beach is calmer, and this place is well-known for its water sports, as well for leisurely sun bathing. There are shopping areas, bars, hotels with private beaches, bungalows, and restaurants. Compared to Pattaya Beach, Jomtien Beach is better suited for family leisure, due to its serenity, fewer nightlife activities and, especially, the Pattaya Park Amusement Complex. The complex consists of a amusement park, a water park, and a restaurant, and is open daily from 11.00 A.M. to 10.00 P.M.

Accommodations and Facilities

Though Jomtien Beach is quiet and has less nightlife than Pattaya Beach, its rapid growth in the number of hotels and resorts in the past few years shows that this area is gradually become more popular among the tourists.

Some of the well-known hotels in Jomtien Beach are Ambassador City Jomtien,

Jomtien Palm Beach Hotel and Resort, Rabbit Resort, Sunset Village Pattaya, Jomtien Thani,
and Nusa Playa Hotel and Spa.

Where to stay in Pattaya : South Pattaya

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South PattayaSouth Pattaya features a crescent-shaped beach. There is an area called “Walking Street” filled with many retail shops selling goods such as clothes, sportswear and accessories, jewelry, and souvenirs. Lots of entertainment venues, karaokes, pubs and bars can also be found here. There are a few seafood restaurants, most of them extending into the sea to create a special atmosphere. Arthachinda Road is the border identifying the end of South Pattaya. Strolling through the soi will lead you to Pratumnak Road at the back of Pattaya and take you to Pattaya 2nd Road, where more hotels and nighttime entertainments are located. Tourists wanting to travel to Koh Lan can take a ferry at the Pattaya Pier. It is a one-hour ride to reach Koh Lan.

Accommodations and Facilities

As this area offers a full range of tourist facilities, the accommodations in this area are quite satisfactory for many travellers. South Pattaya is full of hotels and resorts offering a choice of quality for your budget, from economy to luxury. Most of the 5-star hotels are located on the beautiful scenic points of the beach. Some hotels even have their own private beach.

Some of the well-known hotels in South Pattaya are

Sheraton Pattaya, Royal Cliff Beach, Royal Cliff Terrace, and Royal Cliff Grand Hotel.

Recommended Restaurants

Kabuto Yakiniku

Grilled Food Restaurant offers over 20 items on a Japanese menu. Recommended is the Salmon in Miso Soup.

Address : 385/11 moo 10, South Pattaya Road, Pattaya 20260 Tel : (6638) 48-8160 Website : http://www.kabutoyakiniku.com/

Siam Elephant

A restaurant at Siam Bayshore Hotel. You can admire the scenic view of the Pattaya Pier and the Walking Street. Recommended on the menu is Fried Salmon in Herb Sauce.

Address: Siam Bayshore Hotel, 559 Pratamnak Road, Pattaya, Chonburi 20260 Tel (6638)42-8678-81

Recommended Entertainment

Kilkenny’s Irish Pub

Located on the Walking Street.

Hollywood Disco

Located on South Pattaya Road.

Marine Disco

Located on the Walking Street, open until 1 A.M.