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Taling Ngam and Nathon Bay, West coast

 

Nathon Bay:

 
The fresh market at Nathon Town

This bay is home to Nathon Town, where most of the island's local residents live. The beach is not really attractive, but the small town is worth a stop. Visit the fresh market on the main street to discover the variety of fruits and vegetables typical of southern Thailand. To reach the pier where ferries leave for Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Surat Thani, turn right at the main intersection.

Near the entrance of Nathon Town at the end of a small street on the left-hand side, is a Catholic church named St. Anna, followed by a typical Thai school with friendly young students. When leaving Nathon there is small temple on the left-hand side of the road. Called Wat Chaeng, it is found in a peaceful, shaded park.

 
"Best Mountain Viewpoint"

A little farther down the road going south is the way to "Best Mountain Viewpoint", which affords travelers spectacular sights from a height of 467 meters. The way up to the viewpoint is a bit difficult to find. Shortly after Wat Chaeng look for a sign with "Tazan View" (this is not a spelling mistake) on it. If you feel confident in your driving skills, you can try the 6-Km drive to eat a simple lunch on a wooden terrace overlooking Maenam and Bophut Bay. Weather permitting, you'll also be treated to a splendid view of Phangan Island. The first five kilometers are nicely paved, but be aware that the last kilometer is rather steep, slippery and dusty. It is not recommended in case of rain. If you'd rather not attempt the drive yourself, there are many tour companies next to the pier in Nathon Town offering well-organized trips in Land Rovers with qualified drivers.

About 2 Km south of Nathon Town (before only one of two traffic lights on the island) is a large road sign indicating the turn off to Hin Lat Waterfall and a small temple. Upon reaching the end of the 3-Km road you'll find some shops and the temple. From the parking lot you will have to walk about 3.5 Km to find the most interesting part of the waterfall and a basin where you can take a cool, refreshing swim when the water level permits.

 

Lipa Noi Beach:

 
The peaceful beach of Lipa Noi

Continuing further south you'll come to yet another one of Samui's great beaches, Lipa Noi. Found off the main road, it's a nice place to take a break and have a swim or a drink. The beach is also one of the best locations on the island from which to catch a beautiful sunset. Especially on the weekends, the shallow waters and white sands attract many local families and children. During the week though, it's usually much quieter. A few bungalows and a restaurant can be found close to the beach. There's not much in the way of entertainment in the area but driving through the coconut plantations will provide you with a pleasant and relaxing sense of being in tropical paradise.

 

Taling Ngam :

 
Stunning ocean vista at Taling Ngam

Although it is difficult to access from the road and the coastline is narrow, Taling Ngam boasts a beautiful and secluded beach. The best spot in the area is coveted by the Royal Meridien Baan Taling Ngam which has one of the most amazing ocean views on the island. This 5-star resort is situated in a luxurious setting with a one-of-a-kind pool looking out over the brilliant blue seas of the Gulf of Thailand. If you need peace and quiet, and that feeling of getting away from it all, you won't be disappointed with Taling Ngam.

Also of interest in Taling Ngam is a small white temple named Wat Kiri Wongkaram. At the temple you will find the mummified remains of a Buddhist monk, Loung Por Ruam. The Wat is located on the way to the main road from the beach, and the Elephant Gate at the main intersection is not to be missed.

     

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Where to stay in Taling Ngam:

Le Royal Meridien
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Le Royal Meridien Baan Taling Ngam is nestled amidst a coconut plantation with turquoise seas providing a spectacular backdrop. The resort cascades majestically down to the beach below. Spacious, luxuriously appointed guestrooms, suites and villas decorated in rich, traditional Thai-style overlook Taling Ngam Bay and the islands of Ang Thong Marine National Park. If you can't relax here, you can't relax anywhere. Go to Hotel Website

 


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