Koh Samui Beaches Taling Ngam and Nathon Bay, West coast
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.
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
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.
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
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