The gorgeous area of Choeng Mon is located on the northern coast of Koh Samui. A series of powder white bays with plenty of things to see and do – this area is the perfect destination for those in search of a relaxing tropical island vacation.
Choeng Mon is off the beaten track, but this magnificent beach-based destination is within 10-15 minutes of the lively resort of Chaweng, 5 minutes from Big Buddha and near to the charming Fisherman’s Village. Choeng Mon boasts wide sandy beaches with rock formations on one side and a small island you can paddle out to on the other.
Choeng Mon is protected from open water by a headland which makes it a calmer destination for watersports. Tourists can enjoy swimming and snorkelling on the beach and the Searobin Samui PADI Diving Centre offers a full range of scuba diving courses and fun diving tours to suit everyone. Choeng Mon beach is also perfect for sunbathing and just lounging on the seafront, lazing the days away in true tropical island style.
Wat Plai Laem
Big Buddha is not the only major landmark within driving distance of Choeng Mon. Wat Plai Laem is a temple famous for being home to hundreds of big fish – they live in the lake at the temple living off the food fed to them by tourists.
Wat Plai Laem offers an insight into Chinese-Thai culture and features some elaborate and very colourful Buddhist architecture.
The most striking piece is the towering statue of Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, bearing 18 white arms to the sky. Guanyin is believed to be a source of unconditional love and her arms represent her ability to reach out and give help all across the world. Plai Laem beach is also a relaxing spot to swim, sunbathe or read a book.
The Art Samui museum in Choeng Mon is a popular interactive attraction for art lovers and novices alike. It has 65 vast artistic backgrounds complete with areas for tourists to become part of the art, making for some great photos!
Surf the Samui waves, stampede with elephants or fly on a magic carpet with dragons chasing from behind, the choice is yours! The museum offers packages for almost two hours of fun, with tourists taking their own snaps.
The staff are very friendly and accommodating which is sure to make a unique day out even better. Address: 37/45 Moo 5 | Bophut Subdistrict, Choeng Mon, Ko Samui 84320.
Located at the Imperial Boat House Beach Resort this stunning spa experience refreshes mind, body and soul. A wide range of treatments are available including couples massages, coconut body wraps, Thai massages, facials, full body scrubs with various spices and steam rooms.
The therapists aim to restore the body’s natural balance by incorporating the seven elements of Thai astrology (earth, wood, metal, ash, water, air and fire) into their essential oils and treatment products. Visitors are sure to leave with a renewed sense of inner balance and peace.
Treatments can even be tailored to the day of your birth for a more personal reharmonisation. Address: 83 Moo 5, Imperial Boat House Beach Resort, Choeng Mon.