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Nathon Travel Guide

Nathon Travel Guide

Explore Nathon in Koh Samui

Our Nathon Travel guide looks to describe some of the reasons why this part of Koh Samui remains so popular. 

Located on the west coast of Koh Samui, the town of Nathon is considered a quieter  alternative to the hive of activity of the island's east coast but still has plenty of tourist offerings to make for the perfect island holiday. It is also Koh Samui's administrative area and the island's main ferry port to and from the mainland

The beach at Nathon is renowned for having some of the shallowest waters in Koh Samui with no coral and rocks to scar the pristine coastline. Ideal for families with young children, Nathon's beach offers the white sandy shores and clear waters that are characteristic of Koh Samui as well as a number of water sports for the enthusiast. Apart from families, Nathon is also ideal for travellers who prefer quieter surroundings. The town has managed to limit coastline development so not to lose the natural island beauty.

Nathon has numerous shops to keep most tourists happy and being less commercialised than either Chaweng or Lamai the prices here are lower with lots of interesting souvenirs. Most of the shops in Nathon are on the inland road while the ocean road has a number of good restaurants for breakfast and lunch. The middle road is lined with teak shop houses which provide the visitor with a glimpse into Koh Samui's traditional way of life. Restaurants and bars are abundant, however nightlife is limited compared to other destinations as Nathon prides itself on a more laid back realistic feel to life, rather than the tourist buzz and fanfare.

A great day trip from Nathon beach is a trip up the mountain to Best Mountain View, where you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Koh Samui's west coast and majestic sea between the island and mainland Thailand. Alternatively, you can take a quiet walk to the coconut plantations and just mingle with the locals or there is also the opportunity to explore the Ang Thong National Marine Park with a tour.

It’s location on the west coast means the area is known for its amazing sunsets and if you want a piece of tropical paradise with all the holiday facilities and service, then Nathon is worth considering.

Our Nathon Travel Guide was written with a view to showcasing the true beauty of this popular part of Koh Samui. If it has inspired you to see it for your self first hand then take a look at our villas below.

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