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Nathon is on the northwestern coast of Ko Samui and hosts the port with the ferry to Surat Thani.

Get in[edit]

Nathon is connected via the Ko Samui ring road with the other villages on the island. Ferries from Surat and Ko Tao arrive here.

A ferry from Phantip Travel in Surat will cost B250 (most ferries), and leave there every hour from the agent office from 0830 to 1730. Takes three hours in total.

Get around[edit]

From the pier there are brown songthaews which go to Bophut/Chaweng to the leftand also in the opposite direction to Lamai. These are local taxis and cost 50 baht for a local trip to Bophut. To Lamai in the other direction will cost B70. There are also many taxis at the pier and you negotiate a price to where you want to go.

With the songteows, they apparently go to Chaweng in one direction and Lamai in the other, but not from Chaweng to Lamai or vice versa (although several were seen from the taxi!) Taxi to Lamai from Bophut is B400.

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Nathon is famous for its very picture-perfect sunsets. Most tourists come specifically to enjoy the spectacular views and the quaint little shops and restaurants that line the ocean front. The town itself is quite picturesque and is fast becoming a known shopping and dining destination.

Best Mountain View is the place to be if you really want to get an eyeful of the grand views from 467 feet. It's sightseeing on a whole new level. It's quite an arduous trek to Best Mountain View but it is totally worth it.

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Nathon Walking Street on every Saturday. Many local foods and local products.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Lucky Restaurant, 310/22 Angthong. 077 420392. The Manager, Steve, is English, and speaks Thai. The restaurant does Thai and western food at a decent price (with reasonably priced beer if you want this). Menu is in English. It is located a few hundred metres to the right of the pier, on the left hand side, before the road curves to the left.

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  • Chytalai Palace Hotel, (300 m to the right of the pier). The hotel is a little dated, but has air-con, with hot water and costs 550 baht. Fan rooms are cheaper. Breakfast is not included, but there are plenty of nearby restaurants.  edit

  • Nikki Beach Koh Samui 96/3 Moo 2 Lipa Noi, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, ☎ +66 77 914 500 ([email protected], fax: +66 77 914 544), [25]. The Nikki Beach Koh Samui is a luxurious resort located at Lipa Noi beach with private villas that are perfect for both romantic getaways and holidays with the family. The hotel provides a Nikki Beach Restaurant that serves seafood and international cuisine depending on the promotion of the day, a beach club that frequently hosts events and parties, the YOURSpa where you can enjoy a massage, and among one of the longest swimming pools on Koh Samui. It is located a couple of kilometres south of Nathon.
  • Grand Seaview Resotel 175/4 M3 T. Angthong. Has rooms B800 to B1400, (with 3% credit card charge) depending on whether you want mountain or sea view (includes breakfast). There is no lift. The hotel is quite good,with a swimming pool, and is close to the beach. It is located to the right of the pier a few hundred metres, where the road curves left, and a little further along on the right hand side.

The second floor seaview room was totally disappointing, with no view of the sea due to the low level trees outside. Also, the room was well below standard, and a move to a similar room on the same floor was little better. If booked online, you will not get breakfast included - the online price was B1300.

Get out[edit]

From the pier, get a boat to Surat Thani for B400. The boat arrives at Donsak Pier, and there is then a bus to the city. Busfare is included in the ticket.

There is a ferry at 1pm. There are also others, and the timetable is online.

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