The sand on Choeng Mon is the softest, whitest and sugariest of anywhere on Samui. (Chaweng fans will say their beach is best for exactly the same reason… sand is subjective!)
Charming, casual beach bungalows, beach massage huts and restaurants make up much of the beach-front, giving it a very personal feel.
[Choeng Mon Beach at Honey Cottages]
Just 10 seconds’ walk to the village on the high street, you can buy anything you need or have forgotten – beach tennis? More sunscreen? Another book? Choeng Mon’s high street has all the services you could need: laundry, banks, car rental shops, pharmacies, etc.
[Like options? It’s a 5-minute walk from here to an ATM, great Indian take-out and one of our favourite island bars]
#4. Tucked away
Spending time on Choeng Mon Beach still feels like you know a really good secret.
[Choeng Mon Beach, Koh Samui: September, 2016]
It draws a happy crowd of all ages – both families and couples alike. Coming to Samui with kids? Choeng Mon sand makes perfect castles. Directly on Choeng Mon Beach, SALA Samui is very family-friendly but is just as popular with honeymooners. An unlikely but magic combo – we don’t know how they pull it off. Just across the bay (kayak-able), Tongsai Bay is one of our favourite spots on Samui.
SALA Samui (above) is tremendously popular with honeymooners – but it’s also a great choice with kids [see why]. In addition to a family pool and an adults’ pool, many suites have their own plunge pools.
#6. Beach dining
There’s fine dining at both ends of the beach, and casual breakfast and lunches in between. You can eat every meal with your feet in the sand.
TIP! Get restaurant recommendations for every mood: our favourite casual beach spots, places with amazing views and ideal restaurants for celebrating special occasions (and more) are all in The Koh Samui Guide. We’re the greediest people we know – and we’ve been researching Koh Samui’s food constantly for thirteen years.
Choeng Mon Beach is long enough to make a lovely stroll at sunset. But – it’s small enough to walk everywhere (unlike Maenam beach, which is more spread out).
Choeng Mon is close to Koh Samui Airport, just a few minutes’ drive, so your holiday starts sooner – and you can sleep in later for a crack-of-dawn departing flight.
[It’s just a 10-minute drive from Choeng Mon Beach to Koh Samui Airport: seriously max out every minute of your holiday.]
#9. Choice of food
A great selection of restaurants – there’s Thai, of course, but lots of other cuisine choice, too. Indian, pizza, Korean, etc.
[A promise: You’re never more than 10 feet from a perfect mojito on Choeng Mon Beach.]
#10. Visiting the neighbours
Though Choeng Mon has a quiet main road, it’s close to the ring road – just a short drive in either direction to larger Chaweng and delightful Fisherman’s Village.
[Then again, SALA Samui doesn’t offer much incentive to ever go exploring.]
Eat fresh seafood on the beach every night. If you get up early (not long after sunrise) you can watch fishermen at work. Then, at dusk, stroll along and choose a handsome looking fish and choose exactly how you’d like it cooked. Grilled? Fried? Steamed with tamarind?
[Fishermen are often hard at work on Choeng Mon Beach – starting not long after sunrise daily.]
#12. Choeng Mon’s sunsets
Not every beach on Samui can offer you a sunset – but, more often than not, Choeng Mon puts on a good show.
TIP! How to plan the perfect trip? For beach-by-beach comparisons around Koh Samui, hotel ideas and tips for renting private villas, The Koh Samui Guide is invaluable in your trip-planning and your best friend when you get here. Enjoy!
So where should you stay?
Our 5 favourite places to stay, both on and near Choeng Mon Beach
Samui Honey Cottages (☆☆☆)