Why stay on (or near) Koh Samui’s Choeng Mon Beach? Easy – there’s lots to love. Here’s my not-very-impartial answer – twelve great reasons to choose Choeng Mon, from its biggest fan.
#1. Incredible sand
The sand on Choeng Mon is really soft, white and sugary. Fans of Chaweng beach will say their beach is best for exactly the same reason…buuut sand is subjective!
#2. Amazing ambiance
Charming, casual beach bungalows, beach massage huts and restaurants make up much of the beach-front, giving it a very personal feel. If you like, you can spend your entire Koh Samui vacation supporting Choeng Mon’s many local and family businesses.
#3. Total convenience
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.
#4. Top secret?
Spending time on Choeng Mon Beach still feels like you know a really good secret. It feels very “tucked away”.
#5. Huge choice of hotels
Choeng Mon Beach draws a happy crowd of all ages – both families and couples alike. Coming to Samui with kids? Choeng Mon sand makes perfect castles. Its great choice of hotels offers something for the high-rolling honeymooner, sweet family or frugal flash-packer. Five of my favourite Choeng Mon hotels include:
SALA Samui (☆☆☆☆☆)
Directly on Choeng Mon Beach, SALA Samui is very family-friendly but is just as popular with honeymooners. An unlikely but magic combo – I don’t know how they pull it off. In addition to a family pool and an adults’ pool, many suites have their own plunge pools.
The Tongsai Bay (☆☆☆☆☆)
(Tongsai Bay is near, not on, Choeng Mon Beach).Just across the bay (kayak-able), The Tongsai Bay is one of my favourite spots on Samui.
Sea Dance Resort (☆☆☆☆)
White House Beach Resort & Spa (☆☆☆)
If you need your hotel to be shiny, brand spanking new, this is not your hotel. If you love charm, character and staff so lovely you’ll try to kidnap them and keep them forever, you’ll soon become one of White House Resort & Spa‘s legions of adoring fans (many of whom return year after year).
Samui Honey Cottages (☆☆☆)
I might put Honey Cottages in the “two-ish” star range, but – as with many independent hotels in Thailand – this is not to its discredit. If you’re a beach fanatic excited for your sun-bed, sand castles and tiki-torch happy hour … skip the high thread-count linens and head to Honey. It’s one of my favourite spots on Koh Samui.
#6. Extraordinary 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: My favourite casual beach spots, places with amazing views and ideal restaurants for celebrating special occasions (and more) are all in The Koh Samui Guide. I’m the greediest person I know – and I’ve been researching Koh Samui’s food constantly for fourteen years.
#7. The perfect size
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).
#8. Ideal proximity
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.
#9. Unexpected choice of food
A great selection of restaurants – there’s Thai, of course, but lots of other cuisine choice, too. Indian, pizza, Korean, etc.
#10. Immediate access
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. Go ahead and plan to visit your neighbours!
#11. The freshest seafood
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?
#12. Choeng Mon’s secret sunsets
Not every beach on Samui can offer you a sunset – but, more often than not, Choeng Mon puts on a good show.
So how to plan your 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!
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