Situated on the far northeast corner of the island, Choeng Mon Beach consists of a number of beautiful, secluded bays, with some of the best accommodation on Koh Samui. The Choeng Mon area juts out from the rest of the island, helping to keep the beaches quiet. As a result, this area is popular with families and the discerning type without the busy nightlife of other beaches.
A large amount of the area has been taken up by private residences, but there is still a decent amount of hotels and resorts, albeit at the higher end of the scale. If you’re staying elsewhere on the island, it’s a nice half-day experience to find your way here on a rented scooter or by hire car, where you can then enjoy a more exclusive, quieter beach.
The main part of Choeng Mon Beach is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand on Samui, and while many people just like to relax here, there are plenty of water sports options for the more active tourist. Just off the coast is the tiny island of Koh Fan Yai, which can be reached on foot at low tide – many people get here by kayak.
There is no real village to speak of here, with most people tending to eat where they stay, although there are a few restaurants just away from the beach. Located near the impressive Sala Samui Resort is a relatively new area that is fast becoming the centre for dining and drinking in Choeng Mon. A handful of places can be found, from small supermarkets to tailors and dive shops. Chaweng is to the south, and Bo Phut and Big Buddha to the west, all of which are easily accessible should you require some nightlife.
There is some fantastic five-star accommodation in Choeng Mon. The Samui Peninsula Resort & Spa is one of the island’s’ finest, offering luxurious rooms and villas, a first class spa and a private beach. The Sala Samui Resort & Spa also offers excellent villa-style accommodation, most with private swimming pools, while Thongsai Bay is another five-star resort with its own private beach. These resorts all have excellent restaurants.
Choeng Mon Beach tends to attract more foreigners than Thai tourists and this is reflected in the restaurants and entertainment options. The Thai food on offer tends not to be too spicy, and there are often Thai dancers and Filipino bands playing in some of the restaurants.
The disadvantage of Choeng Mon’s location means that transport is not so convenient here. Songthaews (pick up trucks) do operate here, but are not nearly as regular as at the other major beaches. It is easy enough to arrange for taxis, and your hotel will be happy to assist, but it is a good option to consider hiring a car or motorbike if you want to visit other parts of the island.