Choeng Mon draws people of all ages with its sophisticated, laid-back and idyllic ambience and secluded position away from the crowds and hubbub. Located on the north-eastern tip of Koh Samui, Choeng Mon boasts upscale villas inviting you to indulge in a holiday of a lifetime.
CHOENG MON STYLE
Choeng Mon is not a usual Samui’s retreat. Comprised of series of tiny bays, this serene coastal village has everything you might need during your exclusive holiday: upscale villa and hotel resorts, seaside fine-dining, fancy beach bars and clubs, quaint shops and holistic spas.
Choeng Mon beach with its blinding white soft sand is equally perfect for lazing around, strolling or building sand castles. The shoreline exudes the romance and relaxation catering to both families with younger children and honeymooners.
Those feeling for some active leisure are blessed with endless water sports: kayaking, stand-up paddle, jet-skiing and water skis are only a few to number. Seductive Ko Fan Noi, a tiny islet sitting offshore Choeng Mon, is easily reachable by either kayak or on foot during the low tide. Choeng Mon is a bountiful beach retreat, and once you arrive, you will not have any intention to ever leave this oasis of serenity and abundance.
WHAT WE LOVE
Deserted beautiful beach
Fabulous villa resorts
Quaint little shops and hubs
Peaceful and tranquil atmosphere
Fancy beach bars and clubs
CHOENG MON LOCATION
Situated towards the north of Samui Airport on the eastern tip of Koh Samui, Choeng Mon is an ideal place to stay away from the hustle-and-bustle, yet, close to the major tourist attractions and facilities.
FERRY AND BUS
There are plenty of companies that carry out transfers from Phuket to Samui. The trip consists of terrestrial and marine transfers and ranges from six to seven hours. Buses depart from the central bus station in Phuket and bring travellers to Koh Phangan pier where passengers make a transfer for the modern and fast catamaran, which brings visitors to Nathon Pier located on the north-western coast of Koh Samui. Usually, there are two daily transfers for Koh Samui, but the timing can range due to the travel operator.
Although it is possible to get to Choeng Mon, Koh Samui over land or water, the best way is to fly:
AIRPORT AND PIER TRANSFERS
It takes around 10 minutes to reach Choeng Mon from Samui Airport depending on traffic. If you are travelling by ferry from Phuket, the trip from Nathon Pier will take around 50 minutes. Ministry of Villas can arrange a chauffeur to greet you upon arrival and escort you to your villa.
Alternatively, there is a taxi desk at the arrival level which arranges one-way fares at a fixed-price. If you opt not to use the taxi desk, there are numerous taxi drivers waiting outside the arrival terminal so you can negotiate the price with them. Even though there is a big sign “Meter-Taxi” on the roof of taxis, local drivers rarely use them, so it is recommended to discuss the price beforehand. You can opt one of the transfer options – a shared mini van with other travellers or a private taxi. A shared taxi is essentially cheaper but usually requires at least five passengers to depart.
There are several options how to get around Choeng Mon area, so we’ve ranked them according to our recommendations for first-time travellers:
Ministry of Villas can arrange a private car and chauffeur for you. Depending on which villa you are staying in, the cost for the private car and chauffeur can vary, so it’s recommended to contact our Ministry of Villas team to get the complete information about the private transfers.
Due to the rather remote and secluded position of Choeng Mon area, finding a taxi down the street might be challenging, but you can always ask your villa manager to require a taxi by phone. Take into account that local drivers rarely use meters, notwithstanding the car’s rooftop sign, so before getting into the vehicle, you should negotiate about the price.
If you are not planning to explore further afield, motorbike is not necessary as Choeng Mon can be easily covered on foot. Though, if you decided to travel further afield, there are several motorbike rental shops dotting the village.Take into account that you must always have an international drivers license on your person, otherwise, the local police can issue you a ticket with a summons to appear in court. Always opt bikes with insurance, and, of course, make sure you wear a helmet.
Staying in bountiful Choeng Mon can hardly compel you to leave the area. If you decided to discover other remote parts of the island, you could always rent a car at one of the rental shops available in the village. We recommend you, though, to select a 4×4 wheel drive car, otherwise, it can be challenging to get to your hilltop villa or other tourist attraction perched atop of the steep hill. Also, take into account, that the lower rental price implies the absence of insurance and a poor condition of the vehicle so opt the international brands, if possible, when renting a car, such as Hertz, Avis and Budget Car Rentals, which are more trustworthy than the local rental shops.
CHOENG MON VILLAS
There are 35 Ministry Approved villas in Choeng Mon. As Choeng Mon is one of the most exclusive and luxurious Samui’s retreats, villa prices tend to be higher than in other parts of the island. Choeng Mon villas range from USD $350 per night for three-bedroom villa resorts to over USD $3,500 per night for an eight-bedroom luxury villa.
Most of our villas have dedicated staff including butlers, chefs, nannies, 24-hour security personnel, and many other services you won’t find in a hotel. This is why we say “Spend just one night in a villa and you’ll never stay in a hotel again.”
CHOENG MON DINING
Choeng Mon dining scene caters to foreign clientele serving an ample range of international cuisines and Thai dishes adapted to the tastes of foreigners. Do not expect in Choeng Mon anything authentically Thai, neither food nor performances, as venues cater to Western tastes.
The Choeng Mon beach hosts numerous venues with two absolutely must-visit fine-dining located at both ends of the beach. The letter ones never get too crowded, for some reason unknown, as the food served here is scrumptious, signature cocktails are unique and delicious, and regular local bands play live music to entertain guests and complete their sophisticated dining experience.
Several quaint reasonably-priced restaurants, perched atop of hills, offer delightful local dishes along with the mesmerising views over to the Gulf of Thailand. Though it’s sometimes hard to reach them (after the rain), your effort will be rewarded with friendly service, great food and fantastic atmosphere.
CHOENG MON NIGHTLIFE
The nightlife in Choeng Mon is relaxed and tranquil. Most of the visitors opt to stay on the beach or at one of the bars dotting the shore to watch the brilliant reflexions on the water casted by the last sun rays.
Bays in Choeng Mon are reasonably extended seducing to take off your shoes and walk along the shoreline ankle-deep in water or jog through the beautiful verdant village with plentiful of small hills and descents to make your workout even more efficient.
Honeymooners will appreciate several laidback beach bars with reclining beach chairs and splendid night views over to the bay that serve international brands of wine and exotic cocktails, bizarrely decorated with pieces of tropical fruits.
CHOENG MON SHOPPING
Choeng Mon shopping scene is not as plentiful as in the nearby Bophut and Chaweng villages, yet, you will still find here several mini marts open 24 hours, a handful of street stalls selling souvenirs, beachwear, beach tennis and other necessities.
The area is known for its wood carving workshop located off the beach, selling quality, yet, expensive hand-carved souvenirs, and a few art shops where you can hunt out some traditional Buddhist paintings.
Also, there are several tailors shops, where you can bring a design (highly recommended) or an item you want to be made and they can copy it within days. From dresses, suits to leather handbags – the right tailor can pretty much make anything just give yourself a few days just in case you have to have a few fittings.
CHOENG MON RELAXATION
The central part of Choeng Mon beach features with one of the most splendid stretches of icing sugar sands in Koh Samui attracting visitors to lay around, soak the sun or sip a cocktail at one of the beach bars feet in the sand.
There are endless water sports available on the beach from kayaking to parasailing catering to the bravest sports enthusiasts, who prefer an active leisure rather than lazy beach rest.
If you are feeling for getting a bit of pampering, opt one of the beach massage huts, and indulge in the world of divine relaxation, oils and fragrances. After the treatment, you will reappear rejuvenated and distressed ready for the new adventures in Koh Samui.