Nathon is Koh Samui's administrative town and the island's main ferry port Many large cruise liners also anchor out in Nathon Bay bringing visitors to the island.
The main town has an “oldey world” feel about with some of the original settlers authentic wooden shop houses still existing – some of which are over 100 years old. There is a one-way system through the main street lined with local shops and produce markets as well as tourist shops and small cafes and returns on the wider waterfront road and past the ferry terminal.
For the tourist this is the best place to spend some time for souvenir shopping with the prices being better value than the main tourist hubs. There are plenty of chill out coffee bars/cafes to have a break and escape the sun and there is even an Irish Pub close by the ferry port.
In the evenings grab a plastic stool and sit and join the locals on the seafront eating noodles and other street food
The hills behind the town of Nathon are slowly being populated with some stunning holiday villas positioned to enjoy the amazing west coast sunset views. These villas are ideal for those seeking a private getaway retreat with groups of friends or family.