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
A quaint bohemian style café - a great place for a break from shopping and to enjoy a light healthy lunch and a coffee.
Located at the south end of the waterfront road and one of the best places to enjoy a sunset meal of Thai or western cuisine (including pasta) under the covered open terrace. This is complemented with the fantastic view and warm friendly service.
Max Murphy's Irish Pub
The first and only pub in Nathon for ice cold beers and delicious pub food located at the north end of the town. Welcome addition to Nathon for the expats as well as the tourists.
Nathon beach is home to the KBA kiteboarding school during the months April-October where conditions are ideal. Lessons and board hire are available.
Nathon is probably the best place for shopping, where prices are lower with a better and more interesting choice than the shops in Chaweng and Bophut. Gentle negotiating does work and you may go home with something more quirky for that perfect gift.
Every Saturday night in the "middle street' of Nathon a market selling anything and everything as well as the usual food stalls.
Had Lin Waterfall
Located in the mountains behind Nathon, this waterfall can just be a visit with a dip in the rock pool at the bottom of the falls or for the energetic a trek through the jungle up the falls (about 30 mins) and descent alongside the waterfall clambering over huge boulders. This will take you twice as long, but there are cool rock pools on the way. Best to go in the rainy season.
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.