Aerial video of Choeng Mon Beach and resorts, Koh Samui shot in November 2016 by John Everingham.

Choeng Mon Beach; what & where, for families & couples

How to find the cheapest possible room rates on Koh Samui?
Book directly with the hotel – cut out agents & commissions. This gets the cheapest prices. It saves the hotels money. But not all hotels pass that saving onto guests. We thus display all Samui beachfront hotels that GUARANTEE, in writing, discounts for direct bookings. If this beach has no Guarantee hotels, go to the Samui map page for the full list. We put you in direct contact with the hotel, and take no commission.

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Choeng Mon is both a beach and a bay

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Choeng Mon Beach lies in an attractive bay at the top of the island facing northeast, and thus the Northeast Monsoon too. While this sometimes sends rough waves into the bay during November – January, it has also helped make this bay quite deep while forming an attractive wide, sandy beach. The monsoon waves also give the beach an annual cleansing.
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Low hills close in both sides. There is a small island to the east that can be walked to at low tide. The beach is approximately one kilometre long with resorts lining most of it, though the view along the beach still appears reasonably green, with lots of beach trees and no high buildings. As our beach photos show, the beach and bay together are quite pretty.
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This is not a heavily developed part of Samui, and before the arrival of tourism there was no village nor anything here save the coconut plantations behind. Tourism has spurred the growth of shops and development of a small tourist village on the back road providing basic shopping and services.
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Choeng Mon is quite a good beach for both couples seeking quiet time to themselves, and for families. A contradiction? Not really, for the boutique resorts like Sala Samui and Muang Samui offer both peace and tranquillity within their confines. Also, the beach is long enough to absorb and dissipate the noise of the relatively small number of children found here. Its convenient location also gives quick access to the airport and to many of Samui’s more popular attractions – see below.
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This site offers info pages about all aspects, and all beaches on Koh Samui:

Choeng Mon the beach: sand, water, shade, massage

The beach at Choeng Mon is wide with soft sand leading to water of medium depth – for Samui. At high tide the water depth is excellent for swimming, while at low tide there is only a little water in the middle area of the beach. It then takes a good walk to find swimming depths. To both sides the water becomes shallower, and in a few places, rocky.
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The small mini-bay visible in the distance, to the left of Choeng Mon’s main beach, provides The Tonsai Bay resort with its own private beach. This is an especially attractive little spot, and while the beach has rather rough sand it also has good water depth at all tides. It’s one of the few beaches on the island suited to swimming at all tides. Not surprisingly, The Tonsai was one of the earliest beach hotels here, enabling it to secure such a privileged position.
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The beach trees have been removed from the central area of Choeng Mon, leaving this quite hot. In the middle of the day guests need umbrellas, though even they are not sufficient to avoid the heat and reflected light for long. Many people find respite from the heat in the well-shaded restaurants at mid beach. Guests in the boutique hotels on each side can find shady trees in the beachfront areas. Both ends of the beach have think lines of casuarina trees, with a smattering of coconut palms and other shade trees.
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During the peak season there is a group of local, independent restaurants and bars in deep shade on the point at the east end of the beach. These serve the full range of Thai dishes, if with the tamed-down tourist flavours. Freelance masseuses lay down massage mats or mattresses under the trees here here, and their standard beach rates help moderate prices in the resorts. The beach bars here, also hiding among the big casuarina trees, are a favourite sunset gathering spot with drinks at better prices than found in the big resorts. There is no direct view of the sunset, but the red skies to the west sometimes light up the whole bay.
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few budget bungalows, Choeng Mon is becoming boutique & stylish

Choeng Mon was once lined with simple, rustic bungalows that sold for 200 Baht a night. Forget those days. Very few budget accommodations remain here, for even those still under old-time management have redeveloped with the times, and are now neither rustic nor 200 Baht. It is heartening to see several bungalow owners here have upgraded to keep their establishments up with the times, rather than just selling out.
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Samui Honey Cottages , once at the budget end, has upgraded and is now aiming for 3-stars. It joins mid-range establishments like the White House Beach Resort, which is small in space but big in value (see more below), and PS Thana Resort . Still operating at 2-star, budget level, Kirati Beach Resort and Old Soleil Bungalow offer some of the lowest room prices on this beach.
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Today Choeng Mon is rapidly becoming known as a high-class beach with beautiful boutique resorts. Several have redeveloped plots where 1980s bungalows once stood.
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There is just one spoiler going against the trend to keep Choeng Mon green, beautiful and up-market. Choeng Mon Bungalows built a four-story block of rooms that looks like a cheap school – it's ugly and out of place on this otherwise attractive beach.
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Of the 12 resorts and bungalow hotels True Beachfront qualifies in Choeng Mon Bay and displays on its beach map, five are quite outstanding. These are all in the 4- and 5-star range, and each has special properties of its own to earn a place in this exclusive grouping. They are all rather individualistic, and have character, so each will suit different sets of expectations and tastes. Below we offer a quick, comparative view of each of those five.
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A small commercial village growing at back of the beach

Till about year 2000 there was little at the back of Choeng Mon Beach but coconut plantations and the occasional poor farmer's hut. Today, however, we find the inevitable tourist village along the back road with a line of shops providing the basics common to such villages: minimarts and convenience stores like 7-Eleven and Family Mart, ATMs, restaurants, a little street food and at least one pharmacy and hair dressing cum beauty salon.
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Each year more and more businesses open here, following the ever-increasing number of hotel rooms by the beach. Within a few years this back road will resemble that behind Chaweng, and most other beach resorts in the country. It won't be pretty development, but there will be many more services available, and eventually, bars and entertainment.
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As yet there are no hotels away from the beach in Choeng Mon, but with beachfront land at sky high prices and most of it already built upon, non-beachfront hotels will come.
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White House Resort & Spa - great mid-range value at mid beach

This resort is one of the stalwarts of Choeng Mon Beach, being one of the first up-market resorts here (3-stars was then the top) and having continued to provide some of the best mid-range accommodations and services in the area. The resort area is narrow, with rooms down both sides of a pathway connecting the road-side concierge to the pool and beach. The reception area is well-designed and built with lots of wood and stone work, with pleasant areas for guests to relax, read or work on a laptop.
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The greenery down the central path is especially lush and attractive, and well-manicured so that the almost-jungle does not quite take over the establishment. Khmer-style statues and stone work blend with the green, emanating an ambience of Asia in an era long ago.
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The accommodations are modern and very well-appointed for a 3-star establishment. Check our photos to see both the accommodations and the lush tropical environment of this resort in the White House Beach Resort’s own page in this site.
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The pool is not particularly large, but OK for a resort this size. The beach in front is good for swimming however, and the sand soft and white. The restaurant overlooks the beach, providing deep shade and cool from which to enjoy the view of beach and bay through the hottest hours of the day. For quality and value in an especially pleasant environment, White House has always been a leader on Choeng Mon, and remains that way today.
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Sala Samui Resort – stylish luxury

Sala Samui is a member of a small and very elite Thai hotel chain with another beautiful property in Phuket, just a few others resorts around the country. The focus is on beautiful architecture, design and luxury, and they have been so successful in the relatively short life of this group that 'Sala' is now one of the best names in the Thai travel industry.
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This Samui property is of the same boutique, 5-star pedigree. The photos alone tell much about the resort and the standards it sets. It has a prime position on Choeng Mon Beach, which it relatively quiet, while the inner sanctum of the resort is tranquillity itself. Sala Samui is definitely for discerning travellers looking for something unique at the top of the 5-star range.
For full details of Sala Samui see its member pages and photo gallery: Sala Samui Resort.
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The Tonsai Bay - early bird gets the best beach

The Tonsai Bay was known for years as the Ton Sai Bay Resort. It underwent a name change to reflect its upgrading from 4-star to 5-star luxury. Being the first resort in this bay, and arriving at a time where there were only a few backpacker huts on the main beach, this fore-sighted owner was able to secure a unique location that wraps entirely around a small beach. The resort thus gained one of those exclusive domains, its own private beach. With expansive grounds running up the hillside The Tonsai offers rooms, villas and chalets spread through expansive gardens. All have easy beach access, good views over the Bay and genuine tranquillity. This location, the private beach and the arrangement of accommodations makes this resort an ideal romantic escape for couples who need no entertainment but for each other.
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However, despite the isolated and tranquil location, the distance to much of Samui’s nightlife, shopping and lifestyle offerings is not great, and guests can drive to all kinds of entertainment and attractions in just 10 – 15 minutes.
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Full details and photo gallery of The Tonsai Bay are available at The Tonsai Bay's own hotel page.
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The Imperial Boat House Beach Resort - yes, real boats

This is called a 'Boat House', and indeed many of the rooms of The Imperial Boat House Beach Resort are built into old river barges that once plied the river through Bangkok. But their rooms come in a number of styles from hotel block to villas. Being the first luxury resort directly on Choeng Mon Beach, this was able to secure a large tract of prime beachfront, directly in front of the best swimming area. This also has one of the biggest pools on the beach and the most expansive gardens.
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Many trees have been preserved on the beachfront. They now repay the owners for being spared the axe by serving deep shade to guests, allowing them to use the beach through the heat of the day.
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Muang Samui Villas & Spa - stylish accommodations at mid beach

Royal Muang Samui Villas has blended traditional Asian architecture and good landscaping in some very creative ways. When first built around 2010 it was a newcomer to Choeng Mon Beach, and the gardens were barely finished, the trees not grown. Now quite mature, this resort is immersed is especially attractive foliage that adds to the new 'boutique' look of Choeng Mon.
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The resort's beachfront is especially pretty, with the pool set into green lawns surrounded by trees. The sand is just a few metres in front. Big, leafy trees provide deep shade over one side of the beach allowing guest to relax, sleep and drink right by the beach even through the heat of the day. This offer real luxury in a nicely designed environment, while its only drawback is lack of space, for it is quite narrow.
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Baiyoke Seacoast Resort Koh Samui - grand views from up high

This resort has taken the high road, claiming a position on the eastern headland overlooking Choeng Mon Beach on one side and the open ocean on the other. In front is the little island to which one can walk at low tide. Guests here thus enjoy great views in all directions, and a sense of aloofness from the beach below with its side-by-side resorts. And the sand, restaurants and swimming area are all just a 5-minute stroll away.
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Immediately below the resort is a dog-leg in Cheong Mon Beach, a stretch of sand 150 metre-long and out of sight of the main beach. There are hardly ever any people here. The water is shallow and a bit rocky, and not great for good swimming. Yet it's pleasant, and with few people, rather private.
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A photo gallery and details of this hotel are available at Baiyoke Seacoast Resort Koh Samui.
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by John Everingham