Hua Thanon Bang Kao beach one of Koh Samui beaches, which starts just beyond Hin Ta & Hin Yai, is similarly quiet and is home to a few long-stay backpacker resorts as well as one of Samui’s last remaining traditional fishing fleets.
The Muslim village has a charming atmosphere and is well worth a visit for a glimpse into island life before mass tourism.
Koh Samui Beaches
The fishermen’s elegantly painted kor lae boats are very photogenic, as is the village’s fish market.
There are a few decent seafood restaurants by the side of the sea, which give you a taste of true Samui cuisine at bargain basement prices.
Bang Kao is home to Centara Villas Samui which offers upscale accommodation that stretches down a steep hillside to the beach below.
There are also a couple of older mid-range bungalow operations and a few independent restaurants but little else in the area apart from the Samui Aquarium & Tiger Zoo, which is fine as long as you don’t mind your baby tigers drugged and compliant for photo ops.
A much kinder option is the nearby Butterfly Garden, which showcases indigenous varieties in a well-managed environment.
Have you been dreaming of unmatched natural beauty? Find it here, at Hua Thanon on Koh Samui, the “island in the sun”. Allow the quaint charm of the traditional fishing village set in a paradise of green trees, golden sand and glistening sea to transport you.
Sources: kohsamui.com, Hotels.com,