Bang Por

Bang Por - Koh Samui - Thailand

Bang Por - Koh Samui - Thailand

Bang Por takes up the north west corner of Koh Samui located between the towns of Maenam in the north and Nathon in the west. This tranquil area boasts a stunning coastline of white sand beaches, swaying palms and amazing views of the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan from the hills above. A stunning location to relax with family and friends and enjoy one of our Bang Por holiday villas.

Map of villas in Bang Por

Bang Por is located on the north west coast of Koh Samui midway between the towns of Maenam and Nathon and covers quite a large area on this corner of Koh Samui.

With it's stunning coastline of beaches with white sands, clear water, swaying palms and beautiful views over to the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan it was chosen as one of the first places for the development of luxury ocean view villas on Koh Samui in the hills above the beach. Some of these villas also have the advantage of breathtaking west facing ocean views over the beautiful Angthong Marine Park in the Gulf of Siam.

The Thai beach land owners held on to their land much longer and are slowly releasing this to small resorts and luxury villa developments, which appear to have been planned to fit in with the environment. Many of the bungalow resorts remain.

The Bang Por area is considered peaceful and really just reflects what life on tropical island should be, retaining its original charm and enhanced by the palm-fringed beaches line with rustic style restaurants and enjoying beautiful scenery creating a true paradise for a family get together with family or friends .

The two main beaches within this area are a length of 4km stretching from Ban Tai in the east to Bang Po in the west.

A small headland separates Bang Po beach from the bays of Laem Noi and Laem Yai that continue round to the extreme north west corner headland of Koh Samui, where the high end Four Seasons Resort is located.

There is no village street as such and the locals mostly live in clusters of accommodation, hidden within the palms in roads or tracks off the main Samui ring road close to the school and temple. There are a few shopping outlets scattered along the ring road and a 7/11 convenience store is never far away.

Although the area is tranquil, Bang Por is just 5 to 10 minutes drive to the less sleepy village of Maenam. There are a number of banks, restaurants, markets and convenience stores here. A further 5 to 10 minutes to the Old Fisherman's village of Bophut, beyond which is the nightlife of Chaweng.

10 minutes drive in the other direction takes you to the ferryport and authentic town of Nathon with ample tourist shops and cafes to browse and enjoy during the day.

In general, the area of Bang Por is an ideal location for a tropical Koh Samui holiday to chill out and relax and enjoy this paradise and perhaps socialize with many like-minded holidaymakers in the various local restaurants.

Bang Por Beaches

Ban Tai beach is located at the east end of the Bang Por area, joining up with Maenam beach via a rocky headland, due to the curve of the bay it is a good spot for enjoying the sunsets. The beach is hard to find unless you know about it already.

The beach, like most in this area are what you would expect on a tropical island with white sands and bordered by small resorts nestled in the palms. Whilst it is fine to paddle in the sea on the shoreline, there is a coral reef further out which restricts swimming. On the most eastern section of the beach however, there is a small coral free zone creating ideal swimming conditions.

Bang Po is the longest of the two beaches and again a palm-fringed beach that looks like it came out of a brochure, but there is an offshore coral reef which restricts swimming in places here too. The road gets narrower the further you travel west and this beach is easier to discover and has easy access and more amenities. The western most stretch of the beach in particular only has room for a single dwelling between the road and the beach, this strip features many eateries. The restaurants here serve mainly Thai dishes, but western favourites as well.

As with many of the north and west coasts of Koh Samui, there is an offshore coral reef and whilst swimming is best between the months December to March, during the summer months the coral is exposed. 

Spa and Wellness

Natural Wing Health Spa is a stand alone spa and is renowned for being the leading wellness centre on Koh Samui specializing in detoxing slimming programs, several different types of massage and body scrubs.

Bang Por Beaches

Bang Po Beach

North - Continuing on from Ban Tai beach this palm fringed beach is close to the Samui ring road at the western end where only a line of rustic restaurants separate the beach from the road. Thai style villa projects occupy other parts of the beach.

Ban Tai Beach (Bang Por)

North - Separated from Maenam beach by a headland this "out of a holiday brochure" type quiet palm fringed beach is lined with small hotels, bungalows and small villa projects. Swimming is limited to the shore due to an offshore reef

Laem Noi Beach

North West - There are two parts to Laem Noi beach separated by a rocky headland. West of the headland the beach is bordered by villas against the main ring road whereas the beach around the headland is more remote. Both beaches having stunning views.

Bang Por is a quiet and tranquil destination so the main activities centre around the peaceful beach which is great for snorkelling and kayaks are available to hire from restaurants in some parts of the beach.  The area however is well located for travel to other more lively areas if you want to join in with the many activities Koh Samui has to offer. 

Watersports and Sea Tours

Water ski

The busier beaches of Chaweng and Lamai will have speed boats offering the traditional water ski trips and lessons and some will also offer wakeboarding, paragliding and banana boat rides.

Windsurf and Paddleboard

Windsurfing and Paddleboard rental is available on Lamai beach as well as lessons for both kiddies and adults. Maenam beach also a windsurfing facility as well as other sail boats.


Kayaks can be hired on most of the beaches around Koh Samui either through hotels or concessions for paddling around locally.

Diving and Snorkelling

Koh Samui does not have much in the way of coral and therefore very little marine life. Many dive companies operate diving and snorkeling trips to other dive sites as well as PADI dive courses.

Deep Sea Fishing Trips

The waters surrounding Koh Samui are teaming with fish and there are many day or night-time game fishing tours available, catering for beginners and experts with all equipment provided.

Sight Seeing Boat Trips

One of the most popular is to the stunning islands of the Angthong National Marine Park Optional snorkelling and kayaking is usually available with equipment provided and lunch. A private speedboat trip around Koh Samui's coast exploring secret beaches is another option.


Kiteboarding is availabel on Koh Samui at two locations at different times of the year on the south and west coasts when the water is shallow and has ideal conditons


An adventrure playground for  great day out for the family with fun for kids of all ages and the adults! Swimming pools, waterslides, boating, bungee trapeezing, mini go karts, mini golf course, tree to tree rope bridge course (2 levels), inflatable bouncey castle.

Sailing Charters

A great way to see the coastline of Koh Samui for a few hours or have an overnight stay visiting other islands is to charter a sailing boat. Different size boats all for a romantic sunset cruise for two or to have fun with a large group of family or friends.

Other Activities

Namuang Safari Park

Tours include 20min ATV Quad bikes fun , elephant trekking and show and a cable ride which includes one ride for 6 - 11yearolds.

Go Karts

There are three Go Kart tracks now on Koh Samui and provides a fun time for all the family. There are both single and double karts should you wish to drive wth younger kids.

Football Golf

Get family and friends playing, laughing and enjoying this fun game of kicking the football into 18 holes on a tropical course with a cold drink provided.

Muay Thai Boxing

The national sport of Thailand with venues to spectate or partake in professional Muay Thai are found in Chaweng and Lamai.


There is a PGA International championship 18 hole par 72 golf course and two 9 hole courses all with stunning views. There are also two driving ranges.

Temple Visits

There are many temples in and around Koh Samui representing the history and the different cultures of the Thai residents all well worth a visit some of which have amazing views.


There is ample souvenir and fashion shopping in the popular coastal towns with Koh Samui’s biggest shopping "mall" Central Festival located right in the centre of Chaweng. There are also the "Walking Street" markets in different places every night of the week

Walking Street Markets

There is a "walking Street" market in one of the towns and villages on everyday of the week - the most popular being the "Od Fisheman's Village" at Bophut which takes place on a Friday night from around 4pm until 10 - 11pm.

4 W/D Jeep Jungle Tour and Waterfall

Enjoy an exhilarating trip on the back of a jeep through Koh Samui's jungle and across rivers reaching the highest point on the island experiencing amazing view.

Cinema and Ten Pin Bowling

There is just one cinema at the present time located at the Tesco Lotus Supermarket and shopping mall alongside a small bowling alley. Another bowling alley is located in the centre of Chaweng.

Thai Cookery School

SITCA is the original Thai cookery school on Koh Samui based in Chaweng and has both morning and afternoon sessions to learn all about the ingredients and preparation. The manager of your luxury Koh Samui villa will be able to assist with recommending other cookery schools nearby.


Eating out in Bang Por

There are a number of rustic Thai style restaurants along the beach stretching from Ban Tai at the east to Bang Po at the west and all offering the stunning views over to the island of Koh Phangan

On the beach you will find the following eateries and some provide sun loungers for you to relax on the beach after your meal. Also along the Bang Po bay guests can find several laid-back beach bars set in thatch-roof shacks all with sunset views and cocktail menus

Bang Po Seafood TakhoKrua Ban Po and Khanom Jeen Pla Khiao

Discover some of the best seafood in Samui at the above beach restaurants

Cow Man Gai 

A rustic beach side restaurant offers delicious organic chicken with steamed rice or stewed pork that just falls off the bone with rice, unbelievably delicious, another short beach walk away.

4 Monkeys 

A funky small beach coffee shop and bar has some delicious coffee creations. .


The high end KOH restaurant at the 5 star Four Seasons hotel at Laem Yai beach perched on a breezy hilltop amid with stunning views is recommended to explore the island’s exciting flavors of the Southern Thailand’s cuisine.

Relax Sunset Bar & Restaurant

Dressed cabanas and fairy lights create a perfect spot a perfect for a tasty Thai early evening meal and enjoy the amazing sunset views.

Celli's Pizzeria Italiano

This can be found on the ring road in Bang Por opposite the beach.

The Terrace

Should you wish to have ultra delicious and very good value Thai food - visit The Terrace restaurant run by a local Thai familylocated at Ban Tai come highly recommended. It is not in the best position just a few steps from the busy roadside, but in just a few minutes the environment you are in seated in a tropical garden has taken you to another place !


Nightlife in Bang Por

"Nightlife" mainly consists of an evening on the beach over a candlelit dinner and iistening to live music whilst the sun sets. The night markets in Maenam and Nathon 10 mins drive away are also popular with visitors.

For extensive beach dining and entertainment The Fisherman's Village at Bophut is just 20 minutes drive with bars, restaurants and coffee bars providing excellent atmosphere. The quaint shop houses selllng quirky items and anyhing and everything is a "must visit" especially on a Friday evening when a large walking street market takes over the main street.

For those looking for something a bit more lively, the famous Chaweng Beach approximately 30 minutes drive will keep you entertained until the early hours.

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