Taling Ngam

Taling Ngam - Koh Samui - Thailand

Taling Ngam - Koh Samui - Thailand

Taling Ngam (translated "beautiful shore") is an area in the south west of Koh Samui, with its picturesque coastline known as the "Virgin Coast" together with the village, where time seems to have stood still. The natural beauty of this unspoilt area is appealing to those looking for a perfect tropical retreat in a stunning location. Some of our finest luxury Taling Ngam holiday villas are located in this location.

Map of villas in Taling Ngam

Taling Ngam (translated "beautiful shore") is an area in the south west of Koh Samui, with it's picturesque coastline known as the "Virgin Coast", together with the village where time seems to have stood still. The natural beauty of this unspoilt area is appealing to those looking for a perfect tropical retreat in a stunning location.

Taling Ngam has attracted high end resorts to the area including the Intercontinental Hotel (Formerly Le Meridiian) as well as the development of a few luxury private villas that mainly sit elevated above the beaches on a small headland between two bays.

Ban Taling Ngam is still a fishing village, whereas originally it was the first merchant seaport on Koh Samui set up by the Chinese migrants who discovered the island. Local families go back generations and the old wooden houses they lived in are still in existence, some of which now open up and are converted to grocery stores for the locals as the convenience stores of 7/11 and Family Mart would not have the clientele for this self sufficient village. The nearest market would be further up the west coast in Lipa Noi and Nathon.

The villagers created an "Elephant Gate" with two massive elephants standing either side of the road at the entrance to the village to welcome all who come to visit and to also to protect their temple Wat Kiri Wongkaram.

Village life revolves in and around the temple grounds that house the shrine for the mummified body of a well known monk that has not decomposed since his death many years ago.

This undeveloped area is relatively rural and spread with coconut palms and banana plantations more. Taling Ngam boasts two beaches separated by a rocky headland and a fisherman's pier. It is one of the finest and secluded beaches on Koh Samui, with shallow clear waters and swimming possible most of the year. It is relatively quiet with two or 3 small hotel/bungalow resorts and a few rustic Thai eateries as well as two restaurants offering more fine dining cuisine on the beach.

The stunning views from the beach are another reason for a stay or a visit to Taling Ngam, especially at the end of the day to watch the setting sun over the Five Islands, the Angthong Marine Park and the Thailand mainland beyond.

Taling Ngam is a great place to visit to get away from the tourist hubs and enjoy the untouched beauty and authentic Thai life for a stay in one of our luxury villas or just a day trip.


Ban Taling Ngam Beach
The beach has more palm trees than resorts and in several places you will see hammocks swinging in the breeze, hanging from the palms leaning over the beach. The sand stretch is quite narrow in places at certain times of the year, but the water is clear and shallow and ideal for both kiddies and adults most of the year. The beachfront residences and restaurant of the Intercontinental Hotel dominate the beach just north of the headland. The popular Five Island Restaurant is situated on the south side.

Spas and Wellbeing

Alongside relaxing on the pristine secluded beaches, you can either indulge in a massage on the beach or in one of Samui's foremost luxury hotel spas.

Taling Ngam Beaches

Taling Ngam Beach

South West - A relatively unspoiled quiet beach with quite narrow sands bordered with a few high end resorts and private luxury villas. Ideal for those looking for peace and quiet and experience stunning sunsets over the famous Five Islands

There are an array of things to do in Taling Ngam. Take an adventure in a boat from the beach to nearby Five Islands and Koh Matsun for unforgettable views, go on a mountain adventure and discover Na Muang waterfalls and the secret Magic Garden.

Boat Trips
The Five Islands Restaurant arrange long tail boat trips out to the Five Islands as well as Koh Matsun and Koh Taen further round towards the south of Koh Samui.

Some of the small resorts may offer Kayaks for hire, to explore the bay. Hobie Cats are on the beach too, however these may be restricted to particular hotel guests only.

Paradise Park Farm
High above Taling Ngam on Koh Samui's highest mountain is the Paradise Park Farm. Originally a bird zoo with different exotic species, there are also now animals spread out over the park in different zones where you can pet and feed them. If not for the park, the view would be worth the trip alone. Take lunch at the restaurant and relax afterwards round the infinity edge pool. Would recommend taking some kind of wrap as the air is cooler at this level.

Namuang Waterfall
There are 2 waterfalls. 'Na Muang 1' is 18 metres high and can be reached by vehicle. 'Na Muang two' is about 80 metres high and can only be reached by a 30 minute walk. These waterfalls are the most scenic on the island.

Magic Garden
A serene and quiet place high in the hills of the interior of Koh Samui. The Magic Garden also known as Heavens Garden, with an unusual collection of sculptured ancient Thai figures and animals in lush jungle surrounds. It is recommended this should be taken as part of a tour.

Wat Kiri Wongkaran
A beautiful white temple that features some amazing artwork and unique architecture. Just like any other Wats in Koh Samui, Wat Kiri Wongkaram exudes a peaceful setting. The temple is also famous for the renowned mummified monk Loung Por Ruam. Visitors can view the body that has been kept inside a glass case for many years and has baffled scientists with the lack of decomposition.

Taling Ngam, although a secluded part of the island, is well located. Nathon the administrative and ferryport capital is only a 20-minute drive away to the north for shopping. Here you will find banks, many tourist shops and street cafes lining the main one way street as well as a small Tesco supermarket.

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 Taling Ngam

There are also some lovely little local restaurants and bars dotted along the coast with resorts or stand alone. 


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