Thong Krut

Thong Krut - Koh Samui - Thailand

Thong Krut - Koh Samui - Thailand

Thong Krut is set between the ocean and the coconut plantations in the deep south west of Koh Samui and is the place to visit if you are looking to appreciate the quieter side of Koh Samui’s island life and to enjoy the fabulous scenery.

This small picturesque fishing village is a great place to enjoy a spot of lunch in one of the restaurants many of which are within walking distance of the villas which overlook the moored up brightly coloured long tail tour boats.

The restaurants appear to be slowly increasing in number as travellers have recognised the beauty of the area and decide to stop a while  which has a choice of Thai style rustic eateries, classier establishments as well as a small beachside "pub".

Map of villas in Thong Krut

Thong Krut is a place to visit if you are looking to appreciate the quieter side of Koh Samui’s island life and to enjoy the fabulous scenery. Located on the south west coast set between the ocean and coconut plantations, this small picturesque fishing village is a great place to enjoy a spot of lunch in one of the restaurants overlooking the moored up brightly coloured long tail tour boats and some of the restaurants have even provided sun loungers on the sand.

There is a great community spirit here with the main lifestyle here revolves around fishing, however some of the restaurants as well as a couple of tour shops have ventured into the sightseeing boat tour business, using longtail boats rather than speed boats to give tourists an authentic Thai experience and to assist with the community economy.

The tours will take you to Koh Tan for what is considered some of the best snorkelling, closest to Koh Samui and to Koh Matsum further south, with its long white beach - perfect for swiming and relaxing on a day trip to relax and chill out with a picnic. Sunsets are amazing at this spot and trips at sunset are also available.

The charm of Thong Krut s now attracting a limited amount of development activity with The Beach Samui - a block of eco friendly private residences  opening recently on the waterside.

Although when you are here you feel you are in a different world to the bustling north east of Koh Samui, the village is less 20 minutes drive from Lamai with it's popular restaurant lined long sandy beach, plenty of shopping and lively nightlife.

To the west it is just 10 minutes to beautiful Ban Taling Ngam with a small choice of restaurants including the popular Five Islands Restaurant - a fabulous place for a cocktail watching the sun go down. 5 minutes further north is the beautiful long stretch of sand of Lipa Noi beach where Nikki Beach the famous beach club is located offering events and entertainment including movie nights.

Spas and Wellbeing

Elements Boutique Resort & Spa
In nearby Ban Phang Ka is snuggled down on the Southwest corner of Samui Island.

Kamala Spa and Wellness Centre
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort is an award winning centre offering programmes in detox, yoga, stress and burnout, fitness and weight control.

Thong Krut Beaches

Thong Krut Beach

South - The west end of Thong Krut Bay is the only soft sand beach area bordered by palm trees and fronts a few luxury villas.and some of the restaurants in the village. Due to a low tide and the fact that it is a fishing village swimming is restricted to high tide during a few months in front of the villas.

Although Thong Krut is a small fishing village in a quiet area of Koh Samui there are lots of things to do. It makes a great base for boat trips to see local islands or to go fishing.

Boat Trips
Long tail boat trips can be booked at the local restaurants and offer half day snorkeling or sightseeing tours to the islands.

Kayaks can be hired separately or part of a snorkeling trip

Para Sailing

The nearby beaches along the south coats at Baan Laem Sett and Natien have outlets for enjoying para sailing.

Big Game Fishing Trip
Thong Krut is considered the best place to arrange a fishing trip with overnight fishing also offered.

The Naga Pearl shop in the village sells variety of pearl jewelry and products created from the pearls brought in from the oyster beds in the islands offshore.

The spiritualism here lends itself to yoga and there are establishments nearby to practice yoga.

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 Thong Krut

Nuch's Green Ta'lay Restaurant
One of the top rated restaurants on Koh Samui located within the inner Thong Krut village. Set in a clean peaceful garden setting, with the front decks surrounded by fragrant delivering excellent authentic Thai cuisine

The Beach Restaurant
Located at the end of the road bordering the coast and set in a large plot with tables on the lawn at the waters edge. Great place for a refreshing drink on a stop off on your tour round Koh Samui with plenty of room to park.

TK Tour Restaurant
This is one of the rustic Thai syle restaurants located in the centre of the bay and serves delicious Thai cuisine inside and on the beach. TK Tour is better known for being TK Tour Operator as they have been operating boat tours on Koh Samui for many years. To encourage you to stay a whiles and enjoy the scenery hey have su loungers on the beach in front of the restaurant.

The Hideaway Pub
Located in the eastern end of the waterside strip is the Hideaway owned by Peter fromthe UK. Popular with the ex pats it is open from noon to 6pm every day except Saturday and serves both Thai dishes and western favourites including baked potatoes with a western style BBQ on a Friday night. Sunday lunches are popular but are not served during the busy high season. Tables are limited and booking is recommended.

Boys Coffee Shop
Not an eatery but worth mentioning is this delightful coffee shop located right opposite the 7/11 in the village. Boy is from Chiang Mai and but has lived in Koh Samui for 10 years opening his organic coffee shop 4 years ago. The coffee and tea he brews in the shop is purely organic which he sources from the highlands back where he was brought up in Chiang Mai. The little coffee place was easily missed previously being just a small shop with limited seating however his fame on trip advisor with positive comments has led to travellers seeking him out to stop and enjoy a cup of organic coffee and tea.

There is also a small bungalow resort which has a pizzaria restaurant on the beach.


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