Choeng Mon Beach

Choeng Mon is made up of a series of bays on the north-western tip of the island, which are dominated by a handful of three to five star resorts. Most of the activity of places like the White House, The samudra and Tong Sai Bay is kept in-house, meaning that apart from a few tailors and local restaurants there’s not a lot going on outside the hotels. Still, when guests can have their own private beach as offered by Tong Sai and the Peninsula, there’s not a great deal of incentive to leave either. Most of the resorts attract an older, package tour crowd, predominantly from Germany and France. This is reflected in the food and entertainment on offer in many of the resorts’ restaurants. So don’t expect the Thai cuisine served to be too spicy and do expect traditional Thai dancing and numerous Filipino bands expertly playing covers of Western pop standards.

A big advantage for anyone traveling with children, is that the Hotels & Resorts are all built on substantial grounds and therefore have all got much bigger swimming pools than can generally be found elsewhere on the island. Cheap accommodation, on the other hand, is virtually non-existent in Choeng Mon.