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We know that when our guests choose a holiday destination they want more than just a resort – they seek the opportunity to embrace new and authentic experiences. At InterContinental® Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort we bring such experiences to our guests within the privacy of our intimate surrounds.
The rich indigenous culture of Koh Samui is thoughtfully integrated into the environment of the resort through local design influences, as well as a range of unique activities.
Highlights include the chance to hand select the catch of the day brought to you by local fisherman, before having it grilled at the beachside restaurant, or retreat to the Fireside for the telling of local legends as dusk turns to night.
Meanwhile, with InterContinental ® and it's ‘In the Know’ Concierge Programme, members of our team can guide you on visits to local heritage and cultural sights, provide tips on the host of colourful festivals throughout the year, or arrange personalised trips around Angthong National Marine Park and its unspoiled islands.
Located on the east coast of the island, Chaweng is Koh Samui’s most developed town, the center of the island’s shopping, entertainment, dining and nightlife. Its beach is lined with hotels, restaurants and bars and is always buzzing with activity. Shopping can be found at local shops, boutiques and the recently opened Central Festival Samui Mall. Among the numerous attractions to be found in Chaweng is a pair of Muay Thai boxing stadiums and Soi Green Mango nightlife street.
Also on the east coast of Samui, Lamai is the island’s second busiest town and resort area. Less built-up than Chaweng, it still offers one of the island’s loveliest beaches and a selection of dining, shopping and nightlife. Lamai’s Night Plaza is a bustling open-air bazaar of street food, souvenirs and local crafts. Close to Lamai are Hin Ta and Hin Yai (Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks) an amusingly suggestive natural rock formation that is one of the island’s most popular attractions.
Nathon is the administrative center of Koh Samui as well as the main boat and ferry port. On the west coast of the island, it is not a major tourist stop like Chaweng, but offers charms of its own worth exploring, such as its streets lined with weathered old Chinese shop houses. Shopping includes souvenirs, crafts, textiles, shells, t-shirts, gold and jewelry. For a taste of local cuisine, a crowded night market along the main pier serves a variety of Thai dishes every evening at local prices.
On the northern part of island, Bo Phut is a traditional fishing village that has developed into a charming modern walking, eating and shopping area. The traditional core of Bo Phut, Fisherman’s Village, retains a local seaside town feel with old wooden structures, but has added boutiques, shops, restaurants, bars and pubs with a laid-back yet refined feel.
Grandfather (Ta) and Grandmother (Yai) Rocks, so named for their shapes suggesting male and female anatomy, are a popular and whimsical attraction. Located near between Lamai and the traditional Muslim village of Hua Thanon, the view from the rocks and the surrounding areas over the open sea are lovely. Shops nearby sell local items such as coconut candies and oils and Samui’s unique kalamae candy.
The 12-meter tall Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai is the most well known landmark on Koh Samui. Built in 1972, the Big Buddha temple is located on Koh Faan, a miniature island connected off then northeastern coast connected by a jetty. The temple is not only a tourist attraction, but also Samui’s center for cultural and religious ceremonies and holidays such as Songkran (Thai New Year) and Loy Kratong (Lantern Festival). Souvenirs, snacks and religious items are for sale in the area surrounding the temple. Nearby is the beach town of Bang Rak.
Long before Koh Samui’s development and tourism boom, entertainment options were a little bit more limited for the island’s residents. One of the more popular, which still can be found today, is buffalo fighting. This is a spectator sport (and gambling opportunity) based around the natural behaviors of the enormous 300-600 kilogram water buffaloes that have long been beasts of