Nathon Map

This is the island’s main administrative centre. All government offices, banks, as well as the main ferry pier are located in Nathon, making it the most important place for communication with the Thai mainland. You will find shopping less expensive here, but also less varied than in Chaweng or Lamai. The ring road stretch that passes through the town of Nathon holds the majority of the shops available, and many restaurants and hotels reside close to the pier for those travelling to or from the nearby port of Donsak, near Suratthani. Nathon also boasts a number of original teak shop-houses, lining the quiet middle roads, showing the more traditional, Chinese influenced, Samui life. Any major local events, ceremonies or celebrations are held in the car park in front of the main pier in Nathon. A nightly food market establishes itself here regularly, giving visitors their first taste of the delights available on Samui.

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