Koh Samui Bang Por Beach
Bang Por has attracted a lot of attention from big media players in recent months. Englandís football superstar has bought an area of land at one end, high on a hill overlooking the bay (manager Sven Goran Eriksson already has a villa on Samui and Beckhamís team mate Wayne Rooney is looking to invest here) and at the other end, Four Seasons, now owned by Bill Gates, has just opened a resort, the finest on the island, making the most of the ideal surroundings.

The views are very picturesque Ė thatís clear as soon as you arrive. The bay looks out over Koh Phangnan, Samuiís little sister, and is secluded by natural rock formations at either end. The sand is soft and white and the sea, churned by gentle winds, keeps the soft waves rolling to pleasantly audible effect. The warm waters are great for swimming, and the breeze makes this one of the best locations for sailing all year round.


Bang Por is developing more of a community feel these days as an increasing numbers of international visitors choose to permanently set up home here. Mind Your Language, the islandís only teachers of Thai language, have recently set up a branch here. There are a number of emerging health centres for people who want to invest their time in intensive programs of detox and holistic healing, and the location is also home to one of Samuiís finest schools.

Bang Por is right by the sea and so provides an array of well served restaurants, providing fresh fish daily, cooked in a variety of styles. Youíll see the catches being brought in each day and the chefs choosing the prime choices for that dayís cooking. Guests can always ask for their fish to be cooked in a certain way, so donít feel restricted by the menu. Bang Por Seafood is a well known local Thai restaurant, located on Bang Por beach. Bang Por Seafood with coconut terrace at beachfront offers local style cuisine, authentic Thai food and seafood varieties. (Tel: 077 420 010)

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