Thongson Bay Beach - nice and uncrowded

In English, it is written Thongson Bay or Tongson Bay. Russian transliteration is more diverse: Tong-Son, Thongson, Thong-Son and Tongson. If you look at the beach using Google maps in satellite mode, you can see that Tongson Bay stretches for more than half a kilometer from west to east along the northern edge of Koh Samui..

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Description of Tongson Beach

Tong-sleep from left to right:

  • The first 250 meters are a stone placer.
  • The next 250 meters is a sandy beach, where the main party of vacationers gathers.
  • Small Rock Placer and Tongson Bay Bonus - Small Secret Beach in a Gated Area.

The width of the beach practically does not change along its entire length. The sand on Thongson Beach is grayish. It is very soft, sticky, small, like a beckoning cereal, it is impossible to shake it off a wet body and clothes. Closer to the water, in the surf, there is larger sand, with very small pebbles and shells.

Cleanliness in Tongson is maintained by the Melati hotel staff, therefore, opposite the hotel itself, in the center of the beach and in its eastern part, it is very clean, there are no dry seaweed, old coconuts and plastic bottles. Closer to the western edge of the beach, slightly dirtier, but natural rubbish.

Also, throughout the beach, there are no storm sewers, water intake pipes, electric wires and there are no stinking rivers. Like on the beach Chaweng Noi.

Thongson Beach is not crowded during high season. Chaweng, Lamai and Maename. Here you can see, or rather hear, a large number of Russian-speaking vacationers who come to the beach with their families. The number of people does not force to look for the farthest corners of the beach for seclusion.

There is a natural paddling pool for babies three meters from a large tree with shade. You can run children into it and watch them while relaxing on the beach mat, rather than freezing in a low start position. The water in the paddling pool decreases with low tide, so that by noon there is a puddle of stones and hot water from it..

In case anyone is interested in reading about other places, I have a short overview of all the beaches of Koh Samui, will help you decide on the choice of the beach.

Entering the water, depth and waves

Before low tide, the entrance to the sea is relatively free of stones and corals, which are farther from the coast and do not interfere with swimming. The depth of the sea allows adults to swim 30 meters from the shore without reaching the bottom with their feet. After low tide, the sea moves closer to underwater surprises, and you have to look out for clean areas of the sandy bottom, on which it is not dangerous to walk barefoot.

The sea is very shallow, which is great for preschool children, but older people have to go 50 - 100 meters further. At the peak of low tide, fifty meters from the shore, the depth of water for an adult reaches just above the knee

Tongson Beach does not often experience large waves, there are no seasonal underwater currents, as is the case on Lamai, and there are no dangerous living creatures under water. Despite this, it is not recommended to swim far from the coast in the evening, and even more so at night in order to avoid encounters with jellyfish.

Sun beds and shade

Sun beds not for public use belong to the hotel. There are no sun loungers for rent on the beach. There are only two natural sources of shade on the beach: a palm tree in front of the Melati Hotel and a sprawling tree on the eastern edge of Tongson.

Thongson Beach Photos

Tongson himself











Hidden beach

To the right of the main beach there is about a hundred meters of rocky rock, and behind them is a section of Tongson beach hidden from prying eyes and mostly lovers of nude sunbathing wander here. The entrance to this beach is possible only through stones, but the stones are not slippery, although most likely you will not go here with children.





Tongson Bay is located in the north of Koh Samui, in the least populated part of it. Right next to the beach there is a large hotel Melati, whose territory stretches for three hundred meters from the sea.

You need to drive half a kilometer to the nearest tayshop. The assortment of the store amazes with its minimalism: beer, chips, snacks. There is also a water pump. To the nearest minimarket «711» you will have to drive almost a kilometer to the Ring Road junction. There are laundries, water dispensers and Thai cafes along the way to the ring road. Large supermarkets are about 9-10 kilometers away, it's twenty minutes by car, if without traffic jams and without haste.

The nearest attractions for residents of the Thongson area are a ten-minute drive from the beach: Plah Laem Sor Temple and Big buddha (Big Buddha).

Five kilometers from Tongson is located Koh Samui airport. Airplanes on the beach itself are not heard, no discomfort from such a neighborhood is felt.

But the cost of a taxi to the airport is the most pleasant on the island. Entertainment is represented by kayak rental and one and only restaurant with low prices for cocktails.



Houses and hotels on the beach

If you look at the sea lying on the sun lounger of the Melati Hotel, then to the right of the hotel there is a resort with a dozen houses of the type «bungalow».

Up to one kilometer from Melati, there are several resorts and one newly built Samui Emerald condominium in the area. Currently, there is more jungle in this area than buildings. On the right, in the mountains, work is in full swing on the construction of a road, along which, soon, the development of the territory will begin.

If you want to book a hotel here in advance or look for accommodation on other beaches, I have selection of hotels on Koh Samui with a good rating and reviews.

Hotels near Tongson>

Be sure (and I insist) to check for discounts or special offers on the excellent Roomguru service. He will quickly and easily show you discounts in all existing booking systems. In Asia, for example, there are a lot of offers on, which are much more interesting than for exactly the same hotels on

For the lazy, here are the direct links to the hotels listed above:



How to find the beach

You need to get to the arch, which is located above the road leading to Big Buddha. Near this arch, the road turns to the right, and after 500 meters in the direction of travel there will be a Family Market. Turn left after it and do not stop until the large wooden stele with the name of the Melati Hotel .

Further you will be led by signs to Nantra Thongson Bay Resort. In front of the entrance to the beach there is a fairly large, free parking with a shade, for about ten cars.




Beach Map

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