Bang Por is a rising resort strip located along the northern shore of Koh Samui. It harbors a surprisingly international atmosphere, with a growing base of expats and international investors channeling their resources into this strip of white sand. With that in mind, the resorts of Bang Por are some of the finest in Koh Samui.
Bang Por receives plenty of publicity in Thailand thanks to its high-profile visitors and residents. A luxurious five-star resort on a northwest headland here is owned by Bill Gates, while the UK’s all-star footballer David Beckham has a private residence in the area. The growing base of affluent locals has made way for high-end residents and up-market shopping boutiques in Bang Por.
Bang Por beach is sandy and sedate, and it features calm, tropical waters that are ideal for swimming year-round. Overall, Bang Por engenders a community atmosphere, and the upscale Thai restaurants, yoga schools and massage centers in the area mainly serve residents and seasonal visitors. The latter are based in seaside villas and serviced apartments.
The premier resort in Bang Por caters for the jet set, with beautifully appointed rooms, exclusive services and a secluded white-sand beach. To the east, hotel rooms are more typically priced for Thailand, with a few mid-ranged options available. Nightlife is confined to the hotels in Bang Por, with little commercialism outside. Visitors looking for a healthy dose of shopping, dancing or drinking will be better served on the east coast in Chaweng or a neighboring district.