Baan Taling Ngam boasts two pleasant beaches separated by a steep, rocky headland. This is one of Samui's most secluded locations and the local village is also one of the few remaining traditional communities where life continues as it has done for decades. However, thanks to the nearby resorts and local beachside dining options, there’s still a reasonable choice of places to go if you do want to venture out to eat. You can also rent boats to visit the offshore islands of Koh Taen and Koh Matsum, passing the dramatic, uninhabited Five Islands on the way. The nearest town of
consequence is Nathon, 10km to the north. This is the island's port and administrative capital with banks, supermarkets and souvenir shops lining its main street. Heading south takes you to Tong Krut (5km) a sleepy fishing village similar to Baan Taling Ngam. Lamai (15km), on the opposite coast, is Samui's second largest tourist town and a bustling centre for dining, shopping and nightlife.