Nathon is the island’s administrative centre. All goverment offices, banks, main Post Office, Police Office, Immigration Office can be found here. Nathon is also the island’s main port for connection with mainland, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

Nathon is a place for different local events, ceremonies and celebrations, Chinese New year is especially popular here due to partly Chinese population of the area.

The town’s main tourist attractions are old Chinese wooden houses that located on the road between main road and waterfront road. Shopping in Nathon is cheaper than anywhere else on the island and a fresh market has a very big choice of fresh fruits and vegetables, sometimes grown locally and organic, and fresh seafood.

There is a food market by the pier, which gives visitors a chance to taste various Thai food.

There are quite a few simple restaurants in Nathon which serve authentic local cuisine and a few cheap beachfront hotels, good for overnight sleep before or after transfer to the mainland.

Nathon also has weekly Walking Street – every Saturday, it’s as popular as Bophut’s one, maybe even more authentic and cheap.


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