Nathon, Koh Samui's capital town, will be your first introduction to the island if you're coming by ferry - otherwise, if flying in and out, you might never see it at all. Should you visit? Absolutely! Here's why we think you should give Nathon a few hours of your time. Whether by hire car, scooter, songthaew or 'other', Nathon's a slight trek - it's halfway down Samui's west coast (the opposite side of the island from the main concentration of hotels, resorts and tourist amenities). For many, it's a half hour's drive or more (although, if you're staying on Maenam Beach, slightly closer). Though ramshackle charming, it's real Thai life - as such, it might not immediately catch your eye on a quick drive through. Is Nathon worth a visit? Combined with other worthy island stop-offs, yes! Do stop in Nathon, it will win you over as you explore on foot. How to navigate Nathon town? Nathon's main road is just 1 block over from the sea-front road, with lots of quiet off-shoots for looking around and taking photos. Though a proper town, you can't get lost here. Nathon food and drink? There's lots of waterfront eating - Thai choices, pizza, seafood, etc. Closer to the ferry terminal, you've got great coffee options.