Muslim Fishing Community
Hua Thanon is the name of a fishing village and beach in the south of Koh Samui. It is located just north of the popular tourist destination of Laem Set that is famous (or infamous) for Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo.
The area of Hua Thanon is one of the most untouched parts of Koh Samui. Here you will find plenty of old wooden houses. The village of Hua Thanon is usually described as a 'Muslim Village'. This is because many of the inhabitants are Muslims from the southern Thai Province of Pattani. They brought with them their distinctive high-bowed boats painted in attractive bright colors. Hua Thanon is primarily a fishing community. It is said that the freshest fish in Koh Samui is to be found in Hua Thanon market.
Not only are head scrafs in evidence in Hua Thanon but the skyline of the village is dominated by the white and green minarets belonging to the only mosque on Koh Samui.
The market is a friendly place that is a good place to go to take pictures and to soak up the traditional atmosphere. You can catch a glimpse of this market in the video below. Notice how laid-back the place is, and how the couple who are buying mangos are happy to stop to pose for the camera.
The beach of Hua Thanon is quiet and peaceful. There are a few backpacker places to stay, but it isn't really a 'tourist beach'. Here you can see the traditional fishing fleet and sample some great seafood at the local restaurants on the beach. Hua Thanon is a good place to find cheap and authentic food on Koh Samui. It also makes a good destination for an afternoon for those keen to see the other side of Koh Samui away from the hotels, spas and big resorts.