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Koh Samui Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach, located on Koh Samui's east coast, is the most developed area on the island. It attracts many young travelers and families alike, and yet remains good value for the money. The beach is approximately 7 Km long, with beautiful powdery white sand. It is bordered by dreamy, emerald-blue waters and a coral reef where waves break, leaving the bay quite peaceful. Two small islands are close to the reef, the nearest one can easily be accessed by walking through the shallow waters. The second island, further out and larger, provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy snorkeling and kayaking. Bring shoes if you plan to walk around the islands, as they are made of sharp coral sands.
chaweng beach koh samui

The central part of the beach is a bit more crowded than the quieter north. Many vendors pass by offering beverages, fruit, ice cream and local Thai food for the more daring. A variety of local crafts and Thai souvenirs are also available. The beach itself is usually accessed through the hotels, as there are no beach roads to disturb the peacefulness of the area. It is very relaxing but noticeably more touristy during the high season. The water is clean, with usual temperatures between 25-28 degrees Celsius.

Running parallel to the beach, grouped together in the middle of the strip, lies the greatest concentration of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and of course, fast food and convenience stores.

tourisim koh samui Things to do
Kayak rentals can be found in front of many hotels (single kayak 150B/H, double 200B/H). You can easily access the two islands near the reef with or without a guide, but don't forget your snorkeling equipment (150B/day) as the reef facing the ocean is still intact and many tropical fish are awaiting you there!

Other watersports are available around the center of the beach, with Samui Ocean Sports offering catamarans (800B/H) and windsurfing (300B/H). The wind is at its best from December to February, on this side of the island. It is an excellent place for beginners to take lessons (800B/H) as the bay is quite shallow -- it's never a problem as you can always just walk back to the beach. For advanced windsurfers, the winds get stronger before rains or early in the morning and they're better outside the reef.

After enjoying some watersports, relax and treat yourself in one of the many Thai massage salas (small, open wooden houses) which can be found almost everywhere on the beach. They offer manicures and pedicures, hair braiding and other body treatments which will leave you both relaxed and refreshed.

A great choice of music venues can be found in the area, ranging from traditional Thai tunes to jazz, rock and reggae. So whether you want to relax or dance the night away, you won't be disappointed!

When the sun goes down, the village of Chaweng in particular, has an exceptionally vibrant nightlife, where beginning at dusk you can stroll the beach road and choose from hundreds of venues for drinks, dining, and live music. There are even transvestite cabaret shows. Chaweng also has several world class discotheques and rock pubs with Western music. These clubs are packed in high season, and there you can mingle with the locals and visitors from all over the world until dawn.

nightclubs koh samui

The ambience in Samui's nighttime entertainment areas is as relaxed and freewheeling as you will experience anywhere. The ease with which one gets intoxicated by the excitement, is partly due the island being an exceptionally safe place to let loose and have fun. However be aware that like any tourist destination, we do have our petty criminals. These individuals are most often present late at night in some of the entertainment areas. Simply exercise the same caution you would at home, and it is very unlikely you will be victimized.

Many people - men especially - may find it easy to make attractive new friends in the bars and discotheques. Some of these people will expect you to pay them for their company if you go out for the evening. The majority of them do not have criminal intentions of any kind, however there are occasional incidents. In particular be extremely cautious with men masquerading as women. If you choose to take a new friend (whether a local or a tourist) back to your hotel, always safeguard your valuables. If a friendly stranger pulls up beside you on a motorscooter while you are out walking at night, and offers you a ride, don't go. Finally, women especially, should not accept invitations from a stranger to walk on the beach at night.

pub koh samui thailand

Located in the center of Chaweng is the famous Green Mango Square, which is one of the two "hot spots" of Samui. Here, numerous naughty bars and shows warmly welcome you, along with many other smaller, counter-style bars. The well-known Reggae Pub, established more than 14 years ago, features popular live and loud concerts. It's located on a small island in a lake, on a back street of Chaweng. Transvestite shows and bars can also be found in the middle of the main street.

Traffic is usually difficult and gets busy after dark. It is recommended that you drive very carefully or use a taxi to get back to your hotel, especially if you have been enjoying the night scene a bit heavily. If you are driving a motorbike, remember that under Thai law you must always wear a helmet (even if you see many locals ignoring the law).

Travel and tour offices can be found all along the main street, as well as Internet cafes with various prices (about 1B/Min). There are plenty of vendors selling everything from imitation sunglasses to watches and Louis Vuttion (as spelled on the bags).

Many CDs, DVDs and video games can be found at amazingly cheap prices, but be aware that some movies are actually shot with a standard video camera directly in a movie theater! You might hear people laughing or even heads passing by the screen! Subtitles are done in a rush and can be hilarious! It is sometimes better choose your CD's from a shop which has a CD player and ask for a check first, unless you wish to surprise your friends with one of these "handmade" CD's. Anyway, you are not supposed to buy these.... but well, we leave it up to you.


shopping on koh samui




Many nice handicrafts and fashion stores are now open in trendy shops -- enough to provide you with hours of window shopping. A 3 storey shop on the south end of Chaweng has all the Thai handicrafts you could wish for, but it can be more expensive than smaller shops.

In the past few years foot massages have become very popular and they're an excellent way to recover from a day of walking! You will find a foot massage shop nearly every 50 meters (about 300 Baht/H), from the most basic setting with mattresses in an empty room behind a window wide open onto the street, to cozier and more elegant salons like "Classic 2" at the very south end of the street... difficult to resist.

As everywhere in Thailand, Tailor shops are flourishing absolutely everywhere, mainly run by Indian people. Have a Armani suit or a Chanel dress made in 24 Hours is one of the most amazing challenge they will propose you. If you do not want to spend hours thinking about which design you would prefer, a good way is to bring a picture from your own home catalog. It is usually enough to get a fairly close result. Better expect 48 hours and don't hesitate to ask for adjustments (and discount) if not satisfied with the first result.

Getting Around
The best and easiest way to go from place to place is to ride a songtaew, a dark red, covered pick-up which hoots its horn about every 10 meters. Prices can vary depending on the mood of the driver, but it should be around 20 B/person for a ride within the Chaweng area. You can also use a motorbike taxi, easily recognized by the drivers' colored jackets, for 10-20 B depending on the distance.

If you rent a car and are not familiar with the Thai way of driving, you will realize that driving and parking here can be difficult exercises. Renting a motorbike is the easiest way to get around the island but it is also the most dangerous. Don't forget to carry your driver's license and to wear a helmet as the number of bike accidents is quite high in Samui. Motorbike and car rentals can be found in all the tourist areas and usually cost about 120-150 B/day for a bike and 800-1,000 B/day for a car (usually a Suzuki Caribbean, in more or less good condition). Big bikes can also be found in Chaweng, though only experienced riders should consider renting them given the dangerous driving conditions. Prices vary depending on the model and your bargaining skills.

Where to Stay

Here you can find a whole host of accommodation to suit every budget, from bungalows to luxury resorts, all of them just a walking distance from the heart of Chaweng Beach. For a quieter evening, there are plenty of bars and restaurants right on the beach, offering picture-perfect views of the Gulf of Thailand. Food lovers can find just about anything, whether it be Thai or Western, and there are some excellent seafood restaurants. In spite of all the activity Chaweng attracts, it still retains the classic image of a palm-fringed tropical beach.

A great selection of Chaweng Beach Hotels.
You will also find an amazing selection of hotels and accomodation for Koh Samui. Everything from 5 star to 2 star Koh Samui hotels all with our lowest price guarantee.
Chaweng Beach Hotels
Lucky Home Resort Chaweng 14 $  
Baan Kee Ree House Chaweng 16 $  
Sira-Sarai Garden Home Chaweng 18 $  
Green Hotel Chaweng 20 $  
Samui Plaza Hotel Chaweng 22 $  
Will Wait Apartment Chaweng 27 $  
Chaweng Pattana Home Chaweng 68 $  
Big Blue Bungalow Chaweng Beach 10 $  
Baan Rom Mai Chaweng Beach 12 $  
Blue Lotus Guest House Chaweng Beach 12 $  
Moby Dick Guesthouse Chaweng Beach 12 $  
Moon Light Hotel Chaweng Beach 12 $  
Chaweng PR Guesthouse Chaweng Beach 16 $  
Chavin Condotel Chaweng Beach 18 $  
Chaweng House Center Point Chaweng Beach 23 $  
Samui Resotel (Munchies Resort) Chaweng Beach 26 $  
Chaweng Beach Hotel Chaweng Beach 27 $  
Chaweng Center Hotel Chaweng Beach 27 $  
Samui Coral Resort Chaweng Beach 27 $  
Samui Beach Apartments Chaweng Beach 30 $
Samui First House Hotel Chaweng Beach 30 $
Admiral Lord Nelson Chaweng Beach 33 $  
Chaweng Cove Resotel Chaweng Beach 33 $  
Seascape Beach Resort Chaweng Beach 33 $
Samui Island Beach Resort & Hotel Chaweng Beach 34 $
Malibu Beach Resort Chaweng Beach 37 $  
Akwa Guesthouse Chaweng Beach 37 $
The Island Resort & Spa Chaweng Beach 37 $  
Samui Lagoon Bay Chaweng Beach 38 $
Ark Bar Garden - Beach Resort Chaweng Beach 40 $
Samui Paradise Chaweng Chaweng Beach 40 $
Als Hut Chaweng Beach 41 $  
Chaweng Chalet Chaweng Beach 41 $  
Corto Maltese Resort Chaweng Beach 41 $  
Montien House Chaweng Beach 41 $
Papillon Resort Chaweng Beach 43 $  
Palm Island Hotel Chaweng Beach 44 $  
Als Resort Chaweng Beach 46 $  
Chaweng Resort Chaweng Beach 48 $
Family Bungalow Chaweng Beach 48 $
Sans Souci Samui Chaweng Beach 49 $  
First Bungalow Beach Resort Chaweng Beach 52 $  
Cabana Grand View Hotel & Spa Chaweng Beach 53 $
Constanza Chaweng Beach 53 $
Chaweng Bayview Resort Chaweng Beach 60 $
Beachcomber Hotel Chaweng Beach 60 $
Samui Natien Resort Chaweng Beach 63 $
Baan Chaweng Beach Resort & Spa Chaweng Beach 65 $
Chaweng Cabana Resort Chaweng Beach 68 $
Chaweng Blue Lagoon Chaweng Beach 71 $
Baan Talay Resort Chaweng Beach 74 $
Coral Bay Resort Chaweng Beach 76 $  
Chaba Samui Resort Chaweng Beach 79 $  
Chaweng Buri Resort Chaweng Beach 82 $
Baan Samui Resort Chaweng Beach 85 $  
Nora Beach Resort & Spa Chaweng Beach 90 $
Banana Fan Sea Samui Chaweng Beach 94 $
Iyara Beach Hotel & Plaza Chaweng Beach 97 $
Chaba Cabana Beach Resort & Spa Chaweng Beach 108 $  
Amari Palm Reef Resort Chaweng Beach 109 $
Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort Chaweng Beach 119 $
Buri Rasa Village Chaweng Beach 123 $  
Kandaburi Resort & Spa Chaweng Beach 131 $
Muang Samui Spa Resort Chaweng Beach 132 $
Central Samui Beach Resort Chaweng Beach 136 $
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort Chaweng Beach 139 $
Le Paradise Boutique Resort and Spa Chaweng Beach 199 $  
Poppies Samui Resort Chaweng Beach 207 $  
Briza Beach Resort & Spa Chaweng Beach 401 $
Chaweng City Hotel Chaweng Centre 34 $  
Baan Suan Sook Resort Chaweng Lake 24 $
Nova Samui Resort Chaweng Lake 42 $
Lakeside Residence Chaweng Lake 45 $
Art Palace Chaweng Lake 65 $  
Baan Kao Hua Jook Villas & Apartments Chaweng Lake View 68 $
Jungle Club Chaweng Noi 12 $  
Samui Mountain Village Chaweng Noi 30 $  
Best Western Samui Bayview Resort Chaweng Noi 45 $
Marcopolo Resort & Spa Chaweng Noi 52 $  
Best View Bungalow Chaweng Noi 53 $  
Sandalwood Luxury Villas Chaweng Noi 130 $  
Baan Hin Sai Resort Chaweng Noi Beach 55 $
Impiana Resort Samui Chaweng Noi Beach 60 $
Imperial Samui Hotel Chaweng Noi Beach 157 $

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