Chaweng Beach, located on the east coast of the island, is the most popular shore in Samui. Chaweng has earned such a reputation for its thick white sand and wide beach area. This tourist-favored coast is great for swimming and all kinds of beach activities. Chaweng is also the best spot on the island for shopping, dining, and it’s where you can enjoy the most exciting nightlife scene in Koh Samui. This vibrant area is also teeming with a variety of accommodation options – from budget-friendly to first-rate retreat sanctuaries.
This popular shore of Koh Samui can be divided into four areas: North Chaweng, Central Chaweng, South Chaweng and Chaweng Noi (Little Chaweng). The beach itself is 7 kilometers long and boasts of warm emerald sea water all year round. The Samui Airport is also a nice and convenient 13-minute drive away.
Chaweng Noi is situated on the south of Chaweng Beach. Although the beach is conveniently close – just a nice walking distance away, beachgoers cannot walk from the main Chaweng Beach to Chaweng Noi as there is a big chunk of huge rocks obstructing the beach path. Boasting a curvy shoreline with thick reddish sand, this part of Chaweng is known to be great for beach activities and swimming.
Located on the east coast of Samui, Lamai Beach ranks as the second most popular beach next to Chaweng. Lamai is not far from Chaweng and is just a 16-minute drive away. Just like Chaweng, this beach also has everything travelers need but it is not as busy as its big sister.
Chaweng Beach has more than enough accommodation options to offer – from dormitories to the luxurious hotels that offer everything one can ever think of. Chaweng has it all with over 200 international standard accommodation choices for every traveler. The top two best hotels and resorts ranked by the TripAdvisor are Poppies Samui, SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, and Buri Rasa Village Samui.
Vacation Rentals & Villas
There are numerous options when it comes to private villas in Koh Samui. Some offer ultra-modern holiday homes while others provide incredibly comfortable tropical island-style accommodations just like the 6-bedroom Villa Mia. This luxury property is noteworthy for having a fantastic beachfront and an elegant, minimalistic design.
Day Attractions & Activities
Chaweng is a vibrant strip complete with all the facilities and amenities that tourists require for various beach activities.
Samui Football Golf Club
Situated along the Beach Road, Football Golf is a hybrid of football and golf as the name suggests. The main objective of this game is to steer the ball into the 18 holes in as few kicks as possible. This game is becoming more and more popular because its simple yet challenging, and everyone can have a good laugh trying to overcome its obstacles such as U-turns, coconut logs, and ditches.
Samui Shooting Range
This shooting range is located 200 meters from Tesco Lotus on Samui Ring Road. It offers a stock of firearms that players can choose from. The shooting session is supervised by a team of professional and friendly staff.
Samui Bungy Jump
Situated in Soi Reggae, Samui Bungy Jump offers an adrenaline-driven activity for adventurous travelers. Before deciding to take a bungy shot, make sure that you are ready and are not afraid of heights. Having yourself being shot into the sky and then falling into a huge plunge pool is definitely not for the faint-hearted but those who dare to take the plunge will surely have a truly memorable experience.
Dining & Shopping
There are plenty of shopping options in Chaweng area – from street markets to mega shopping malls. For those who love to shop for items from well-known and luxurious brands, head to Central Festival Samui. For a more relaxed and casual shopping experience and cheaper finds, Chaweng has many stalls along the beach road. There’s also the Chaweng Walking Street which opens daily except on Friday and Sunday and Chaweng Walk that are sure to give shoppers a delightful street market shopping experience.
There are over a hundred restaurants in Chaweng ranging from affordable eats to moderately priced dining outlets. One of the must-try restaurants here is Jam Restaurant which serves Thai specialties and other Asian dishes. The must-try dishes on the menu are their flavorful Thai curries. If you’re looking for authentic Thai cuisine, you can also try Baan Ya Jai.
Chaweng is the premier nightlife district of Samui, with plenty of bars, clubs, and disco tech found at almost every corner of the street. One of the famous and classic nightlife destinations is Ark Bar which is a stylish beachfront bar. This popular beach bar transforms into a vibrant nightclub at midnight, featuring live music, DJs, and neon lights to set the party mood.