Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui’s most famous stretch of sea and sand, is a firm favourite with visitors – and it’s not hard to see why. With something for everyone, this vibrant resort attracts visitors from all walks of life and all over the globe. Affluent professionals, honeymooning couples and families with children flock to Chaweng for its signature blend of relaxation and excitement.
Even at first glance, Chaweng Beach’s six km of sparkling white sands and clear turquoise waters make for a picture perfect backdrop. As tropical beaches go, you can’t do much better than one with lush green palm trees for shade and a gently shelving shoreline that makes for safe swimming and bathing.
However, Chaweng is far more than just a pretty face. It’s also a playground – for all ages. The water is warm as well as shallow, making the ideal conditions for anyone looking to try out some water sports. There’s plenty to choose from here – whether you fancy jumping onto a jet-ski, diving straight into that blue ocean or enjoying a banana boat ride with friends, Chaweng Beach is sure to have just the thrill you’re looking for. And if it doesn’t, the real adrenaline junkies among you will find bungee jumping available just a short stroll away.
For the less adventurous, there’s the chance to bliss out with a traditional Thai massage or spa treatment. Or if you’re looking for a little retail therapy, you’ll find plenty of shops and stalls in the area selling everything from jewellery to souvenirs to swimwear. Just make sure to bring your haggling A game – you’re expected to barter, so don’t be shy.
When the sun goes down, you’ll find the area is still buzzing late into the evening, especially at the centre of Chaweng Beach. Koh Samui offers the ideal climate for eating al fresco, and at Chaweng the restaurants set up tables on the sand, making for a beautiful backdrop to any meal. There’s also a vibrant club scene, a vast choice of eateries set back from the beach, and an array of bars offering everything from fruity cocktails to the local cabaret. The party atmosphere spills over into the streets, making it the ideal location for anyone who likes to be right at the centre of the action.
That’s not to say you’ll find a lack of peace and quiet at Chaweng Beach. Koh Samui’s chilled out vibe is never far away, particularly if you visit off season or head to the north end of the six km beach, where the quieter hotels attract families and couples seeking rest and relaxation. You’ll still be close enough to enjoy all the attractions of the centre, whatever you choose.
In keeping with its mixed clientele, you’ll find hotels to suit all budgets at Chaweng Beach. Koh Samui offers everything from hostel type accommodation to boutique hotels with world class facilities, so the choice is yours. If you opt to stay somewhere else on the island, you’ll want to make a special trip to Chaweng at least once – check out the deals on Samuipedia for car hire, scooter and motorbike hire and private taxis available by the day. One thing is for sure: once you’ve arrived, you won’t want to leave.