Chaweng provides everything within a short distance. A choice
of restaurants, a great beach, some interesting shops, and a the
best nightlife in Samui. During the day, life revolves around
the beach. You can relax, walk to the nearest offshore island
at low tide, go canoeing, go sailing, have a Thai massage or a
pedicure, eat a wonderful lunch overlooking the beach, or simply
snack on your beach mat with some fried chicken. It's relaxing
and friendly, which attracts families, singles and couples year
Although rapidly developing with the old rustic charm of a few
years ago replaced with McDonalds, Boots (the Chemists) Starbucks
and the like, Chaweng still retains its local flavour. Lots of
excellent restaurants, small shops to browse, and of course, seven
kilometres of white sand beach.
Many hotels are located directly on the beach, along with restaurants
and small bars, some independent, some attached to the hotels.
So once you've settled in your spot, you don't have to walk very
far to eat or drink. If you really don't want to move, there are
vendors serving fruit, fried chicken, ice cream and drinks. You
can also buy your sarong, and souvenirs! Although it gets busy
during the high season especially in August, along this long sandy
beach, there's room for everyone. The water is clean, with average
temperatures between 25-28 degrees Celsius.....
this be real? Could it be you?
Just offshore from the beach is a reef and a some small islands
close by. The nearest one can easily be accessed by walking through
the shallow water. The second island, further out and larger,
provides the perfect venue for snorkeling and kayaking. Bring
shoes if you plan to walk around the islands, as they are made
of sharp coral sands.
Where to stay
cheap to luxurious hotels
Chaweng has a wide range of accommodation from basic bungalows
to luxury resorts. Many of the hotels are located literally on
the beach, with no roads to cross, so you can step out of your
room and have breakfast by the sea. Most other accommodation is
situated within easy walking distance of the of the beach.
Kayak rentals can be found in front of many hotels at reasonable
rates. Paddle to the islands near the reef with or without a guide,
and don't forget your snorkeling gear.
Windsurfing and Sailing in catamarans is also on offer. The
wind is at its best from December to February. Chaweng is an excellent
place for beginners as the bay is quite shallow and you can always
just walk back to the beach. Lessons are available for around
800B per hour. For advanced windsurfers, it's better outside the
reef and in the early morning when the winds are stronger.
If you really want to relax, why not treat yourself to a Thai
massage which can be found almost everywhere on the beach, under
a shady tree, or in a little open air wooden pavilion. Also on
offer are manicures, pedicures, hair braiding and other body treatments
which will leave you both relaxed and refreshed.
Chaweng has the best in Samui. The main entertainment area can
be found around in the centre of town around the Green Mango disco,
which draws partygoers every night with its excellent DJ's and
live bands. Outside are lots of smaller outdoor bars, offering
an alternative scene to the Green Mango.
Chaweng also has a number of smaller bars and music clubs where
you can chill out to jazz, rock and reggae. The well-known Reggae
Pub, established more than 14 years ago, is still popular, especially
after midnight. New government regulations for all venues have
not managed to dampen the party atmosphere, despite 2am closing.
For more nightlife details, click on
Chaweng has lots of Songtaews, which run regularly through the
night. These converted pickups are very cheap and an excellent
way to travel to your hotel after a night's partying. Much better
than a motorbike....
silk shop on main road
Travel and tour offices can be found all along the main street,
as well as Internet cafes. 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 the
cinema, don't be surprised if you see the silhouettes of the audience
at the bottom of the screen
Chaweng also has some very trendy handicraft and fashion boutiques,
with new shops opening all the time. 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.
As everywhere in Thailand, Tailor shops are flourishing absolutely
everywhere, mainly run by the local Indian community. Armani suit
or a Chanel dress? Made in 24 Hours. Results vary. You'll get
better results if you take an original item to copy which will
usually be fine. Tailored items seem to come out better than more
fluid designs, so choose your style and material carefully. Better
expect 48 hours and don't hesitate to ask for adjustments (and
discount) if not satisfied with the first result.
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Chaweng offers a tantalizing variety of local specialties and
continental menus. Most of the hotels serve a wide selection
of local dishes, some of them while sitting in your own
pavilion directly on the beach with a relaxing view of the
bay. Unless you specifically ask for your dish to be spicy,
most restaurants will serve your food milder than the locals
Probably one of the most unique features of Koh Samui evenings,
is the dinner right on the beach, bordered by the quiet
waters of the lagoon. Many bars have cushions with mats
to end the evening with a romantic cocktail... but don't
forget mosquito repellent.
right on the beach!
On both sides of the main street there's a huge choice of restaurants.
Samui Seafood offers a menu featuring delicacies from the sea
in an original setting, reclined on cushions Thai-style, for a
real tropical feeling. Excellent Italian dinners await you at
Juzz'a Pizza in the Green Mango Square. And of course, if you
feel a need for western fast food there's always Burger King and
Some Recommended Restaurants:
Budsaba - Thai and Asian cuisine - Muang Kulay Pan
Hotel, Chaweng north end- 077 422 305
The Islander - Good International and Thai food at
Andaluz - Tapas Bar with authentic food. Run by the
same folks as Budsaba
Poppies - Beach dining at its best.
Juzz'a Pizza - Italian specialties - Green Mango Square
- A must try!
Betelnut - California/Thai fusion - south part of Chaweng
- 077 413 370
Upstairs - Smooth dining and stylish interior - Chaweng
South 077 413370,
Chaweng Villa - Thai and Seafood, right on the beach
For reviews and more information about eating out, please click
How to Get around
Songtaew, covered pick-up trucks which hoot their horn about
every 10 metres are an excellent taxi service. Prices can vary
depending on the mood of the driver, but it should be around 20
Baht/person within the Chaweng area. You can also use a motorbike
taxi, easily recognized by the drivers' colored vests, for 10-20
Baht depending on the distance.
If you rent a car and are not familiar with Thai style driving,
you will realize that driving and parking here can be difficult.
While renting a motorbike is the easiest way to get around the
island, it is also the most dangerous. Don't forget to carry your
driver's licence and wear a helmet as the number of bike accidents
is high. Also be aware that insurance is minimal - in some cases
you are not insured at all when you hire a motorbike. 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.
The coconut fringed beaches, the clear warm
waters and the green mountain backdrop have
all helped to make Samui one of the most alluring
tropical island get-away in the world. Tropical
island holidays just don't come more delightful
Our location between the bustling resort beach
of Chaweng and the popular, but quieter Lamai
Beach offers ready access to the best of the
island. At the end of a day at the beach our
breathtaking mountainside location makes this
resort the perfect, tranquil retreat.