…is Koh Samui’s most popular beach. It’s on the east coast of the island and has hotels, bungalows, restaurants, shops and beach bars scattered between the palm trees along the seven kilometre stretch of sand. The central Chaweng area is the island’s largest town and has the biggest selection of nightlife venues. Food lovers will be in their element in Chaweng with every taste catered for from Thai to Western with some delicious seafood restaurants right on the beach. The wide bay has been the focal point for the development of the island’s tourism industry and the majestic seven kilometer long crescent is bordered by rocky headlands on either end, with an offshore reef and the tiny island of Koh Matlam to the North.
Over the past twenty years, Chaweng Beach has been transformed from a near deserted tropical bay, inhabited by a handful of fishermen and visited by a few adventurous backpackers, into a vibrant, busy, cosmopolitan resort town.
This is undoubtedly the most popular tourist area on Koh Samui, and with its 7-kilometere white-sand beach, water sports, entertainment venues and shopping facilities, as well as a fabulous range of dining options, it is easy to see the attraction. Accommodation ranges from a few remaining backpacker bungalows, which are nevertheless considerably more expensive than elsewhere on the island, to five star Hotels & Resorts. Given the amount of bungalows, resorts and hotels jammed along the beach, it comes as a pleasant surprise that the beach itself isn’t usually packed with people. Obviously it’s a lot busier than anywhere else on the island, but getting a sun-lounger and a reasonable degree of privacy isn’t a problem.
Please note: If you are intending to accommodate your self and spend most of your evenings in the centre of Chaweng but prefer peace and quietness’ at your hotel, it’s advised to choose accommodation to northern and southern ends of Chaweng Beach road. In the center of Chaweng, the party and music can go on until early morning.