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Places in Koh Samui - Chaweng Beach

Places in Koh Samui - Chaweng Beach
3 January 2018

Koh Samui has plenty of things to see and do. The island is surrounded by many beautiful beaches, interesting places, a lot of man-made attractions, a great deal of gorgeous natural spots, as well as grand rocks like grandma and grandpa, in addition to wonderful waterfalls, and more.

What about beaches in Koh Samui? Samui has beautiful beaches with soft white sand and crystal clear water which are so famous around the world with their tropical environment that makes them among the most special beaches. And for those who love parties, Koh Samui Beaches are perfect under the gentle light of the full moon.

Welcome to Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach is the largest resort town and the most popular beach on the island. With 7 kilometers of soft white sand, and along the way; we can find countless bars, restaurants, and shopping opportunities. Moreover, Chaweng Beach features more accommodation alternatives than any other beach on the island.

Chaweng is located on the eastern coast of Koh Samui with a wide bay and a tiny island.

It is known for its nightlife and it is a good place to go party.

Chaweng Beach is close to the airport in the northeast corner of the island and is the biggest and most entertaining resort place on Koh Samui with the island’s biggest shopping centers and imposing a range of hotels, restaurants, attractions, and activities. Most people consider the beach a paradise, with numerous resorts in front of the sand surrounded by nodding trees leading into the beautiful clear water.

It is for people who want everything in one place; young travelers and couples, people who like a busy lively night and for those who love parties.

Positive points; Good nightlife, dining and shopping options. Different hotel prices, many hotels right on the beach, convenient for the airport.

Negative points; get crowded during the high season. The center of the town is noisy until the early hour of the morning.

Chaweng Beach

How to get to Chaweng Beach

There are two airlines that offer more than 20 flight trips on daily basis to Koh Samui; Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways. The flight just takes one hour and five minutes. Furthermore, you can reach Koh Samui taking autobuses or trains every day from Bangkok to Surat Thani Province, once you’re there, you can take a ferry to Koh Samui.

There are two services both in the morning and afternoon and the trip duration is about two and a half hours. It is just 20 minutes away from Chaweng, as well as to the nearest resorts, restaurants, entertaining sites, and commercial centers.

If you’re already in Samui

Chaweng Beach is only a few minutes away by taxi from the airport, you can book a taxi at the airport’s transport desk which will cost you around 400 baht.

You can also take a shared minivan (which requires at least 5 people to depart) and it costs 120 baht/ person.

If you’re into more adventurous ways; you can always take a motorcycle (30-150 baht) or a motorbike (100-200 baht).

The Best Attractions and Things to Do in Chaweng Beach.

The Beach of Chaweng

Visiting this beach means that you are staying in Koh Samui’s most famous extend of powdery soft sand. The wide bay and the five-kilometers long beach have been the attraction for the island’s tourism industry, bordered by rocky lands with offshore reef and as if it was not enough; the small island of Koh Matlam towards the north. Chaweng beach gives the chance to practice many water sports and a variety of dining and hotel options. Many people visit this beach in winter and summer high seasons soaking up the rays, having fun, and enjoying the holiday atmosphere. However, this beach is not the most peaceful one as it offers plenty of features that attract a lot of tourists; from the water and the soft sand to the trees, the massages, drinks, snacks, and the great people!

Chaweng Spas and Thai massages

Here in Chaweng, you can find a variety of spas that offer a relaxing and gratifying treatment on the beach for tourists, including reflexology, massage treatments, and beauty salons lined along the main road. Most of these spas have qualified personnel offering a variety of facilities as well as a great level of services. You can try one of the main spa places of the hotel or an independent spa set in tropical spots with Jacuzzis and steam rooms.

Thai Massage and Spa

Aquapark Samui

This park offers many exhilarating activities on Chaweng Beach, which makes it the perfect place for families and children. It is approximately forty meters off the white sand and in front of Monkey Bay Bar. It is a park with many inflatable devices that offers a lot of challenging water activities for everyone under the supervision of a qualified staff for a safer environment. It is open every day from 10:00 to 6:00 pm.

Thai Cooking Classes

Do you want to bring back home something from Samui to impress your friends? Those souvenir gifts are cool, but what about some delicious culture?

There are many great cooking classes in Chaweng that you can take to add extra fun and memories to your trip, where you will get to learn how to prepare yummy dishes that take little time and are very easy to prepare.

It is important to check out the cooking class prices, however, most of them are affordable and fun. Many hotels in Samui and resorts offer cooking classes on their premises. The most popular cooking School is the Institute of Thai Culinary Arts located in southern Chaweng opposite to Centara Samui Beach Resort in Soi Colibri, it was opened in 1999 with well-experienced instructors who speak English fluently and well-planned classes that are held twice daily.

Samui Football Golf Club

Football Golf is already known around the world and is becoming a popular sport in Koh Samui. This game is a combination of football and golf using the feet in which the player steers a ball into the eighteen holes. The course is lined with coconuts trees like a beautiful refreshing tropical garden where the tourists or players get to enjoy the nature playing and laughing for at least sixty minutes. You have easy and hard routes to choose from for first timers and each hole has its own design to keep the fun going and avoid boring repetition.

You will have a lot of fun because this game is challenging with U-turns, trees, coconut logs, dog legs, shells, ditches, and bunkers to navigate. All snacks are available in the area of reception as well as towels. At holes 11 and 18 you can have your free drink.

When you finish the complete course, you will receive a commemorative key with your own result to take with you back home. The place is open daily, and it is just a ten-minute drive from Chaweng and five minutes away from Big Buddha on the Beach Road.

Some of the Top Restaurants in Chaweng

Samui town hosts one of the most special cuisines and the most amazing restaurants. Here we can find a choice of dozens of places serving dishes from all around the planet at suitable prices for all budgets; from the sophisticated ones to the ridiculously cheap which makes this beach affordable for everyone.

Top Restaurant in Chaweng

We have selected for you the most popular places that are famous for the quality of their food, the atmosphere, prices, services, and their unique interior. Bon appetite!

Tree tops

Tree tops in Anantara Lawana, Chaweng is one of the most successful restaurants on the island, if you are a sophisticated fine-diner; you will absolutely love this place as it is designed with only eight tables to make this experience unique. You have to take into account that this is a very popular restaurant and due to the small size of the venue; the earlier you reserve, the bigger the chance to successfully book a table. The menu here is very adequate and they have a variety of choices of red meats, seafood, as well as Thai cuisine with the highest quality. Diners can also choose menus with wine pairings.

Duomo restaurant

This restaurant is in central Chaweng, diagonally opposite to Starz Cabaret with a typical Italian style and white tablecloths brilliant-clean wine glasses. The place is cozy, relaxing with a family-friendly atmosphere, and the staff there can speak English well. This restaurant is loved by the Italian expatriates with a mixture of regional peculiarities and an outstanding quality of dishes; the popular Italian pizza, pasta and many more.

Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant

One of the main wishes of Thailand visitors is to taste the famously delicious Thai cuisine, and Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant is a great one and one of the most popular places for offering genuine Thai food in Chaweng.

Many people love Thai food because the ingredients are fresh and 100% monosodium glutamate free. Khaw Glong is an extremely popular restaurant with a Thai style interior and offers a welcoming and cozy atmosphere.

The restaurant is situated in a small narrow road off Chaweng Beach Road, close to Iyara Beach Hotel & Plaza in the back of the Kasikorn Bank.

Coast Beach Bar & Grill

If you love meat, this is the perfect venue specialized for seafood and steak on Centara Grand Beach Resort in Chaweng. This is the most important holiday spot on the island with an elegant Bohemian style as well as vivid and natural colors. Coast Beach Bar & Grill is a comfortable and cozy beach club restaurant where you can enjoy a variety of classic cuisine from salads to pasta, to burgers, and for dining; there are great choices of seafood like scallops, salmon ceviche, and tuna (South America soup with lemon) in addition to the perfection of the barbecued meat.

The Larder

The larder is at the top of Chaweng Beach, and opposite to Anantara Lawana. This restaurant defined by its staff as a Gastro Pub and it’s very similar to the French word Bistro, this describes more or less the style of this restaurant. The larder has a modern British and European cuisine style with international influence, its décor has a wooden unpretentious contemporary style where you can feel warm and welcomed, in addition to the variety of tasty dishes. In The Larder, there is no way to feel unsatisfied.

Note that The Larder is pretty full most of the time, so it is recommended to reserve beforehand.

Where to stay in Chaweng Beach

Hotels in Chaweng depend on the mode of the place, and Chaweng Beach is the largest with five kilometers of white sand and the busiest resort town on the island on the eastern coast. We are going to show you the best resorts that we found difficult to choose; however, we tried to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Executive Pool Villa-Baan Haad Ngam

If you have the chance to stay at Executive Pool Villa by Baan Haad Ngam, you will be close to Bangrak Beach and Phetch Thai Boxing Stadium. It features amenities, 24-hour front desk, laundry services even newspaper in the lobby, as well as a shuttle from the airport to your hotel.

Pool Villa Baan Haad Ngam

Bhundhari Koh Samui

If you choose Bhundhari in Koh Samui, you will be just a few steps away from Big Buddha State and Crocodile Farm. Bhundhari offers amenities that include 24-hour front desk, free self-parking, dry cleaning, and a business center as well as a roundtrip shuttle for an additional charge.

Buri Rasa Village

Buri Rasa Village represents a group of villages in the center of the most visited town in Koh Samui providing residence to the tourists.

Chaweng Beach is so popular due to its four-kilometer beach and Buri Rasa Village which gives easy access to this beautiful beach that provides romantic dining. On the other hand, there is the semblance of a city that never sleeps with that hurly-burly environment with shops, and nightlife entertainment choices.

Buri Rasa Village is a peaceful place located in the center of Chaweng and offering 32 elegant rooms categorized to Family Suite, Deluxe, Deluxe Studio, Deluxe Garden Court with Dip Pool, and Premium Deluxe.

Kanda Residences Pool Villa

It is a five-star villa hotel offering 36 residences split into five terraces making each hillside residence a sea viewpoint over the blue-green Gulf of Thailand. Each of these modern 36 villas with Thai style designs has an air conditioning system, local textile, bed size choices, IDD telephone, Cable Channel TVs, a deposit box controlled electronically, key card, bottled water daily, a private terrace, coffee making machines, and plenty more.

Samui Paradise Chaweng Beach Resort & Spa Koh Samui

It is lined right next to the sea and close to Silver Beach and Phetch Bunda Thai Boxing Stadium. By staying here, you will have the chance to visit the nearby local attractions like Wat Lamai.

In this resort, you have an entire spa to relax, chill, and erase all your troubles away. It also offers three main restaurants, so you won’t need to overthink about what to eat during the day with a variety of both local and international cuisine.

A Selection of the Best Nightlife Places

This beach has everything to amuse the most enthusiastic partiers with night spots in its central area from transvestite cabaret to high-tech discos. It is a place where the night fun seems endless.

Ark bar has been on the market for a couple of years now and it represents an institution in Samui. It’s a vibrant venue in front of the beach almost 150 meters wide. Offering food, drinks, and DJs’ latest mixes from different places all over the world. This venue also pulls people in with fire shows, fire dancers, dancing on the beach as well as a laid-back atmosphere embracing children with a friendly vibe until late at night.

Bar Solo

It is a two-story modern building situated on Chaweng Beach Road. It is an unmistakable venue due to its Sci-Fi design. Solo Bar has a great smooth interior, an open terrace and with modern music policy and a pool table, as well as six plasma screens. You can start out your night in Bar Solo and take advantages of the happy hour half price cocktails and enjoy the music from DJ Simon Solo spinning funky and the percussion show by Taro Mix as well as chilled lounge tunes making the place even livelier. Enjoy this events and parties organized on a regular basis.

Soi Reggae

A mixture of small beer bars with friendly girls and some pool tables around is what to expect in Soi Reggae. The great attraction here is that you have two story Reggae Pub with a stage for live music and with a long dance floor as well as Bob Marley’s classic and pop rock music combined with DJs playing.

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