Chaweng is Koh Samui’s largest and most heavily developed beach. Located on the east side of the island, Chaweng Beach stretches over seven kilometres and offers the best selection of hotels, restaurants and bars of any beach on Koh Samui.
Koh Samui, Chaweng Beach © travelourplanet
Chaweng Beach itself is an impressive beach, with seven kilometres of clean, beautiful sand and calm, clear water. There is a small reef located off the beach that’s reasonably good for snorkelling, as well as two islands in the distance that make the view from the beach great.
Although Chaweng is heavily developed, the beach is fairly peaceful and a great place to sit, sunbathe and relax during the daytime. There are many vendors along the beach, but most aren’t pushy or aggressive and don’t detract from the beach’s calm atmosphere.
The only annoyances, both of which are minor, are occasional jetskis and the beach’s close proximity to Samui International Airport, which can result in infrequent light noise as planes come in to land.
Chaweng’s biggest strengths are its convenience and variety. There is a greater variety of hotels in and around Chaweng than anywhere else on Koh Samui, from high-end villas and resorts to cheap backpacker hotels and guesthouses.
Dining in Chaweng ranges from cheap and tasty Thai food to high quality Western cafes and restaurants. There’s also a huge variety of bars and nightclubs, from beachside bars to ultra luxury hotel lounges, seedy girly bars, beer gardens and more.
All in all, Chaweng Beach is Samui’s most popular beach for a reason: it offers a great mix of convenience and variety, all with one of the island’s best beaches.
Top Hotels on Chaweng Beach
- Nora Buri Resort & Spa
Nora Buri Resort & Spa is a five star resort located right on Chaweng Beach. The resort’s rooms range from comfortable hillside suites with great views over the beach to luxury pool villas. One of the most conveniently located five star resorts in Chaweng.
- Muang Samui Spa Resort
Muang Samui Spa Resort is another five star resort on Chaweng Beach. Located close to the area’s most popular restaurants and shops, Muang Samui has direct access to the beach and high quality facilities, including an outdoor pool, a fitness centre and luxurious spa.
- Banana Fansea Resort
Banana Fansea Resort is a three and a half star resort on Chaweng Beach. Offering one of the best locations in Chaweng at a very modest price, Banana Fansea Resort’s comfortable rooms and beachside pool make it a great choice for travellers with a moderate budget.
- Baan Chaweng Beach Resort & Spa
Another three star resort on Chaweng Beach, Baan Chaweng Beach Resort & Spa has a good selection of comfortable rooms and a fantastic location. Direct beach access, a charming garden setting and a convenient location right in Chaweng make this a great mid-price option.
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Koh Samui Travel Guide:
- Koh Samui – A Very Quick Travel Guide
- Things To Do On Koh Samui
- Places To Eat On Koh Samui
- How To Get To Koh Samui
- Koh Samui Airport
- Where To Stay On Koh Samui
- Koh Samui Villas For Rent
- Koh Samui Nightlife
- Koh Samui Day Trips
- Koh Samui Weather
- Koh Samui Beaches
- Bang Po And Ban Tai Beach
- Big Buddha or Bang Rak Beach
- Bophut Beach
- Chaweng Beach
- Choeng Mon Beach
- Lamai Beach
- Mae Nam Beach
- Taling Ngam Beach
- Thong Ta Kian Beach