A Guide to the Bustling Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui

Welcome to tropical Koh Samui, where beautiful beaches and mesmerising blue waters await. The island has been favoured with a lot of development over the years, so you will find plenty of things to see and do on Samui.

Perhaps the most well-known and talked about is the Chaweng Beach. It’s the centre of action on the island and it gets a lot of attention not just for its whopping 6 kilometres of powder-fine white sand beach, but also for its bustling nightlife and restaurant scene.

As a result, Koh Samui’s busiest and biggest town is now here. If you chose Chaweng Beach for your stay, you definitely won’t be left wanting for things to do and see. Here are some of the things to watch out for:

Chaweng Beach

Koh Samui’s largest resort town sprang up at Chaweng for a reason. The beach here offers visitors a sloping stretch of dazzling white sand that has drawn in the biggest and best resorts of Samui to its shores.

Chaweng has the largest accommodation selection of the island in general, inviting an eclectic mixture of holidaymakers – from hippie backpackers to families, couples and gap-yearing youth in search of nightlife extravagance.

The beach is long, totaling some 6 kilometres. So, while the central part of the beach is crowded all year along, finding a sunbed or a nice spot for yourself is not hard.

Despite the heavy development, the north and south ends of the beach calm down a bit. Upscale resorts, such as Poppies, aim for more serene moods. But the restlessness and activity doesn’t completely settle in any part of the crescent strip, so don’t expect tranquility and peace at Chaweng.

Chaweng Beach Road

The beach road at Chaweng connects the north and south ends of this wonderfully long strip of beach. This is where you find the majority of action Chaweng is known for. The beach road is jam-packed, especially in the centre, with bars, restaurants, fast-food carts, spas, tailors and the rest. The side streets also hide hostess bars and questionable massage parlours.

Throngs of Russians, Chinese and European tourists mingle on the street between local, Burmese and Indian micro-enterprises and souvenir shops. Mass tourism such as this can only be seen at a few other places in Thailand.

Soi Green Mango

In the heart of beach road is the infamous Soi Green Mango – Samui’s largest nightclub district. The biggest and baddest clubs of the island are all here, blasting music all night every night.

The street is the nucleus of action for young revellers, who stumble drunkenly from club to pub to bar. Either stay away from or come exactly here, depending on what you’re looking for.

Chaweng offers something to all tastes. Check out Reggae Pub on Soi Reggae for a more chilled out experience.

Chaweng Noi or Little Chaweng

Little Chaweng is equally beautiful, but with some shelter from the hustle down in the centre. Little Chaweng is perhaps a kilometer long and is bordered by a beautiful rocky headland. Uphill, there is a viewpoint and two hidden gems that you might not hear about, Coral Cove and Thong Ta Kien.

The beachfront is mostly occupied by large resorts that don’t allow non-guests. But seek out a sandy path next to The Beach Club. It will take you to Sunshine, a cosy beach bar and restaurant. If you want to take time off from the centre, Sunshine happily shares their strip of the beach with you.

Other things to do

Muay Thai

Chaweng has two stadiums dedicated to Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai fighting. Muay Thai is not for the faint-hearted. There are few rules to what is and isn’t allowed in this sport. Keep an eye out for small trucks on beach road that blast out announcements for the events at the stadiums.

Thai Spa and Massage

Beach Road has many massage parlours and spas to choose from. They’re affordable and have a good choice of treatments. Most have trained staff. For a more pampered and upscale experience, seek out the resorts on the beachfront. Don’t leave Thailand without a Thai massage.

Thai Cooking Classes

Thai food is extremely delicious. For a good price, there are a number of cooking schools around that will teach you in a day all the tricks to making your favourites. Take back a new skill from your trip and impress your friends back home.

During your stay, you can also adventure into the Samui Aqua Park and experience the Paris Follies Cabaret. Around Chaweng Lake, there is also Easy Kart with indoor ‘skydiving’ that sounds quite interesting.

A luxury finish to your stay

Koh Samui is considered Thailand’s most sought after land. So many of Thailand’s best villas, penthouses and luxury short term rentals are also here. For a very affordable price, you can bag one of these for your stay.

For example, have control over your experience at Chaweng by renting this stunning hillside villa resort. Just under 400$, you and five guests can enjoy a villa with contemporary design and endless ocean view over the bay. A damn fine way to spend a holiday on a tropical island.