Chaweng - Koh Samui - Thailand

Chaweng - Koh Samui - Thailand

Chaweng is a picturesque tourist oasis nestled in a bay on the east coast, flanked by hillside and it's Ko Samui's busiest hub. Most famous for it's beautiful 7km beach and it's vibrant nightlife, with the dining options and nearby amenities Chaweng is considered the most popular amongst other coastal locations. Our centrally located Chaweng villas offer a perfect holiday for all.

Map of villas in Chaweng

Chaweng is a picturesque tourist oasis nestled in a bay on the east coast, flanked by hillside and it's Ko Samui's busiest hub. Most famous for it's beautiful 7km beach and it's vibrant nightlife. The crystal clear waters and white sands beach are not unique on Koh Samui but the dining options and nearby amenities make Chaweng the most popular amongst other coastal locations.

There are different aspects of Chaweng beach divided into three sections: North Chaweng, Central Chaweng, South Chaweng and additionally there is Chaweng Noi (Little Chaweng) that is separated from the main beach by a small headland of boulders at the southern tip.

Central Chaweng attracts the young travellers where the nightlife is more concentrated, families choose to stay in the northern and southern ends or in private luxury villas on the outskirts of the town.

Parallel to the beach and behind the various beach resorts is the "Beach Road", where in the centre especially there is the greatest concentration of restaurants, bars, spas, shops, street stalls and mobile food vendors. There are of course the usual bespoke tailors, convenience stores, pharmacies and opticians.

The road is a one way system, sometimes gridlocked with songthaews and taxis and comes back on itself via Chaweng lake. This has a wide promenade and is the location of various public events.

Both day and night markets keep shoppers busy, there are also some up market air conditioned boutique shops. The whole central area has been lifted with the recent opening of Koh Samui's latest shopping haven Central Festival. It's a tropical style shopping plaza with famous brand shops sitting alongside Thai favourites and a host of eateries to choose from.

Those who wish to be pampered have the choice of luxury spa's, air conditioned massage shops or a simple massage in a beach sala.

From beachside institutions to sophisticated cocktail bars, Chaweng's nightlife is streets ahead of anywhere else on Samui in terms of choice. It has a bustling entertainment area with live music, cabaret shows, dance clubs and dining opportunities not to be missed.

During the day one can relax on the beach, enjoy some water sports or other activities.

Chaweng has everything on your doorstep for a fun or a relaxing Koh Samui holiday experience and our Chaweng private villas are strategically located just outside the town. However if you are looking for pure paradise, with just the sound of the waves and the hammock slung between two palm trees, then you may have to look quite hard for this in this particular area of Koh Samui.

Excellent transport links are in place to explore the rest of the island and experience the cultural diversity of the Thai people from all over Thailand and see the natural beauty of Koh Samui.


Chaweng Beach
The main Chaweng beach is 5 - 6km long and has soft white sand and calm waters, it's bordered by coconut trees with a range of accommodation nestled in between from a simple bungalow to five star luxury resorts and upmarket beachside restaurants.
Access to the beach from the road is through the resorts. There seems to be only one public access located in the centre of the beach and it's quite hard to find.

There are great views from the beach, the hills frame the beach and at the northern end there are two islands and an offshore reef keeping the waters shallow which is good for families. At low tide it is possible to walk out and explore the islands. There are many vendors on the beach selling souvenir knick-knacks, beachwear and the renowned "beach kitchens" selling cooked corn on the cob, satay, sliced fruit and other snack delights.

The centre of the beach is the busiest and transforms into a lively night time scene. The five star resorts in the remaining parts of the beach work to create a more romantic experience with candelit beach dining with just the sound of the waves.

Chaweng Noi
This beach is still in Chaweng Bay but separated by the main beach by a headland of boulders and access would need to be by road round this headland. The beach is dominated by hotel resorts that cascade down and line the beach amongst shady trees and is considered quite an exclusive part of this stunning beach.

There are 2 parts to this much smaller and quieter beach than it's busier neighbour and the sands are quite wide even at high tide. The northern and central parts have deeper water and swimming all year round, whereas the southern part that runs very close to the road is quite rocky and is not swimmable at anytime of the year. Although the beach is mostly taken up by the luxury resorts there are some independent restaurants that have set up in a part of the beach where the good value food is popular.

Spa and Wellbeing

Along with the incredible spa choices listed below the majority of the up-market hotels in Chaweng offer spa and wellbeing treatments.

Vikassa Yoga
Vikassa Yoga Retreat offers amazing ocean front yoga, dining in their organic restaurant and yoga teacher trainings.

Eranda Herbal Spa
Beauty and relaxation in an idyllic location with stunning views.

Trinity Yoga Studio
A small independent, but well-equipped studio & juice bar.

Magnolia Massage & Spa
Thai massage, oil massage and more... You deserve it!

The Chaweng Regent Health Spa
Detoxing to relaxing treatments in a beautiful environment.

Chaweng Beaches

Chaweng Noi Beach

East - A quiet and more or less an exclusive beach to the 5 upmarket hotels that are located here. This beautiful beach has wide sands and the sea is swimmable most of the year. Individual good value restaurants sit at one end of the beach

Chaweng Beach

East – The most popular beach on Koh Samui which is 5km long and suitable for swimming most of the year is located on the east side of the island. this beautiful sandy beach is lined with hotels and restaurants with a road running parallel with vibrant nightlife and shopping available.

There are all kinds of water sports available in and around Chaweng and you can rent anything from a sailing boat to a jet-ski to a paddle board. Have fun on a banana boat, discover the underwater world while snorkelling or diving, have a blast on water-skis or just float around in the water. Chaweng Beach is where the Samui Regatta takes place every year in June.

Diving and Snorkelling trips
There are many tour operators in Chaweng that have boat trips to the dive sites of Koh Tao and the Angthong Marine Park.
Most recommended for small groups is 100 Degrees East:

Blue Stars Kayaking is one of the most experienced kayaking operators in Koh Samui. Explore the caves of Angthong Marine Park.

The beach road is lined with market stalls and small plazas where you can bag a bargain, however there is evidence of the more up market boutique shops are replacing these over time.

There is a new shopping experience now in the centre of Chaweng named the Central Festival "Mall" which is spread over 3 floors with a huge underground car park solving the car parking problem previously for visitors to Chaweng. In the centre of the ground floor is a garden where tropical plants and trees extend up through the two floors creating a tropical ambience. At one end you have Tops supermarket that stocks imported foodstuffs from the UK (Waitrose) albeit at an inflated price. Close to Tops there is a play area with sand for small children and for the older kids the upper floor there is a small 3D XD Theatre,with virtual roller-coaster rides as well as 'Pirates of the Mario Land',

Crazy Golf
9 hole course. Open from 11am - Midnight. There is a pool table, drinks and snacks also available.

Samui Bungy Jump
50m high above a 5m deep plunge pool located near the lake. Face your fears.

Bowling & Cinema Complex
Ten Pin bowling. 8 lanes including 2 childrens lanes.
3 cinemas under one roof with English and Thai movies.
Located at Tesco Lotus, Chaweng.

Starz Cabaret
The leading cabaret show on Koh samui.
Located: Khun Chaweng Shopping Center on the Chaweng Beach Road.
Open daily show times at 8pm & 10pm nightly.

Chaweng Aquapark
Have fun on the giant inflatables in the sea at the south end of Chaweng beach - open all day only when the sea is calm.

Temple Visits
Wat Khao Hua Juk
This is a temple well worth a visit if not for just the views. Located 90 metres up a steep hill just outside Chaweng on the road to the Q Bar the temple is supposed to house a replica of a Buddha's footprint. The viewpoint is amazing.

Watersports and Sea Tours

Water ski

The busier beaches of Chaweng and Lamai will have speed boats offering the traditional water ski trips and lessons and some will also offer wakeboarding, paragliding and banana boat rides.

Windsurf and Paddleboard

Windsurfing and Paddleboard rental is available on Lamai beach as well as lessons for both kiddies and adults. Maenam beach also a windsurfing facility as well as other sail boats.


Kayaks can be hired on most of the beaches around Koh Samui either through hotels or concessions for paddling around locally.

Diving and Snorkelling

Koh Samui does not have much in the way of coral and therefore very little marine life. Many dive companies operate diving and snorkeling trips to other dive sites as well as PADI dive courses.

Deep Sea Fishing Trips

The waters surrounding Koh Samui are teaming with fish and there are many day or night-time game fishing tours available, catering for beginners and experts with all equipment provided.

Sight Seeing Boat Trips

One of the most popular is to the stunning islands of the Angthong National Marine Park Optional snorkelling and kayaking is usually available with equipment provided and lunch. A private speedboat trip around Koh Samui's coast exploring secret beaches is another option.


Kiteboarding is availabel on Koh Samui at two locations at different times of the year on the south and west coasts when the water is shallow and has ideal conditons


An adventrure playground for  great day out for the family with fun for kids of all ages and the adults! Swimming pools, waterslides, boating, bungee trapeezing, mini go karts, mini golf course, tree to tree rope bridge course (2 levels), inflatable bouncey castle.

Sailing Charters

A great way to see the coastline of Koh Samui for a few hours or have an overnight stay visiting other islands is to charter a sailing boat. Different size boats all for a romantic sunset cruise for two or to have fun with a large group of family or friends.

Other Activities

Namuang Safari Park

Tours include 20min ATV Quad bikes fun , elephant trekking and show and a cable ride which includes one ride for 6 - 11yearolds.

Go Karts

There are three Go Kart tracks now on Koh Samui and provides a fun time for all the family. There are both single and double karts should you wish to drive wth younger kids.

Football Golf

Get family and friends playing, laughing and enjoying this fun game of kicking the football into 18 holes on a tropical course with a cold drink provided.

Muay Thai Boxing

The national sport of Thailand with venues to spectate or partake in professional Muay Thai are found in Chaweng and Lamai.


There is a PGA International championship 18 hole par 72 golf course and two 9 hole courses all with stunning views. There are also two driving ranges.

Temple Visits

There are many temples in and around Koh Samui representing the history and the different cultures of the Thai residents all well worth a visit some of which have amazing views.


There is ample souvenir and fashion shopping in the popular coastal towns with Koh Samui’s biggest shopping "mall" Central Festival located right in the centre of Chaweng. There are also the "Walking Street" markets in different places every night of the week

Walking Street Markets

There is a "walking Street" market in one of the towns and villages on everyday of the week - the most popular being the "Od Fisheman's Village" at Bophut which takes place on a Friday night from around 4pm until 10 - 11pm.

4 W/D Jeep Jungle Tour and Waterfall

Enjoy an exhilarating trip on the back of a jeep through Koh Samui's jungle and across rivers reaching the highest point on the island experiencing amazing view.

Cinema and Ten Pin Bowling

There is just one cinema at the present time located at the Tesco Lotus Supermarket and shopping mall alongside a small bowling alley. Another bowling alley is located in the centre of Chaweng.

Thai Cookery School

SITCA is the original Thai cookery school on Koh Samui based in Chaweng and has both morning and afternoon sessions to learn all about the ingredients and preparation. The manager of your luxury Koh Samui villa will be able to assist with recommending other cookery schools nearby.


Eating out in Chaweng

In the evening several resort restaurants offer dining on the beach,  seafood specialties are as fresh as can be served within hours of being caught. Most have tables and chairs set out on the beach, in the centre of the beach younger travellers sit on converted sunbeds with Thai cushions and small table tops perched on the beds.

On the main beach road there are a number of individual restaurants offering good value Thai food and western favourites,  with top international chefs moving to Koh Samui dining has gone up a level with world class fine dining cuisine.

Located at the south end of the Chaweng Beach Road his palatial churrascaria puts the carne in Carnival. Vegetarians beware, Zico's is an all-you-can-eat Brazilian meat-fest. The feast is completed with dancers sporting peacock-like outfits.

An ever popular restaurant established for many years located towards the south and quieter end of the beach. It has an international and Thai menu, with a huge selection to choose from, something for all tastes. A popular venue for dining on the beach under the stars.

Located at the north end of the beach, this restaurant is a magic seaside oasis illuminated by candles, creating a romantic ambience on the waters edge. Serving modern Italian, Thai and international cuisine, it is easy to understand why Olivio has won so many awards.

Red Snapper
One of Samui's most celebrated and established restaurants the Red Snapper Bar & Grill is located towards the north end of the beach road, next to and part of the Regent Hotel. The atmosphere here is energetic with live music being played from 9:30pm until the early morning hours. Serving Mediterranean cuisine, the Red Snapper also offers a diverse selection of classic grill options with a Mediterranean twist.

Tree Tops
Located on the road to Choeng Mon just on the outskirts of Chaweng this restaurant is situated within the Anantara Lawana Resort. Elevate your sense of romance as you ascend to an intimate private dining experience in individual open air tree houses by flickering candlelight and taste some of the finest Thai and international dishes.


Nightlife in Chaweng

Chaweng is the centre for nightlife on Koh Samui, which is mostly concentrated in the central northern area of Chaweng beach road running parallel to the beach. There is a host of lively bars and nightclubs to choose from.

Bar Ice
If you need to cool off the temperature it is -7 in here! There is a great fun vibe with carved ice elephants, a life-size ice Tuk Tuk, not to mention the 31 vodka flavours to try.

Q Bar
A great location overlooking Chaweng lake and certainly the most trendy night spot for brushing shoulders with the Thai hi-so elite.

The Green Mango Club
The world famous Green Mango is the heart and soul of Chaweng and the location used in a lot of nightlife photographs for Samui, world class DJ's party all night on this dazzling tropical island.

Reggae Pub
Reggae Pub is a notoriously fantastic nightlife spot in Koh Samui. Although you'll find more dance music than reggae, the vibe is very relaxed and a lot of fun.

Ark Bar
Another party institution on Samui with a loud beach party, every Wednesday from 3pm - 2 am. A free BBQ at 4pm. Playing the best in funky house music, you cannot miss this spot as you walk down Chaweng beach.

Bar Solo and Sound Pub
Located on Soi Green Mango, these are the best 2 locations to start your evening, have a great time and party.

Sweet Soul
Located on Soi Green Mango, Sweet Soul is a dance venue with a fun, energetic, and electric crowd.

Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill
A popular Thai chain with an Australian theme. All major sports events on large screens, live music, Aussie classic dishes and a pool table.

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