Chaweng is the central tourist hub of Koh Samui consequently it has the best facilities and amenities to offer the holiday maker. It also has the best selection of restaurants, bars and night spots. For many people Chaweng is the only place to stay in Koh Samui as it combines first class accommodation with plenty of shops to explore.
Chaweng is a 7 km long stretch of white sand beach. It has the finest sand on the island and some of the bets conditions for swimming. For those who enjoy snorkeling there are corals not far off the coast where a profusion of marine life can be spotted. It is also possible to hire a kayak and padle to two small islands just off Chaweng beach.
There are lots of people on Chaweng beach and between Thai people can be seen threading their way through the sunworshippers offering cold drinks and tasty snacks. The beach is accessed via one of the many resorts and hotels that line the beach front.
Accomodation in Chaweng
Prices for accommodation in Chaweng ranges from 400 Thai Baht a night ($13) at Your Place Resort in Chaweng Town to 9,000 Thai Baht a night ($300) at The Library on Chaweng Beach. The Library is a stylish minimalist resort that exudes chic. It has an iconic red Italian mosaic tile pool and each room features a personal computer with high speed internet connection.
South of Chaweng beach is the smaller beach of Chaweng Noi. In Thai 'noi' means small. It is a smaller, more intimate beach that is less crowded. The New Star Beach Resort in Chaweng has 200 meters of beach front. Many of the cottages feature private plunge pools or Jacuzzis.
Nightlife in Chaweng
Chaweng town stretches along the coast and along the main coatal road. In the south there is a new wharf area with a number of trendy bars and resturants. This is where you can listen to live bands.
In the old part of town there is the main drag which has a plethora of bars and restaurants. It is lively and somewhat chaotic at night. There are 2 clubs that offer 'adult services' and several of the small bars are places where companionship can be bought for the night. Other places of note include Zico's (38/2 Moo 3) that has Brazilian style BBQ and live samba dance shows, Prego (near the Amari Palm Reef Resort) serving excellent Italian food and Spirit House Restaurant (155/60 Moo 2) has delicious Thai classics.
Getting to Chaweng & Getting Around
Chaweng is just a few minutes from Samui Airport. You can catch a taxi for between 200 and 400 Thai Bat (bargain hard). Alternatively, you can book a taxi at the airport (400 THB). A shared minivan costs 120 THB per person. Once in Chaweng there is little reason to leave as ATMs, banks, travel agents are all in Chaweng. To get around you can use taxis, motobike taxis or hop on a Songthaew (local pick up/bus). Another option is to rent a bike for about 250 THB a day. To rent a jeep costs 1,000 THB a day.