Chaweng is on the east coast of Koh Samui. It is the largest beach on the island and the most developed. Chaweng is a big area full of resorts, hotels, shops and night spots. Chaweng is divided into 3 sections: Central Chaweng, North Chaweng and Chaweng Noi (little Chaweng).
The beach is only accessed through the hotels. The sand is powdery white. It is quieter at the north end of the beach. There are two islands to explore just off the coast and a coral reef for snorkeling. There are lots of vendors on the beach selling cold drinks and food. There are also plenty of masseuses on the beach for those with aching limbs.
Shops, Restaurants and Nightlife
Chaweng is also a mini town full of interesting shops, great restaurants and lively night spots. It is a place that attracts both young and old, families and single people. Much of the nightlife in Chaweng is focused on the beach front, on the road running parallel to the beach and near Chaweng Lake. At the later spot you will find Sweet Soul Cafe, the Green Mango and a popular Reggae Bar. Once a month Chaweng Lake View hosts the Black Moon Party. It is the largest indoor venue in South East Asia and can hold up to 4,000 people. In the past Judge Jules and DJ Marky have played at this venue. Tickets cost between 100 and 300 THB depending on the season and the DJs. The Black Moon Party is temporarily been hosted at other beaches such as Plai Laem because of building work.
For those interested in beauty treatments, all the big resorts have spa rooms that offer massage and other treatments. However, for the most complete 'beauty experience' the Eranda Herbal Spa up in the hills just north of Chaweng before the turning to Choeng Mon is recommended. They do a full range of wraps, massages, saunas and other treatments. They also have a plunge pool to cool off.
Since Chaweng is the main tourist town in Koh Samui it is easy to get public transport to and from your hotel. It costs about 400 Thai Baht to get to Chaweng from the airport. You will soon notice the pickup truck 'buses' or songthaews plying the main roads around Chaweng. These are fixed priced and stick to a certain route.
Lots of people hire motorbikes to get around Chaweng and the island. Be sure to check the condition of the vehicle before handing over your passport. Be sure not to damage the vehicle - it could be very costly.
For the brave and those with little luggage one option is a motorbike taxi. They wear yellow vests. You agree the price in advance.
Chaweng is a big area to cover on foot, but it is possible. Making walks via the beach is a good way to enjoy the exercise. For more information about transport in Koh Samui see the travel section.
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