Chaweng Beach Koh Samui is the islands largest and most popular beach. The beach can be divided into two different sections, Central Chaweng and North Chaweng which both offer completely different vibes. Chaweng Beach is full of locals, tourists, food vendors and water sports. You’ll also find that Chaweng Beach has some of the best white sand and emerald-blue water that Koh Samui has to offer.
How to get to Chaweng Beach Koh Samui
To get to Koh Samui, we used 12Go to book an overnight train and ferry from Bangkok. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way get around Thailand and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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Chaweng Beach Koh Samui is located on the east coast of the island and stretches for 7km. It’s roughly a 10-15 minute drive from the airport and a 20 minute drive from the islands second most popular beach, Lamai Beach. The easiest way to access Chaweng Beach would be to rent a scooter. You can rent scooters for as little as 150 Baht per day. There is no specific entrance to the beach itself since it is mainly accessed through hotels and small roads. Just keep a lookout as you drive alongside the beach and you’ll be able to spot an access point.
Where to stay in Koh Samui
The most popular area to stay in Koh Samui is on the east side of the island, close to Chaweng beach. We stayed close to the Samui Poshtel and found it to be the perfect spot. If you’re not on a budget then you can check out the resorts in the area such as The Samui Beach Resort as well as Baan Talay Resort.
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What to Expect at Chaweng Beach Koh Samui
The beach is so long that it has three different sections. We went to central Chaweng Beach as well as the north and we had a completely different experience.
North Chaweng Beach
North Chaweng Beach is located in a little bay, making the area quite peaceful. The water here is better as it’s incredibly clear and also very turquoise. This section of the beach is also usually quieter than the other parts of the beach as you’ll mainly find luxury beachfront resorts and hotels. You’ll find that the water is extremely shallow and calm. This allows you to walk out a far distance along the sandbanks. Additionally, you can explore the small island off the coast which is reachable by foot as the water is very shallow.
There are plenty of beachfront bars and restaurants available that provide a variety of food and drink options. You’ll also be able to rent inflatables such as swans, donuts and beds which you can use to relax and enjoy the ocean.
Central Chaweng Beach
The central part of Chaweng Beach Koh Samui is a bit more crowded, especially during the evening. There are many vendors passing by, offering to sell you food and items. The water is less clear and can be a little murky due to the small waves that lap onto the beach. You’ll be able to find plenty of water sport activities around this area such as jet-skiing and even flyboarding.
As the sun starts to set, many locals make their way to this part of the beach. The locals love to meet up and socialise as they enjoy the local Thai food on the beach.