Chaweng beach is the most popular and best known beach on the island of Koh Samui. The 4 mile long stretch of white sand is also located in what is one of Thailand’s premier holiday resorts and Chaweng certainly lives up to any expectations.
The beach itself is pretty impressive and one of the island’s best; palm fringed with masses of white powdery sand gently sloping down to the pristine turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
Swimming here is generally pretty safe with the northern end of the beach being sheltered by an offshore reef. There are plenty of opportunities for water sports at Chaweng ranging from the ubiquitous banana boats to snorkeling.
If you want to enjoy Chaweng beach for the scenery alone then you’ll need to get up pretty early. Around sunrise the beachfront is a picture of calm and serenity. As the morning passes things liven up and the crowds descend. With them come all the sun loungers, beach vendors, masseurs, jet-skis and other beachgoers.
As the sun goes down the beach scene transforms with the sun loungers being swapped for dining tables. There’s a huge choice of places to eat on offer ranging from the party bars which go most of the night to up market, romantic beachfront restaurants. With so much beach it is easy to find a spot to eat that suits both your palate and your desire to party.
For some the scene here is a little too brash, but that is what Chaweng is about. If you want somewhere more laid back or family oriented then there are plenty of other fantastic beach resorts on Koh Samui but none have quite the same vibrant atmosphere of Chaweng.
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