Chaweng Beach Attractions
What to See in Chaweng Beach
The main attraction in Chaweng is its six-kilometre long beach and all the leisure activities it hosts from jet-skis to fly-board (a brand new thrilling nautical venture) to play at the Aquapark. But if you are looking for something different, there are plenty of other things to see and do in Koh Samui’s most popular resort town.
Why not try some fine dining in one of the many restaurants, walk around the lakeside park, enjoy a real Muay Thai Boxing match, witness a ladyboy cabaret show, or visit Wat Khao Hua Juk, a Buddhist temple, offering a stunning view out over the east coast of Samui Island? All this and more can be enjoyed in Samui’s biggest beach town.
Other Attractions in Chaweng Beach
Aquapark Chaweng is a fun beach activity for the whole family located in front of Monkey Bay Bar & Restaurant in the central part of Chaweng Beach (from Chaweng Beach Road, follow the path through Chaweng Walk just South of Beachcomber Hotel). Featuring eight large inflatable floating devices including a five-metre high iceberg wall, a human catapult, an enormous trampoline, and objects of various shapes to climb on - Aquapark Chaweng is an entertaining activity which suits perfectly Koh Samui’s tropical climate.
Security is the main priorities here, and all participants must wear a life-jacket to be allowed in the Aquapark. Prices are reasonable: one hour – 300 baht; half-day – 500 baht (four hours); and full-day – 700 baht (seven hours). Lockers are available to store participants’ belongings.
- Opening Hours: daily from 10:00 – 18:00
- Location: central part of Chaweng Beach in front of Monkey Bay Bar & Restaurant
- Tel: 094 582 0313
Koh Samui now proudly boasts its own three screen cinema in the Tesco lotus complex. Showing both Western and Thai movies, the cinema is modern and is proving a big hit with the locals. Reasonably priced and with comfortable and spacious seating, the cinema is the same as any in the west.
The only notable difference is everyone standing during the national anthem which plays before each feature. As with all Asian cinemas the air conditioning is set at freezing so remember to bring a jumper!
- Location: Tesco Lotus Complex, Route 4169, Chaweng beach.
- Tel: 077 427 299
Chaweng Stadium – The Event Center
Chaweng Stadium – The Event Center is the latest addition to Chaweng’s Thai Boxing scene. Located at the back of Soi Solo Bar off Chaweng Beach Road, this stadium (slightly smaller than Phatchabuncha Stadium) organises major Muay Thai events with local and foreign fighters twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 21:00 until midnight (or earlier if fast knock-outs occur).
Paradoxically at the same time gracious and brutal, Thai Boxing is the promise of an evening filled up with adrenalin and emotion. The throbbing and acute Sarama music that accompanies Muay Thai matches has a hypnotic effect on the audience as it increases in speed and volume according to the intensity of the boxers’ engagement.
- Opening Hours: 21:00 – midnight on Tuesdays and Fridays
- Location: off Chaweng Beach Road at the back of Soi Solo Bar
Moulin Rouge - formerly Christy's Cabaret before changing ownership - is a popular cabaret show and bar that features three shows nightly at 20:00, 21:30, and 23:00. Some 20 performers bring out their inner female with song, dance and fabulous costumes. The earlier show is a more 'soft and sweet' performance suitable for families, while things heat up for the later shows. Entry is free but drinks are pricier than the average bar or nightclub (330 baht for a cocktail).
Colourful and extravagant costumes, songs dedicated to mostly every nation, excellent lighting and sound system, and great performance from a group of glittering ladyboys dancers whose genuine smiles show that they are happy to show their talents on stage. Modern and vibrant, Moulin Rouge Cabaret show is a must-visit venue for anyone coming to Chaweng.
- Location: Chaweng Beach Rd, Central Chaweng (down the soi opposite the Khao San Restaurant and close to Burger King)
- Tel: 082-8154843
Muay Thai (Thai Boxing)
Thailand's beloved national sport Muay Thai, is taken very seriously throughout the country and Koh Samui is no exception! Although Thai boxing is regarded as the worlds most dangerous martial art it is surprisingly graceful to watch. Chaweng stadium near the Reggae Pub is the biggest on Samui and hosts all the major fights on the island.
Fights are usually held twice a week on Monday and Friday nights but during peak season an additional Sunday night fight is often held. Fights start at 9pm and the evening normally lasts around three hours, with as many as ten smaller bouts before the main fight. If you only want to catch the main event then drop in for an hour around 10/10.30pm.
The atmosphere in Chaweng Stadium is excellent with a live commentator and traditional Thai music - although some find the noise a bit overpowering! Both Thai and foreign fighters compete in the ring, most are professionals, all are pretty entertaining. Chaweng Stadium charges an entry fee and you can chose between a ringside table or a seat in the surrounding stands.
Chaweng has two Thai boxing stadiums, which hold regular Muay Thai bouts, some of which feature foreign as well as Thai fighters. To see this dynamic martial art in action you can visit the Chaweng Stadium, or the newer Phatchabuncha Stadium near Laem Din market. The fights are well advertised in the days before, both with flyers and mobile trucks patrolling the island with loudspeaker announcements.
Wat Khao Hua Juk
Although this 'mountain' is only 90 meters tall you will have an incredible view from the peak. The entire strip from the Samui airport is virtually at your feet. If you like take offs and landings this is the place to sit for a while. After all how many other airports can you watch from above without flying? The islands Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Sum, Koh Lum Noi, Koh Tao Poon and Koh Fan (where Big Buddha sits) plus Big Buddha, Wat Bang Rak, gorgeous sunsets and much more from Koh Samui are all visible from this spot.
This temple contains, according to the sign, a replica of Buddha's footprint, but it's not on any island tour so you'll have to 'rough it' and drive yourself there. On your way to the top you will also pass the fabulous 'Nathalie's Art Palace' and the Samui branch of Bangkok's famous 'Q Bar'. To get there take the 4169 to Chaweng and turn off the main road towards the beach after one point 5 kilometres, opposite Chaweng Lake you will find the Arch marking Kao Hua Juk Road and directing you up to the Wat. Once you turn here drive about 150 meters until you see the stairs on your right. These stairs lead to a gently curving walkway taking you to the summit.