First Time in Chaweng - What to Do

Chaweng Beach Survival Guide

If you’re getting ready for your first time in Chaweng, you will surely find this page helpful. It gives you all the information you need to enjoy your first day in the liveliest resort town in Samui. Our knowledge of Chaweng allows us to recommend popular attractions, restaurants and more, helping us to help you have a great time there.

Our Chaweng Beach survival guide presents three options for each important topic – dining, shopping, partying, etc. When you arrive in a place you’ve never been to before, it’s nice to know beforehand what to do, where to eat and where to stay. This page should make your life easier on your first day in Chaweng, on the east coast of Koh Samui.

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Chaweng at a Glance

As the most popular resort town in Samui, Chaweng has something for everyone. The beachfront hosts great mid-range and upscale hotels, as well as beach clubs and restaurants. Along the beach road, and further inland, you’ll find an eclectic scene of shops, bars, dining and accommodation options for all tastes and budgets.

  • Lively and varied nightlife
  • Massive choice of dining and shopping options
  • Wide range of hotel prices
  • Many hotels right on the beach
  • Convenient for the airport
  • Gets crowded in high season
  • The centre of town is noisy well into the early hour of the morning

Things You Can Do in Chaweng

Many of the things you can do in Chaweng are related to the beach. Chaweng’s 6 km strip of white sand is definitely the main attraction here. The popularity of Chaweng has also seen many exciting man-made attractions and activities popping up, creating quite a lot variety. If this is your first time in Chaweng Beach, the following things to do should be on your bucket-list.

  • The Beach, Chaweng

    The Beach, Chaweng

    Chaweng Beach is the most popular stretch of powdery white sand. The wide bay has been the focal point for the Read More»

  • Chaweng Spas

    Chaweng Spas

    Something guaranteed to provide a relaxing and indulgent alternative to the beach is a treatment at one of Chaweng's Read More»

  • Aquapark Samui

    Aquapark Samui offers children and their parents an exhilarating activity on Chaweng Beach. Fun for the whole family. Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Chaweng

Chaweng is without doubt the main commercial hub in Samui. Central Festival Samui sits a few metres away from the beach and is the largest shopping mall on the island. There are also markets and many shops and boutiques around to provide you with everything that you need for your holiday. If this is your first time here and you want to enjoy some retail therapy, we recommend you visit the following places.

  • Chaweng Walking Street

    Chaweng Walking Street

    It’s hard to imagine shoppers in the West sipping on cocktails while out shopping but at Chaweng Walking Street Market Read More»

  • Central Festival Samui

    Central Festival Samui

    Central Festival Samui is indeed the largest shopping complex in Samui and has completely changed the face of Chaweng. Read More»

  • Chaweng Fashion Shopping

    Chaweng Fashion Shopping

    For those looking for beachwear, sportswear, and imported leisurewear Chaweng can seem like heaven itself. Simply stroll Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Chaweng

Chaweng is heaven for party people! The resort town features a stunning range of after-dark venues, so there’s something for virtually everyone. Whether you’re looking for high-energy dance clubs, beach-going beach clubs or budget beer bars, you’ll find them in Chaweng. If you come for the first time in Chaweng, the following nightspots are not to be missed.

  • Soi Green Mango

    Soi Green Mango

    The beating heart of Koh Samui’s nightlife, Chaweng’s Soi Green Mango is home to cheap drinks, loud music and good Read More»

  • Ark Bar

    Ark Bar

    Ark Bar is a restaurant, bar and nightclub that describes itself as the one-stop party destination in Samui Island Read More»

  • Soi Reggae

    Soi Reggae

    Something of a beer bar-lined gauntlet, with the famous Reggae Pub at the end, Soi Reggae is one of Chaweng’s main Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Chaweng

Chaweng attracts a wide range of visitors and has an impressively broad dining scene to match. You can find many national cuisines represented, as well as different styles and settings. You can dine on the beachfront or on a hillside, in modest or opulent settings – the list of places to eat in Chaweng seems endless. We’ve picked out three absolute must-try restaurants for your first time in Chaweng, including one with a high-class setting, one famous for its outstanding international cuisine and one easy-going night market, at which you can sample delicious street food at rock-bottom prices.

  • Tree Tops

    Tree Tops

    Located in Anantara Lawana in north Chaweng, Tree Tops is one of Samui’s most accomplished restaurants and is definitely Read More»

  • Chaweng Night Market

    More of an unusually large food court than a market, Chaweng Night Market has an impressive choice of good-quality Thai Read More»

  • The Larder

    The Larder

    Located on Chaweng Beach Road, a stroll away from Anantara Lawana Resort, The Larder is a stylish restaurant that offers Read More»

Hotels in Chaweng We Recommend to Our Friends

Chaweng has no shortage of accommodation options. From low-coast guesthouses to top-notch pool villas, and all the mid-range hotels in between, you may find it difficult to find the right place to stay for your first time in Chaweng without our insider tips. We’ve selected three beachfront resorts at different rates. Each of them has all the facilities you need to spend a memorable holiday in Samui.

Buri Rasa Village

Buri Rasa Village provides a stylish residential choice, right in the centre of the most popular and most frequented resort town Read More...

Sareeraya Villas & Suites

Sareeraya Villa and Suites is a five-star 49-room resort located at Chaweng Beach on the eastern coast of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Read More...

OZO Chaweng Samui

OZO Chaweng Samui delivers practical and stylish accommodation with a beachfront location on Chaweng Beach, the most popular beach Read More...


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