Chaweng is the most popular resort town in Koh Samui. Located on Samui’s northeastern coast, the beach there is the longest strip of sand available in Samui – about seven km including Chaweng Noi. The central part of Chaweng is the most crowded, and access to the beach itself is only possible through the hotels built right on it.
The beach of Chaweng is the main attraction here, and apart from Wat Khao Hua Jook (a beautiful elevated Buddhist temple standing above Q Bar at Chaweng’s northern end), most of the attractions featured in our Top 10 list below are in fact activities. Sport/ leisure/nightlife-oriented, the best attractions in Chaweng aim at entertaining the ever-growing number of visitors to this exotic destination.
Chaweng Beach is Koh Samui's most popular stretch of powdery white sand. The wide bay has been the focal point for the development of the island's tourism industry and the majestic five-kilometre long crescent is bordered by rocky headlands on either end, with an offshore reef and the tiny island of Koh Matlam to the north.
The beach offers great swimming and plenty of water sports, dining and accommodation options. In both the summer and winter high seasons, Chaweng Beach is packed with sun-seekers soaking up the rays and has a fun, holiday atmosphere. It is not the most secluded or peaceful of Samui's beaches, but everything one could desire is within a few metres of your sun bed - from cold drinks and snacks to massages, making it a great option for lazing away the day in comfort. Read More...
Something guaranteed to provide a relaxing and indulgent alternative to the beach is a treatment at one of Chaweng's many high-quality spas. You can find massage, reflexology and beauty salons scattered along the main beach road. Most of these have trained staff and provide a good level of service as well as a range of treatments.
But for a truly pampering experience in opulent surroundings, try one of the spas attached to the smarter hotels, or an independent day spa set in tropical gardens with steam rooms, Jacuzzis and an atmosphere of total peace. Read More...
Aquapark Samui offers children and their parents an exhilarating activity on Chaweng Beach. Situated approximately 40 metres off the sand in front of Monkey Bay Bar between OZO Chaweng and The Library, Aquapark Samui is made of large inflatable devices that permit a wide range of fun and challenging water activities for the whole family in a safe environment under the supervision of the staff. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
- Location: in front of Monkey Bay Bar on Chaweng Beach
Want to impress people back home by bringing them something special from your Samui trip? No, we’re not talking about a fantastic tan or cheap T-shirts or the usual knickknacks; how about Thai culinary skills? It’s really worth checking out the many well-priced cooking classes on Samui. You’ll be happy to learn that Thai cooking is not only fun but that Thai food is also easy to prepare and takes very little time to execute.
Most of big resorts and hotels in Samui offer cooking sessions on the premises. In Chaweng the most popular Thai cooking School is the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts (SITCA). Opened in 1999, and located in Soi Colibri, opposite Centara Samui Beach Resort in southern Chaweng, SITCA features experienced instructors with good English and well-planned sessions twice daily (three-hour classes at 11:00 and again at 16:00). SITCA also does fruit carving courses. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Two three-hour sessions daily from 11:00 – 14:00 and from 16:00 – 19:00
- Location: Soi Colibri, off Chaweng Beach Road
- Tel: 077-413172
Football Golf is an original and more and more popular game, and is becoming better known around the world. The idea is simple enough: it's a hybrid of football and golf in which players try to steer a football into the 18 holes in as few ‘strokes’ as possible - using their feet of course. It will have you and your group playing, laughing and enjoying it for at least 60 minutes and at the same time you can enjoy a refreshing tropical garden walk around a beautiful coconut plantation that forms the 'course'.
You can choose between hard and easy routes (for first timers) and each hole is singular in its design, meaning no boring repetitions. You'll come across U-turns, trees, dog-legs, coconut logs and shells, bunkers and ditches to navigate and all in all it's challenging and a whole lot of fun. Drinks and snacks are available in the reception area as well as cool towels and a free soft drink at holes 11 and 18. When you've completed the course you'll get a commemorative key ring with your personnel score on to take with you back home. Read More...
- Opening Hours: daily from 09:00-18:30
- Location: Football Golf is situated on the Beach Road a 10-minute drive north of Chaweng and a five-minute drive from the Big Buddha in the other direction.
Petchbuncha Boxing Stadium is the centre of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) in Koh Samui. Thai Boxing or Muay Thai is Thailand's National Sport and is one of the world's most demanding contact sports. It takes long and hard training to excel in this discipline and more and more people worldwide are becoming interested and are taking this sport up. Located at the entrance of Soi Reggae in the central area of Chaweng, Petchbuncha Stadium is a large building that can accommodate up to 1,500 punters.
Witness the passion and drama of Thailand's national sport amidst crowds of onlookers whose cheers blend with the strains of high-pitched Javanese clarinets, drums and finger cymbals that accompany the fights from beginning to end. Fights are held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, starting at 21:00. Due to the popularity of this sport, a new stadium named Chaweng Boxing Stadium has opened in Soi Green Mango, right behind Solo Bar. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 21:00 – 00:00
- Location: at the entrance of Soi Reggae
Wat Khao Hua Jook
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 there yourself. 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, look for the Q Bar sign on the road linking Samui Ring Road to Chaweng Beach. In addition to its Buddha relic, the temple features a golden chedi (stupa) and a collection of beautiful statues. As most temples in Thailand, it is a peaceful place at which anyone can meditate for a few hours.
Although this 'mountain' is only 90 metres tall you will have an incredible view from the peak. The entire strip from 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 remarkable spot.
- Opening Hours: daily from 08:00-18:30
- Location: Off the road linking Samui Ring Road (starting diagonally opposed Tesco Lotus) to Chaweng Beach. Follow Q Bar sign.
Paris Follies Cabaret 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, Paris Follies Cabaret show is a must-visit venue for anyone coming to Chaweng. Read More...
- Location: Central area of Chaweng Beach Road, (down the soi opposite Khao San Restaurant and close to Burger King).
- Tel: 082-8154843
Central Festival Samui
Central Festival Samui describes itself as 'the most complete and largest lifestyle shopping complex in Samui’; with three storeys and around 90,000sqm of retail space, there couldn't be a better description for this huge shopping and dining mall, which is located between Chaweng's Beach Road and the nearby lake.
Central Festival Samui has brought Chaweng Beach well and truely into the 21st century, offering over 200 shops, bars, restaurants and recreational activities to the ever-growing number of visitors to this favourite Koh Samui destination.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: between Chaweng Beach Road and Chaweng Lake in the central part of the resort town
- Tel: 077 962 777
Soi Green Mango is to Koh Samui what Soi Cowboy is to Bangkok and Walking Street is to Pattaya, albeit on a smaller scale. It is the beating heart of the island’s nightlife, home to cheap drinks, loud music and good times. The highlight of the street is the namesake establishment at the very end of the road – The Green Mango Club, which has been an institution of Chaweng’s nightlife for decades. Read More...
- Location: Central area of Chaweng