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Chaweng with Kids: How to decide...

Chaweng with Kids: How to decide..." />

As the prime holiday destination in Samui, Chaweng is the most developed resort town on the island. Therefore it is the place that offers the widest choice of hotels, restaurants, shops and leisure entertainment opportunities. With a total length of almost seven kilometres, the beach of Chaweng provides visitors with a long and large stretch of white powdery sand on which to spend a pleasant vacation. Families can find the affordable Samui Aquapark in Chaweng, as well as all the space necessary for their children to enjoy beach activities such as volley ball, badminton, and others.

What's Good:

  • Chaweng houses the only large shopping mall – Central Festival Samui – on the island
  • Chaweng dining scene can cater mostly any taste and budget
  • Long beach with many activities available including Samui Aquapark (large inflatable devices that permit a wide range of fun and challenging water activities for the whole family)
  • Seaside dining available
  • Good choice of high-quality beachfront hotels

What's Not so Good:

  • Lacks an authentic Thai ambiance
  • Crossing the beach road with children can be stressing at rush hour
  • Few attractions, other than the beach and Central Festival Samui



Lamai with Kids: How to decide...

Lamai with Kids: How to decide..." />

Even though it is the second most visited destination in Samui, Lamai somehow retains the relaxed atmosphere of a village. The town centre hosts a lively scene of restaurants and shops, as well as the extremely popular Lamai Night Plaza. Families staying in Lamai also appreciate Coco Splash Adventure & Water Park located on the town’s outskirts. The beach of Lamai is a tropical paradise come true: it offers water activities, tranquil corners, and a good choice of venues serving affordable drinks and food.

What's Good:

  • Lamai Town centre features a great choice of dining venues for all budgets
  • Lamai Night Plaza (opened daily) and the weekly Walking Street (on Sundays) make Lamai a lively shopping hub
  • Long beach with many activities available
  • Seaside dining available
  • Good range of hotel prices

What’s Not so Good:

  • Access to the beach can be difficult if you do not stay in a beach hotel
  • Traffic is intense at rush hours

Bophut with Kids: How to decide...

Bophut with Kids: How to decide..." />

Bophut definitely has all the assets of a prime family holiday destination. There is a great choice of beachfront accommodation options available, a three-kilometre long strip of sand offering splendid views to Koh Phangan, and a genuine southern Thai fisherman’s village that blends both vintage and modern touches. The village is really the soul of Bophut area and the perfect place to wander with family. It hosts an excellent range of dining and shopping venues as well as some cool attractions in its vicinity – mini-golf and go-kart track for instance.

What's Good:

  • Good compromise between 'too busy' and 'too quiet’
  • The Fisherman’s Village houses lively shopping (Walking Street market on Fridays) and dining scenes
  • Wide range of hotel prices
  • Plenty of dining choices overlooking the beach

What’s Not so Good:

  • The water can be quite murky, particularly around December
  • The sand is not as fine as beaches further south

Maenam with Kids: How to decide...

Maenam with Kids: How to decide..." />

Tourism-wise, Maenam is the quietest developed area in Koh Samui. Situated between Bang Por and Bophut beaches, Maenam’s shoreline is made of a five-kilometre long stretch of sand fringed by coconut trees housing a variety of resorts from cheap to luxurious. Apart from a few standalone dining options, convenience stores, and the weekly Walking Street market held in the centrally located main village, Maenam is a very quiet place to stay. Maenam’s hinterland hosts a few attractions and activities such as Samui Canopy Adventure and Samui Frisbee Golf.

What's Good:

  • Tranquility of the area
  • Good choice of hotels for every types of budget

What’s Not so Good:

  • The water is not typically clear from September to December
  • Not much to do in the area without a vehicle
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