The best things to do in Chaweng go beyond its beautiful beach. Indeed, this most popular resort town on Koh Samui's north-eastern coast has a beach that's the longest strip of sand available on the island – stretching for about 7 km encompassing Chaweng Noi. Its central part is the most crowded, and access to the beach itself is only possible through the hotels built right on it.
The beach of Chaweng and the Wat Khao Hua Jook (a beautiful elevated Buddhist temple at Chaweng’s northern end), are Chaweng’s main attractions. Even so, the ones you’ll find in this Go Guide range from sports and leisure or even nightlife-oriented activities. Indeed, the best attractions in Chaweng aim at entertaining the ever-growing number of visitors to this exotic destination.
What are the best things to do in Chaweng?
- Ang Thong Adventure Tour
- Ko Tao & Ko Nang Yuan Snorkeling Tour
- Jungle Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Around the Island Tour
- Temples & City Tour
- Big Game Fishing Full-Day Tour
- 4-Wheel ATV Adventure
- Red Baron Junk Sailing Tour with Transfers
- Guided Photography Tour with Golden Pagoda & Big Buddha
Chaweng BeachThe main attraction of the resort town
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 5 km-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. Chaweng Beach is packed with sun-seekers soaking up the rays in both the summer and winter high seasons. It 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 lounger – from cold drinks and snacks to massages, making it a great option for lazing away the day in comfort. Read More...
- Location: Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Chaweng spas and Thai massagesFor pampering and relaxation
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...
Thai cooking classesCulinary skills to take home with you
Thai cooking classes in Chaweng can be fun and inspiring. Want to impress people back home by bringing them something special from your Samui trip? Beyond 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 the 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 (3-hour classes at 11 am and again at 4 pm). SITCA also offers fruit-carving courses. Read More...
- Location: Soi Colibri, 46/6 Moo 3, Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 413 172
Samui Football GolfA fun and original game
Samui Football Golf is the creator of an original game that combines 2 different sports. 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. 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 9 am to 6.30 pm
- Location: 63/240, Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 426 600
Muay Thai at Chaweng StadiumsThailand's national sport
Muay Thai (Thai boxing) is one of the uniquely Thai things to do in Koh Samui. Phetchbuncha Boxing Stadium is the centre of Muay Thai on the island. Thailand's National Sport is also 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, the Phetchbuncha Samui stadium is a large building that can accommodate up to 1,500 punters.
Witness the passion and drama of Thailand's national sport amid 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 9 pm. Due to the popularity of this sport, a new stadium named Chaweng Boxing Stadium also opened in Soi Green Mango. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Fights start at 6 pm on Mondays and Fridays (also Sundays during high season)
- Location: 3/2 Laem Din Rd, Chaweng, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)62 645 1245
Wat Khao Hua JookSamui's hilltop golden pagoda
Wat Khao Hua Jook is a century-old Buddhist temple set on a hilltop north of Chaweng. This temple contains, according to the sign, a replica of Buddha's footprint. Even so, 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’ll also pass the fabulous Nathalie's Art Palace. In addition to its Buddha relic, the temple features a golden chedi (stupa) and a collection of beautiful statues. Like 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’ll 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. 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 are all visible from this remarkable spot.
- Opening Hours: 24/7
- Location: Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Paris Follies CabaretOne of Chaweng's popular evening entertainments
Paris Follies Cabaret is a popular cabaret show and bar that features 3 shows nightly. The shows start at 8 pm, 9.30 pm, and 11 pm. Some 20 performers present their fabulous talents with song, dance, and spectacular 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.
Colourful and extravagant costumes, songs dedicated to almost every nation, excellent lighting and sound system, and a great performance from a group of glittering dancers whose genuine smiles show that they’re happy to present their best on stage. Paris Follies Cabaret show is a modern and vibrant evening venue for anyone coming to Chaweng. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily at 8 pm, 9.30 pm and 11 pm
- Location: 166/92 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)87 030 8280
Central Festival SamuiSamui's large lifestyle and shopping complex
Central Festival Samui describes itself as “the most complete and largest lifestyle shopping complex in Samui”, with 3 storeys and about 90,000 square metres 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 into the 21st century, offering over 200 shops, bars, restaurants, and recreational activities to the ever-growing number of visitors to this favourite beach resort on Koh Samui.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm
- Location: 209/3 Moo 2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 913 000
Soi Green MangoSamui's lively nightlife street
Soi Green Mango is the beating heart of the island’s nightlife, home to cheap drinks, loud music and good times. It is to Koh Samui what Soi Cowboy is to Bangkok and Walking Street is to Pattaya, albeit on a smaller scale.
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: Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand