Chaweng (Koh Samui) is a large beach located on the east coast of the Thai island of Koh Samui. Chaweng is distinguished by clean white sand, clear water with a convenient, gentle entrance, and the availability of all the entertainment and benefits of civilization. Many hotels, cafes, bars, and shops are concentrated in this popular place among tourists. Chaweng Beach is hardly suitable for hermits who want to be alone with nature, but for connoisseurs of everything that the leisure industry offers, there is a real expanse here.
Chaweng is the most popular beach in Koh Samui. It is one of the most beautiful, cleanest, and well-organized beaches in the world. Chaweng is the center of tourist life on the island. It is the only beach with hotels of all categories: from budget to moderate, to expensive hotel complexes with all comforts. Chaweng is a popular place for family holidays, but it is also a popular place for young people.
It is the most convenient place to organize a wedding on the beach. Chaweng attracts many tourists, and it is tough to get a room in the hotel. In the evening, Chaweng becomes the center of nightlife on the island. Restaurants, pubs, and clubs are open until the morning.
Chaweng is a convenient place for water sports. There are many water sports equipment rental shops where you can rent a bicycle, a surfboard, a wakeboard, a jet ski, a kayak, and other equipment. It is also the center of diving on the island. It is possible to arrange a diving trip to all the underwater attractions on the island. There are some diving centers on the beach. The most popular diving centers are Koh Samui Divers, Seadive, and Diving Asia.
Chaweng Beach is the place for a variety of entertainment. Water park, dolphinarium, zoo, and other attractions are located in Chaweng. Here are many good restaurants with an extensive menu, especially seafood. You can enjoy Thai cuisine, Italian cuisine, French cuisine, or another cuisine. Every evening, there is entertainment on the beach. Many concerts, fire shows, and other performances are held.
Chaweng is a trendy place for tourists, and it is hard to get a hotel room. The peak season is from December to April. In this period, it is tough to get a hotel room in the center of Chaweng, especially on weekends and in the evenings. For the rest of the year, the situation is much better. It is possible to find a room in the center of Chaweng.
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Getting to Chaweng from Koh Samui is easy. You can use:
- bike rental;
- public transport, a so-called songteo – an open pickup truck without glass, but with a roof;
All songteos have a specific route and timetable, but after 18.00 they start working in taxi mode and increase their fares by 2-3 times. The same can happen if you start asking about the fare during working hours – the driver will not mind giving you a ride for the price of a taxi. Therefore, if you do not want extra spending, get on the minibus at the bus stop without asking questions about the fare, and if necessary, wait until it is full.
Travel from the most remote point of Koh Samui to Chaweng by songthaew will cost a maximum of $ 1.8 per person, by taxi, respectively, 2-3 times more expensive. Samui Airport has located 2 km from the northern part of Chaweng Beach, so you can get there quickly and inexpensively using a taxi. You can order a transfer in advance, in which case the driver will meet you at the airport with a sign.
The weather on the island is divided not into two distinct seasons, as in other resorts, but into three. The most popular time for a vacation on Koh Samui is the period from February to May. During these months there is the least chance of rain, and the temperature is kept at a quite acceptable level – about +30 ° C. The water is heated up to +28 ° C. This period of time is considered to be a high tourist season since it is from February to May that Koh Samui has the most comfortable weather conditions for beach and sightseeing holidays.
The low season starts in November and ends in January. However, this does not mean that you should deny yourself the pleasure of visiting a sunny exotic island. If a tourist can easily endure the heat and humidity, then you can go here at the mentioned time, how exactly at this time the prices for accommodation and flights are reduced. The average air temperature can reach + 35 ° C, and water – + 30 ° C. The threat of showers is extremely high, it can rain every day, but, as a rule, they last no more than an hour.
From June to October, the so-called “docking” period lasts, when it rains more often than during the dry season, but less often than during the rainy season. In general, this time can also be considered favorable for visiting the island.
The most populous part of Koh Samui is Chaweng, hotels are found here at every turn. There are about 300 hotels of different levels concentrated here, not counting small guesthouses.
Hotels located along the coast and with beach access are generally not cheap. The cost of a double room in a five-star hotel is from $ 250 per day, and a villa with a pool for two will cost from $ 550.
Prices for a double room in a 3-4 star beachfront hotel start at an average of $ 100 per night.