Chaweng is the vibrant heart of Koh Samui’s thriving tourist industry and home to the longest beach on the island. Its 7km stretch of powdery white sand, palm-fringed shoreline and crystal clear blue waters have been attracting travellers since the island emerged from its sleepy rural past in the 1980s. The island’s international airport is merely 10 minutes away.
Chaweng’s coastal stretch is bordered by rocky headlands at either end. To the north are coastal reefs and the tiny island of Koh Matlam with shallow waters, ideal for families with small children.
At the southern end towards Lamai, a shorter section of beach called Chaweng Noi (Little Chaweng) is less crowded but also offers beachfront action and great swimming close to the shore. There are plenty of things to do in Chaweng almost all year-round, such as windsurfing, jet-skiing, parasailing, kayaking and taking rides on banana boats.
The road running parallel to the beach has developed as a popular lifestyle destination. A holiday in Chaweng offers access to ample clubs, shops, restaurants and nightlife, including the upmarket Central Festival shopping centre.
Just to the north is the area of Choeng Mon, where you will find many of the island’s most expensive and exclusive private villas, as well as 5-star resorts. A perfect crescent in shape, Choeng Mon Bay and its neighbouring coves also boast powdery white sand beaches perfect for lazy days spent soaking up the sun.