On the east coast of Samui Island lays Chaweng Beach, a classic tropical beach in all respects. Chaweng Beach is the longest strip on the island. Stretching for 6 kilometers, Chaweng is most popular and offers a wide range of facilities from the luxurious to the very basic at varying prices.
The strip splits naturally into three sections, with the resort town located in the central area. In recent years it has blossomed into the island's second largest town. It is a magnet for visitors from all over the island. All the attractions are easily accessed by the road which runs parallel to the beach.
Chaweng is considered as the center of tourist activities. It is the most developed area, too. You can find some of the island's best hotels, together with an endless number of bungalows, beach bars, restaurants, discos and shops. You can just sit and lie on a deckchair in the shining sun - it's quite common for most people here. Relaxing for lazy hours on the beach here is the one way to escape from the sophisticated, frustrating world. If you wish to find something more active, there are ample things to do.
If you stroll along Chaweng road you can find myriad shops and stalls offering something for everyone including shopping enthusiasts, Internet addicts, book lovers and food hunters. Food lovers can find just about anything, whether it's Thai or western, and there are also some very good seafood restaurants. For a quieter evening there are plenty of bars and restaurants right on the beach, offering a dreamy view of the Gulf. You may find that the prices of Thai food here are more expensive than other places on the island, but the taste is worth it. If windsurfing, catamaran dingy, jet skiing, water skiing and parasailing are what you are looking for, many resorts and hotels offer quite reasonable equipment rental rates.
Nightlife at Chaweng is reaching legendary status, so it is rather noisy and crowded. Central Chaweng Beach has the greatest concentration of venues. Most of the nightlife attractions are located there. A good choice of music venues ranges from traditional Thai to jazz, rock to reggae. There are nightclubs, outdoor theaters, cabaret shows, beach bars, girlie bars, pool bars, snooker halls, video shops, British, American, and European style pubs and clubs. Many of them stay open until the first gleam of daylight so that you can enjoy the nocturnal life from dusk till dawn.
Chaweng has the greatest number of dive shops on Samui, many of which organize day and night dives at the long reef just off Chaweng beach. A number of companies operate one-day trips from Chaweng beach to Angthong, Sail Rock, Ko Tao and other sites.
Despite all the activity, however, Chaweng still maintains the classic image of a palm-fringed tropical beach. The beach both in Chaweng Noi and Chaweng Yai is a really lively nature paradise. Generally, you can say that for beach-lovers, and sun-seekers, Samui's palm-fringed, sandy beaches and warm waters are just the very paradise on earth they are searching for.
One can get a songtaew or "two row" truck to reach Chaweng. They run all over the island and the price from Nathon to Chaweng is 30 baht. After arriving on the island, you can hire a taxi from the airport to Chaweng for 150-200 baht for a more private and comfortable ride.