Chaweng is the islandís most established and re-known beach. The beach, one of Samuiís longuest, stretches over 7 Kms of the most refined sand on Koh Samui.
The beach itself is very relaxing and peaceful but noticeably more touristy during the high season. The center of
Chaweng beach road features the greatest selection of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and of course fast food and
convenience stores. A good choice of music venues range from traditional Thai to jazz, rock to reggae, small cozy bars
to large clubs. All entertainment places close at 2:00am.
For a more private evening, there are plenty of bars and restaurants right on the beach, offering a dreamy and quieter
view of the Gulf and the starring night. Chaweng beach offers food for everyoneís taste, whether it be Thai or western,
with a focus on good fresh seafood restaurants.
Lamai's attractions are its open market and the old monastery, which includes a local museum. If you want to get back
to nature, explore the paths just to the back of the beach road. Here, you'll find peaceful coconut and fruit (banana,
pineapple, durian) plantations as well as trekking trails leading into the inside of the island.
The main beach road features attractions such as health and meditation centers and a Thai boxing school. Down the road are
the famous Grandfather and Grandmother rocks, favorite amongst Thai and foreign tourists.
Maenam, on the northern coast of Koh Samui is still very much a traditional Thai village with some of its wooden houses
and shops over 70 years old. The beach is calm, clean and runs for approximately 4 Kms.
This is undoubtedly one of the most charming beach spots. Bophut village is one of the oldest villages and remains a little fishing village. There are several seafront shop houses which have been converted into trendy restaurant and shop. The two kilometers white sandy beach and the calm waters of the bay make this a popular spot for relaxing. At night,
the area is charming, quiet and intimate.
Big Buddha & Choengmon
Big Buddha Beach is the North eastern tip of Koh Samui and as the name suggests is home to the Big Buddha. Like Bohput,
it remains a peaceful and relaxing interlude from the busy time of Chaweng.
Further eastwards is Choeng Mon beach. The area is only about 15 minutes from Chaweng but because it is in a protected
cove the beach remains calm and reasonably clean. There are a few small coves and bays to be found some of which have
been developed into self contained resorts.