Chaweng Koh Samui
The popular area of the island is Chaweng Koh Samui. Stretching 5km from Choeng Mon North to Chaweng Noi on the east of Samui. Public transport songthaews and motorbike taxis cruise the streets beeping horns for business. The streets and side alleys of Chaweng have numerous bars and restaurants serving Thai and International food and drinks. Chaweng is popular with the backpacker community for the party beaches and cheap accommodation.
The street vendors sell Satay and Banana Pancakes from their homemade stalls. Fine dining options are an option at the exclusive hotels overlooking the bay. World-class chefs prepare amazing fresh dishes to suit every palette. Selections of Thai, International and fast food outlets line the busy streets of Chaweng Koh Samui. The roads in Chaweng are busy and best avoided at rush hour. Vehicle hire for scooters or cars is readily available throughout the Chaweng area.
Beach Chaweng Koh Samui
Beach vendors patrol the main beaches throughout the day. Selling goods from beach bats to henna tattoos at reasonable prices. The beach bars, clubs, restaurants and resorts offer an array of Thai and Western food and drinks. Sun beds for exclusive use by hotel guests take prime location on the beach. The hotels welcome visitors who purchase refreshments from their restaurants and bars to enjoy their facilities. Clearly, sign posted by the hotels. Water sports are in abundance on Chaweng Beach. Jetpack, banana boats, jet skis and numerous more thrills for the adventurous tourist. Enthusiasts hire kayaks hobbie-cats windsurfers and jet skis and the popular ‘Jetlev’ for fun on the ocean.
Massages available on the beach the price starting at 200 Baht for Traditional Thai massage. High-end luxury spa days available for those to want to really pamper themselves. Beach vendors offer manicure and pedicures on your sunbed overlooking the ocean. Agree on the price before the treatment or you may find yourself with a hefty bill.
Sun Down Chaweng Koh Samui
Beaches transform at sun-down in Chaweng for a different vibe and feel to the area. The sun-loungers exchanged for candlelit tables at the water’s edge for an intimate dinner. Freshly caught seafood is displayed for the diner’s selection. Lanterns and fairy lights illuminate coconut trees lining the beach of Chaweng. DJs and dancers entertain partygoers transforming beach bars to party bars. Talented Fire performers entertain tourists every evening on Chaweng Beach. The performers are talented artists and encourage tourists to join in the fun. Perched on podiums dancers entertain guests encouraging the party mood. The younger set frequent the popular Ark Bar famous for its party vibe and fire shows.
Clubs and shows in Chaweng come alive after 10 pm. The Starz Cabaret Ladyboy show is popular with tourists curious to discover another side of Koh Samui. Bars and restaurants on Chaweng’s side roads have a quieter vibe with live music and food on offer. Traditional Thai food is available at small shacks along the streets where the locals eat.
Samui’s first shopping mall Central Festival has a distinctive shopping experience. Stores selling well-known brands are situated on three floors of the shopping complex. There are restaurants, a cinema and gaming rooms. The mall is the largest shopping complex on Koh Samui island. Market stalls sell cheap imitation clothes and electricals. Designer boutique attracts the affluent shoppers of Samui. Haggling for bargains is expected at the markets and street stalls the locals find it hilarious. Adding to the fun of shopping haggling is a chance to chat with the local vendors. When you haggle remember to be polite and if you are refused smile and walk away.
There are countless tailors display hand stitched shoes and custom made suits at half of the western prices. Street vendors pushing homemade carts sell wares and tares from pancakes to handcrafted pictures. Chaweng Koh Samui holds a weekly walking street market on Friday evenings. Chaweng has smaller markets every night of the week by the lake.
The 4169 ring road between Chaweng Koh Samui and Lamai offers viewpoints along the coastline. Organised tours include short stops at the view points along the coast of Samui. The views are a great opportunity for photos of the coastline with amazing backdrops for selfie photos. The bay of Chaweng Noi separates Chaweng and Lamai with steep inclines, cliffs and rock formations. 5* hotel resorts and fine dining restaurants built on rocky boulders and cliffs take advantage of the views overlooking the bay.
Sunset or sunrise in Chaweng the views offer photographers stunning landscapes to capture. Nature transforms the sky into vivid oranges reds and yellows creating shimmering lights across the ocean. The landscape changes rapidly as the sunsets on the island. Fishermen cast shadows on the water as they leave the shore for the nightly catch. Have your camera ready to capture the action as the day turns to night in Chaweng. Khao Hua Jook Pagoda on Chaweng hill has 360 degrees views of Koh Samui. Jook Pagoda gleaming in the distance can be seen from Samui Airport as you arrive and depart the island.
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