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Chaweng Beach In Koh Samui – A Complete Guide

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui is the most popular beach on the island, due to Chaweng being the tourist hub. So here’s everything you need to know when visiting!

How To Get To Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui is located on the East side of the island. It’s a huge stretch of land that runs all the way up the coast.

We stayed in the Chaweng area of Koh Samui. Although if you’re travelling from outside of Chaweng, then you can rent a scooter for 150 Baht per day and explore the island.

Whilst in the area we recommend heading down to Lamai Beach as well, for another beautiful strip and a visit to Grandfather & Grandmother Rocks!

If you’re looking for transport to and from Koh Samui, you can pre-book all of your Lomprayah transfers.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Chaweng Beach Entrance Fee

It is fee to visit Chaweng Beach.

Chaweng Beach Opening Times

Chaweng Beach is open all day, every day.

Best Time To Visit Chaweng Beach

The weather on Koh Samui is generally hot and sunny all year round – perfect for beach days. With the most settled months, weather-wise, being December to March.

The rainy season is usually between mid-October to mid-December.

Chaweng Beach consists of four different areas, with the central area being the busiest. If you like it a bit quieter, head to the north or south end of the beach like we did.

If you want to stay in the central area of Chaweng Beach, get there early as it will fill up as the days goes on.

The water is shallow for quite a way out, so ideal for families with young children who like to paddle.

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel


Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

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Chaweng Beach Koh Samui radiating those blues!

What To Expect At Chaweng Beach In Koh Samui

So, the most popular stretch of sand on the island is definitely the beautiful, coconut tree lined Chaweng Beach.

Stretching over 7km, it is situated right in the hub of the most touristy part of the island and is generally where people book their stay.

With it being so easily accessible, it does get super busy in peak season. Although that doesn’t stop the beach from being enjoyable most days!

There are different activities on offer on the beach including diving, snorkelling, jet skiing, boat trips and more.

There are also plenty of vendors selling everything from fruit, ice creams, souvenirs and hats to local Thai food cooked on portable barbecues.

Instead of hanging around in the touristy area we drove right up to the northern part of Chaweng Beach, directly outside Tango Beach Resort, and we were rewarded with the most powdery white sand and a much quieter version of the touristy beach!

The ocean at the northern end of Chaweng Beach is completely transparent and feels nothing short of paradise!

There were nowhere near as many tourists at this end of the beach and even better, this side had its own private sand banks!

If you want a change from Chaweng Beach, you can head down south to Lamai Beach which is just a short 25 minutes drive further along the coastal road.

Another one of the best beaches in Koh Samui.

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We had it all to ourselves at Chaweng Beach Koh Samui
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This was definitely the most beautiful strip of sand we’ve seen in Thailand!
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If you hang around you’ll see lots of planes go up too!

Where To Stay In Koh Samui


Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui

Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui offers tropical villas with a private pool and free WiFi.

It has a main infinity pool, two on-site restaurants and pampering spa treatments.

Luxurious ocean-facing villas come with a 42-inch flat-screen TV, iPod dock and sun loungers.

The large en suite bathroom has a separate bathtub and shower stall.

Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui is a 5-minute drive from Seatran Ferry Pier, which offers transfers to Koh Phangan. It is 1.9 miles from Samui International Airport.


Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana

Located along Chaweng Road, the charming Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana features cosy and comfortable rooms with free WiFi.

Offering 2 dining options, the property also boasts an outdoor swimming pool with pool bar.

Just 550 yards from the beach, the hotel is a 15-minute drive from Samui International Airport. Samui Ferry Terminal is a 30-minute drive away.

The Thai-style rooms come with wooden flooring and furnishings. Each room has a tea/coffee maker, a safe deposit box and a minibar.

Guests enjoy satellite channels on a flat-screen TV. An en suite bathroom comes with a shower.


Arina Boutique Residence

Just off Chaweng Beach Road, the family-run Arina Boutique Residence offers cosy rooms decorated with traditional Thai artwork.

Providing free Wi-Fi, it is just 2 minutes’ drive from central Chaweng. Arina Residence is a 30-minute drive from Nathon Ferry Pier and a 45-minute drive from Tong Yang Ferry Port.

Koh Samui Airport is a 15-minute drive from the hotel.

Decorated with dark wood furnishings, rooms at Arina feature a private balcony and a 29-inch flat-screen cable/satellite TV.

For more places to stay in Koh Samui, you can check the latest prices on

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

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Chaweng Beach In Koh Samui Guide


Sunday 10th of November 2019

Hi there! Your blog is very informative! Thank you for this! Me and my boyfriend are going to Koh Samui this December. I want to stay at Chaweng since a lot of people are recommending it especially South Chaweng but learned that it gets busy there so we decided to just stay in Lamai. (Hopefully its an okay decision.)

Then I saw this and man!!! these are gorgeous!!! I really do not want the crowd and these tips are perfect!!!

Just wondering, is the beach outside the Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui accessible to public? or you guys checked in with that hotel?

thank you and keep the blogs coming :)

You guys are really helpful!


Saturday 8th of January 2022

@Charlie & Lauren,

Hi Charlie & Lauren, Your blog is fantastic and the photos are stunning! I would like to know exactly where those photos with the sandbar were taken on Chaweng beach? When I type in Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui it takes me to another beach on Koh Samui! If I've got it right the sandbar is Ko Na Thian??? Looking at hotels for this coming August. Thanks for your time and keep the blog coming ... enjoy reading it Shauntelle

Charlie Pauly

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Hey guys! Sorry for the slow response.

I'm sure you will be able to explore all of Samui from Lamai, it's an easy island to get around.

This area of Chaweng Beach is accessible to the public, it's located just behind Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui - however you don't have to stay there.

Thanks for the support and best of luck with your trip! :)