Tropical paradise by day and party hub by night, Chaweng - the popular resort town in Koh Samui - has been wowing both sun-seekers and nocturnal beings for quite some time now. While the central part is where you’ll find lots of nightclubs, bars and fireworks, the northern part promises peaceful retreats and deserted beach strips. Located on the northeastern coast of Samui, this part of Thailand is a go-to spot for all kinds of travelers - thrill-seekers, families, couples, and solo flyers - which explains the increasing footfall and growing popularity. Read on to learn about all the different types of things you can do in Chaweng:
1. Chaweng Beach
The most frequented part of this resort town would be its 5-km (16-mile) long stretch of glorious white-sand beach, bordered by offshore reefs and the small neighboring island of Koh Matlam. The peak seasons find this place packed with beach lovers soaking up the tropical rays, lazing with a chilled beer, getting a Thai massage, and indulging in water sports. Vendors patrol the stretch with everything from ice creams to henna tattoos to little trinkets, so you might as well get some shopping done while acquiring the tan. Exuding a fun holiday vibe, Chaweng Beach is easily your happy place (if you don’t mind the crowd) even after the sun goes down, because that’s when the fairy lights and candles come out at the beachfront restaurants, to create a warm, romantic ambiance - a perfect end to your day at the beach.
Address: Surat Thani, Thailand
Access: usually accessible through the beach-side hotel properties
Near by Food: Phat Burger Koh Samui, El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse, Save Water Drink Cocktails
Website: Chaweng Beach
2. Aquapark Samui
Aquapark Samui is a fun extension to an already bountiful Chaweng Beach, comprising several giant inflatable devices posing as exhilarating challenges, that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. These inflatables include the likes of large trampolines, hamster wheels, a 5-meter (16-feet) high iceberg, banana rocker, and catapult. With strict safety measures in place, the management team has a supervisor at all times keeping an eye on the young frolickers. The child-friendly park is only open when the weather gods are kind and the sea is calm.
Address: Chaweng Beach, 84320 Amphoe Koh Sa-Mui, Surat Thani, Thailand
Price: from 9 USD (per hour)
Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm
Access: 40 meters (131 feet) from Monkey Bay Bar on Chaweng Beach
Contact: +66 945820313
Website: Aquapark Samui
3. Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts (SITCA)
For any passionate cook, missing out on the opportunity to delve deep into Thai culinary arts would be a shame, especially when such cooking classes are offered by most big hotels and resorts. These easy-to-prepare dishes take very little time to complete and, under the guidance of experienced teachers, the process is rather fun too. Located in Soi Colibri in southern Chaweng, SITCA is a highly popular culinary destination, with well-planned sessions that include a lot more on the menu than just Thai staples like tom yam, phad thai, spicy salads, and coconut-based dishes. What’s more, they also provide food carving sessions for budding chefs.
Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts (SITCA)
Address: 46/6 Moo 3, Chaweng Beach, Borphut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Price: from 55 USD
Opening Hours: daily classes at 11am and 6pm
Duration: around 3 hours required for each session
Access: opposite Centara Samui Beach Resort in southern Chaweng
Contact: +66 77413172
4. Samui Bungy Jump
A must-do for the adrenaline junkies, the activities at this British-owned company will definitely get your hearts racing and blood pumping. Being flung high in the air followed by a free-fall and then bouncing over a plunge pool. That is Samui Bungy Jump experience in a nutshell. And the soaring levels of excitement felt upon accomplishing this challenging feat, are another story altogether. For the daredevils, the owners offer specialist jumps like reverse and running bungees as well as regular bungees from a crane over the deepest pool in South Thailand. If you haven’t tried it before, this would be a great place to start, provided you’re of average health and not a crier.
Samui Bungy Jump
Address: 3/130 Moo 2, Soi Reggae, Chaweng, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Price: from 44 USD
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 6pm
Access: on Chaweng Beach
Contact: +65 77414252
Website: Samui Bungy Jump
5. EasyFly - Indoor Skydiving
While there are plenty of activities in Chaweng to keep you on your toes, the one to literally sweep you off your feet is indoor skydiving - an exhilarating experience without having to jump off an airplane. An hour is all it takes for you to get your briefing, get suited up and then flying in a recreational wind tunnel, with a certified instructor by your side. Defying gravity, your body will be afloat in the vertical tunnel with wind rising upward at a maximum speed of 200km/hour (656 miles/hour), recreating the thrilling sensation of free-falling, similar to skydiving. All flying equipment is provided by the institute, and your accomplishment is represented by way of a certificate of recognition. All you need to do is be above 20 kg (44 lbs) in weight, and you’re good to FLY!
EasyFly Samui - Indoor Skydiving
Address: 3/196 Moo 2 Soi Laem Din, Chaweng, Ko Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Price: from 53 USD
Opening Hours: 12pm - 8pm
Duration: around 2 hours required
Contact: +66 910386111
6. Chaweng Boxing Stadium
If you’re an action movie buff, Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is something you might want to witness when in this country. Taken on by the locals both as a profession and a hobby, the grueling training of their body parts - fists, forearms, elbows, knees, shins and feet - starts from as early as age 7. Chaweng Boxing Stadium, located off Chaweng Beach Road, behind Soi Solo Bar, organizes thrilling knockout bouts between both Thai and international fighters twice a week. The electric atmosphere is heightened by a dramatic Thai background score and a live commentator and is something that is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
Chaweng Boxing Stadium
Address: Soi Reggae, Chaweng Beach, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Price: from 44 USD
Opening Hours: 9pm - 12am on Tuesdays and Fridays
Duration: around 2-3 hours required
Contact: +66 77413504
7. Laem Din Market
The busy day bazaar will make you want to grab a basket and turn all the fresh produce into one (or more) spectacular dish. And maybe you can, if your rental has a user-friendly kitchen. Organic and fresh, everything from vegetables to fruits to meat line this market at the makeshift stalls erected by the local vendors. Walk around this market, amid laughter and banter, and try some local fruits because some of these tropical delights are simply delicious. Not to mention, stopping by a local bazaar like this also provides a great insight into the lives of the Thai people.
Laem Din Market
Address: Soi Reggae, Chewang, Bhoput, Koh Samui, Thailand
Opening Hours: 4am - 6pm
Access: near Petcha Bucha Thai boxing stadium
Experience a true blue beach holiday in Chaweng
A true beach resort town, Chaweng has a lot going on for a place of its size. The busy tourist hub has an infectious holiday vibe that catches on instantly, especially on the long, majestic stretch of the beach. Fun and frolicking is assured for families, while couples can literally walk into a glorious sunset. Adrenaline junkies can get their dose of thrill through both land and water sports, while the solo peace-seekers can go down the unbeaten paths and find bliss in solitude. So it’s quite safe to say, that Chaweng is pretty much everyone’s cup of tea, a piping hot one at that!
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