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Chaweng / Ko samui Island , Gulf of Thailand


Chaweng is the beach on the east coast of Ko Samui and has a reputation for a pristine white beach and an excellent nightlife infrastructure especially on the northern end of the beach.
Chaweng is the largest and most popular of Samui's beaches and is usually divided into three sections: North Chaweng, Central Chaweng and Chaweng Noi (Little Chaweng) around a headland to the south. Chaweng Beach is longest beach located on Samui Island's east coast. The beach is beautiful here and local developers are finally cleaning up some of the trashy area on the island. It attracts many young travelers and families alike but still remains good value for the money.

The beach is approximately 7 km long with powdery white sand. It is bordered by emerald-blue waters and a coral reef where waves break, leaving the bay quite peaceful. Not far from the beach, there are two small islands near the reef. After swimming, you can explore the nearest one by walking through shallow water or go for snorkeling and kayaking at the second island which is further out and larger
The central part of the beach is a bit more crowded than the quieter north. Many vendors pass by offering beverages, fruit, ice cream and local Thai food for the more daring. A variety of local crafts and Thai souvenirs are also available.
The beach itself is usually accessed through the hotels, as there are no beach roads to disturb the peacefulness of the area. It is very relaxing but noticeably more touristy during the high season. The water is clean with usual temperatures between 25-28 degrees Celsius.
Parallel to the beach, clustered in the middle of the strip, lies Samui's greatest concentration of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and of course, fast food and convenience stores
Chaweng is a few minutes ride south from the airport. Taxi drivers rarely use taximeter here.Most taxi drivers do not use the taximeter, so the price has to be negotiated in advance. The fare is usually 200-250 Bht or you may book a transfer with your hotel. This service usually costs 300 Bht.

You may opt to take other, more adventurous forms of transportation like the following:

Motorcycle Taxi are ordinary motorbikes and you sit behind the driver during the ride. Depending on the distance, the price ranges from 30-150 Bht.

Motorbike Rentals are available if riding solo is what you prefer. Most motorbike rentals in Chaweng offer 100-125 cc bikes such as Honda Wave, Honda Click, Suzuki Step, etc. Rentals cost 100-200 Bht per day depending on the lenght of the rental.

Bigger motorbikes like Harley Davidson and sport bikes like Kawasaki Ninja and Honda CBR are also offered. Be warned that bike accidents tend to be a regular occurrence in Ko Samui, so drive carefully.

If you are travelling in a large group, you may opt to rent a jeep. The rental usually ranges from 800 Bht per day. A private car will set you back 1500 Bht or more every 24hrs. There are many models to choose from: Honda Jazz, Isuzu Hi-Lander, Toyota Camry, Toyota Fortuner, etc. Established rental companies such as Avis and Hertz also offer insurance. It might be a good idea to get the insurance along with the rental as having no insurance during an accident could be expensive. And don't forget: vehicles here are left-hand drives.

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