Photo: Beachside in front of Buri Rasa.

Ko Samui is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Samui as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Samui’s different areas.

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Eat and meet


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Beach Road Chaweng, and Main Road Bang Rak
T: (080) 492 2002

Owner Joel offers the best sandwiches, burgers, salads, breakfasts and daily specials, with an emphasis on quality authentic ingredients. No Thai food here, but hearty portions at reasonable prices. The coffee is excellent too, and regular expats spend hours talking about nothing and reading the paper over endless cups. Due to its popularity, a second branch has opened towards the end of Bang... Read our full review of Cafe Uno.

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Centre of Chaweng Beach
T: (077) 961 333

At night resident DJs get the crowd going, and tourists and locals puff on hubbly bubblies and sip cocktails on sun loungers that have been converted into chill out platforms, complete with pyramid cushions and fairy lights. The 7 Seas restaurant, located next to a large swimming pool, churns out good food at decent prices, and Wednesday afternoons free barbecues are on offer to get the party... Read our full review of Ark Bar.

Magnolia Cafe & Spa
22 Moo 2, Chaweng North (on the 4171, entering Chaweng from Choeng Mon), Ko Samui
T: (077) 601 133

Magnolia Cafe in Ko Samui’s northern Chaweng is a European-style coffee shop with comfy chairs, couches, newspapers and subdued lighting. Other than Starbucks, there are few establishments on Samui with a real coffee-shop type atmosphere, but this place has that lounge about, read the paper, catch up on gossip with friends feel about... Read our full review of Magnolia Cafe & Spa.

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Two locations, Chaweng Ring Road and Lamai Ring Road

The French Bakery, easily recognised by its French flag and white cafe-style chairs outside, has branches along the ring road in Chaweng and Lamai. Bread and pastries are baked fresh daily, and a steady flow of patrons pop in for their fix of excellent coffee, or a quick baguette takeaway. A selection of cheeses and cold cuts are on offer as sandwich fillings, or try a scrambled egg and bacon... Read our full review of The French Bakery .

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Chaweng Beach Road, Laemdin junction
T: (077) 414 101

An old temple ground has been converted into a restaurant, spa and cooking school. Waterfalls, lotus ponds, rice canals, a herb garden, salas hidden in the garden, aged clay brickwork, stone statues and old traditional buildings all add to the charm. Add to this staff in traditional dress, authentic Thai dishes and intimate dining rooms, and one can quickly leave behind the madness that is... Read our full review of Spirit House Village .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Chaweng Beach? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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