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“Not the gem it used to be”
Review of Chaweng Noi Beach

Chaweng Noi Beach
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Not the gem it used to be”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

I I returned to Samui for the third time; this time with my 16yo daughter in tow. It has been 17 years since my last visit and 25 years since my first. I knew things would have changed but I was sad to see that much of Samui's development has given little thought to the environmental or long term impact. The island is no longer a quiet tropical haven- while I get that few places like that remain, It's a shame it has been exploited to such an extent and I wonder how sustainable tourism and development will be if it continues at this rate?
That being said, this post is about Chaweng Beach and somehow, the beach itself has maintained much of its natural beauty. Chaweng is definitely the nicest beach that I have seen on the island ( I didn't get around to Chong Mon) and while the Main Street is a smelly jumble of cheap shops, restaurants, bars and the hideous Central Samui shopping centre, the beach is calm and pretty. Most of the accommodation on the beach is of the smaller variety with the odd bigger development such as Centara but even the bigger ones don't overwhelm or dominate the beach. This is a very busy spot and unfortunately jetski's and noisy bars blaring loud, crappy music abound. But somehow the warm waters and soft white sand win out. I recommend Chaweng over Lamai; The sand at Lamai is rougher and the beach is quite steep. Also, girly bars and "cabarets" were everywhere in Lamai whereas Chaweng was more about shopping and eating with the odd night spot thrown in.
At the end of the day, we're all after different things but for me, Chaweng was ok.

Visited April 2014
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“Too touristy”
Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

It's a shame it's so touristy because the beach is great. Loooong beach with fine sand and so nice and clear water. Easy to go a little bit further out for deeper water. Lots of loud and annoying jetskiis. Also lots of people who wanna sell you ice cream, sunglasses, bikinis and sh1t.

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Southend on Sea
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“Lamai is nicer!”
Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

We just went to visit Chaweng Beach but wherever we seemed to go the beach loungers belonged to private resorts. Perhaps we were in the wrong part. There were a lot of jet skis around so I imagine it gets very noisy.
We returned to Lamai which is quieter at the Southern end. Bliss!

Visited April 2014
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Merrimac, Australia
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

bring your factor 50, its really hot and theres not much shade. get a coconut and banana shake and life is good

Visited March 2014
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“Best beach on Samui but not perfect at all”
Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

It's Thailand, so don't expect a super clean beach. Hotel stuff are doing a good job cleaning up the beach but that doesn't make the water any cleaner.

Also, dozens of jet skis are running through the water ask the time, often quite close to the beach. If you'd go snorkeling you'd but your life in danger (not that there's much to see under water).

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