- The many resorts and guesthouses in Chaweng, the busiest beach on Samui, give the place a carnival-like atmosphere and the east coast town is busy all year round.
The whole central part of Chaweng Beach is lined with resorts, restaurants and bars and as a result, it becomes quite active after dark with sets of lounging cushions and low tables for dining laid out on the sand while ambient music drifts through the night air. Further inland on the town's high street, there is also a hot nightlife and shopping scene. By day, the beaches are busy, by night the bars.
- situated a couple of bays to the south of Koh Samui’s most famous beach, Chaweng, is Koh Samui’s second largest resort area after Chaweng. It is much quieter than Chaweng, but still with plenty of shopping, dining and accommodation options.
Guesthouses and resorts at Lamai are considerably cheaper and the Beach seems never as busy as Chaweng. So for those looking for value for money and smaller crowds, Lamai Beach can be a good option.