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We first visited Koh Samui on our very first trip to the far east in 1990. We stayed in the quiet resort of Chaweng, not such a quiet resort when we went back there in 1992! We haven't been back to Samui since 1992 so we can only advise of our thoughts when we were there and link to some useful sites on the area. We hardly recognised the place when we went back just over 2 years after our first visit so we are sure it will have changed a lot now!

Chaweng Beach

The first time we visited Koh Samui we stayed at New Star Bungalows, large but fairly basic bungalows on the beach on the south side of Chaweng, close to the Imperial Samui hotel. The location was fabulous, the beach gorgeous and very quiet. New Star Bungalows still exist but almost unrecognisable from when we were there. There was nothing close by and a rather scary walk in the dark at night to the centre of Chaweng for about 10 minutes before there was any sign of life - definitely won't be like that now!!


When we returned at Christmas 1992, we stayed in a nice place called JR Palace, also on Chaweng Beach but further north. The rooms here were lovely (specially for us as we were backpacking and staying in cheap resorts) and very reasonable (we paid 400B*). We've recently heard that it burned down in 1997 due to a fire in the kitchen.


Even though these photographs are from 1990 and 1992, you may find them interesting!

Main street Chaweng, September 1990
New Star Bungalows, Chaweng Beach 1990
Chaweng Beach near New Star Bungalows 1990
Main street Chaweng, September 1990
New Star Bungalows Chaweng 1990
Chaweng Beach 1990
Chaweng Beach 1992
Flooded main street Chaweng Beach, Christmas Day 1992
Chaweng Beach at JR Palace Hotel, Samui
Chaweng Beach 1992
Flooded main street Chaweng
Xmas Day1992
Chaweng Beach at
JR Palace Hotel 1992
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Things to do on Koh Samui

Places to visit include day trips to Koh Tao or Koh Phangnang, visit to the phallic Grandmother and Grandfather rocks just south of Lamai beach and Elephant trekking.




Useful sites about Koh Samui - Sawadee's useful site about Samui with lots of links - Hotels and other info about Koh Samui
Chaweng Beach webcam - Webcam at Imperial Samui Resort

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