Quiet beach and busy street life: Have both!
Posted Sep 21, 2016 on Hotels
The staff at the resort were friendly and efficient and the grounds are lovely and well maintained. Our bungalow was nicely furnished but with one minor flaw: there is no place to put gels and shampoos inside the shower stall. A very minor inconvenience in an otherwise clean, comfortable and quiet experience. The breakfast buffet was pleasant and the restaurant looks lovely at night! I would stay at Baan Chaweng Resort again and don't hesitate to recommend it to families, couples, singles or seniors.
Unfortunately Koh Samui itself is not well-managed and price gouging is rampant: especially with taxi drivers. A taxi from Sathorn to Don Muang in Bangkok is 400 baht,including toll road fees, for a one hour ride and the drivers in Samui were asking 500 for an 8 minute ride! Many of the seafood restaurants offer very poor quality food for too high prices. (Do not eat at Copacabana). Do your homework and find the independent (Thai-owned) businesses that still offer good value for money. There are not many left!
Samui is a lovely island but with so many beautiful beaches in Thailand and Vietnam, I'm not sure I would go back. I hope that the government takes charge and thinks about what "sustainable" tourism means.