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Chaweng Central; nice beach, quiet resorts close to the party zone

This central zone of Chaweng Beach has a wide sandy beach with lots of trees at the top providing shade. It is also has deeper water that the beach to the north, and thus better swimming and lots of water sports... including jet skis that swimmers have to watch carefully.
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Beachfront accommodations in this sector are mainly 3-star, with a few both lower and higher in star and value. The resorts are larger than those to the north and more spacious. Some are quite old and rustic.
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However, there are outstanding exceptions, with a notable one being The Library, a luxury design resort with ultra modern lines. Buri Rasa Village is another modern, trendy resort, with the famous Betel Nut Restaurant on its beachfront.
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Chawengburi Resort is an original resort with lots of space and lush beach gardens. Baan Samui is offbeat and interesting in design and colour.
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The main beach party zone, like the nightlife strip at back, is just a short walk away. The inevitable beach massage beds are found under most big trees along the beach, and there are lots of water sports and beach activities nearby. Thus, this area is ideal for those who want some fun and spice in their Samui vacation.
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by John Everingham
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