Where to Stay in Ko Samui

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The biggest resort on the island, becoming more tourist focused with plenty of nightlife, shopping centre, Muay Thai stadium and much more. A stunning beach is very busy in places but stretches for miles with quieter spots away from the crowds and water sports. Resorts range from luxury to budget and hostels so there is plenty of choice for everyone.

Central Chaweng is perfect for those looking to party and being close to the action, Chaweng Noi and North Chaweng offer quieter locations.

Chaweng is only a short drive from the airport.

£££££ – Nora Buri Resort and Spa

££££ – Poppies Samui, The Library

£££ – Samui Paradise Beach Resort and Spa

££ – Nora Beach Resort, Chaba Cabana Beach Resort, Chaba Samui

£ – Lotus Friendly Hotel, Timeless Hotel, Ark Bar Beach Resort

Chaweng Beach Ko Samui


Plenty of budget and backpacker options are available in Maenam with many secluded hotels and resorts. If you need luxury you can of course find that too.

One of the quieter beaches that still manages to hold on to the tranquil, picture postcard look of its palm fringed beaches.

£££££ – W Koh Samui

££££ – Santiburi Koh Samui

£££ – Paradise Beach Resort

££ – Samui Buri Beach Resort

£ – Hacienda Beach Resort, Coco Palm Beach Resort, Saree Samui Ampha Place Hotel, Lemon House Samui

Beach swing on Koh Samui

Choeng Mon

Secluded resorts from mid range to high end are dotted around a number of bays on the north east coast of Koh Samui.

There are only a few restaurants away from the hotels so unless you are happy to travel to Chaweng and Bophut a lot, you will be spending more time in your resort.

££££ – Tongsai Bay

£££ – Royal Muang Samui Villa, Melia Koh Samui, Sala Samui Choengmon Beach Resort

£ – White House Beach Resort and Spa

Thailand Palm Trees


South of Chaweng with plenty to see, do and stay but with a quieter vibe, is Lamai. Chaweng is just a short journey away for when you want to visit.

Becoming the choice for those who still want plenty of restaurants and bars but with a less hustle and bustle.

£££££ – Banyan Tree Samui

££££ – Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort and Spa, Renaissance Koh Samui Resort and Spa

££ – Sandlewood Luxury Villas, Samui Jasmine Resort, Thai House Beach Resort, Rocky’s Boutique Resort, Beluga Boutique Hotel

£ – Sallamai Resort

Lamai Beach Koh Samui


Some of the islands most luxurious hotels are in Bophut while not to far away lie excellent budget options all near a 2km long beach looking out towards Koh Phangan

With a more village feel than it’s larger neighbours, Bophut is an excellent choice.

£££££ – Hansar Samui Resort

££££ – Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

£££ – Celes Beach Front Resort, Samui Palm Beach Resort and Hotel, Bo Phut Resort and Spa

££ – Peace Resort

£ – Smile House Resort, Cocooning Hotel

Sunset on Ko Samui

Taling Ngam

If you after a secluded hideaway Taling Ngam could be for you. The scenery is awe inspiring, beautiful beaches, jungle all around and those views over the sea…

It’s a fair way from everywhere, more than an hour to Chaweng and almost 30 minutes to the nearest centre of any size, there is very little other than your hotel or bungalow.

£££££ – Conrad Koh Samui

££££ – Intercontinental Koh Samui Resort

£££ – The Sunset Beach Resort and Spa Taling Ngam

££ – Amara+ Samui Resort, Phangka Paradise Resort

Lipa Noi

Perfect beach for young families, shallow waters with little to cut little feet Lipa Noi is a tranquil paradise close to the ferry port but with little else locally

£££ – Lipa Lodge Beach Resort, Nikki Beach Resort and Spa Koh Samui, Sea Valley Hotel and Spa

£ – Kanok Buri Resort, Anahanta Resort Samui

Ko Samui beach scene
Ko Samui Beach
Ko Samui

Ko Samui has developed rapidly over the last few years with an increasing number of high end resorts and less options for budget travellers, although they are still there.

Nathon is the administrative centre but is very much a centre for locals and as en entry and exit point through the ferry port.

Chaweng is the tourist centre with everything you might want, and possibly a few things you are less keen on.

Hotel Guide

We have picked some our favourite hotels throughout Ko Samui based on the following price guide (prices per night based on 2 sharing in February 2021)

££££ – Over 350 per night

££££ – £200 to 350 per night

£££ – Between £125 and £200 per night

££ – Between £70 and £125 per night

£ – Less than £70 per night

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