Where to Stay in Koh Samui (Thailand) – Relaxing areas, the Best Beaches and Nightlife Hot spots

Where to Stay in Koh Samui (Thailand) - Relaxing areas, the Best Beaches and Nightlife Hot spots

Koh Samui (also known as Ko Samui) is the second largest island in Thailand, located off of east coast of the Kra Isthmus. While Koh Samui has the features you’d expect of an island- extravagant palm trees and beautiful beaches- it’s also known for its dense rainforest and luxurious spas and resorts. The most popular aspect of the island is definitely the 12 meters tall gold Big Buddha statue located at the Wat Phra Yai temple in the Bophut area. Regardless of your expectations of Koh Samui, we guarantee that you’ll be impressed with this island. Samui is all about finding the beach that fits your criteria because there is a variety to choose from.

Quick note: Prices will obviously vary from high season to low season, in some cases by almost 50%! Low tourist season is from May to October and high tourist season is November to April. Personally I think Phuket is the best in October as it is the last month of the low season and there doesn’t seem to be much rain to ruin your holiday.

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Where to Stay in Koh Samui (Thailand) - Relaxing areas, the Best Beaches and Nightlife Hot spots

Busy nightlife and a great beaches! 


Chaweng is the perfect destination for those who love a night out; it’s considered the centre of Koh Samui. Chaweng beach is a long stretch on the northeast coast of Koh Samui, it’s great for sunbathing, jet skiing, and partying! Keep in mind that Chaweng can get quite crowded, although not as crowded as beaches in Phuket so if you prefer secluded beaches and quieter areas, you might want to visit another area of Koh Samui (which we will cover off below). Chaweng’s busy beaches are always a great place to make some new friends and chat to locals. Once it gets dark, Chaweng has the liveliest party scene in Thailand, which is also unique as most of the bars and clubs are along the beach. You can party all night and then leave the club and lay on the beach, listening to the relaxing sounds of the ocean. There are several bars, souvenir stands, restaurants, and spas along beach road – so there is something for just about everyone.

Where to Stay in Chaweng 

Cheapest Hostels in Chaweng:

P168 Hostel Samui

Cheeky Monkey’s

At Hostel Samui

My Samui Hostel

Budget Hotels in Chaweng:

Nora Lakeview Hotel

First Residence Hotel

Nantra Chaweng Beach

Mid-Range Hotels in Chaweng:

The Briza Beach Resort Samui

Ark Bar Beach Resort

Dara Samui Beach Resort (adults only)

New Star Beach Resort

Family Friendly Hotels in Chaweng:

Nora Buri Resort & Spa

Sareeraya Villas & Suites

Buri Rasa Village Samui

Sheraton Samui Resort

Luxury Hotels in Chaweng:

Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort

The Library

Muang Samui Spa Resort

KC Resort & Over Water Villas

Where to Stay in Koh Samui (Thailand) - Relaxing areas, the Best Beaches and Nightlife Hot spots


Like Chaweng, Lamai is popular with travellers because of its nightlife, however on a smaller scale. There are several resorts along the coast, and the water is perfect for swimming, especially in the southern and central areas of Lamai, however access to the beach can be difficult if you aren’t staying at a beach hotel.

The stunning sunrises encourage a lot of travellers to wake up early and walk along the beach just to witness their beauty. Lamai is a bit cheaper than Chaweng in terms of food and accommodation, so for those on a budget, it’s the perfect place to stay. In addition to its pristine beaches, Lamai also has a walking street market that features cheap and fresh food, clothing stalls and lively local music. Lamai also has several kid-friendly attractions, including a water park called Coco Splash.

Where to Stay in Lamai

Budget Hotels in Lamai:

Blu’ Beach Bungalows

Varinda Garden Resort

Siva Buri Resort

Bonny Hotel

Mid-Range Hotels in Lamai:

Samui Jasmine Resort

Rummana Boutique Resort

Weekender Resort

Samaya Bura

Family Friendly Hotels in Lamai:

Pavilion Samui Villas & Resort

Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa

Aloha Resort

Samui Sense Beach Resort

Luxury Hotels in Lamai:

Banyan Tree Samui

Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa

Silavadee Pool Spa Resort

Rocky’s Boutique Resort

Where to Stay in Koh Samui (Thailand) - Relaxing areas, the Best Beaches and Nightlife Hot spots

Quiet areas perfect for families


Bophut is a very beach-oriented area with scenic views and touristy shops. It features a place called Fisherman’s Village, which began as an area for fishermen (as the name suggests) but has evolved into an area that shows off Koh Samui’s heritage with Thai-Chinese insipred shops and houses. This area has a few art galleries, plenty of eateries and a small section of activities which are very family friendly. Today Fisherman’s Village is considered one of the best night markets in Koh Samui.

Bophut is a perfect area for families as its not too busy and not too quiet, while there is some nightlife, its not as crazy as other areas of the island. Most of the resorts in the area are kid-friendly and offer a variety of activities for the kiddies and adults alike. Also in Bophut is the famous 12m tall Big Buddha statue that can be seen from nearly every spot on the island.

Where to Stay in Bophut

Cheapest Hostels in Bophut:

D.Samui Hostel

2W Beach Hostel

Budget Hotels in Bophut:

Nora Lakeview Hotel

First Residence Hotel

Arina Boutique Residence

Evergreen Resort

Mid-Range Hotels in Bophut:

Mantra Samui Resort (our favourite)

New Star Beach Resort

Saboey Resort and Villas

The Sarann

Family Friendly Hotels in Bophut:

Kanda Residences

Samui Resotel Beach Resort

Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

Melati Beach Resort & Spa

Luxury Hotels in Bophut:

Nora Buri Resort & Spa

Royal Muang Samui Villas

Six Senses Samui

The Tongsai Bay

Where to Stay in Koh Samui (Thailand) - Relaxing areas, the Best Beaches and Nightlife Hot spots

Quiet area for couples and families 

Choeng Mon

Choeng Mon is on the northeastern tip of the island, just past the airport turnoff. It’s made up of a series of bays with beautiful white sandy beaches. This area of Koh Samui coastline has kept the beaches quiet and the waters clean and is said by locals to be some of the best beaches on the island. Choeng Mon is a fairly quiet area with a few restaurants and catered towards couples or families who don’t want to stay near the hustle and bustle, however it is only about 15 minutes north of Chaweng and 5 minutes from Big Buddha, so you aren’t in the middle of nowhere! Choeng Mon doesn’t really offer many backpacking or budget accommodations options, so it’s not considered a cheap area to stay. Choeng Mon is the best place to stay in Koh Samui for honeymooners who want a little more privacy.

Where to Stay in Choeng Mon

Budget Hotels in Choeng Mon:

Chaweng Inn

Tong Tip Mansion

Chaweng Chalet Resort

Mid-Range Hotels in Choeng Mon:

Deva Samui Resort & Spa

Choeng Mon Beach Hotel

Panya Resort

Family Friendly Hotels in Choeng Mon:

Royal Muang Samui Villas

Imperial Boat House Beach Resort

Samui Honey Cottages Beach Resort

Luxury Hotels in Choeng Mon:

SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort

Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort

Tango Luxe Beach Villa

Where to Stay in Koh Samui (Thailand) - Relaxing areas, the Best Beaches and Nightlife Hot spots

Perfect for Backpackers or people who love quiet beaches


If you’re interested in a beach that’s a bit “off the beaten path”, you won’t be disappointed by Maenam Beach. It’s the last true backpackers haven in Koh Samui. Other areas of Koh Samui, like Bang Rak and Chaweng, cater to families or expats and the prices typically run a bit higher as there are more luxury resorts. However, Maenam is one of the most affordable areas on the island, which might be why it’s so popular with the backpacking crowd.

The primary type of accommodation in Maenam is bungalows that are rented at a low rate and offers local hole-in-the-wall eateries that also serve food for cheap prices. Maenam is definitely more like a village than a small town- there are few locals, smaller crowds of tourists and only one traffic light.

While Maenam is more so catered to backpackers, however it does offer a number of high end luxury resorts suited for couples who want to get away from the nightlife or want to relax of their honeymoon.

Where to Stay in Maenam

Bungalows and Villas in Maenam

Baan Laem Noi Villa’s

The Emerald Residence

Cheapest Hostels in Maenam:


Budget Hotels in Maenam:

Tropical Garden Lounge Hotel

Mid-Range Hotels in Maenam:

Code Koh Samui

Mimosa Resort & Spa

Amarin Samui Hotel

Family Friendly Hotels in Maenam:

Belmond Napasai

Paradise Beach Resort

Kirikayan Luxury Pool Villas & Spa

Luxury Hotels in Maenam:

W Koh Samui

Infinity Residences & Resort 

Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa

Sensimar Koh Samui (adults only)

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