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Where to Stay in Koh Samui?
Situated off the east coast of Thailand, Koh Samui is a relatively small island, and is very much geared towards the tourist market, so finding a cheap place to stay is a relatively easy task. The main strip is littered with cheap accommodation, but if you’re looking for something a little less budget then the beach is the place to be.
The Chaweng and Lamai areas are good for those wanting to laze on the beach, and are also a good base from which to explore the island’s best bars, restaurants and nightspots. There is a decent choice of hotels in the area, from luxury villas to budget bungalows.
If you’re looking to get further off the beaten track, Maenam, in the North, offers a great beach and beautiful scenery, but you will need wheels to get there. Try the beautiful bungalows at Maenamburi Resort for a really relaxing beach break.
Koh Samui Accommodation Options
Hotels in Koh Samui range from budget beach huts to large luxury hotels. Whether it’s a boutique bungalow or a cheap Koh Samui hotel that you're after, [Thailand]’s most popular island has accommodation for all tastes and budgets.
There are few of the big hotel chains in Koh Samui, with the focus being on independent resorts and boutique beachside bungalows, but you will find some of the more upmarket brands here such as Four Seasons, W, Langham and Anantara.
The deluxe Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa is well worth a visit – even if it’s just to sample the sumptuous spa for a day.
Koh Samui's weather is relatively consistently sunny, with October to December being the only wet months. If you want to risk the rain, this is definitely the best time to find a cheap hotel deal.
Koh Samui Hotel Recommendations?
For budget backpackers, Chaweng and Lamai are the places to be. Alternatively, head to the Rajapruek Samui Resort on Thong Yang Beac..
If your purse strings will stretch a little further, try The Waterfront in Bophut, an intimate hotel with free books, DVDs and Wi-Fi to help you while away the hours. For the ultimate indulgence, there are plenty of high-end resorts in Koh Samui. The Sandalwood Luxury Villas have a peaceful mountainside location away from the busy tourist centres of Chaweng and Lamai, offering award-winning service and top-notch facilities.
Transport in Koh Samui
If you are travelling to Koh Samui from the mainland, flights from Bangkok are frequent and inexpensive. However, if you are arriving from another of the Thai islands, then a boat is your best bet.
Airport arrivals will be deluged with offers of a lift to your hotel from the waiting taxi drivers. You can pre-book a car in advance through your hotel, and many resorts offer complimentary pick-ups. Alternatively, opt for a shared shuttle bus if you’re on a tight budget.
There is only one main road that follows the coastline around the island, so the journey to your hotel can take from 10 minutes to over an hour by car, depending on which area you are staying in.