Where to Stay in Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, located in the Gulf of Thailand, is the second largest island in the country.  And while it has all the features that you’d expect, such as pure white beaches, palm trees, and turquoise waters, the island also hosts a rainforest, fishing ports, and plenty of luxurious spa resorts.  The best place to stay on Koh Samui will depend on the type of traveler that you are.  We’ve narrowed down the best areas in this article to make your life easier.

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Chaweng – Best Place for Nightlife

If your main reason for visiting Koh Samui is to enjoy the party nightlife, Chaweng is where you’ll want to stay.  Considered the center of the island, its party scene is varied and you’ll find all kinds of clubs and pubs dotted along the busy beachfront.  Many of the nightlife venues open all night, and it’s not unheard of for people to stagger home in the early hours of the morning.  Lub d is one of the best resorts Koh Samui located right in the heart of Chaweng Beach, and it offers everything you’d expect from a luxury resort but with an affordable price tag!

Lamai – The Best Honeymoon Destination

Lamai is similar to Chaweng in many ways, although the party scene isn’t as extravagant.  Because of this, it’s a great choice of destination for honeymooners who want to enjoy each other as well as the beautiful scenery.  Lamai is home to a fantastic street market, which opens during the evenings, as well as some great pubs for live music – The Shamrock bar on the main road through the town is a top choice.  Lamai also tends to be more affordable than Chaweng, with a selection of resorts and hotels both on the beach and within the main shopping and dining area for tourists to choose from.

Bophut – Best Area for Families

Bophut is a quiet area in Samui, that is most well known for its Fisherman’s Village.  Although this originally began as an area for fishermen, it’s now an area known for its art galleries, night market, and heritage attractions.  Most of the resorts in Bophut are suitable for families with small children, and there are a variety of activities for both children and adults alike.  Most of the dive companies head out to nearby Koh Tao and Sail Rock from Bophut Beach too, so it’s an ideal location for those who want to check out the underwater marine life.

Maenam – Best Location for Backpackers

If you don’t mind staying a bit ‘off the beaten track’, head to Maenam.  This area has the cheapest accommodation in all of Samui, which has led to it becoming popular with backpackers.  Most people who stay in Maenam choose to rent one of the bungalows located on the beach, although there are a few luxury resorts for honeymooners.  Maenam also has some great, authentic eateries which are more like ‘hole in the wall’ operations than fancy restaurants.

No matter where you choose to stay in Koh Samui, traveling around the island doesn’t take long.  However, the above locations should give you a head start when booking.