Looking for the best areas to stay in Koh Samui? Whether you want to party all night, seek peaceful isolation, want to be close to the city’s attractions or just want a big patch of sand for yourself, we have it sorted for you. Whatever you fancy, our comprehensive guide on the best areas to stay in Koh Samui will help you make the right choice.

1. Chaweng

Chaweng is the most popular resort town in Koh Samui. Its biggest draw is the access to Chaweng beach, the liveliest beach on the island.


The palm fringed beach is endowed with vast stretches of fine white sand, the clear turquoise waters of the beach ideal for splashing about. Needless to say, the place is a paradise for beach bums.

You will often find travelers lounging about or trying out some thrilling watersports. Night is when Chaweng comes alive, with sundecks making way for loud beach bars.

For party animals, there is no better place than Chaweng. There are tonnes of beach clubs, lounge bars and thundering pubs in the area. Some of its venues, like the Ark Bar are almost world famous.

Apart from the happening nightlife, Chaweng has a fantastic range of hotels, restaurants and it is close to many of the island’s prominent attractions. It is also home to the Koh Samui’s biggest shopping complex.

Chaweng has all sorts of accommodation options, be it beach side resorts or luxurious private pool villas.

Cons:  Gets pretty crowded during season time.

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2. Lamai

Lamai is sometimes called mini Chaweng, for it has almost the same kind of vibe, just on a smaller scale. Like in Chaweng, the show stealer here is Lamai beach.


It’s the second most popular beach on the island and as developed and touristy as Chaweng, with resorts and hotels spanning its entire length.

But despite the commercialization, Lamai beach has a more laidback vibe to it. If you are the sort who wants to just listen to the songs of the sea in absolute peace, this is your beach.

There will be crowds, but finding a spot for yourself isn’t that tough. And guess what, the waters are even cleaner than Chaweng!!

If you are bored of loling under palm trees on the beach, there are tonnes of shopping outlets and authentic spas around. The nightlife is almost as bustling as in Chaweng, with many drinking joints in the vicinity.

Travellers can find hotels and resorts suiting their whims spread throughout the area, but if you are a beach person then look for accommodation near Lamai or Silver Beach.

Lamai is better for honeymoon couples as it gives them a little privacy, without compromising on creature comforts.

Cons: Traffic can be quite intense at peak hours and if you don’t have a beach side hotel, then access to the beach can be a bit difficult.

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3. Bophut

Bophut is the perfect blend of traditional and modern, where ancient wooden Thai-Chinese shop houses blend in seamlessly with stunning beach side resorts. This unique and distinctive vibe of Bophut is sure to lure travelers who want a more local flavor of Koh Samui.


The main beach here is Bophut beach, 2 km long stretch of sand, lined by boutique shops and chic restaurants. You can also find dive shops and island tour operators in the area.

Once a week, it comes alive with the Fisherman’s Walking Street. The market sells interesting handicrafts, herbs and spices, an impressive range of shoes, high quality local fabrics, jewellery and interesting fashion designs.

It’s also one of the best places to savour some authentic Thai cuisine, making it a paradise for the foodies out there.

Amidst the urban comforts of Koh Samui, the traditional vibe of Bophut comes as a breath of fresh air. This location is ideal for families and travellers looking for a rather sophisticated and luxurious experience.

Cons:  The nightlife around here is quite mellow, so if partying is important in your scheme of things, then this may not be the best suited place.

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4. Maenam

Maenam is probably one of those places which has a perfect mix of pocket friendly and luxurious accommodations.


On one hand it attracts backpackers with its low cost stays, budget shopping and adventures like Kite-surfing and fun activities like football-golfing.

At the same time, it also caters to couples, with its high quality five-star resorts, fine dining options and a classy and elegant nightlife.The Maenam beach is also one of the secluded patches of sand, giving honeymooners the much needed quietness and privacy.

Cons: There isn’t a lot to do in the area, so if you have an endless checklist of things to do, you are better off elsewhere.

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