Thailand is the quintessential backpacker’s one-stop shop to do everything. It has a buzzing vibrant capital city, delicious street food, beautiful temples, and stunning islands to relax on.
Because Thailand is so popular among tourists, traveling here is a piece of cake. Bus, boat, and train connections are quite easy to figure out as so many people travel through the country.
Whether you want to head to the islands to enjoy the beach, head north to the mountains, or simply stay put in Bangkok to enjoy the many night markets and street entertainment, Thailand is a country that provides a feast for your senses.
The range of accommodations in Thailand is incredible! From $4 dorm beds to luxurious $60 a night villas, there’s something for everyone. When you go to the islands, you can find beach bungalows with fans for anything from $10 to $15 a night. Air-conditioned rooms go for slightly more.
Naturally, the more remote you go, the cheaper the accommodations get. When in the small mountainous towns, expect to find more guesthouses and homestays rather than hostels or hotels.
Listed below are our personal recommendations on the best places to stay all over Thailand. From fun party hostels in the Thai islands all the way to luxurious hotels perfect for splurging and treating yourself, there’s sure to be something suitable for you here.
Where to Stay in Bangkok, Thailand
Ah bustling Bangkok — a crazy city bursting with life everywhere you turn. From the endless stream of motorbikes to the street-side fruit stands to the late night markets where you can satisfy any craving, it’s safe to say you can find it all in Bangkok.
Best Places to Stay in Bangkok, Thailand
The sheer number of places to stay in Thailand’s capital is enough to make your head spin. Hostels line prominent city streets boasting beds in dorm rooms for $10 a night, and five-star hotels sit high in sky scrapers towering over the rest of Bangkok.
No matter your budget, you’ll have an easy time finding somewhere suitable to stay in this wild city. Check out these awesome places to stay in Bangkok, Thailand.
Our number one pick for budget accommodation in Bangkok is Mystery Hostel, located in the Old Town area of Bangkok in the middle of Khao San Road. Attractions like the Grand Palace, Temple of the Dawn, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha are all within walking distance, making this the perfect place to stay for some sightseeing.
Bunks are air conditioned (a must in Bangkok!), quiet and cozy, with a 10-bed mixed dorm and a 4-bed female dorm. Each bed has a curtain for privacy, a light and an outlet so you can settle in for the night with comfort. There are also lockers for each bunk to keep your belongings safe.
You can expect a breakfast of tea, coffee. and toast in the morning, or hit one of the many cafes and restaurants just out the front door.
The entire hostel is outfitted in emerald green, with wooden accents giving the entire building a chic and mysterious feel. You’ll find the staff particularly friendly, as they’re accommodating with anything from providing a hair dryer to storing luggage before and after check-out.
Vince Hotel Pratunam
A swanky hotel with a retro vibe, Vince Hotel is an awesome place to stay if you’re traveling on a mid-range budget in Bangkok. It’s located next to the main shopping streets in the city and also a few minutes walk from the BTS station, so you can get anywhere in Bangkok with ease. The night markets are also in this area, so you can take a stroll over once the sun goes down!
Rooms are modern, many decorated with blue walls and copper accents. The beds are ultra comfortable and the bathrooms are fully stocked with anything you may need. Each room also has air conditioning, a flat screen TV, kettle and fridge — so yes, go ahead and bring home leftovers from dinner.
The rest of the hotel is clad in black and white stripes, all over the furniture, the tiles on the wall, and the floor as well. It has a total ’70s feel to it, tempting you to spend more time in the common areas than you would normally at a hotel. There’s an on-site restaurant, as well as a bar, fitness center, and game room.
The best part about Vince Hotel? They have an rooftop infinity pool overlooking all of Bangkok!
To stay in style, splurge for a room at the extra luxurious, five-star W Bangkok which will make all of your #travelgoals come true! W Bangkok is located in the Bang Rak area, not far from Lumphini Park which is an amazing oasis from the bustling city. It’s also just next to the Chong Nonsi BTS station to take you wherever else you’re longing to go.
Rooms here are stylish and trendy, each decorated differently with a pop of color and modern design. Bathrooms are the thing of dreams with Hollywood-lit mirrors, double vanities, massive showers, and bathtubs as well.
Not to mention the unreal views of the city you get from your window!
The rest of the hotel is absolutely stunning, with facilities and amenities fit for royalty. Hit the spa for a massage or one of the five (yes five!!!) restaurants for a meal — one of them even has two Michelin stars! Alternatively head to the bar sip on a cocktail and listen to live music or hop in the pool which is open 24-hours and has DJs and an underwater sound system – whaaat!?
You really can’t go wrong with a stay at the W, that’s for sure.
For more suggestions on where to stay in Bangkok, read our accommodation guide!
To help you make the best out of your time in this city, here’s the list of things to do in Bangkok!
Where to Stay in Northern Thailand
It doesn’t get much more charming than northern Thailand.
A beautiful break from boisterous Bangkok, the north of Thailand features rolling green hills, swaying banana trees, and a slower pace of life. There are cities and small towns, local villages and tons of rice paddies. Not to mention the awesome nightlife scene (generally more palatable than Bangkok’s Kao San Road) shared between locals and travelers alike.
You’ll find lots of hostels and guesthouses in northern Thailand, as well as a few swanky boutique hotels and little villas. There are nice hotels as well (generally only in the bigger cities), offering spa treatments and the works, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how reasonable the prices can be!
Best Places to Stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is the unofficial capital of northern Thailand and is the second most important place in the country, next to Bangkok. It’s a real fan favorite among backpackers and travelers, and the city has adjusted to accommodate the influx with hotels, hotels, and lots of other places to stay.
You’ll find most accommodation in Chiang Mai centered around two main areas: the Old City and Nimman Road. The Old City is fun because it’s enclosed by city walls with four main gates. There are tons of temples, restaurants, and places to get a Thai massage. It’s also where you can find the largest market on Sunday nights.
On the other hand, Nimman is a bit quieter and caters towards a younger, more hip crowd. There are lots of little cafes and Western places to eat, but you can still find lots of local gems, just a little further off the main road.
Generally, finding accommodation in Chiang Mai is super easy and inexpensive as well! Check out our top picks below.
The Common Hostel
Located in the north of Old Town, The Common Hostel offers unbeatable budget accommodation for travelers in Chiang Mai. Old Town is one of the best areas to stay in because you’re within walking distance to most of the temples, markets, restaurants and bars, so you’ll definitely find yourself in a good spot staying here.
The Common Hostel offers minimalist dorms and private rooms at a really reasonable price. Each bunk in the dorm has a privacy curtain, a reading light and outlets, as well as a locker. The shared bathrooms are absolutely humongous and clean, with complimentary toiletries and even a hair dryer!
The private rooms feature the same minimalist style, but have their own television and private bathroom.
In the common area, there’s plenty of seating and great light — perfect if you need to get some work done. There’s also a microwave and a vending machine for public use. There are laundry machines on site and parking for motorbikes if you’re zipping around on a scooter. Plus, there are free water bottles and coffee and tea available throughout your day!
Art Mai Gallery Nimman Hotel
A five-star hotel at a mid-range price, you’ll find Art Mai Gallery Hotel interesting, fun and perfectly located. Art Mai Gallery sits in the Nimman area, the trendiest part of Chiang Mai with cool little eateries, cafes and coworking spaces, and plenty of bars to hit once the sun goes down. It’s also just next to the large MAYA Mall, which has everything you could ever need.
The rooms at this hotel are some of the coolest ever, with each one designed in a unique style by an artist. When choosing your room, pick between different “galleries” ranging from nude art to completely modern… whatever tickles your fancy!
Besides the art, each room is air conditioned, has a TV and seating area, as well as a private bathroom.
One of the biggest draws of Art Mai Gallery is the rooftop infinity pool which overlooks all of Chiang Mai, perfect for a sunset swim. There’s a restaurant and bar on site, a fitness center, massage services, and a 24-hour front desk who’s happy to help you organize tours and activities around the city.
137 Pillars House
A stunning hotel in a teak building that was constructed in the 1880s, 137 Pillars House is the ultimate place to stay for celebrity treatment. Located a little further out from the city along the banks of the Ping River, you’ll find this hotel is the perfect place for a relaxing Thai holiday in style.
Each room at 137 Pillars House is a full suite with parquet floors, a walk-in closet, huge living area, and stunning decor. The bathrooms are simply gorgeous, each with a Victorian bathtub, open air shower, and all the fluffy towels you could dream of.
The best part of the rooms here is each one comes complete with a balcony and a patio where you can enjoy breakfast in the morning or watch the sunset in the evenings.
If you can ever pull yourself away from your stunning suite, grab a meal at The Dining Room or sit in the Library Bar for a drink and a snack. If you feel like staying in bed, order room service from the full menu!
To unwind and relax, head out for a dip in the outdoor pool, hit the spa for a massage, or make your way to the fitness center for a quick workout. 137 Pillars House truly has it all!
For more suggestions on where to stay in Chiang Mai, read our accommodation guide!
Best Places to Stay in Pai, Thailand
Pai, Thailand is the place to be if you want to get off the grid for a little while. Tucked away in the northern hills of the Mae Hong Son province, it’s the ultimate place to meet other travelers and enjoy some R&R.
If you brave the stomach twisting journey (with 762 turns through the mountains), you’ll be greeted with gorgeous guest houses, villas and hostels complete with yoga classes, bike and scooter rentals, and delicious food.
Here are the best places to stay in this slice of paradise!
Pai Country Hut
A stunning guesthouse set in a tropical escape, Pai Country Hut is a great choice for anyone looking for a little bungalow during their Pai adventures. Located just across the Pai river and 100 meters from the town’s walking street, you’ll find yourself in a perfect spot to explore the area.
On the property, there are basic cottages for rent at an outstandingly low price. While there’s no air conditioning, rooms do come complete with a mosquito net, fan, and traditional wood furnishings. There are options to book a cottage with a shared bathroom or a private one for a few dollars more.
When you’re not relaxing in your bungalow, take a stroll around the garden, lounge around the terrace, or take a snooze in a hammock. The on-site tour desk is also happy to help organize day trips, tours and any tickets you may need — how handy is that?
The Oia Pai Resort
A little taste of Greece in Thailand, the Oia Pai Resort is certainly something special when it comes to accommodation in Pai. Located a little further out from the center of town, the hotel provides free shuttles to Walking Street, Pratad Mae Yen temple, the local fruit factory, and the airport!
This entire property is inspired by Mediterranean architecture — think curving whitewashed buildings, open and airy spaces, and pops of blue throughout. Rooms are simple but stunning, with white details, blue accents, air conditioning, and WiFi. Each one comes with a private bathroom, and the rooms on the higher floors have insane views!
There’s a delicious restaurant on site and there’s a bar for a quick snack as well. What really makes this property special is that the entire thing is surrounded by a man-made saltwater lake, giving the place a truly exotic feel. Borrow a kayak and hop in the water straight from your room — how fun is that?!
Finally, enjoy the blue-tiled rooftop pool… If it weren’t for the palm trees surrounding you, you’d think you were in Greece!
Pai Island Resort
For a five-star, world-class stay, Pai Island Resort is the place to come for a lavish and relaxing time in this sleepy town. Located north of the walking street, the property offers free shuttles to the airport, bus terminal, and city center.
Instead of rooms, you get an entire villa all to yourself at the Pai Island Resort. Think large, open living spaces, canopied beds, and a bathroom that’s both inside and outside — each one has itss own outdoor bathtub. Each villa also has its own private garden and patio, as well as air conditioning and a mini bar.Talk about amazing!
You’ll love spending your time wandering the grounds as there’s so much natural beauty around the property. When you get hungry, the restaurant serves up a mix of Western and local food, and the fantastic staff can assist with any request you may have.
As far as accommodation in Pai goes, it doesn’t get much better than this!
For more suggestions on where to stay in Pai, read our accommodation guide!
Where to Stay in the Thai Islands
The Thai islands are certainly one of the most breathtaking parts of the country. Dramatic landscapes, empty beaches, crystal clear waters, and some of the most diverse marine life in the world, these islands are truly heaven on earth!
Whether you’re looking for a place to spend a weekend partying, a nature getaway, or a romantic escape, you’re bound to find an island that has exactly what you’re looking for.
One of the best parts of the Thai islands is that accommodation is much less expensive than other islands around the world. You can rent entire villas for a fraction of what they would be elsewhere and find sweet beach bungalows if you want to jump in the water first thing in the morning.
There are both five-star stays and guesthouses and hostels, making these islands enjoyable for everyone.
Best Places to Stay in Koh Tao, Thailand
Koh Tao is the quintessential picturesque tropical vacation destination. Quiet, serene and epicly beautiful, really, what’s not to love? There are a few main beaches where you can sometimes find crowds, but there are plenty of hidden spots dotting the island.
Villas line sandy shores and little bungalows stretch out on jetties into the ocean. There’s a fun nightlife scene in Koh Tao and some awesome diving too, but overall, you’ll experience a good deal of peace and quiet during your time here.
Read on to see some of the best hotels in Koh Tao, Thailand.
Good Dream Hotel (Khun Ying House)
Sitting towards the north of Koh Tao, just three minutes from Sairee Beach, you’ll find Good Dream Hotel which offers a variety of room choices for budget prices. Around the hotel, you’ll find plenty of shops, places to eat, and bars.
Rooms here are simple but pleasant, with choices between dorms and privates. Dorms are comfortable and inexpensive, with clean sheets, towels, and a spacious shared bathroom. Each bunk has a safe just above the bed for your valuables as well as a reading light and an outlet.
There’s a range of private rooms to choose from, spanning from super budget to more deluxe. The basic private rooms have a fan and attached bathroom, while the deluxe rooms have air conditioning, a kitchenette, television, and sometimes a balcony.
This is a great choice if you’re traveling to Koh Tao with a group as there are different sized dorms and private rooms that can accommodate up to four people.
Mango Bay Boutique Resort
Mango Bay Boutique Resort is one of the best places to stay in Koh Tao on a mid-range budget. It’s located just in Mango Bay, which is ideal if you’re headed to the island for snorkeling or diving.
While there’s not much around besides the ocean, this resort has everything you need for a memorable island stay.
At Mango Bay, you can book an entire villa to yourself, decorated with Thai furnishing and equipped with a generous balcony overlooking the sea. Each villa is air conditioned with a private bathroom, television, WiFi and mini bar, as well as a terrace for enjoying your morning coffee.
On site, there’s a restaurant serving up both international and local fare, perfect for a filling bite after a long day in the sun. The staff at Mango Bay Boutique Resort are also particularly helpful, especially when it comes to organizing tours or excursions around Koh Tao.
This is the perfect place to stay if you’re seeking some R&R, peace and quiet, and seclusion. That being said, if you do want to get out and about, the resort offers a boat to the pier twice a day.
For the ultimate taste of island luxury, it doesn’t get much better than Jamahkiri Resort along Thian Og Bay in Koh Tao. It sits on top of a hill outside the island’s center and boasts breathtaking views from every angle.
Choose from a private room, suite, villa or bungalow and definitely splurge for one with a sea view. Each one has a large balcony for a fresh ocean breeze as soon as you wake up, as well as air conditioning, a private bathroom with a tub, and gorgeous decorations.
The resort itself is absolutely stunning with plenty to do to keep you occupied. There’s a private beach, pool, and a PADI-certified diving center if you feel like hopping in the water. There’s also a full spa which offers massages and aloe vera body wraps, and facials are even offered in the garden!
The restaurant on site serves fresh seafood all day, and there’s a rooftop lounge and pool bar with cold drinks available around the clock. Seriously, you’re never going to want to leave Koh Tao after a stay here!
For more suggestions on where to stay in Koh Tao, read our accommodation guide!
Best Places to Stay in Koh Lanta, Thailand
You can find it all on exotic Koh Lanta, minus the pesky tourist crowds that frequent the other islands. There are some great hostels and stunning guesthouses as well as highly sought after resorts offering the ultimate taste of luxury.
Koh Lanta has a little something for everyone: an abundance of coral reefs ready for exploring, remote beaches with soft white sand and a deep jungle braved by those looking for exciting island treks. Below are our suggestions for where to stay in Koh Lanta, Thailand.
Hub of Joys Hostel
Located a quick four-minute walk from Long Beach, you’ll find Hub of Joys Hostel, a favorite among travelers and backpackers staying in Koh Lanta.
Featuring a variety of dorms, guests have found their stay here extra comfortable. Each bunk bed has a curtain for privacy as well as a reading light and an outlet, and there aren’t more than six beds per dorm room so you don’t have to worry about crowds and constant shuffling of people. Beds are comfortable, sheets are clean, and each floor has a shared bathroom for use.
Best part? Beds are under $10!
Hub of Joys has an awesome shared lounge where people like to congregate and socialize. There is also an on-site restaurant serving up authentic Thai food, free bikes if you feel like cycling around, WiFi, air conditioning, and an ATM. The staff are always available to help you organize trips or anything else you may need, and there’s also coffee, tea and snacks in the common area for guest enjoyment throughout the day!
As far as hostels go, this one is top notch.
Coco Lanta Resort
For a really nice mid-range island stay, Coco Lanta Resort is the perfect place to be. It’s just next to Klong Khong Beach, perfect for swimming and watching the sunset, and a little further away is Secret Beach where you can spend a secluded day in the sand.
There are a variety of rooms to choose from, ranging from super standard to an entire bungalow. This is a great place to stay if you’re traveling with your family or a group of friends as there are also triple rooms and family rooms available!
Each room is air-conditioned and furnished with the basics, with a private bathroom and personal terrace as well. Most of the rooms overlook the garden so you can wake up to some stunning greenery every morning during your stay.
When you’re not lounging in your room, head to the pool for a dip or go to the restaurant for a delicious bite to eat. The hotel has set up some hammocks and lounge chairs on the beach so you can take in the views. They even offer bicycle rentals, an airport shuttle, and luggage storage!
Layana Resort & Spa
An adults-only paradise, Layana Resort & Spa is the ultimate five-star getaway on Koh Lanta. The resort is completely surrounded by tropical greenery and sits directly on Long Beach for immediate access to the ocean. Layana is located in Mu Koh Lanta National Park, so you know it’s going to be absolutely beautiful.
The rooms here are stunning, furnished with elegance and modern Thai details and finished with silk and hardwood. The beds are extra plush, perfect for sinking into after a long day in the sun. Each room is air conditioned with a flat screen TV, a seating area, and a private balcony.
Bathrooms are massive, each with a shower and a tub. Some bathtubs sit right by the window and overlook the garden, so fill it up with bubbles and get your relaxation on!
If you were looking for something a step up from a classic guest room, spring for La Maison, an entire villa surrounded by a private pool.
The resort is fully equipped with a fitness center, an infinity pool overlooking the beach, a completely stocked library, and an award-winning spa offering everything from massages to re-energizing facials. There’s an onsite restaurant as well that will deliver your food to the pool or beach if you don’t feel like dining in.
Basically, Layana Resort is heaven on earth.
For more suggestions on where to stay in Koh Lanta, read our accommodation guide!
Best Places to Stay in Krabi, Thailand
Crazy landscapes and dramatic scenery is what Krabi is all about. Beaches are fringed with soaring cliffs, looming large against the sandy backdrop, while the water below is clearer than you’d ever believe. Spend your days kayaking around the giant rock formations protruding out from the sea or discovering hidden coves granting your privacy from other visitors.
Besides the wild natural surroundings, Krabi has grown to cater to the tourist crowd, with tons of restaurants and bars, and a pretty vibrant nightlife scene as well. Here are some of the best places to stay in Krabi, Thailand.
An ideal place to stay for backpackers looking to socialize, Pak-Up Hostel is located in the center of Krabi Town. It’s one minute from the pier and a 15-minute drive to the airport, sitting on a beautiful park on the waterfront. Railay is a 20-minute boat ride away, and Ao Nang is a quick 20-minute drive, so you can get everywhere around Krabi with ease!
Choose between a private room with a shared bathroom or a bed in a dorm. Either way, you’ll be more than happy with the cozy beds and comfortable amenities available to guests. Rooms are basic, but have everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a reading light and outlet next to the dorm beds and a large under bed locker for your belongings.
Not to mention each room is completely air conditioned — a must in Krabi!
One of the best parts of this hostel is there’s coin-operated laundry available, as well as an on-site tour office that can help schedule trips around the island and beyond. There’s a huge lounge area where people like to congregate and sit on bean bags or grab a drink from the bar.
Right from Pak-Up Hostel, you can also rent a bike to get around or store your luggage before and after your stay.
A tropical paradise near Ao Nang Beach, Pakasai Resort is surrounded by a garden and lush greenery to create a luxurious island atmosphere.
There’s a huge range of rooms to choose from here, spanning from basic double rooms to an entire ocean chalet. Each room is decorated tastefully, with cream colored furniture and a beach vibe. The wood floors lead out to a large private balcony, perfect for enjoying a coffee in the morning or the atmosphere late at night.
Hotel amenities include a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the sea (a highlight of most people’s stays), a lounge and pool cafe, a world-class spa, and fully equipped fitness center. If that’s not enough, at Pakasai Resort, you can also find a juice bar, library, and mountain bikes to take off the property for some exploring. They frequently have activities and entertainment on site that can be anything from learning traditional Thai folk dance to creating local handicrafts.
For a blend of comfort with local, Pakasai Resort is the place to be.
AliSea Pool Villas
For a private stay nothing short of stunning, AliSea Pool Villas is the ultimate choice. It’s a bit secluded from the rest of the island, but you can easily walk to Nopparat Thara Beach in 15 minutes. But once you see this place, it may be impossible to pull yourself away from this property!
At AliSea, guests get their own villa, complete with a private pool. Yes, you read that right. Each villa booked has a private pool where you can lounge around from sun up to sun down, without being disturbed by anyone else.
If that’s not enough, rooms are simply gorgeous with hardwood floors and cozy beds. Some villas only have one room, while others have two or three! They’re all fully air-conditioned, with well-equipped kitchens, and have spacious balconies and terraces to look out over the property from.
When you feel like getting out and about, the resort has free transportation to Andamana Beach Club, where you can enjoy some sunshine and delicious food.
Check out our full review of AliSee Pool Villas here!
For more suggestions on where to stay in Krabi, read our accommodation guide!
Best Places to Stay in Koh Phangan, Thailand
For those backpacking through Southeast Asia, it’s hardly a complete trip without stopping at Koh Phangan for a Full Moon Party. The most revered party in this area of the world, the full moon bring hoards of tourists to Koh Phangan to dance the night away on the beach.
There are an unbelievable amount of hostels in Koh Phangan, and other accommodation options catering to those beyond backpackers. Here are some of the best!
The Cage Hostel
Coming to Koh Phangan for a full moon party and need a crazy inexpensive stay? The Cage Hostel is the obvious choice. It’s just a six-minute walk from Rin Beach where the party is held!
Rooms are basic, with simple metal bunk beds, but for less than $5 a night, what more can you ask for? There are lockers for valuables outside the rooms, and shared bathrooms on each floor. But best of all? Air conditioning!
While the rooms here are super simple, they are well taken care of and exceptionally clean. The Cage Hostel also has a terrace and lounge for enjoying a coffee or catching up with other guests. There are microwaves and kettles for shared use, as well as WiFi throughout the property.
The friendly front desk staff is there 24 hours a day and is happy to arrange a shuttle service, tours around the island, and luggage storage.
Beyond the Blue Horizon Villa Resort
Overlooking the beach with superb ocean views, Beyond the Blue Horizon Villa Resort is a stunning getaway in Koh Phangan, Thailand. The resort sits just on Chao Phao Beach and is within walking distance of plenty of other sandy stretches for you to enjoy during your time on the island.
Instead of rooms at this resort, guests get their own private villas that are well-equipped with everything needed for the perfect vacation. Some villas overlook the garden, while others have views of the sweeping sea — enchanting, romantic, and so much more!
The villas are simple but spacious, with private bathrooms, air conditioning, and WiFi. The larger villas have sitting areas, additional beds, and large balconies, while the more standard villages have ground floor terraces and flat screen TVs. No matter which villa you end up choosing, you’ll be waking up to plenty of natural light in your own private oasis.
When you get hungry, head over to the on-site restaurant where you can feast on international and Thai cuisine. Looking for something to do? Make your way to the tour desk who can arrange travel and sightseeing bookings for you. Don’t forget to enjoy the resort’s pool or grab a lounge chair overlooking the ocean.
You’ll be blown away by how beautiful it is here!
Anantara Rasananda Villas
Another great option for a luxurious Koh Phangan escape, Anantara Rasananda Villas is ideal for peace, quiet and seclusion. Offering suites and villas in the north east of the island, Anantara Rasananda lies along the magical Tong Naiver Pan Noi Beach and is set to a backdrop of tropical wilderness.
The suites and villas here are decorated with elegant Thai design, featuring wooden paneling, gauzy curtains, and thatched roofs. Both have their own private pools, which is the feature we love the most about this hotel. There’s a little outdoor area attached to each room or villa where you can lounge in the sun, cool off in the pool, and relish in the ocean views without being disturbed — how dreamy!
For a true splurge, spring for an oceanfront suite or villa that sits right on the beach, with outdoor showers and direct access to the sand!
Anantara Rasananda has an outdoor restaurant serving food on the beach and an upscale Japanese bistro with teppanyaki and a wine lounge. You can also opt for private beach dining where a chef will cook up a meal as you sink your toes into the sand.
One last pull that makes this hotel worth every penny is you can call in an in-villa massage to relax to the fullest. *swoons*
For more suggestions on where to stay in Koh Phangan, read our accommodation guide!
Best Places to Stay in Koh Samui, Thailand
As the second largest island in Thailand. Koh Samui is relatively built up, with more of a cosmopolitan feel than the other islands. That being said, there are still loads of dazzling beaches and natural scenery to take in as well.
There’s enough to keep you occupied on Koh Samui if you’d like to do more than lay on the beach (although it’s hard to pull yourself away from the soft sand and lapping waves). There are multiple temples to visit, a fisherman’s village to wander around, and lots of little local eateries to discover the best pad thai. And since it’s a larger island, there’s lots to do after the sun goes down, from having a fancy dinner on date night to dancing on the table at a nightclub.
Take a look below for our top accommodation picks in Koh Samui!
UBOX Hostel is a stylish place to stay for anyone looking for somewhere aesthetically pleasing, fun, and near the beach.
UBOX Hostel is crafted from old shipping containers and exudes a cool industrial feel from the orange metal structures. There are spiral staircases and wrought iron work throughout the property, creating a cool contrast against the bright colors!
Dorms are simple but have everything you need with outlets next to the bed, reading lights, lockers, and air conditioning. The beds are rather spacious, which is a real treat in a hostel, so you’ll feel perfectly comfortable after a long day out and about.
Besides the dorm rooms, UBOX has a nice swimming pool and lounge area with a bar, as well as direct beach access and an airport shuttle.
In terms of location, it’s super convenient. It’s just a three-minute walk from Chaweng Beach, and there’s The Green Mango Club and a supermarket nearby too.
The Rock Seaview@Koh Samui
A peaceful property on the southeast coast of Koh Samui, The Rock Seaview is a mid-range option ideal for anyone looking for an enjoyable but quiet stay. The hotel is just a seven-minute walk from the famous Grandfather and Grandmother’s Rocks, and is close to the beach as well.
In the spirit of the location (being next to Grandfather and Grandmother’s Rocks), the entire hotel has large boulders throughout, both inside and outside, creating a super unique feel. The property is also brand new, so you’ll find everything in tip-top shape for your stay.
Rooms range from simple to deluxe, but all are air-conditioned with flat screen TVs, microwaves, a coffee machine, and a private bathroom. If you spring for a larger room, you’ll have your own private balcony overlooking the sea.
Situated in the front of the hotel is a spacious pool with sun loungers, and there is also a private beach area full of hammocks and day beds for guest use.
Melati Beach Resort & Spa
To live it up on your holiday in Koh Samui, it doesn’t get much more luxurious than a stay at Melati Beach Resort & Spa. Sitting in the far north of the island, this five-star hotel has its own private beach front, for resort use only.
There are all types of rooms at this resort, ranging from deluxe to suites to entire villas. No matter which you choose, you’ll wind up with gorgeous Thai decorations, lavish bathrooms, and plush beds.
The larger rooms and villas come complete with their own private pools, perfect for an early morning or midnight swim in complete privacy. They also have balconies and terraces laden with beautiful views.
When you’re not enjoying your room or villa, stop by one of the two swimming pools, eat your heart out at the two restaurants, or sip on a drink at one of the three bars. If you feel like relaxing, head to the spa villa for a massage or curl up with a book in the library. The resort also has a full fitness center, a tour desk happy to book excursions for you, and free parking on site.
For more suggestions on where to stay in Koh Samui, read our accommodation guide!
Best Places to Stay in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
The sheer beauty of Koh Phi Phi draws in travelers from far and wide to marvel at the natural wonders around the island. Beyond the fact that this island and the surrounding areas have been featured in multiple blockbusters, Koh Phi Phi is an unbelievable destination that’s sought after by many.
If you’re visiting the Phi Phi Islands, one of the best ways to experience them is to hop in a boat and enjoy on your own. Oftentimes, it’s easy enough to find an eager local who will take you on a little local tour. Otherwise, you can find plenty of places to rent a kayak. Just be sure to remember your snorkeling gear!
There are tons of accommodation options around Koh Phi Phi, from exclusive properties, to unique hotels, to guesthouses and hostels. Here are some of our favorites.
@The Pier 519 Hostel
@The Pier 159 Hostel is right on Ton Sai Beach, an optimal choice for a reasonably-priced, sun-filled island holiday. There’s lots around the hostel besides the beach, like restaurants, bars, Ao Poh Bay, and Ton Sai Pier. You know what they say: location, location, location!
Dorms are modest but comfortable, with bunks made of metal and wood in air-conditioned rooms. Each bed has a privacy curtain, reading light, and outlet, and the dorms are set back from the street so they’re quiet at night. The shared bathrooms are nice and kept clean.
The hostel has a large terrace downstairs where you can enjoy a beer, and the front staff is absolutely outstanding in terms of hospitality, friendliness, and helping with anything you may need during your stay.
This is an awesome spot for budget travelers!
Cliff Beach Resort
For gorgeous four-star accommodation sitting atop a hill, choose a room at the Cliff Beach Resort which boasts incredible views and is footsteps from the beach.
The rooms here have wood floors and simple Thai -tyle decorations in earth-toned hues. The larger rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, opening out to a balcony and views of the ocean and mountains beyond. On occasion, you may even have a monkey visitor or two wandering around outside!
Rooms also have seating areas, with plush leather couches and flat screen TVs if you want to enjoy the air conditioning for a bit. Want something extra special? Selected rooms have direct pool and beach access, which is totally worth the splurge if you want to hop in the water early morning.
Buffet breakfast is served every morning at the resort, and there is friendly staff willing to help organize tours and activities around the island. Best of all, porters from the hotel will meet your ferry at the pier upon arrival to help transport your luggage to the property. Talk about service!
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort
Five-star villas and bungalows on the beach? Yes, please! Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is right along Lo Ba Tao Bay, a peaceful beachfront with turquoise water and white sand.
The resort is nothing short of marvelous, with modern bungalows and entire villas fit for royalty. All of the accommodation is air-conditioned, with private bathrooms and balconies to enjoy the view from. Whether you’re overlooking the sea or admiring the garden, you’ll love waking up to the beauty outside your window..
For the ultimate luxury, book the Hillside Pool Villa which has a private pool overlooking the beach and ocean. How amazing is that?
This resort has pretty much everything you could ever wish for on vacation, from a private beach to an infinity pool with a bar. If you feel like getting your sweat on, hit the tennis courts or the fitness center. Otherwise, head to the dive center to explore the Phi Phi waters or to the spa for a Thai massage.
If you get hungry, enjoy a meal at one of the four restaurants on site serving up pretty much anything you could ever dream of.
For more suggestions on where to stay in Koh Phi Phi, read our accommodation guide!
Best Places to Stay in Phuket, Thailand
And finally, Phuket: it wouldn’t be a complete list of the Thai islands without a mention of Phuket. As Thailand’s largest island and home to an international airport, this place is simply brimming with tourists from all over the world.
Expect to find party central as you stroll down Patong, and a quieter and relaxed vibe further down in the island. My biggest recommendation is to look where the tourists don’t go so you can enjoy some peace and quiet!
There are tons of hotels, especially around the larger beaches in Phuket, and you can expect them to be rather pricey. But as you move away from the most populated areas of the island, prices drop and the vibe becomes much more local.
Check out these awesome places to stay in Phuket, Thailand.
One One Hostel Patong
A sweet little hostel which is a 15-minute walk from Patong Beach, One One Hostel is near restaurants, a few bars, and a 7-Eleven. While Patong is known for being one of the best places to party in Phuket, One One Hostel is on the quieter side, a good refuge for anyone looking to get a good night’s sleep.
Dorms are little, cozy, and inexpensive, with air conditioning and privacy curtains around the bunks. There is a lovely lounge area where you can catch up with other guests or enjoy a meal before heading to the beach.
What makes One One Hostel so special is the people who run it. Almost every single guest who has stayed has commented on the outstanding hospitality and kindness of the owners which has kept them coming back time and time again. As such, interesting people gravitate towards this property, so you’re sure to meet some cool folks during your stay!
Chanalai Garden Resort
Overlooking the Andaman Sea in Kata Beach, you’ll find Chanalai Garden Resort, a stunning hotel with truly wild views.
Rooms at this resort are large but minimalist, with air conditioning, flat screen TVs, mini bars and pristine bathrooms. For a slight upgrade, you can choose a room with a sea view that has a balcony where you can sit and enjoy the ocean breeze.
Chanalai Garden Resort has two outdoor pools with plenty of sun loungers for getting your tan on, each with its own bar serving up refreshments all day long. There are also two restaurants at the resort, a lounge, a fitness center, and a tour desk that will help you organize anything you’d like to do around Phuket.
The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa
The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa offers a luxurious five-star stay right in Siray Bay. Surrounded by mountains, beach, and ocean as far as the eye can see, this is a relaxing retreat you’ll remember forever.
Here, the rooms are large and cushy, with comfy beds and floor-to-ceiling windows leading to your own private balcony. There are large flat screen TVs, iPhone docks, and seating areas, as well as sweet bathrooms fully stocked with all the fluffy towels, bathrobes, and all the mini toiletries you could dream of.
The Westin also has a few private villas on the property. These have large living areas and private infinity pools that overlook the sea, which are worth every penny if you ask me.
Besides the rooms, the resort has a whole host of amenities like three infinity pools, a fitness center, a full spa, and a 24-hour front desk. There are also three restaurants on site – one Italian and two serving Asian and international cuisine – so you’ll have full bellies for your entire stay.
Our favorite part of this hotel is the lengths the staff goes to organize activities for guests. From early morning yoga on the beach to snorkeling in the ocean to a lively game of beach volleyball, the Westin will ensure you have a wonderful time during your stay.
For more suggestions on where to stay in Phuket, read our accommodation guide!
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