Known as one of the largest islands in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is a place that is frequented by many. The beaches are beautiful, the night life is vibrant, and the variety of activities and things to do are many. Given the rapid development and growth of the island, there is literally no shortage of places to stay in Koh Samui. With that being said, we decided to put together a list of our top picks for the best places to stay in Koh Samui for both hotels and hostels.

The Best Budget Places to Stay in Koh Samui

Koh Samui Hostel

Koh Samui Hostel

Quick Info
Room Type: Dorms

WI-FI: Yes

Near: 12 minutes walk to the beach

Price Range: $9 a night

This budget hostel is perfect for those looking to stay close to the beach without having to pay a lot of money. The dorm room beds are clean, basic and has everything you need. The owners of the hostel are absolutely lovely and do their best to accommodate your needs. The place is a short walking distance to the beach and there are loads of cheap food options around. The hostel also comes with a communal kitchen which is equipped with a refrigerator, toaster and kettle. (Prices start at $9 for a dorm bed)

Compare prices and read reviews, check:   Hostel World

Pepper Guest House Chaweng

Quick Info
Room Type: Dorms | Private Rooms

WI-FI: Yes

Near: 800 m from KC Beach Club Chaweng

Price Range: $18 a night for two people

The Pepper Guest House Chaweng is a hostel that is located close to Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach.  There are nine rooms at the hostel and each one has all of the conveniences that a guest needs. Although this isn’t one of the most modern hostels out there, the staff her are fantastic. They are very welcoming and instantly make you feel at home. They have both private rooms and dorm rooms. Please do take note that it can get hot as some rooms don’t have AC. (Prices start at $18 for two people for a private room)

Compare prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com | Hostel World

Hello Backpacker Samui

Quick Info
Room Type: Dorms

WI-FI: Yes

Near: Chaweng Beach

Price Range: $6 a night

If you read all the reviews of this place, everyone agrees on one thing. Stay here if you want to meet and socialize with other travelers. The owners of the hostels make the place a super fun atmosphere. They round up everyone and go out altogether the place itself is close to the beach and is generally well maintained-although it could be cleaner at times. They also have a communal kitchen which guests can use. (Prices start at $6 a night for a dorm bed)

Compare prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com | Hostel World

Editor’s Note: Our top recommendation on budget hostels in Koh Samui is Chill Inn Beach Cafe and Hostel. Although a little far from the nightlife, it is a great place to stay and is located right in front of the beach.

Best Mid Range Places to Stay in Koh Samui

Escape Beach Resort

Maenam Bay Resort

Quick Info
Room Type: Twin | Double | Family Room

WI-FI: Yes

Near: 100 m from the beach

Price Range: $23 a night for two people

This resort is such a good bargain for the price you pay. The rooms are modern, clean and bright and the staff are very helpful. They have a small pool area which is a great area to chill out. Although it isn’t exactly in the main area, everything including the beach is nearby and isn’t too far. (Prices start at $23 for a double room for two)

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com 

Escape Beach Resort

Quick Info
Room Type: Double | Bungalows

WI-FI: Yes

Near: Mae Nam Beach

Price Range: $50 a night for two people

The Escape Beach Resort is located approximately 100 feet from Mae Nam Beach.  There are plenty of attractions close by including Fisherman’s Village and Wat Phra Yai.  All of the rooms are air-conditioned with nice sitting areas where you can lounge around.  The onsite restaurant and bar is open daily so that guests can enjoy a meal without leaving the resort.  The resort also offers massage services so guests can relax as soon as they arrive. The pool is fantastic and is a great place to unwind. Due to it’s location, you would definitely need transport or a taxi service if you want to explore the nightlife. (Prices start at $50 a night for two people with breakfast)

Compare prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com 

The Fisherman’s Chalet 2

Quick Info
Room Type: Villas

WI-FI: Yes

Near: Lamai Beach

Price Range: $45 a night

The Fisherman’s Chalet has been remodeled recently and each of the 18 chalets has flat screen televisions, wireless internet and free bottled water upon checking in.  Guests will enjoy visiting the Samui Butterfly Garden which is only a five-minute walk from the hotel.  Children will love the playground, while the adults will want to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee from the coffee bar.  The pool is a great place to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing. Some units have a balcony and seating area which have beautiful views of the ocean! (Prices start at $45 for a sea view villa for two)

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com 

Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Koh Samui

Nikki Beach

The Sarann Koh Samui

Quick Info
Room Type: Double | Suites |Villas

WI-FI: Yes

Near: Chaweng Beach

Price Range: $156 a night

This luxury hotel has everything you need and more. The linens are lush, the beds are comfortable and some rooms even have private Jacuzzi for guests to enjoy. The resort has a big infinity pool which is a great place to relax and unwind with a drink in your hand. The staff go above and beyond to make your stay pleasant. The Sarann is definitely one of the best places to stay in Koh Samui. (Prices start at $156 for a spa suite)

Compare prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com 

Insider Tip: As well as booking websites, you can also search more specifically if you know what you want. For example, searching  Koh Samui Villa Rental will take you directly to a website that offers numerous luxury villas in Koh Samui. How will you ever choose?

Nikki Beach Resort

Quick Info
Room Type: Villas | Suites | Family Rooms

WI-FI: Yes

Near: Beachfront

Price Range: $290 a night

No one does luxurious better than the famed Nikki Beach Resort. Known for their luxurious amenities and friendly staff, a stay here is highly recommended. The rooms are well decorated and spacious and the outdoor pool area is just beautiful. Your stay here won’t be complete without experiencing their famous Sunday Brunch. (Prices start at $290 a night including breakfast)

To compare prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com 

Melati Beach Resort & Spa

Quick Info
Room Type: Suites | Villas | Family Villas

WI-FI: Yes

Near: Beachfront | 15-minute drive from Samui Airport

Price Range: $272 a night

Located right on the beach, the Melati Beach Resort & Spa has two swimming pools, two restaurants, and three bars. Some of the rooms are also furnished with outdoor bathtubs. The entire resort premise is absolutely beautiful and is well worth the steep price tag. The breakfast buffet that comes with the room is plentiful and is well equipped with a variety of choices. Relax, unwind, and make the most out of your stay here. (Prices start at $272 a night for two people with breakfast)

To compare prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com


 If you’re looking for things to do in the area, check out some of our guides!

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