Welcome to Koh Samui Accommodation
Legend has it that two backpackers stumbled upon Koh Samui in 1971. It was an island paradise and soon word got out. Now in 2011 Koh Samui is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Thailand. It is situated in the beautiful calm seas of the Gulf of Thailand about 670 km from Bangkok. It takes just over an hour to fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui airport by Bangkok Airways. See the travel section for more information about getting to Koh Samui.
Quick Koh Samui facts
Koh Samui is the largest island in the group of islands known as the Samui Archipelago. It is about 247 km² and has an official population of 50,000. Until tourism hit the island coconut plantations and fishing were the main economic activities on the island. Still today Koh Samui is one of the major suppliers of coconuts in the Kingdom. Koh Samui is the only island in the archipelago that has an airport (the other islands are Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and the Angthong National Park).
Koh Samui is an island paradise that has it all: pristine white sand beaches, great restaurants, world class accommodation, cheap bungalows, hospitals, international schools, big supermarkets, local markets, temples and waterfalls. You can find traditional Thai culture in Koh Samui as well as modern culture, and the 'buzz' of a 'chaotic' nightlife.
Some people come to Koh Samui for the great nightlife on such beaches as Chaweng and Lamai; while others come to relax on quiet beaches. There's a beach to fit everyone's taste in Koh Samui ranging from the boutique Bophut to the tourist hub of Chaweng to the peaceful and deserted beach of Baan Taling Ngam.
Koh Samui has an excellent transport system. There's good roads to all the places on the island. You can find taxis at any time and there are small buses called songthaews that cost just a few Thai Baht and ply all the major routes. There are numerous ferries leaving from Maenam, Big Buddha and Bophut for the neighbouring islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. There are also regular boat services to Suratthani and Chumphon on the mainland.
Prices for accommodation range from just a few dollars a night (much of the cheap accommodation is in Lamai and Maenam) to hundreds of dollars a night. Everything from boutique to budget; from pool villas to fan huts are available. Nearly every budget is catered for in Koh Samui.
Many of the mid-range and luxury resorts have spas, some have fitness centers and a few do 'full on' wellness programs that include, among other things, reiki, Pilates, yoga and far infrared saunas. If you want to detox and rejuvenate Koh Samui is the ideal place.
This website uses the secure r24.org booking engine. It has the best prices and the widest selection of accommodation. r24.org also has an excellent reputation for providing a reliable service.
Use the links in the left hand menu to explore the accommodation options on the various beaches in Koh Samui. Use the map to learn more about where the beaches are. Check out the galleries to find out just how beautiful Koh Samui is.