Photo: Low key resorts line much of the beachside.

Ko Samui is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Samui as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Samui’s different areas.

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Along with a bunch of long-term villas, Bang Po and Ban Tai both offer mostly midrange acommodation interspersed with a smattering of cheaper spots.

Ban Tai

Mimosa Resort
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
32/2 Moo 5, Ban Tai
T: (077) 247 740

Mimosa Resort & Spa lies on a quiet stretch of beach on the border of Bang Po and Mae Nam. It's roughly 100m past the Napasai turnoff, towards Nathon, Keep an eye out for (and turn right at) the Family Mart where there is a sign for Mimosa. Continue straight over the bridge, until you reach Mimosa. The resort is charming with thatch roofs and whitewashed walls, and furnished in a modern... Read our full review of Mimosa Resort.

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Health Oasis Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
26/4 Moo 6 Ban Tai, Ko Samui
T: (077) 420 124

Health Oasis offers a huge range of alternative therapies -- see their website for details. Rooms are spotless and very well-maintained, and there is also a pool, all set along a great stretch of the beach. It’s marred by a little bit of traffic noise. The therapies and treatments get good reviews, though this place seems even more corporate than The Spa. You do not have to fast to stay... Read our full review of Health Oasis Resort.

The Sea
Luxury - over 8,000B
7/64 Moo 5, Ban Tai
T: (077) 960 567

The Sea consists of rooms and suites in the main building, with entrance on the street front, and overlooking the ocean, as well as villa type accommodation, near the swimming pool and on the seafront. Prices vary considerably according to room size and season with large hikes in price for the peak season. This aside, the rooms are tastefully furnished with modern furniture and soothing neutral... Read our full review of The Sea.

Bang Po

Mai Samui Beach Resort
Luxury - over 8,000B
2/6 Moo 5, Laem Yai Beach, Bang Po
T: (077) 914 600

Mai Samui is located towards the western end of Bang Po, just to the south of the Four Seasons, on a good stretch of beach. This resort is for those looking for a hefty dose of luxury and pampering. The architecture is pleasing to the eye, with beautiful woodwork, earthy tones, well-placed lighting and a swimming pool that appears endless, slipping around the buildings and under bridges, with... Read our full review of Mai Samui Beach Resort.

By Beach Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
12/2 Moo 5, Bang Po
T: (086) 598 0334

By Beach Resort is a typical backpacker-type establishment, located towards the Mae Nam end of Bang Po, a few hundred metres along a dirt track leading from the Ring Road -- turn left onto the dirt track immediately after the Santiburi Spa Resort (when coming from Nathon) - it leads to By Beach Resort. Bungalows are painted acid green with black balconies and window frames, or baby blue with... Read our full review of By Beach Resort.

Le Beach Club Samui
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
32/35 Moo 5, Bang Po, Ko Samui (After the Four Seasons Hotel, before Bang Po enters Nathon)
T: (077) 485 373, (081) 555 1230

Le Beach Club, located along the 4169 Ring Road, just before Bang Po enters Nathon, has added a fresh breath to an area of Samui that was looking a little neglected. Several little beach bars have recently popped up along this road, so it’s worth heading this way, particularly at sunset hour.Just waiting for the sailors to come home.We weren’t quite sure what Le Beach Club was, but driving... Read our full review of Le Beach Club Samui.

The Passage Samui
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
57/6 Moo 5, Bang Po
T: (077) 421 721

The Passage is located on a quiet stretch of beach towards the western end of Bang Po. If you're heading towards Nathon, it is shortly after the Four Seasons Hotel, after rounding the bend entering a small bay before Nathon Bay. Accommodation ranges from the more affordable superior rooms, which represent reasonable value for money, to the more expensive beachfront pool villas, which are... Read our full review of The Passage Samui.

Baan Bai Fern
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
57/9 Moo 5, Bang Po
T: (077) 236 239

Baan Bai Fern is located on the ocean side of the Ring Road, about 500m past the Four Seasons Hotel when you're driving towards Nathon. Bungalows are positioned in a quaint garden, filled with bird-feeders, statues and a seating area. The resort is not on the seafront, but a path leads the couple of hundred metres to the beach. A sala offers shade and seating next to the pool, which has views to... Read our full review of Baan Bai Fern.

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Where are you planning on heading to after Ban Tai? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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