Photo: Bake with boulders on Taling Ngam.

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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Taling Ngam and Phang Ka beaches both have a few options for those with some cash to flash, while pretty Lipa Noi offers more variety for those after peace, quiet and comfort. Far cheaper accommodation can be found near the ferry pier in Nathon.

Taling Ngam

Ban Sabai Sunset Beach Resort
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
126/9 Moo 3, Taling Ngam (across from the Inter Continental Samui Baan Taling Ngam)
T: (077) 428 200

The Sunset Beach Resort is positioned on a hill overlooking Taling Ngam bay. The L'Ananas Restaurant is located on the entrance at street level, as is the main building housing the hotel rooms, offering views of the bay. The villas, spa and pool are located lower down, leading to the beach. Across the road, the resort's fitness centre, a glass structure, overlooking treetops and the bay, and is... Read our full review of Ban Sabai Sunset Beach Resort.

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Am Samui Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
39 Moo 3, Taling Ngam (Down the hill from the Inter Continental, travelling south)
T: (077) 235 165

As the owners of Am Samui have expanded their resort, they've introduce a new style each time, creating a strange mix of architecture. The restaurant and older garden and beach bungalows are in the traditional bungalow style. Newer bungalows are hexagon shaped, and entirely glass on four sides, and new apartment-style accommodation is under construction towards the rear of the resort. Bungalows... Read our full review of Am Samui Resort.

Essential Retreat – Ar An Resort
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
41/1 Moo 2, Lipa Noi (Along the Taling Ngam road, near the Raja Ferry Port)
T: (084) 846 7182

Essential Retreat at Ar An Resort is the two-star budget option of New Body and Mind Retreats, a detox resort group, who also have four- and five-star options available on Samui as well as on the mainland in Khanom. The resort is extremely basic, with simple bungalows that have hot water and ceiling fans, but no air-con. Several packages are available, ranging from detox and weight loss to... Read our full review of Essential Retreat – Ar An Resort.

Phang Ka

Elements Boutique Resort and Spa Hideaway
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
53/5 Moo 4 Phangka, Taling Ngam (a few hundred metres past the Phangka Paradise Resort)
T: (077) 914 678

Elements is ideal for those wanting tranquility with a touch of luxury. The Serenity Spa offers a selection of treatments including body scrubs, massages, facials, herbal steam baths and packages at good value. Accommodation is in the form of spacious apartment-style rooms, or two-bedroom villas. The villas have private plunge pools, and in-villa dining with a private chef is an option. The... Read our full review of Elements Boutique Resort and Spa Hideaway.

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Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
62/4 Moo 4 Phangka, Taling Ngam (Shortly before Elements Resort and Spa)
T: (077) 334 207

Phangka Paradise Resort offers beachfront and garden bungalows on a quiet stretch of beach. The bungalows are exceptionally spacious, with lounge areas and decks, and are well furnished. They offer WiFi, air-con, satellite TV, minibar and fridges. A swimming pool is located on the seafront and a nondescript restaurant serves meals throughout the day. The resort itself, although offering... Read our full review of Phangka Paradise Resort.

Lipa Noi

Lipa Bay Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
79/4 Moo 2, Lipa Noi (Leaving the 4169, take the 4174, and Lipa Bay Resort is at the end of the road, before it bends sharply to the left.)
T: (077) 485 689

To appreciate the charm of this resort, book a villa rather than a room in the building block. The duplex villas are excellent value, and only marginally smaller than the beachfront villas, set back only a few metres and still offering views. The rustic wooden bungalows have quaint bathrooms, with shell inlay walls as well as spacious covered balconies. Colourful bedspreads and paintings bring... Read our full review of Lipa Bay Resort.

Kanok Buri Resort
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
84 Moo 2, Lipa Noi (Leaving the 4169, travel along the 4174, and turn right before Lipa Bay Resort. Kanokburi is on the left hand side)
T: (077) 914 444

All rooms at Kanok Buri offer either Jacuzzi baths or private pools and views of the sea or garden. The accommodation is well-appointed with modern Asian pieces using materials such as silk, cotton and teak wood. Full mosquito nets drape over four-poster beds, and extras include bathrobes and slippers. General room facilities include air-con, satellite TV with DVD player, hairdryer, safety box,... Read our full review of Kanok Buri Resort.

Lipa Lodge Beach Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
75/4 Moo 3, Lipa Noi (leaving the 4169, take the 4174, follow it along past a sharp turn left. Continue past Nikki Beach, and Lipa Lodge is further along on the sea side of the road.)
T: (077) 485 616

Thatch-roofed bungalows with large covered balconies are sparsely dotted amid a tropical garden overlooking Lipa Noi beach. The resort is set in 25 acres of garden, yet only a few bungalows have been constructed, in keeping with the less populated west coast. Bungalows are spacious inside, with all the usual facilities such as WiFi, air-con, TV and fridges. A large freeform swimming pool is... Read our full review of Lipa Lodge Beach Resort.

Nikki Beach
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
96/3 Moo 2, Lipa Noi, Ko Samui (Take main ring road southwest to the west side of the island to Lipa Noi beach, between Nathon and Taling Ngam. Make a turn at traffic light 4174, heading to Donsak Ferry. You will see Nikki Beach on your right side after t
T: (077) 914 500

The Nikki Beach group is renowned world-wide for throwing legendary events, with locations in party hubs such as Cabo San Lucas, Marrakech, Miami Beach, Mallorca, Marbella, St Barth and St Tropez. Nikki Beach Lipa Noi is the first to include accommodation in the mix, adding villas for partygoers to recover in.Not a bad spot to recover after a party.The accommodation consists of villas laid out in... Read our full review of Nikki Beach.

Sea Valley Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
123/3 Moo 2, Lipa Noi (Shortly after the Lipa Lovely, along the 4174)
T: (077) 485 734

White villas with tiled roofs sit amid a garden with an unusual mix of Thai and Grecian statues and lead down towards the beach. The bungalows are spacious, offering lounge areas, large bathrooms and king-sized beds. Rooms are tastefully appointed with hardwood floors, artwork, dark-wood furniture and vaulted ceilings. Facilities include minibar, satellite TV, air-con and beautifully finished... Read our full review of Sea Valley Hotel.

Little Pearl Family Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
58/15 Moo 2, Lipa Noi (Past the Lipa Lovely Resort, along the 4174)
T: (077) 415 551

For those looking for a simple beachfront holiday with no frills that's isn't too hard on the pocket, Little Pearl is an option. The bungalows are A-frame, with the family rooms having a second bedroom in the rafters. The furnishings are simple, but lack some charm and character. Choosing a bungalow on the beach should make up for this, as they are located on a quiet stretch of sand shared only... Read our full review of Little Pearl Family Resort.


Nathon Residence
Backpacker - Under 600B
257/1-3 Taveeratpakdee Road, Nathon (along the main shopping drag of Nathon, opposite Samui Hot Club clothing store)
T: (077) 236 081

Other than needing a place to crash before taking the early morning ferry, there would be no reason to stay at Nathon Residence, or anywhere else in Nathon centre for that matter. In saying that, Nathon Central serves its purpose by offering cheap, clean rooms, with basic facilities such as WiFi, air-con and hot water. Housed in a three-storey building on the main road of Nathon near Tesco and... Read our full review of Nathon Residence.

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