Ko Samui, Thailand Hotels
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The crown jewel of Thailand's Chumpon archipelago, Koh Samui has been attracting admirers from afar since the sixth century, when fishermen from China and Malaysia first settled it. If you come to Koh Samui today, you'll be amazed at how paradisiacal the island still is, with palm-fringed beaches, rushing waterfalls, and peaceful Buddhist culture. Thankfully, the island's lodging options have increased dramatically over the past millennium-and-a-half, with cheap Koh Samui hotels like The Sarann, Peace Resort, and Bandara Resort & Spa waiting for you to relax in them.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Ko Samui, Thailand

Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
155 / 4 Chaweng Beach Rd, Koh Samui
from $113
Baan Taa Yaay Bungalow
Baan Taa Yaay Bungalow
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3.9
49/3 Moo 3 Chaweng Rd, Koh Samui
from $0
Banana Fan Sea Resort
Banana Fan Sea Resort
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4.5
201 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road T. Bophut, Koh Samui
from $3
Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi
Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi
20 Moo 2 Chaweng Chongmon Rd, Koh Samui
from $5
Saree Samui
Saree Samui
135 Moo 4 Baan Tornsai Mae Nam Beach, Koh Samui
from $5
Bo Phut Resort & Spa
Bo Phut Resort & Spa
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4.7
12/12 Moo 1 Tambol Bo Phut, Koh Samui
from $12
Melati Beach Resort & Spa
Melati Beach Resort & Spa
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4.3
9/99 Moo 5, Bophut Thongson Bay, Koh Samui
from $9
Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana Hotel
Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana Hotel
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4.2
37/97 Moo 3 Bophut Surat Thani, Koh Samui
from $1
Chaweng Garden Beach Resort
Chaweng Garden Beach Resort
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4.3
162/8 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
from $6
Buri Rasa Village
Buri Rasa Village
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4.6
11/2 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
from $5
More About Ko Samui, Thailand Hotels...

The Fast Track to Paradise

If you're eager to get your toes in the sand, the fastest way to reach Koh Samui is by taking one of the hourly direct flights from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport to Samui Airport, via Bangkok Airways. Paradise is even closer when you stay at a Koh Samui budget hotel near the airport, such as The Nest Samui, Punnpreeda Beach Resort*, or Villa Tanamera*, all of which offer airport shuttle service for a nominal fee.

A more relaxed way to travel to Koh Samui is to fly to Surat Thani Airport, then take a ferry to Koh Samui's Nathon Pier. From there, it's a quick motorbike or song theaw (pick-up) ride to your favorite Koh Samui hotel, be it Tam's Guesthouse, The Jim, or The Green Mango.

Sleep on Your Favorite Beach

Don't be fooled by Koh Samui's small size on the map: at 88 square miles, it's a pretty big island! As such, the best way to ensure a relaxing island vacation is to sleep on your favorite beach. Choose one of the Koh Samui hotel deals near popular Chaweng Beach, such as Nonaburi Resort & Spa, Muang Samui Spa Resort, or Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana, or enjoy a more tranquil time on Mae Nam Beach, at properties like Saree Samui, Fair House Villas & Spa, or Escape Beach Resort.

If you're not opposed to exploring, you can rent a motorbike for less than 200 THB (about 6 USD as of December 2014) per day, which not only gives you the freedom to see Koh Samui attractions like the Big Buddha and Wat Khunaram Temple at your own leisure, but frees you up to stay at the Koh Samui resort of your choice. Enjoy a relaxing stay at properties like Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort, Best Western Samui Bayview Resort & Spa, or Monkey Flower Villas* without having to worry about the bus schedule.

Where Doing Business is a Pleasure

Work might be the last thing on your mind during your trip to Koh Samui, but if you've got to take your job with you, there are few more beautiful places to be productive than on a Koh Samui beach. Koh Samui luxury hotels like Conrad Koh Samui Resort and Spa, The Library, and the W Retreat Resort & Spa feature dedicated business centers and property-wide Wi-Fi, which allows you to take care of business before you let the island's pleasure wash over you.

Koh Samui is also a great destination for small-to-medium sized business meetings, with hotels like Nora Beach Resort and Spa*, Mai Samui Beach Resort and Spa, and Chaweng Regent Beach Resort boasting on-site conference and meeting facilities. Koh Samui activities like scuba diving, rock climbing, and animal safaris are also ideal business travel excursions, whether you embark on a team building trip, or reward members of an incentives group.

Find Your Home in Koh Samui

If you can't find the Koh Samui hotel that's right for you, one way to find the perfect place to lay your head in paradise is by renting a room or entire home via Airbnb. With more than $1,000 rental properties and rates starting at just $29 per night, Airbnb makes it easy to feel at home in Koh Samui, from simple, open air bungalows to luxurious villas with dramatic ocean views.

Another benefit of renting an Airbnb property in Koh Samui is having a local host to show you around. Many property owners in Koh Samui are Thai (or speak the language at least), which opens you up to experiences most tourists would miss, from traditional family meals, to special events, to secret beaches you'd never find on your own. Some Koh Samui Airbnb hosts even offer Thai cooking classes!

Koh Samui's Misplaced Monsoon

Most of Thailand gets doused by the seasonal monsoon during the North American summer months, which makes it a tricky destination if you tend to plan your travel around your children's' school holidays. Koh Samui's wet and dry seasons are flipped, however, with March-May being the driest months, although you should keep in mind that rates will be highest during this time.

If you're more flexible with your travel plans and don't mind a bit of rain, come during early autumn or just after Christmas, periods that are mildly wet, but outside the most torrential part of the monsoon season. You'll enjoy low prices at Koh Samui hotels like Rocky's Boutique Resort, Kandaburi Resort and Spa, and Beach Republic* and, as an added bonus, be able to explore the rest of Thailand during its dry season.

The Ultimate Koh Samui Resource

Life's a beach in Koh Samui, but unless you plan to spend every minute of your vacation baking under the palm trees, you'd best read up on things to do in Koh Samui, whether you're in search of temples, tasty food, or the island's raciest geological formations, the genital-shaped Grandmother and Grandfather Stones. Travelfish.org has long been the premier online resource for independent travelers in Southeast Asia – the site boasts more than 100 entries about Koh Samui alone.

If you want smooth sailing when it comes to your travel to and within Koh Samui, choose Hipmunk. Whether you're looking for unbeatable deals on Koh Samui hotels, or agony-free flights that are just as harmonious to your sanity as they are to your bank account, Hipmunk is as close to paradise as you'll find in the digital realm.

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