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center of Samui entertainment, restaurants and nightlife
a more laid-back area than Chaweng, located in the south of the island
more peaceful choices in the north of Samui
Samui's port and commercial hub for locals, located on the west of island
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Chaweng beach is one of the biggest and best on Samui. The area has a huge choice of hotels and is the epicenter of Samui nightlife (gay and straight) with numerous bars, restaurants and shops for all tastes, ages and budget.
11/2 Moo 2, Chaweng | map
9 Very Good based on 377 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Walk to the bars & clubs. Beachfront location.
Fabulous beachfront resort located at the quieter end of the gay-popular Chaweng Beach. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms have aspects of both contemporary and traditional Thai styling.
Features include free WiFi, flat screen cable TV, minibar and tea & coffee making facilities. Some rooms have a private garden with outdoor furniture or plunge pool.
The resort has a gorgeous infinity-edge pool with plenty of cushioned sun loungers and offers an ‘at seat’ beach service during the day. Buri Rasa also has its own spa, but you will probably be more tempted to visit Mekkala Men’s Spa & Bar - located just a short walk from the hotel.
201 Moo 2, Chaweng | map
Why this hotel: Beachfront location. Near Chaweng nightlife.
The highly-ranked Banana Fan Sea Hotel enjoys an excellent beachfront location at the quieter part of Chaweng Beach and just a short walk from Mekkhala gay bar and Chaweng’s nightlife. The hotel offers a range of spacious, air-conditioned rooms and villas, some with fabulous sea views.
Facilities include flat screen satellite TV, minibar and tea & coffee making facilities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at the beachfront Baitong restaurant, although there is a huge choice of cafés and eateries within easy walking distance.
The hotel has its own swimming pool and plenty of comfortable sun loungers. Gay guests can expect the warmest of welcomes and excellent service.
100 Moo 2, Chaweng | map
Why this hotel: Near the Chaweng nightlife. Great pool. Value for money.
Located at the north end of Chaweng Beach, the gay-friendly Muang Kulaypan Hotel offers good value for money accommodation, far enough away from party central to relax, but close enough for a night out.
All 42 rooms are uniquely designed in a minimalist Zen style, and many have an inspiring view of the sea or the extensive gardens.
159/89 Moo 2, Chaweng | map
7.9 Good based on 1868 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Great for partying. Popular bar. Near the nightlife.
This great-value, beachfront resort on Chaweng Beach is located right in the heart of the nightlife and restaurant area and close to the Green Mango dance club. So if you prefer a quiet neighborhood or an early night, then look elsewhere.
Ark Bar Resort offers a range of activities such as windsurfing, sailing and even a free dive lesson in the pool. The restaurant & bar serves tasty Thai dishes, excellent cocktails and stays open late. Great choice for party animals looking for affordable accommodation.
162/49-50 Moo 2, Chaweng | map
8 Good based on 390 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Convenient location Near Chaweng Beach. Great value.
Great value hotel in a very convenient location, just across the road from the beach, and steps away from all the shopping and dining options on Chaweng Beach Road.
Nora Chaweng offers comfortable, contemporary rooms with facilities that include a flat screen TV, an electronic safe, minibar, coffee & tea makers and free WiFi. The hotel has its own swimming pool, a spa and lounge bar.
90/ 1 Moo 2, Chaweng | map
8.4 Very Good based on 583 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Excellent value. Great location. Ocean views.
Centrally located, beachfront resort managed by a team who fully understand the gay market. Baan Chaweng’s spacious rooms are traditionally Thai-styled with beautiful wood furnishes. Each room has a safe, minibar, tea & coffee maker and a private balcony. Some rooms have partial sea views.
Whilst the beach is just a few steps from your room, the resort does have its own swimming pool, sun terrace and spa. The onsite Leelavadee Restaurant offers a comprehensive selection of Thai dishes. Recommended.
111 Moo 2, Chaweng | map
7.7 Good based on 189 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Gay-popular Bungalow style. Excellent value.
Budget bungalows located on a white sandy beach (albeit the water is very shallow at this point along the beach). O.P. Bungalow is simply furnished but comfortable and clean. It has a very good Thai/Chinese restaurant that serves up tasty food all day long at very reasonable prices.
In the evening, the gay scene comes to you at O.P., with beach volleyball being played by local guys. The sport is taken very seriously and is fun to watch. The resort is within walking distance of the nightlife along Chaweng Beach road. No pool, no frills, but good service and low cost.
This area is located in the south Koh Samui, further down from the popular Chaweng Beach. It is generally quieter, with calmer waters and a more “chilled out” vibe at most of the resorts. Several luxury resorts can be found here.
129/92 Moo 3, Lamai Beach | map
9.1 Fantastic based on 78 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: On Lamai Beach. Adults only. Boutique choice.
The fabulous Beluga Boutique Hotel is an adults-only, 4-star resort located on a secluded part of Lamai Beach, directly behind a rock formation that forms a beautiful natural pool and quasi private beach.
The hotel is ‘child free’ and located on a secluded beach, protected by huge rocks. Guests can swim in a giant natural aquarium, sip a cocktail at sunset at the bar, enjoy a meal in the restaurant, a massage on the private roof terrace overlooking the bay or just relax on the comfortable sun beds.
69/6 Moo 4, Na Muang | map
7 Pleasant based on 34 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Very gay-friendly. Large rooms. Superb dining & pool.
Gay-friendly and partly gay-owned resort located in a very quiet area in the south of the island just a 10-minute walk from quiet sandy beach. Ban Kao Tropical is a good choice for those wanting privacy, space and reasonably priced accommodation.
Surrounded by a beautiful coconut plantation, Ban Kao offers comfortable, modern rooms and villas, a restaurant, a club house, swimming pool, gym and spa.
Many recommended resorts are located along the beaches of Choeng Mon, Mae Nam and Bo Phut (which is also known as “Fisherman’s Village”). This area is more peaceful than Chaweng, has calmer waters protected by the Samui’s northern headland and views of the distant Koh Phangan.
117 Moo 1, BoPhut | map
8.2 Very Good based on 47 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Award winner. Fabulous dining. Boutique choice.
There are lots of very good reasons to choose the award-winning Zazen: Location – on a pristine beachfront; accommodation - just 26 private garden and beachfront bungalows, each of which is individually styled and luxuriously furnished; food – the fabulous Zazen restaurant with its ‘East meets West’ cuisine from master chef, Jean-Francoise, is one of our favourites on the island.
Zazen really is a distinctive resort with its own unique design offering great service and a warm welcome to all.
51/4 Moo 4, Big Buddha Beach, BoPhut | map
7.8 Good based on 198 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Boutique resort. Charming villas & suites
Saboey is a small friendly resort attracting a mixed clientele, located 5 minutes from Fisherman’s Village and 15 minutes from the busy Chaweng Beach. Saboey offers 18 spacious villas and suites that are tastefully designed in contemporary Thai style. Each air-conditioned villa has a terrace and king sized bed and free WiFi.
The resort is set in private, lush tropical gardens and features an infinity pool and cascading jacuzzi with stunning beach and sea views.
165/88 Moo 1, BoPhut | map
8 Good based on 41 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Apartment style. Excellent pool. Great service.
Gay-friendly condo-hotel in a quiet area of BoPhut that is popular with long-stay gay guests. Arisara Place features modern air-conditioned rooms with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area, flat screen cable TV, DVD player and free WiFi.
The hotel also has a small gym and an outdoor pool. There is no restaurant onsite, but the numerous dining options in Fisherman’s Village are just minutes away.
178 Moo 1, BoPhut | map
8.3 Very Good based on 304 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Fabulous views. Excellent dining. Large rooms.
Lovely 4-star property in BoPhut with easy access to Fisherman’s Village and many dining choices. The bungalows and villas at Peace Resort are spacious and feature a private terrace with sea or garden views, air conditioning, flat screen TV, DVD player, tea & coffee making facilities and minibar.
The in-house Sea Wrap restaurant offers French and Thai cuisine, with the option of dining outdoors right on the beach! Excellent breakfast and service.
178/2 Moo 1, BoPhut | map
8.4 Very Good based on 384 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Close to the beach. Superb location. Fabulous pool.
Excellent beachfront 4-star resort offering villas with private gardens and suites with private balconies overlooking extensive tropical gardens. The modern Thai-style rooms feature an entertainment system, refrigerator, safe and free WiFi.
The Bandara has a 40-meter swimming pool and extensive sun terrace. A range of local and international dishes can be enjoyed on the beachfront or in the tropical garden. Bandara’s Chom Dao restaurant is particularly well-known for fresh seafood and BBQ dishes. As gay-friendly as it gets!
The Bandara is a 5-minute walk from Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village and a 15-minute drive from popular Chaweng Beach and Samui Airport.
95 Moo 1, BoPhut | map
8.5 Very Good based on 151 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Beachfront bungalows. Great value. Budget choice.
Surrounded by tropical gardens and coconut trees, Smile House is a great value for money resort located on BoPhut’s white sandy beach. The bungalows feature wooden furnishings, cable TV, air conditioning, a private terrace and minibar. WiFi is available but charges apply.
Smile House has a beachfront restaurant and an outdoor pool. A popular budget-level choice with gay travelers.
180/10 Moo 1, Bo Phut | map
7.4 Good based on 154 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Quiet area. Beachfront location. Great value.
Located on a quiet stretch of beach in BoPhut, just 10 minutes’ walk to Fisherman’s Village. Lawana Resort has beautiful landscaped gardens, an outdoor pool and a beachfront restaurant.
The rooms and bungalows are fitted with air conditioning, cable TV, minibar and bathroom with bathtub. Lawana’s onsite restaurant serves Thai and international dishes as well as breakfast buffet.
98 Moo 1, BoPhut | map
7.6 Good based on 47 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Beachfront & stylish. Rooftop pool. Convenient location.
Cute, stylish hotel in the center of Fisherman’s Village. L’Hacienda features a small rooftop pool with stunning views of the sea and the surrounding islands.
The contemporary Thai rooms offer a private terrace with beach views, en suite bathroom, minibar, safe and free WiFi. Massage service also available.
19/9 Moo 1, MaeNam | map
7.1 Good based on 75 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Gay-owned. Great bungalows. Budget option.
Gay-owned and a very gay-friendly budget-level resort, set in tropical gardens on the north side of the island, about 700 meters (8 minutes’ walk) from the beach.
Tropical Garden Lounge offers a choice of thatched bungalows, all with air conditioning, minibar, and satellite TV. The poolside bungalows feature recently refurbished open-air bathrooms and terraces.
221 Moo 2, Choeng Mon | map
8 Good based on 21 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Gay-owned B&B. Quiet area. Great value.
Banyan House is a gay-owned and -managed two-story contemporary Thai-styled guesthouse, located just north of Chaweng Beach. The owners and their four friendly Bassett Hounds offer gay guests a particularly warm welcome.
There are three standard en suite rooms (“Banyan Leaf”) with either a king-sized bed or twins, air conditioning and showers. There are two further deluxe guestrooms on the first floor that have bathtubs, showers and either a terrace or balcony overlooking the garden. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
Guests also have the use of a lounge and dining area. A continental breakfast is served each morning. A peaceful, relaxed and great value for money option.
If you are looking for an exclusively gay guesthouse, then Wonderworld B&B may be just the place for you. It offers one apartment and two bedrooms, all with air conditioning, free tea & coffee and WiFi.
Located in a quiet area between Chaweng and BoPhut.
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Nathon is the commercial hub for Samui locals, located on the west coast of the island. It remains the major port for fishing and inter-island transportation. The area is small enough to walk everywhere.
96/3 Moo 2, Lipa Noi, Nathon | map
8.6 Very Good based on 83 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Famous beach club. Luxury bungalows. Nice pool.
One of the finest luxury resorts on the west coast of Samui. The fabulously gay-friendly Nikki Beach Resort offers 16 exclusive contemporary styled beach-front bungalows that feature a 42-inch flat-screen TV, iPod dock and free WiFi.
Dubbed the world’s sexiest beach club by the London Observer newspaper, Nikki’s has a massive beach club focused around a large pool and sun terrace, and a prominent DJ booth where resident DJ spins quality house music.
Nikki Beach’s onsite restaurant serves a wide range of international and signature dishes. Gay travellers will also enjoy the resort’s gym facilities and massage services.