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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
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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.
Beautiful 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 – located just a short walk from the hotel.
17 Moo 3 Chaweng Beach | map
8.3 Very Good based on 587 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: On Chaweng Beach. Fabulous views & facilities.
Located on the popular Chaweng Beach, the great-value Samui Resotel offers beautiful rooms with views of the ocean or the garden. It features a fabulous pool with sun terrace, a well-equipped gym, an Italian/Thai restaurant, 3 bars and a dive centre.
The rooms have comfortable beds, flat screen TV, tea & coffee maker and free WiFi. Massages and room service are available. The resort’s tour desk can help organise day trips, transports and excursions.
201 Moo 2, Chaweng | map
Why this hotel: Beachfront location. Near gay nightlife & town centre.
The highly-rated Banana Fan Sea enjoys an excellent beachfront location at the quieter part of Chaweng Beach and just a short walk from the gay nightlife. It 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.
Chaweng Beach Road | map
8.6 Very Good based on 253 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Very modern. Beachfront location. Near town centre.
The beachfront OZO Chaweng Samui has stylish rooms, modern technology, great services and facilities to match. Located on the popular Chaweng Beach Road, the hotel is ideal for days on the beach and nights at the local gay bars.
Each contemporary-styled room features a flat screen cable TV, refrigerator, air conditioning, electric kettle, safe, free WiFi and a balcony with excellent views.
The hotel has its own restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, gym and tour desk.
100 Moo 2, Chaweng | map
7.9 Good based on 416 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Near the gay nightlife. Stylish design. Great value.
Located at the north end of Chaweng Beach, the gay-friendly Muang Kulaypan offers good value for money accommodation, far enough away from party central to relax, but close enough for a night out.
All 42 guest rooms are uniquely designed in minimalist Zen style, and many have an inspiring view of the sea or the extensive gardens.
A popular choice on Travel Gay Asia.
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.
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This great-value beachfront resort is located right in the heart of the busy nightlife and restaurant area on Chaweng Beach, close to the Green Mango dance club – a perfect option for party animals, straight or gay.
ARK Bar Resort features 3 outdoor pools with 4 bars and offers a range of activities such as windsurfing, sailing and even free dive lessons.
Guest rooms are in modern Thai style, each with wooden floors, flat screen TV, free WiFi and safety deposit box.
The onsite ARK Bar beach club & restaurant is a destination in its own right, serving tasty Thai food and excellent cocktails.
162/49-50 Moo 2, Chaweng | map
8 Good based on 390 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Excellent location. Walk to the beach & bars.
Great-value, modern hotel in a very convenient location, just across from the beach, and steps away from all the shops, restaurants and gay nightlife on Chaweng Beach Road.
Nora Chaweng offers comfortable, contemporary-styled rooms with facilities that include a flat screen TV, an electronic safe, minibar, coffee & tea maker and free WiFi.
The hotel has a fabulous swimming pool, a spa and a lounge bar.
90/1 Moo 2, Chaweng | map
8.4 Very Good based on 583 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Value for money. 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 has its own swimming pool, sun terrace and spa. The onsite Leelavadee Restaurant offers a great 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. Budget choice.
Most Booked Award
Gay-friendly, budget resort located on a white sandy beach (albeit the water is very shallow at this point along the beach). These bungalows are simply furnished but comfortable and clean.
The resort has a very good Thai/Chinese restaurant that serves up tasty food all day long at very reasonable prices.
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.
An adults-only resort located on a secluded part of Lamai Beach, directly behind a rock formation that forms a beautiful natural pool and quasi private beach.
Formerly ‘The Dinky Rock’, the Beluga Boutique Hotel has a private beach protected by huge rocks.
You can swim in a giant natural aquarium, sip a cocktail at the bar, enjoy a meal in the restaurant, get 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 if you want 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 many good reasons to choose the award-winning Zazen Resort: location – on a pristine beachfront; accommodation – 26 beachfront, individually styled, luxury bungalows; food – the fabulous Zazen Restaurant with its ‘East meets West’ cuisine from master chef, Jean-Francoise.
Located in a quiet area of BoPhut, a 5-minute walk from Fisherman’s Village. A distinctive boutique resort with a stylish design that appeals to gay guests and 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 option. Near Fisherman's Village. Great value.
Saboey is a small, gay-friendly boutique resort located 5 minutes from Fisherman’s Village and 15 minutes from the popular Chaweng Beach. It features an infinity pool and cascading jacuzzi with stunning beach and sea views.
Set in private, lush tropical gardens, ach of the 18 spacious villas and suites is tastefully designed in contemporary Thai style. All have air conditioning, king-sized bed, terrace and free WiFi.
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 has a small gym and a nice outdoor pool. There is no restaurant onsite, but 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 hotel in BoPhut, near Fisherman’s Village and many restaurants. The spacious bungalows and villas at Peace Resort 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 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-metre 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 well-known for fresh seafood and BBQ dishes.
The resort is a 5-minute walk from Fisherman’s Village and a 15-minute drive from popular Chaweng Beach and Samui Airport.
As gay-friendly as it gets!
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 beachside resort, located on BoPhut’s white sandy beach. It has a beachfront restaurant and a great outdoor pool.
The bungalows feature wooden furnishings, cable TV, air conditioning, a private terrace and minibar. WiFi is available but charges apply.
A popular budget choice with gay travellers.
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 BoPhut beach, 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 very gay-friendly budget resort, set in tropical gardens on the north side of the island, about 700 metres (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.
This gay-owned and -managed, two-story, contemporary Thai guesthouse is located just north of Chaweng Beach. The owners and their friendly Bassett Hounds offer gay guests a particularly warm welcome.
Banyan House has three standard en suite rooms, with either a king-sized bed or twins, air conditioning and shower. The two deluxe rooms on the first floor have a bathtub and a balcony overlooking the garden. Free WiFi is available throughout.
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.
Exclusively gay guesthouse. Wonderworld B&B 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 resorts on the west coast of Samui. The very gay-friendly Nikki Beach offers 16 exclusive contemporary-styled beachfront bungalows that feature a 42″ flat-screen TV, iPod dock and free WiFi.
Dubbed the world’s sexiest beach club by the London Observer newspaper, Nikki 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.
The onsite restaurant serves a wide range of international and signature dishes. Gay guests will also enjoy the resort’s gym facilities and massage services.