Talk about being spoiled for choice, Thailand's boutique island feature more than 260 budget accommodations. But in this also lies a conundrum if only the best 3 star hotels in Koh Samui will do.
Luckily we make it easy by narrowing down the choices using unbiased guest ratings based on recent reviews and thereby presenting places with a good track record. When you look at our list of hotels below you will notice our score for each property and an indication if that score is poor, good, very good or simply fabulous.
Moreover, our research indicates that in Koh Samui 3 star accommodation is highly popular in areas like Chaweng Beach, Lamai and to an extent also in Bophut and Choeng Mon Beach. Our below list of the best budget resorts, which by the way is a fraction of great places to stay therefore reflect this demographic choice. We do concede you may require a different location or accommodation with specific facilities not included in our list and therefore urge you to to contact us for prices for many more good hotels with impeccable reviews.
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Bhundhari is located in Chaweng Noi, a quieter part of this otherwise busy location, yet within moments from entertainment. It offers charming seaside bungalows as well as poolside rooms with a Moroccan theme. Sitting on a submerged bar stool in the pool your cocktail is complimented with great ocean views.
Centra Coconut is a beachfront resort with wonderful views of small outlying islands. Located along the quiet south coast guests here can relax unhindered and enjoy a high degree of privacy while Lamai village with a plethora restaurants and nightlife venues is only 10 minutes away.
Chaweng Cove is ideally situated in the centre of Koh Samui's most popular area, right against the beach and within arm's length of shops, clubs and restaurants. It features neat and tidy accommodation with all the expected conveniences, a seaside pool and a fabulous ocean view bar and restaurant.
If you want the best of both worlds in the Lamai area then look no further. Located against, and in the centre of this 3 km beach you can walk 10 minutes south to entertainment and immediately to the north it is peaceful and quiet. It offers charming bungalow accommodation with private terraces scattered through tropical gardens.
If you want to maintain a hip and trendy image then Ozo Chaweng deserves a closer look. Located on the seafront in the island's most happening area the hotel has a fresh new look featuring rooms with designer interiors and high-tech multi-media. It also has trendy bars and restaurant as well is a fabulous seaside pool.
Situated along Lamai Beach Samui Sense is a boutique resort only a few minutes walk from the nightlife and conveniences of Lamai Village. At night you can dine and enjoy drinks with your feet in the sand next to lapping waves and rooms and villas surrounding the pool showcase Thai heritage in their design.
Featuring traditional Thai styled bungalows Thai Ayodhaya is the ideal budget hotel for families, or if you are 3 friends traveling together. Situated toward the southern end of Lamai Beach this is where you are closest to the town centre and is also near Coco Splash Water Park, a star attraction on the island.
Idyllic tranquility awaits at Weekender Resort. Situated in the quiet north of Lamai this beachfront property is 2 km from Lamai Village and its entertainment venues. Spread through-out tropical gardens affordable accommodation is nevertheless stylish and you can look forward to seaside dining and lengthy seafront pool.