The best areas to stay in Koh Samui depend on what type of holiday or vacation in which you are looking. The more touristic and popular areas include Chaweng Beach, Lamai, and Bophut. These areas are teeming with entertainment, restaurants, and stunning hotels. For a more pristine holiday experience, the areas of Choeng Mon and Plai Laem feature quieter, yet beautiful beaches and a more relaxing environment. Maenam and Bang Por are a happy medium in which the more touristic areas are nearby, yet the surroundings are quiet. Restaurants and bars are also in these districts, yet the scene isn’t as crowded or wild.
Venturing south, Lipa Noi, Thong Krut, Na Mueang, and other districts are mostly quiet with stunning beaches. Here, you can feel like you are on a quiet island with some beautiful sunsets to be seen. Although these areas are not quite as popular as the areas in the northern part of the island, a serene and quiet getaway is best when you are down in the south of the island.