I'm planning on spending a week or so in Ko Samui at the end of February/beginning of March and realise that it's pricier than Ko Pha Ngan, but was wondering how easy it will be to find a cheap place to stay on Chaweng beach.
What sort of price do the budget places start from on Chaweng beach? Also, do the cheap places get booked out? Also, can anyone recommend anywhere in particular (preferably under 750B)?
Also, which other beaches are worth visiting?
Lamai is good, but it depends on what you are looking for. Personally, I found either too crowded and loud, and stayed on Big Buddha. I was there last week, and because the full moon was this weekend past, everywhere was booked. If you are going to go to the other islands, you want to stay closer to the north side of Samui as that is where all the ferries go out from
I found Samui a lot more expensive but I found that was pretty much standard on the East Coast Islands, I prefered to West Coast more and prices were a lot cheaper...however Im going way off the point here!!!! I stayed on Chaweng near the north end of the beach and we stayed in a place called Marine Bungalows...we ended up getting a room for 3 people and it cost us 550 baht a night between us so this place isnt too bad to stay if you can find people who want to share a room with you. The rooms were nice and spacious with our own little wooden decked veranda and were a step up from most of the backpacker places we stayed throughout Thailand!Theres a nice quiet beach out front and a nice restaurant and the location is good placed near to all the bars and restaurants etc. Samui is more expensive than a lot of the islands, i think its to do with the package holidays that seem to be on the uprise as the place is really commercial!Lamai is a decent area also!Hope this helps!
Cheers for the tips. Marine Bungalows sounds about what I'm looking for.
Also, was it just Big Buddha that was fully booked, or all the beaches?
Actually we did find as it got closer to the full moon that Samui became busier as boats leave regular from the Big Buddha pier so some people stay on Samui and just go over for the actual party so you could use that as an option. I would say use Chaweng as your base and from there you can spend time exloring both the north and south whilst in Samui as well as being close enough to get to and from the pier!Getting around there is pretty easy...you have motocycle taxis and songthaews around everywhere so its easy to get to and from places!