Hi I am off to Thailand from Singapore in the middle July can anyone suggest any good places to stay in Ko Samui ( also which beach ) and Bangkok? We are not really looking for party destinations at either just somewhere clean and good value for money ( roughly 30 pounds per night )
In Bangkok, most tourists/travellers stay around Khao San Road as it's busy, has a great market, good street food and good parties. There are heaps of budget places to stay here. I would recommend D&D Inn. It's around £10 for a double room with a/c & brekkie incl, clean and the staff are great. It's also in a great location half way down Khao San Rd. If you're looking for an area with a little more class, try the Sukhumvit area or around Siam Square. It'll be quite a bit more expensive, but still within your budget I expect.
Samui - if you don't want parties or lady boys, steer clear of Chaweng. The north end of Lamai is a good option. The beach is nice, it's fairly quiet, but the are still lots of places to eat/drink and sleep and just a short cab ride from Chaweng if you fancied a look around. Personally, I would recommend Pha Ngan or Ko Tao over Samui. Samui is a bit like a building site now and too much like every other beach resort.
Hi. I've been to Bangkok twice and i've tried staying in BAIYOKE SUITE and BAIYOKE SKY HOTEL. I recommend both hotels, the only difference tho is that rooms in BAIYOKE SUITE are quite old compared to Baiyoke Sky. But as its name implies, all rooms are suites. Good value for money.
The second time i went to Bangkok i stayed in BAIYOKE SKY. It's known for its revolving tower on top. It's really a great hotel. You'll enjoy the buffet - they offer a wide range of dishes (chinese, japanese, muslim food, etc). I stayed there for 5 nights and enjoyed every bit of it. It's very modern and new.
Both BAIYOKE SUITE AND SKY are near the market and they're really very accessible. We rode a cab goin around and walking distance to the world trade center.
Hope this helps!
Didnt stop on Ko Samui, but travelled onto Ko Pha Ngan and it was lovely, next time out I would stay on the sunset side of the island, its the most beautiful side.
But when you travel on the ferries across to the islands there are people with clipboards who will talk to you about various beaches and where to stay and will organise to get you there once you land.
Once you have got yourself orientated, you can get a map and seek out the places you'd really want to go. Best thing to do, is when in Bangkok ask other backpackers on their advice...
Oh and dont get any LP books until you get to Bangkok - you can get them second hand for a couple of quid, rather than £17.99 brand new.
Majestic suites on sukhumvit soi 4 is a great place!
hey, i was in koh samui last summer. we booked a room at Chewang Cabana Beach Resort ( i'm pretty sure that was the name) it was clean , right on a beautiful beach and staff were quite nice. cost was around 60 us dollars. hope this helps you. al
I went to Thailand last August and visited both Bangkok and Koh Samui.
In Bangkok we stayed at the Mercure Grand Hotel, it was very nice (small) and quiet. The staff were very friendly and the rooms were great. (they even upgraded us to a bigger room). We booked through the Accor group because we were given discounts (we're members) - So I am not sure what the price is now. We kept away from the 'tourist' areas such as Khao San Road..
In Koh Samui we stayed at LAMAI BEACH, at a resort called: Thai Ayodhya Villas and Spa, it was really nice very small and the staff were nice (although the boss was away so they were very relaxed and sometimes, lazy! lol). The beach out the front was rocky but if you walked acouple of meters up the beach was nice.
The resort is right next to the grandma and grandfather rocks, this makes for a great setting.
Lamai beach is the 2nd largest beach in Koh Samui (Chaweng Beach is the biggest and busiest!).
An ABSOLUTE MUST when visiting Koh Samui is to take a tour or ferry to KOH NANGYUAN, this was the highlight of our entire journey. (Koh Nangyuan is just off Koh Tao). So a ferry ride from Koh Samui to Koh Tao and then onto Koh Samui is the way you would get there.
There is only one resort on Koh Nangyuan, the rates are okay, they vary significantly because some 'shacks/bungalows' don't have power, hot showers etc. We didn't actually stay at the resort but we should have.
If you have an extra few days MAKE SURE you go to this island, it will blow you away. Google it and you will see what I am talking about. (We snorkled 2 - 5 meters out from the sand in water that looked like it was 1 meter deep but it was actually 10 - 20 meters deep, there were sea turtles and all sorts of fish.
So, getting back to you main question.
I would suggest Lamai beach if you wanted a quiet, relaxed holiday in Koh Samui or Chaweng beach if you wanted a large, busier, touristy beach. You can also check out Maenam Beach which is right at the top of island, it looks very nice in the photos.
In Bangkok, I suggest you try and avoid Khao San Road, we just walked down it and couldn't breath, the smoke was very heavy. However, if you wanted to be near the 'action' then Khao San Road is for you!
A great website we used to book our accommodation was:
www.sawadee.com, they had a section on all the major towns in Thailand (including Koh Samui)... Check it out because it certainly helped us make our decision.
I hope this helps and have fun on your holiday!!
- J Simmo