A first timers prospective of where to stay on Koh Samui.
It was something I anguished over for ages. I did loads of research and in the end I settled on splitting our 8 nights up into 2 different areas, Chaweng south at Banana Fan Sea and Bophut at Bandara resort.
Let me first say that both resorts are top notch and this is not a review of the Hotels rather the areas.
Chaweng was great and I'd recommend for young people or peole who like loads of action, or like to have chain style shopping and food outlets at their disposal. Whilst the beach was nice with crystal clear water, it is very shallow and hard to get in past your waistline even at the best part of the beach where we stayed.
We did a morning in Choeng mon and I'm really glad I didn't stay there as I would have been pretty bored. Small, still bay with lots is young families, not our scene at all.
We also spent a day at Lamai and we liked it better then Chaweng. The beach was so lovely with interesting rock formations which caused nice little pools. There was a good sized town and didn't feel as crazy as Chaweng. It had a nice range of restaurants on the beach and also good accomodation options.
But here we are now in Bophut and I'm in heaven. The fishermans village is filled with boutique shops and lovely upmarket cafes and restaurants. Surprisingly too, the beach is really quite lovely and it's deep!! Yay!! Great for swimming not just sitting in.
Anyway, it's got a completely different vibe to all of the aforementioned and definately a classier alternative if that's your thing. We love the bar on the beach with the swing chairs, Cocos. It had some seriously cool music playing yesterday and the cocktails were delish. Everything seems similarly priced here as Chaweng and possibly even a little cheaper.
Anyway, everyone has there point of view but I'm voting Bophut, followed pretty closely with Lamai.
As a couple in our late 40's who like happy hours, decent beaches and nice dining (not fine dining), Bophut is our perfect holiday spot. We'll be back for sure.