The Best Hotels for First Time Visitors in Thailand

Where to Stay on Your First Trip to Thailand

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If it's your first trip to Thailand for the activities and sightseeing, then you're in for a treat. But the biggest question is often where to stay for a first time visitor to Thailand. With so many amazing hotels to choose from, it can be tough to make a decision to make the most of your first trip here. That's where we come in! In this comprehensive guide, we'll help you find the best hotels for first-timers in Thailand. After analyzing all of the hotels based on price, location, amenities, ratings, and more, we have come up with our list of the best hotels in Thailand for first time visitors. We'll cover everything you need to know about these hotels, including the amenities, location, prices and ratings. So, whether you're traveling solo, with family, or as a couple on a romantic getaway, you'll find the perfect hotel if you've never visited Thailand beofre. So check out these terrific hotels, many of which have sparkling swimming pools, delicious restaurants, and top-notch amenities, along with the perfect balance of comfort, location, and affordability. So, let's get to it and discover the best hotels in Thailand for your first trip!

(Prices are listed in U.S. Dollars.)

Patong Paragon Resort & Spa

Patong, Thailand
4-star Resort with prices starting at $45 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Visit to Thailand
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 4-star hotels.
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly

Located at 280 Prabaramee Road, Patong Paragon Resort & Spa has great rooms from $45 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. It has a terrific 8.10 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. Only a short distance from the city center, first time visitors will especially love scuba diving, snorkeling, a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, and mountain views at this relaxing hotel. Nothing says relaxation like having room service delivered.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Horse riding
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Coffee shop
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Infinity pool
  • Kids' club


Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach Resort SHA Plus+

Sa Khu, Thailand
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $97 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Good Stay for Your First Trip
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 5-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly

A great place to stay is Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach Resort SHA Plus+ which has nice rooms starting at $97. Offering an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center, it also has a great guest rating of 9.00 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at 22/2 Moo 4 Tambon Saku. This convenient hotel is also nice because it offers scuba diving, snorkeling, a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, and hiking which visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center. Everyone loves a nice pool, and you won't be disappointed with this one.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Private pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Infinity pool
  • Kids' club


Budchui Village2

Ko Tao, Thailand
Guest House with prices starting at $25 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Time in Thailand
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for first time trip hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach

We found Budchui Village2 to be a great place to stay, and the price starts at $25. We loved that is has an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a water park, and scuba diving, and it also has a terrific guest rating of 8.90 out of 10 from previous guests. It's located at 30/1 M.1 A.Ko Phangan Surat Thani. You'll also find snorkeling, a bar, hiking, mountain views, and laundry services which travelers will love. And this fun hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. Having a water park here is a terrific addition, too. It's a great value, too, because it's less than the average price for first time trip hotels.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Water park
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Refrigerator
  • Saltwater pool


Royal Cliff Beach Hotel

Pattaya, Thailand
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $66 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for First-Timers
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 5-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly

With terrific rooms from $66, Royal Cliff Beach Hotel, at 353 Phra Tamnuk Road provides an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. Its terrific guest rating is 8.80 out of 10 from previous guests staying here. New visitors will really like this amazing hotel which also offers scuba diving, a bar, child care, laundry services, and cooking classes. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. The service at the restaurant is terrific, and so is the food.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Tennis
  • Coffee shop
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Infinity pool
  • Saltwater pool
  • Kids' club


Watercolours Ko Chang

Ko Chang, Thailand
3-star Resort with prices starting at $31 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Among the Best Places to Stay for a First Visit to Thailand
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 3-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach

Watercolours Ko Chang has a great guest rating of 9.70 out of 10, and offers room service, a restaurant, scuba diving, snorkeling, and a bar. The great rooms here start at $31 before taxes and depending on the season. It can be found at 24/1 Moo. 4, Klongprao Beach. Furthermore, it also offers hiking, mountain views, rooms with kitchens, rooms with kitchenettes, and laundry services, which is nice for first time visitors. Just a short drive from the city center, this fantastic hotel is a terrific choice. Having a kitchenette is a nice way for you to have some meals in the room, too. We found the price of this hotel to be a great value because the price is less than average for first time trip hotels.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Kitchen
  • Indoor pool
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry service
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room


Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

Ang Thong, Thailand
5-star Resort with prices starting at $653 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect Hotel to Make the Most of Your First Visit
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach

The great guest rating of Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is 9.60 out of 10. This place has an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. Prices for the terrific rooms are from $653, and it's located at 219 Moo 5 Angthong. We also love the snorkeling, a bar, mountain views, rooms with kitchenettes, and child care which are great for visitors. And since it's just a quick trip from the center of the town, the location is great, too. The pool bar here is a fun spot to relax while you unwind on your trip.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Private pool
  • Tennis
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Infinity pool
  • Kids' club


VITS Patong Dynasty

Patong, Thailand
3-star Hotel with prices starting at $19 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Great Hotel for First Time Visitors
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 3-star hotels.
  • Beach

A cool place is VITS Patong Dynasty because it has great rooms that start at $19. It has an outdoor pool, a restaurant, a bar, mountain views, and a free breakfast, it also earned a great guest rating of 8.60 out of 10 from people who have stayed here before. It's found at 87 Pang Muang Sai Kor Road, T. Patong, Phuket. Only a short distance from the city center, travelers will especially love city views, a spa, free parking, laundry facilities, and bicycle rental at this convenient hotel. It's also less than the average price for first time trip hotels, so it's a great value.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Airport shuttle
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Coffee shop
  • Train station shuttle


Koyao Bay Pavilions

Ko Yao Noi, Thailand
4-star Resort with prices starting at $181 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Visit to Thailand
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly

Koyao Bay Pavilions offers an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, scuba diving, and snorkeling which we really like. The terrific rooms here start at $181 (before taxes). It's located at 46/7 Moo 5 Tambon Koh Yao Noi and has earned a guest rating of 9.50/10. This fun hotel is also nice because it offers a bar, hiking, rooms with kitchens, rooms with kitchenettes, and laundry services which new visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center. Having a kitchen means that you'll be able to cook, which is very convenient when you're on the road.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Kitchen
  • Child pool
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry service
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Private pool
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Infinity pool


Banyan Tree Samui

Maret, Thailand
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $326 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Good Stay for Your First Trip
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach

Located at 99/9 Moo 4, Mare, Lamai, Banyan Tree Samui has great rooms from $326 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. It has a terrific 9.40 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. You'll also find scuba diving, snorkeling, a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, and child care which first time visitors will love. And this amazing hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. Having a hot tub at this hotel is also a nice splurge.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Airport shuttle
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Private pool
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Infinity pool
  • Kids' club


Milky Bay Resort Ban Tai

Ban Tai, Thailand
3-star Resort with prices starting at $16 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Time in Thailand
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 3-star hotels.
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly

A great place to stay is Milky Bay Resort Ban Tai which has nice rooms starting at $16. Offering an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, scuba diving, and snorkeling, it also has a great guest rating of 8.40 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at 102 Moo 1 Ban Tai. Visitors will really like this fantastic hotel which also offers a bar, hiking, child care, laundry services, and cooking classes. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. We found the price of this hotel to be a great value because the price is less than average for first time trip hotels.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Airport shuttle
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Playground


For more terrific hotel ideas in Thailand, make sure you also see Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Thailand, Best Beach Hotels in Thailand, Best Cheap Hotels in Thailand, Best Luxury Hotels in Thailand, Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in Thailand, Best Hotels for a Weekend Getaway in Thailand, Best Hotels for One Week in Thailand, Best Hotels for One Night in Thailand, Best Romantic Hotels for Couples in Thailand, Best Adults Only Hotels in Thailand, Best Party Hotels in Thailand, Best Hotels for Scuba Diving in Thailand, or Best Business Hotels in Thailand.


How much do hotels for first-time visitors cost in Thailand?

Thailand Average First Time Trip Hotel Price
$44

After analyzing 3635 first time trip hotels in Thailand, we found the average first time trip hotel price to be a remarkably economical $44. Naturally, this destination has many fantastic first time trip accommodation options with a variety of prices. The price will vary by the hotel's amenities, available dates, and the general location. If you're interested in more information about hotels here, see our guide to hotel prices in Thailand.

The average prices of our suggested first time trip hotels by star rating:

  • 5-star hotels: $127
  • 4-star hotels: $58
  • 3-star hotels: $34
  • 2-star hotels: $23


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