Samui Hostel




The Review

Samui Hostel is an under-priced hostel for the area in which it is located, but not without reason. The Wi-Fi is only accessible in the gathering area and the common toilet is a disaster. However, it is relatively close to the beach, and only a ten-minute walk to the big Chaweng Center. It's also worth mentioning that the hostel feels quite dirty.

The Location

The hostel is situated at the southern part of the central Chaweng beach, and there are quite a few restaurants to visit. It's about five minutes away from the street corner and fifteen from the night market. To get there, you will probably have to get a taxi or a local bus or tuk-tuk (or rent your own vehicle), as the airport is about twenty minutes away by car and the closest arrival port is separated by a forty-five-minute drive.

The beach is just a road away from the hostel, but then again you need to commit to a ten-minute walk if you want to access the beach, because there is no other way to access the beach than the official entry.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are separated in two categories -- the fan rooms and the air-conditioned rooms. The price difference between both is not very much. The rooms are dirty -- you can find belongings of previous guests under your bed, next to your bed, or even on your bed if you are very unlucky. The floors feels dirty and even the linen and sheets feel like they could use a good wash.

The positive thing is that every room gets its en suite bathroom, luckily enough, because if you have to use the shared bathrooms downstairs you would be in trouble. It's unfinished, the shower leaks, and the toilet doesn't flush. The only problem that you will encounter in the dorm room bathroom is how bad the water drains, so even after a quick refreshing shower you are standing with a flooded bathroom.

Common Spaces

The hostel does not feel like the best place to meet fellow backpackers, so it might not be the place for you if yo are traveling on your own (if you are traveling in a group, though, it might be the perfect place for you).

The only common space that you really have is a few tables downstairs; the area seems quite quiet, because most of the people that make it down there only get there because of the Wi-Fi (it is the only point in the hostel where you have internet connection). At this common area, you see how groups of people traveling together meet and head into the town's center or just hang out drinking beer. The bad thing is that these groups often feel quite strict and rarely interact with many people outside of their group for too long.

If you are traveling with friends on the other hand, the area offers a greats wide space with lots of places to sit down, charge your phone, and just catch up with a good, cold beverage.


All in all, it's an ok hostel to stay in if you are really on a low budget and you are with a bunch of friends. It's neither situated in the best location, nor is it the best place to meet new people as a solo traveler. On top of that -- it feels quite dirty.
by Quentin B Staff Reviewer
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Lobby building
Hostel building
Hostel building
Common area: Main gathering area
Common area: Reading corner
Stairs to the dorms
Hall to the dorms
Dorm room - Fan Room
Dorm room - Fan Room


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Samui Hostel" at 37/71, Moo 3, Bophut.)


37/71, Moo 3, Bophut, Chaweng Beach, Ko Samui (Koh Samui), Surat Thani, Thailand
9.517846, 100.055679 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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76% Guest Reviews

Good location, nice staff, IT skills not so good. I had booked and they had no record, squeezed me into a large dorm -- last bed. happened to others. give them a call first to be sure. pleasant.
Age 58, Australia/British
Clean and cosy
Very nice hostel 200 m away from the beautiful Chaweng beach which I would call Thain Hawaii. Dorms are spacious and clean. Good air con. Room service is each day which is very surprisingly. Owner is very nice guy. Fare cost is 80 bat from ferry and take about 45 min on the local tuk-tuk car. Lots of shops and restaurants around. Hostel is in the quiet area off the main road yet close to the everything.
Age 48, Russia

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