Samui Hostel

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The Hostelz.com Review

Samui Hostel is a basic hostel for a reasonable price.

The Location

Koh Samui is a beautiful island in southern Thailand; it's the second-biggest island in Thailand and it is famous for muay thai fights. There is an airport on this island, but it is cheaper to fly to Surat Thani, take a bus to Donsak Pier, and take a ferry from there. It is even cheaper to go via train from Bangkok. Prices for food on this island are much higher than in Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Most of the things have to be imported from the mainland and they are also accustomed to tourism here. It is easy to get to Koh Tao island for diving or Koh Phangan island for full-moon parties from Chaweng. The pier is twenty minutes from the town centre.

Samui Hostel is located in the centre of Chaweng, two minutes from the beach (small alley next to the pharmacy); it's ten minutes next to the Chaweng Lake, where you can play basketball, football, or do some exercise. On the main street, you can find plenty of supermarkets; restaurants; tourist offices; massage salons; and shops with clothes, electronics, and pretty much everything you need.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are more than fifteen rooms in this hostel. You will get three keys and a card, but you also have to pay a deposit for it. There is no elevator, so you will have to climb up by yourself. Rooms are pretty basic, but clean. Every room has its own bathroom. There is no hot water, no soap, and no toothbrushes. You will get a towel and a blanket that is hidden inside of your locker. There are some hangers for your clothes and ventilators and air conditioning (depending on the room you book). Every bed has its own socket and light, you don't have to turn the main light on and wake up all the people in the room.

Common Spaces

There is a big lounge decorated with Buddhist symbols on the ground level for more than thirty people. Tables and chairs are made of nice wood and are comfortable for sitting. The internet is available only in this room. There is a toilet right next to the lounge. You can also use hostel's kitchen for making a breakfast or tea.

Summary

This is a basic hostel for a very affordable price, next to the beach and the main street in Chaweng.
by Martin
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2017-08-24
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Hostel Front
Hostel Front Second House
Bed in dormitory
Locker and light
Towel and blanket
Shower and toilet
Sink and mirror
Ventilators in the room
The lounge
The lounge part 2

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

Location/Contact

Address
37/71, Moo 3, Bophut, Chaweng Beach, Surat Thani, Thailand
Coordinates
9.517809, 100.055843 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
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Telephone
085 922 9426
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(144 ratings)
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

  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. Summary 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.
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 Dorm room - Locker - Bed- Plug Bathroom: Shower - Toilet Bathroom: Sink - Toilet Common bathroom: Unfinished roof
Quentin B
2016-02-05
 
Average
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.
Martin
Age 58, Australia/British
2014-03-17
 
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.
Sergey
Age 48, Russia
2014-01-20

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