Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand. You can choose from 32 Koh Samui hostels. In total, there are 91 cheap places to stay in Koh Samui such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $4 for a dorm.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Koh Samui, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Most Koh Samui hostels are located in
Chaweng Beach, Bophut District, Maret
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Koh Samui? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Koh Samui alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Koh Samui. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Koh Samui. To help you make friends with Koh Samui before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Guess what? Koh Samui is also named and spelled Ko Samui - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
Ko Samui is one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand, located on the southeast-coast area. The easiest way to get here is by plane, but try to book your flight in advance to have better rates. Ko Samui is well known for its beautiful beaches with transparent waters and an amazing vibe -- it's much quieter and less touristic compared, for example, to Phuket, but for this reason becomes much more beautiful and special.
On this island, the most touristic area is Chaweng, which has a lot of shops, cafes, and restaurants (serving not only amazing Thai food, but also Italian, Chinese, and Indian choices). Chaweng beach is an amazing place with turquoise waters and white sand beaches -- it's the best place to relax during the day. The other places of the island are more quiet, but if you want to visit them, you can easily rent a bike or a tuk tuk (remember to negotiate the prices). During your stay, you cannot miss the chance to have a Thai massage or an oil massage -- the best and cheapest massages that you can have.
If possible, try to conciliate your trip with the full moon party event (occurs every month on the full moon, on the island of Koh Phangan) -- a party on the beach with a lot of fun, that you definitely don't want to miss (for a lot of people, this is the best full moon party of the world). You can easily get to Koh Phangan by ferry (only two hours away), and the ticket is not expensive.
While in Koh Phangan, take another ferry to visit Ko Tao Island, an amazing place to relax, swim, and snorkel.
There are a lot of hostels in Ko Samui that present good facilities with a good quality/ price relation (at full moon times, try to book in advance). Ko Samui hostels are an amazing place for you to meet a lot of people and share travel stories.
Written by local enthusiast for Koh Samui hostels Grace
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Koh Samui. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Koh Samui. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Koh Samui costs on average $6 for a dorm. A hostel in Koh Samui with private rooms costs on average $32.
Hostelz.com shows all 32 Hostels in Koh Samui. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Indy Hostel at Meanam is the best hostel in Koh Samui for couples.
Ler Hostel 65 is the best hostel in Koh Samui for families.
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Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Koh Samui. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Koh Samui. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
I don't know how to describe this island -- tropical paradise, beach lovers' utopia, or scuba divers' heaven? I guess it's all that and more! Chewang (beach) was a bit too crowded for me, so after staying for a night I shifted to Lamai (beach), which is less crowded, more serene and placid for the senses. I managed to find a cottage as close as possible to the beach for less than $20 and I guess that is cheap considering the fact that I visited in February, the peak tourist season for all of Thailand. A word of caution though -- the locals tend to rip you off. I hopped in on a tuk-tuk for less than a kilometer and when I got off the driver demanded an exorbitant sum and forced me into paying up. On another occasion while visiting this waterfall I fell off my bicycle and bruised myself. The locals, realising that I couldn't ride, offered to drop me back to my cottage in their pick-up for a price! There's always a devil or two in paradise, isn't there? And yes, there are some excellent scuba diving opportunities for both amateurs and professionals with phenomenal underwater visibility.
Dr. Maajed J. Wani
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now le0t's have at your hostel packing list for Koh Samui and Thailand.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.