The best hostels in Koh Samui for every backpacker

The best hostels in Koh Samui for every backpacker

How to find the best hostels in Koh Samui for your trip

There are many reasons why Koh Samui is one of the main travel destinations in Thailand, and the breathtaking crystal clear water that surrounds the island is only one of them. Here you will find areas for every type of backpacker: waterfalls, cheap and delicious food, temples, great markets and one stunning beach after another – all that is just a motorbike ride away from your hostel.

The northeast of the island (Bo Put) has the airport, the main piers and two backpacker areas: Bangrak and Chaweng. The first one, often called Big Buddha for its massive statue, is very close to the airport and has many hostels and restaurants. Chaweng is the party hub, with so many bars and massive beach parties – some of them in hostels!

As you head to the south of the island, you’ll find all kinds of beaches (big famous ones, like Lamai Beach, and secluded, almost deserted ones too), the main waterfall (Na Mueang) and great places to explore.

But let’s stop the jibber jabber and find you your perfect hostel in Koh Samui!

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Best hostels in Koh Samui for solo travellers

Solo travelling in Thailand (with its cheap prices, security and good transport) is a dream come true – and Koh Samui is no exception. The chilled solo backpacker will find peace in the more secluded beaches and those here to party will live many experiences to tell.

Chill Inn Beach Cafe & Hostel

best hostels in koh samui - Chill Inn Beach Cafe & Hostel

This hostel is the ultimate backpacker dream: it’s located right by the beach and offers great facilities and an awesome atmosphere. Chill Inn Beach Cafe & Hostel’s owners, Shane and Pop, make everyone feel welcome and host an informal chat every night to help with tips about the island. After the chat, you can choose to hang out by the common areas or take a cheap transfer to Chaweng Beach to party with your new hostel friends.

Hostel highlights

  • Beachfront
  • Transfer to Chaweng Beach
  • Bar and restaurant

🏠 Address: 438/118 Moo 1, Maret

🏘 Neighbourhood: Lamai Beach

Book Your Stay at Chill Inn Beach Cafe & Hostel now

 

P & T Hostel

best hostels in koh samui - P & T Hostel

P & T Hostel is the kind of place that doesn’t need much to be great. The rooms are functional and clean, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the restaurant serves delicious food. All this, combined with backpacker-friendly prices and fun travellers, make this an exquisite place to stay while in Koh Samui. Here you can rent a motorbike from reception, be fed great insider tips and then have everything you need for exploring the island at its best.

Hostel highlights:

  • Motorbike hire
  • Travel desk
  • Bar and restaurant

🏠 Address: 73/46-47 Moo 4

🏘 Neighbourhood: Bangrak

Book Your Stay at P & T Hostel now

 

Us Hostel

best hostels in koh samui - Us Hostel

Looking for a trendy chilled place to stay? Then Us Hostel, a container hostel, is your perfect fit. Besides the great common areas, swimming pool and bar, this place has a cheerful atmosphere created by the staff and guests. It’s located in a laid back residential area near the Fisherman’s Village and a local market, but still close enough to Chaweng if you want to party.

Hostel highlights:

  • Swimming pool
  • Stylish common areas
  • Bar and restaurant

🏠 Address: 165/192 Moo1

🏘 Neighbourhood: Bangrak

Book Your Stay at Us Hostel now

 

Best hostels in Koh Samui for couples

One of the big honeymoon destinations in Thailand, Koh Samui is perfect for couples looking for either a calm paradise or big parties and a lot of fun. Here you can stay in resort-like hostels for fair prices, enjoy delicious meals and explore the island riding a scooter with your loved one.

The Boardroom Beach Bungalows

best hostels in Koh Samui - The Boardroom Beach Bungalows

Imagine waking up, leaving your bungalow and, after a few steps, reaching a beautiful Thai island beach. Sounds good right?! That is possible at The Boardroom Beach Bungalows, a lovely hostel surrounded by plants and with bamboo bungalows that will make it hard to leave. It is the perfect spot for the backpacker couple who want a relaxing retreat in the sometimes crazy Koh Samui island.

Hostel highlights:

  • Beachfront location
  • Gardens
  • Travel desk

🏠 Address: 21/1 Moo 4, Banrak

🏘 Neighbourhood: Bangrak

Book Your Stay at The Boardroom Beach Bungalows now

 

P168 Hostel

best hostels in koh samui - P168 Hostel

Located near the craziness but far enough away to make it a quiet place to stay, P168 Hostel is a great pick for the couple wishing for a relaxed and modern hostel. Most of the private rooms have a beautiful sea view, while the dorms offer pod beds that have a tv, a light and a socket inside. The friendly staff can help you to explore the island and the in-house restaurant and cafe provides delicious food.

Hostel highlights:

  • Rooftop
  • Private rooms with a view
  • Bar and restaurant

🏠 Address: 155/58 Chaweng Beach Road, Moo2

🏘 Neighbourhood: Chaweng Beach

Book Your Stay at P168 Hostel now

 

Best party hostels in Koh Samui

Koh Samui is an island with hostels for everyone, and Chaweng Beach is THE place for the party animals. Here you will find huge bars and beach clubs, so get ready to create some of the craziest memories of your life!

Liquid Lounge Hostel

best hostels in koh samui - Liquid Lounge Hostel

Liquid Lounge Hostel is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for a party time in Koh Samui. Here you can start the night at the in-house bar where we reckon you’ll make new friends. Make your way to the Chaweng Beach area for a crazy night out, and then, when you feel like it, head back to the hostel to rest in a comfortable bed. During the day, you can cure the hangover by chilling in the common areas or head out on a boat tour – a refreshing swim is the perfect way to recharge for the night!

Hostel highlights

  • Bar with music
  • Travel desk
  • Individual light and socket

🏠 Address: 11/3 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road

🏘 Neighbourhood: Chaweng Beach

Book your stay at Liquid Lounge Hostel now

 

Samui Backpacker

best hostels in koh samui - Samui Backpacker

Samui Backpacker puts you just a two-minute walk away from the Full Moon Party Pier – but the party can start at the hostel if you want. Here, the warm Thai nights will be even better hanging by the pool, playing ping pong and pool, meeting travellers from all around the world and listening to upbeat music.

Hostel highlights:

  • Swimming pool
  • Pool and ping pong tables
  • Bar

🏠 Address: 76/1 Moo 4

🏘 Neighbourhood: Bangrak

Book Your Stay at Samui Backpacker now

 

Ubox Hostel Samui

best hostels in koh samui - Ubox Hostel Samui

A container hostel that offers so much comfort, Ubox Hostel Samui ticks all the boxes. It’s located in Chaweng Beach, it has lovely staff, amazing beds, it’s full of friendly backpackers and even has a swimming pool for those lazy afternoons. So, expect incredible nights either at the bar or in Chaweng with your Ubox Hostel partners.

Hostel highlights

  • Swimming pool
  • Bar
  • Stylish common areas

🏠 Address: 162/74 Moo 2

🏘 Neighbourhood: Chaweng Beach

Book your stay at Ubox Hostel Samui now

 

At Hostel

best hostels in koh samui - At Hostels

Located right in the heart of Chaweng Beach, At Hostel is a perfect fit for the backpacker looking for partying and making new friends. The refreshing swimming pool and the big dorms with pod beds will make it easier to cure the night before. While the bar and common areas are perfect to meet new mates for the next big night out.

Hostel highlights:

  • Swimming pool
  • Pod beds
  • Bar and restaurant

🏠 Address: 166/39 Moo 2

🏘 Neighbourhood: Chaweng Beach

Book Your Stay at At Hostel now

Best beach hostels in Koh Samui

Your bed in Koh Samui could be just a few steps from white sand and the clear blue ocean – and you can have that for reasonable prices, even on the popular Chaweng Beach. Many hostels on the island are right by the beach and some even have their own chairs and umbrellas for a stress-free commute from the bed to the sand.

Tiki Tiki Beach Hostel

best hostels in koh samui - Tiki Tiki Beach Hostel

Play some pool, drink a cold beer, tell other backpackers your best travelling story, rent a kayak or just lay on a free sunbed at one of Samui’s best beaches. All this is possible at Tiki Tiki Beach Hostel, a beachfront hostel that every backpacker who loves the ocean will instantly fall in love with. The cherry on the top of the cake? The couple who owns Tiki Tiki donates some of the hostel profits to charity 😍.

Hostel highlights:

  • Swimming pool
  • Beachfront location
  • Pool and ping pong tables

🏠 Address: 441/14 Tambon Maret Main road

🏘 Neighbourhood: Hua Thanon Beach

Book Your Stay at Tiki Tiki Beach Hostel now

 

Lub d Koh Samui

best hostels in koh samui - Lub d Koh Samui

This award-winning hostel chain opened a Samui branch and it’s given backpackers a next level option on the island. Lub d Koh Samui is a beachfront hostel in Chaweng Beach with a badass pool and a beach club that brings together many travellers looking for a fun time. All the hostel facilities are new and functional, the hostel offers dorms and private rooms, and the helpful staff and friendly guests will make this place your house in paradise.

Hostel highlights

  • Beachfront location
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar and restaurant

🏠 Address: 159/88 Moo 2

🏘 Neighbourhood: Chaweng Beach

Book your stay at Lub d Koh Samui now

 

Best of the rest hostels in Koh Samui

Koh Samui has awesome hostels, so here we have a couple more outstanding options if you are still undecided and sitting on the fence.

Casa Luna

best hostels in koh samui - Casa Luna

This colourful hostel will welcome you with open arms and a lot of space! From the spacious dorms to the big bar and restaurant, in Casa Luna you’ll never feel cramped – something a backpacker starts to cherish after a while on the road. The restaurant offers delicious authentic food for good prices and the staff will help you around the island. Located near the airport and the main pier, it’s also a convenient place to stay if in a rush from one place to another.

Hostel highlights:

  • Spacious dorms
  • Travel desk
  • Bar and restaurant

🏠 Address: 25/13 Moo 4

🏘 Neighbourhood: Bangrak

Book Your Stay at Casa Luna now

 

Sirin Samui Boutique Hostel

best hostels in koh samui - Sirin Samui Boutique Hostel

Sirin Samui Boutique Hostel doesn’t fool around with the term “boutique”, offering a top-notch hostel that mixes resort-like facilities with a hostel vibe. Located in the more chilled beach of Choeng Mon, it’s a place to relax by the pool after a long day, play some pool with travellers from all over the world and then head to a comfortable and quiet bed. The communal kitchen is also handy if you are missing a non-spicy dish from back home.

Hostel highlights:

  • Swimming pool
  • Games room
  • Communal kitchen

🏠 Address: 59/158 Moo 5 Tambon

🏘 Neighbourhood: Choeng Mon Beach

Book Your Stay at Sirin Samui Boutique Hostel now

 

I hope I helped you to find your perfect hostel match in Koh Samui. Now you can chill and just focus on counting the minutes until you are bathing in those incomparable blue waters.

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Iami Gerbase (Hostelworld)

Hi! My (weird) name is Iami and I'm a Brazilian journalist tired of hearing "You don't look Brazilian". I love to taste street food, read at the beach and watch Naked and Afraid. 🌏 Favourite place on earth: Praia de Palmas, SC, Brazil. 🏠 Favourite hostel: Bananas Bungalows, Krabi, Thailand. You can follow my travels on Instagram: @iamigerbase.

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