Cheapest beds on Samet
Opened in 2014, Olly’s Bar and Hostel came as a much-needed option for budget travellers on pricey Ko Samet.
At research time it was the only hostel on the island -- and it’s a good one.
Olly offers a mixed dorm room set in an attached concrete building just back from the street. Guests staying in one of the roughly 12 bunks, including some that accommodate two guests, will use several shared hot-water bathrooms that are attached to the room itself. The fully enclosed “pod” bunks come with polished concrete walls on three sides and sliding wood doors that allow for complete privacy. Painted lavender and sea green, the pods also come with whitewashed windows that allow some light in while making it impossible for other guests to see inside. The room is air-conditioned and all bunks come with personal reading lamp, outlet and locker. Compared to similar dorms that we’ve checked out in similarly expensive destinations, the value is excellent.
A cosy bar fronts the establishment with floor cushions and tables in an open-air lounge overlooking the main drag. Board games and free WiFi are available if you get bored. It’s a great little spot to meet backpackers and perhaps an expat English teacher or two. A cool Englishman who seems to understand the budget travel lifestyle, Olly himself is a great host.
While Olly’s cannot be booked through sites like Agoda and Booking, you can reserve your bunk through Hostelworld or by contacting Olly directly. Reservations are a good idea during high season.
Address: Samet Village, Ko Samet
T: (086) 349 0064 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º27'51.55" E, 12º34'18.62" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Double bunk: 500 baht
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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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