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The best budget accommodation on Ko Samui

Our pick of the budget crop

The best budget accommodation on Ko Samui

Not everyone’s dream holiday includes sorting through near neverending lists of places to stay, so we put together this collection of great budget places to stay on Ko Samui for you.



These are spread around the island, from popular beaches like Chaweng and Lamai to lesser-known, laidback spots in the south. All of the following have some kind of offering for under 1,000 baht a night, with many coming in at under 500 baht. If you’re wanting to save every possible baht, be sure to compare the rates at online agents as well as via the property direct. Don’t assume one or the other will reliably be the cheapest.

Moonhut: Relax by the banyan tree.

Moonhut: Relax by the banyan tree. Photo: David Luekens

Mae Nam Beach: Moonhut
Long-running Moonhut remains a terrific choice for backpackers in search of a simple bungalow fronting a great stretch of beach. At 600 baht, the fan bungalows are a little pricier than the cheapest rooms at nearby Treehouse Silent Beach, but you get more space both inside and out on Moonhut’s broad sandy areas. The atmosphere is about as tranquil as Samui gets, and the abundant food options of Mae Nam village are an easy walk away.
Check rates online with [ Agoda ] [ Booking ]

Boxy can be good at Us Hostel.

Boxy can be good at Us Hostel. Photo: David Luekens

Bophut Beach: Us Hostel
Brand new as of 2016, Us Hostel has shown Samui just how slick a hostel can be. Comfy 390-baht bunks come in converted shipping containers, which are insulated to keep the chill of the air-con inside. Enthusiasm flows from the young staffers, who offer a small swimming pool among plenty of common spaces. The location a kilometre from Bophut Beach could be more convenient, but at time of writing, you won’t find a cushier or cooler hostel on Samui.
Check rates online with [ Booking ]

Welcome to Samui Backpacker Hotel.

Welcome to Samui Backpacker Hotel. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Bang Rak Beach: Samui Backpacker Hotel
If you’re on a budget and happy with dorm accommodation, Samui Backpacker Hotel is absolutely the first place you should head to in Bang Rak. It delivers on excellent and extremely clean dorms in a purpose-built, gleaming white two-storey building along with some solid double rooms for those who prefer a bit more privacy. The setting is fun and sociable with a smart and friendly staff. At 300 baht the spotless dorms are an absolute steal.
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Cool off at Sirin Samui.

Cool off at Sirin Samui. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Choeng Mon: Sirin Samui
Sirin Samui had only been open a few months when we breezed through in mid-2016 and while the whole shebang felt like it has been dropped into its location by an alien spacecraft, at least the aliens did a good job. Tightly configured dorms are sweetened by a large common area, with pool table, flatscreen TV, a bar and a swimming pool with a few deckchairs lined up. The pool is a welcome addition as the beach is perhaps a 10-minute walk from here, but plenty of eateries and drinking holes are just steps away. From 450 baht for a dorm bed.
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Sleepy Lucky Mother.

Sleepy Lucky Mother. Photo: David Luekens

Chaweng Beach: Lucky Mother
Lucky Mother is a rare budget holdout with direct access to Chaweng Beach. While the concrete fan bungalows starting at 600 baht won’t knock your socks off, they’re tidy and the location is ideal if you’re looking to stay close to the nightclubs of Soi Green Mango and beach parties at Ark Bar. The fact that you won’t have to wander around hungover looking for beach access is what sets it apart from the cheap guesthouses found along the main drag.
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Bunks in a dorm at Pepper.

Bunks in a dorm at Pepper. Photo: David Luekens

Chaweng Beach: Pepper Guesthouse
Chaweng’s Chinese-run Pepper Guesthouse left us intrigued. Artsy young staffers attract young and independent Chinese travellers to a social scene that throws stereotypes out the window. Guests from other countries will get an unexpected cross-cultural experience while staying in comfy dorms for just 200 baht or private rooms with air-con and a creative touch, starting at 500 baht.
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Jungle Hut: An all time fave.

Jungle Hut: An all time fave. Photo: David Luekens

Chaweng Noi Beach: The Jungle Club
Covering an old coconut plantation atop a mountain with a cool breeze and tremendous views over Chaweng Beach, The Jungle Club is one of a kind. The basic fan-cooled bungalows fetch 800 baht a night, which seems a tad steep until you consider the gorgeous swimming pool and other common areas boasting some of the finest views on Samui. Consider it a budget traveller’s splurge – and be prepared for a steep climb to get up here.
Check rates online with [ Agoda ] [ Booking ]

Chill out at Chill Inn.

Chill out at Chill Inn. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Lamai Beach: Chill Inn Beach
The Chill Inn isn’t on Lamai Beach, but rather on a smaller bay a couple of kilometres to the south, but regardless of location, this is an excellent option for travellers looking for a modern hostel in this part of Samui. Chill Inn Beach doesn’t look like much from the road, but it tumbles down towards the beach to reveal a cool cafe, social area, a couple of clusters of dorms and a terrific beach outlook. Dorms from 400 baht per night.
Check rates online with Chill Inn Beach.

New Hut: Awesome on the beach value.

New Hut: Awesome on the beach value. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Lamai Beach: New Hut
Despite the name, New Hut has sat on Lamai Beach forever and a day, and still sets the benchmark for uber basic, absolute beachfront backpacker shacks. Brightly coloured, the positively luminescent paint job helps to convey a fun, beachside feel – but there is no hiding the grungy interiors and take our word for it, you’ll be spending as little time as humanly possible inside the rooms. Shared-bathroom right-on-the-sand A-frame huts from 300 baht.
Check rates online with [ Agoda ] [ Booking ]

i-Talay: Best value on the south coast.

i-Talay: Best value on the south coast. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Taling Ngam: i-Talay
Cute little i-Talay (we’ll emphasise the word little here) offers white with blue details bungalows, which were so new when we had a look in mid-2016 that the grass turf was still being laid around their base. Spic and span inside, there is just room for a queen-sized bed in the main room and that is it—no cat swinging or cartwheels here. Regardless they’re a steal for this part of the island at 800 to 1,000 baht.
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