Slick dorms and a pool
The staff at Us Hostel seemed to take a lot of pride in their shiny property crafted out of shipping containers and wood footbridges before opening in 2016. Given the swimming pool, chill-out decks and ultra-modern dorms and private rooms, they’re off to a great start.
All rooms come in renovated shipping containers, situated on either side of a central lawn and deck and supported by slanted beams painted primary colours. The containers are insulated, with proper white walls rather than the exposed metal. This means that rooms will feel darn hot at first but will cool down quick and stay cool long after the air-con is switched off.
A couple of different mixed dorms contain six to eight bunks on lightwood floors, with a four-bed room designated for women only. Thick mattresses are placed on black frames and each bunk is equipped with private reading lamp, electrical outlet and large locker set up within arm’s reach. Guests staying in dorms use spacious shared bathrooms with brushed concrete walls, basin sinks and smooth wood doors accessing plentiful hot-water showers. These are divided by gender and found on both floors.
Straightforward private rooms are also available, with or without private bathroom, and come with a choice of double bed or bunk bed. Like the dorms, these had no decoration and minimal furniture when we looked, though the hostel had only recently opened. Rates for privates seem high when compared to other options, like Castaway Guesthouse, but here you’re also paying for the social scene and common areas.
The centrepiece is a narrow swimming pool rimmed by a wide deck that’s ideal for the occasional live DJ party. Fronting the whole shebang is an airy open-sided pavilion housing a stylish bar and tables. This is also where you’ll find reception and shared computers (WiFi is free). Wood decks continue on upper floors, leading to perches with orange beanbag chairs and mountain views.
The hostel’s name refers to “us,” as in the youthful Thai brother/sister that runs the place, and not the United States. The brother on this team impressed us with his flawless English -- he studied in New Zealand for several years -- and his enthusiasm for the hostel.
Us Hostel’s only real disadvantage is its location down a side lane off the ring road, a kilometre from the centre of Fisherman’s Village and Bophut Beach. The Pier Hostel is a solid choice if you want to be closer to the action, though we feel that the pool, staff and common spaces make Us worth the walk.
Address: 165/192 Moo 1 (on the same lane as Sundays Sanctuary), Bophut, Ko Samui
T: (095) 427 1525 ; (098) 696 6358;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º2'5.54" E, 9º33'18.95" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
450 for four-bed ladies dorm.
|390 baht||390 baht|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom|
1,100 with double bed instead of bunk bed.
|1,000 baht||1,000 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||1,500 baht||1,500 baht|
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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