Good backpacker option
Situated right below the big “Fisherman’s Village” signs as you enter the village from the ring road, The Pier Hostel is a reliable choice particularly for backpackers travelling with a buddy.
A line of several dark but cool rooms with cinderblock walls painted white run along the side of the small building. Thick mattresses are placed on bunks, with the upper bunks accessed by wood steps rather than ladders. Desks, a couple of chairs and cut-outs of fish help to make these rooms feel more welcoming than the jail cells that they resemble. They are clean and reasonably priced, especially when you consider the strong chance that a solo traveller will get an entire room for the price of one bunk.
On the other hand, solo travellers who are weary of sharing a room with just one stranger should steer clear, as The Pier does not offer dorms with more than two bunks. Shared hot-water bathrooms require a stroll down the hall. If you can swing it, go for one of the second-floor private double rooms with swing-open windows, TVs, glass-top tables, hot-water showers in ensuite bathrooms and even little balconies. These compete with the more sparsely furnished rooms over at Castaway Guesthouse.
There’s not much else to The Pier other than a helpful receptionist and tiny second-floor common room with a sofa, table and small lockers. Opt for Us Hostel if you’re looking for more of a social scene, but only if you don’t mind being around a kilometre away from the village and beach.
Address: 34/12 Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui
T: (077) 430 012;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º1'52.87" E, 9º33'30.61" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||350 baht||350 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||900 baht||900 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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