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37/71 Moo 3, South Chaweng, Ko Samui T: (089) 874 3737

Samui Hostel

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Samui Hostel draws mostly young Western travellers who look past the uninspired name to find good-value mixed dorms and a large common room in a large four-storey building just off the main drag.

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Dorms come in a few different rooms, all of them mixed, starting with a dim six-bed room in which bunks are set on black frames over grey floors. The slightly pricier dorms come with the same mattresses and facilities but are more inviting thanks to large windows and bunks placed in sturdier white compartments. Privacy curtains are not included, but bunks are spaced a fair distance apart or otherwise designed with dividers so that you’ll never have to sleep within view of your neighbour’s feet.

A shared hot-water wet bathroom is attached to each room, and all bunks come with royal blue linens on thin mattresses, personal reading lamps and electrical outlets. WiFi is free but we were told that it works only on the ground floor. The hostel also offers air-con private rooms that are comparable to what you’ll find at nearby guesthouses, like Pott, DD and Zanzy.

This is one of the larger properties on a lane that hosts several other guesthouses and small hotels, all in attached concrete buildings on either side of the street that were originally constructed as shophouses. The hostel is segmented into two sections, with reception and private rooms on the left, the dorms and a large open-fronted common room with Thai art and long wood tables on the right, and a motorbike shop in the centre that’s not part of the hostel.

Samui Hostel is Chaweng’s most obvious choice for a dorm, but you’ll also find similar bunks at neighbouring Pepper Guest House. Over on the main drag, Chill Chaweng and Liquid Lounge are both smaller hostels with slightly less inviting dorms for slightly more cash. They both have bars out front along with more intimate atmospheres and more personable staffs; the receptionist at Samui Hostel had no problem showing us rooms but wasn’t all that welcoming. There’s also Behind the Scene, a more centrally located hostel with a trendier design.

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Walk-in rates at Samui Hostel

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
200 baht
200 baht
250 to 300 baht for the superior dorms
Dbl air-con private bathroom
600 baht
850 baht
Triple air-con private bathroom
850 baht
1,200 baht
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 200 baht, high season 200 baht. Notes: 250 to 300 baht for the superior dorms
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 850 baht. Notes:
Room: Triple air-con private bathroom, low season: 850 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes:

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Where is Samui Hostel

Samui Hostel
37/71 Moo 3, South Chaweng, Ko Samui
T: (089) 874 3737
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º3'20.81" E, 9º31'4.2" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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