Set right beside a busy throughfare, 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.
The Chill Inn isn't on Lamai Beach, but rather on a smaller bay a couple of kilometres to the south. Regardless of location, it is an excellent option for travellers looking for a modern hostel in this part of Samui.
Dorms in the modern building look over the bar area and the ocean beyond and there are two more, more compact dorms in more traditional rooms that face onto the garden area, where there are bamboo salas to relax in. Dorms are spotless across the board and very well looked after, with lockers, air-con throughout and (shared) clean and modern hot-water bathrooms. We really liked the look of the glass fronted modern building, which offers terrific views, though it will catch some traffic noise from the road behind so light sleepers should bear that in mind (or opt for a dorm bed in one of the other rooms).
We also really liked the bar and cafe area. It has a long bench overlooking the beach along with the aforementioned bamboo salas and is an ideal place to socialise and meet other travellers – this is a great spot for solo travellers. The beach out front is decent – it isn't as good as Lamai for swimming, but it is still plenty long enough for beach walks and a paddle and there are a few eateries nearby.
Chill Inn Beach is not walking distance to Lamai (at least, not comfortably) so you'll need your own transport to get around, make use of the frequently passing songthaews, or just, well, chill out at Chill Inn. Irish-Thai run, we had a brief chat the Irish side of the business and found him to be very helpful and informative and the staff likewise friendly and helpful. All up this is near everything a hostel should be and we'd say the seaview dorm is worth the extra money. Recommended.
Address: 438/118 Moo 1 South of Lamai Beach
T: (085) 233 5691;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º1'45.85" E, 9º27'3.69" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
6 bed room, 450 baht for 4-bed dorm, 500 baht for a sea view dorm
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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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