Photo: Home to a great cafe too.

Indie Hostel

Slick hostel amid the action

Sairee village, Ko Tao T: (098) 048 7487

Indie Hostel

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Indie Hostel burst onto the scene in 2015 and quickly became popular thanks to a sleek design, enthusiastic staff, strong security, comfortable dorms and a scene for social travellers of various ages and while prices may seem high for a hostel, you get what you pay for and then some.

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Located slap bang in the centre of Sairee village, the four-storey property begins with a large ground-floor cafe sporting brushed concrete walls, high ceilings, open access to the street and lots of heavy wood tables for enjoying a sandwich, beer or fresh coffee. Stairs run from here to a reception loft, where a pair of outgoing Dutch staffers met us with smiles.


Comfy. Photo: David Luekens

Two long and narrow mixed dorm rooms with six beds and one with 12 are located up another flight of stairs, with no price difference between them. Bunks are laid out lengthwise, divided by heavy partitions and equipped with thick privacy shades – very close to a fully private pod. Each bunk comes with comfortable mattress, blanket, private reading lamp and outlet.

Key cards are used for dorms as well as plus-size lockers. You’ll also need one for the in-bunk cabinets – a nifty feature. Shared bathrooms are clean, with plenty of hot-water shower stalls to go around. While this part of Sairee village gets very rowdy after dark, all of the dorms and private rooms are situated on the backside of the building to keep noise to a minimum.

Good-sized lockers.

Good-sized lockers. Photo: David Luekens

Indie also offers a few cramped private rooms with single or double beds, ensuite bathrooms, windows and LCD TVs placed almost within arm’s reach of the pillows. These are perhaps overpriced; we’d pay an extra 150 baht for a much larger private double room at Koya Guesthouse or a similar place. But Indie’s privates are comfy enough if you like the scene and want more privacy. Free WiFi is available throughout the building, and we were told that morning yoga sessions might be held on a rooftop terrace.

Even if you're not staying at Indie, if you're in the Sairee Village area, this is a great spot to swing by for breakfast, as they offer an excellent range of baked good – the croissants are huge – and good coffee. What else do you need?

Need more space?

Need more space? Photo: David Luekens

If looking for a cheaper hostel, you could grab a more basic 300-baht bunk at nearby Jizo’s. Goodtime Beach Hostel also has solid dorms for roughly the same prices with the advantage of a beachfront location along Sairee’s party stretch.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
490 baht
490 baht
Sgl air-con private bathroom
800 baht
800 baht
Dbl air-con private bathroom
1,350 baht
1,350 baht
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 490 baht, high season 490 baht. Notes:
Room: Sgl air-con private bathroom, low season: 800 baht, high season 800 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,350 baht, high season 1,350 baht. Notes:

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Where is Indie Hostel

Indie Hostel
Sairee village, Ko Tao
T: (098) 048 7487
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'45.66" E, 10º5'57.74" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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