Slick hostel amid the action
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Address: Sairee village, Ko Tao
T: (098) 048 7487;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'45.66" E, 10º5'57.74" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|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|
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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