Ko Tao on the cheap
Koh Tao Central Hostel is arguably the best option if you’re looking to roll straight off the ferry and into a cheap dorm in the heart of Mae Haad village.
The crew of British staffers aren’t shy about showing off their roots: the sign mimics the design of the London Underground and the associated Reef Bar, located across the lane, usually has Premier League action on the widescreens.
With a single 12-bed mixed dorm room and fairly large shared bathroom with hot water, there’s not much to the actual hostel. Guests enter at a tiny streetside stoop with a few floor cushions and head upstairs to the bunks, placed two to an open-fronted nook for a measure of privacy, in a long and narrow air-conditioned room with an attached balcony that isn’t wide enough for furniture.
While lacking privacy curtains, each bunk comes with a reading lamp, outlet and locker. We dug the wall mural starring a scuba diver with an actual fire extinguisher subbing for the oxygen tank. WiFi is free and the associated Island Travel can handle your transport and tour bookings.
Central Hostel offers good value, though you could save 40 baht at neighbouring Baan Thai Hostel, which also has air-con. Also in this price range is the nearby Taco Shack Hostel and Girls Only Hostel. The next street over hosts Loft Hostel, a similarly cramped but trendier spot with a slick bar. The bunks at Loft go for 500 baht and we didn’t think they were any better than those at Central Hostel. None of these places are bad, but Indie Hostel in Sairee village is a big step up if you’re okay with the 490-baht dorm rate.
Address: Mae Haad village, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 925;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'31.14" E, 10º5'4.89" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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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