3 Best Hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand
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3 Best Hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand – Enjoy a Drink by the Pool and Lockable-Pod-Bed Privacy

Hello Koh Samui! With your beautiful palm-fringed beaches, mountainous rainforest and huge golden Buddha. Yet none of this is complete without a great place to stay. Don’t fret! We’ve already found the 3 best hostels in Koh Samui for you.

Too much time can be spent researching epic hostels – we did the hard work so now all you have to do is choose.

One of these great hostels has a swimming pool, the other cosy pod beds. It’s going to be a tough choice!

Your Shortcut:

  1. Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach - best for Solo Travellers
  2. Us Hostel - best for Couples
  3. SocialTel Samui - best for Socializing

Money-saving tip: Compare hostel prices with Hostelz.com. They compare prices from Hostelworld, Booking.com and others with 1 click.

Before you consider looking elsewhere, we’ve also gone as far as looking for the best party hostels in Koh Samui.

And yes, we found a great option complete with a pool and drinking games.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

For the nomads out there, familiarise yourself with this collection of the 57 Greatest Hostels in Thailand.

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Quick Introduction to Koh Samui

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Koh Samui cost 3€ – 18€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from11€ up to 50€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Koh Samui are …

Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Koh Samui .

  1. Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach – best for Solo Travellers
  2. Us Hostel – best for Couples
  3. SocialTel Samui – best for Socializing

These are our favorite hostels in Koh Samui . We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach
🥳 Party Hostel:SocialTel Samui
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Us Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Us Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Us Hostel
🏖️ Beach Hostel: Chill Inn Beach Cafe & Hostel
👫 For Socializing:SocialTel Samui

1. Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach

Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach is  the perfect location and the facilities are so modern and the property is well-designed and maintained. It feels like you are staying at a hotel!

It sits perfectly on the beach, between beachfront night clubs to the right of the property and quieter classy sit-down dinner places around. They also have a variety of tours and daily activities on offer so you’re never bored.

I mean, take a look at the outdoor swimming pool that overlooks the ocean – that says it all, right?!

We doubt you need much more convincing but we’re going to continue anyway…

Perks at Lub d Koh Samui Chaweng Beach:

  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free parking
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Beachfront

In fact, it’sactually possible to swim right up to the bar to order a drink. Pretty cool, right?

When you’re not enjoying your favourite cocktail (or five), we recommend making the most of the beachside restaurant and ample deckchairs that line the sand.

Psst! Spot the floating DJ booth and super fun games hub.

This hostel offers high-end female and mixed shared accommodation, plus deluxe twin and double rooms with a sea view!

Family rooms are also available and no matter which one you choose you’ll be spoilt with comfort and modern amenities.

Location: Situated in Chaweng and with Central Festival Samui reachable within 500 m. Chaweng Walking Street is 1.6 km from Lub d Koh Samui Chaweng Beach, while Solo Bar is 1.6 km away. The nearest airport is Samui International Airport, 6 km from the accommodation. It is 16.1 km away from Full Moon Party, Rin Beach.

This is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui for

  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Families
Book Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach here

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Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand

Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand
Lub D Chaweng Beach

Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand

2. Us Hostel

Us Hostel was built by two brothers with a vision to bring people together to share memories that will last a life time.

“We had ideas of having an environment which allows anyone and everyone to be able to work while also having an atmosphere which is relaxing and calm.”

Calm and tranquil perfectly describe the atmosphere here.

The entire hostel has been designed in such a way that it is completely open, allowing fresh air to pass through, offering a wonderful connection with surrounding nature.

Let’s show you the rooms on offer here:

  • 4-bed mixed dorm
  • 4-bed female dorm
  • Single room w/ private bathroom
  • Standard double room
  • Family room (4 people)

There is an enticing outdoor pool which has an awesome wooden deck full of beanbags. Right next to that is a covered bar and seating area.

Make sure you have a little taste of the restaurant menu, too!

Free Wifi follows you around the property and it’s possible to rent motorbikes from reception.

Location: Situated on a quiet street, close by to convenient stores and a bakery. Us is not too distant from the more populated areas such as the Fisherman’s Village and there is a fresh Thai local market right across the street.

This is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui for

  • Couples
  • Families
Book Us Hostel here

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Us Hostel is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand
Us Hostel

Us Hostel is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand Us Hostel is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand Us Hostel is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand Us Hostel is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand

3. SocialTel Samui

SocialTel Samui is nice, clean hostel in a perfect location with lots of bars, restaurants and shopping near by. It has really modern feel which to be honest is quite nice. Although if you don’t like the pink it could be a bit much for you.

It has some of the best hostel facilities we’ve stayed at. The dorm room is amazing, Beds are the best with curtains. You have lockers next to the bed but also close to the door. In an 8 bedroom dorm you get two bathrooms and two showers which is amazing! Rooms are secure and clean too.

It is very cheap for what you get. The place is stunning compared to other hotels in Thailand. Looks like a funky hotel in Ibiza.

This is some of the things you get here:

  • very fun social aesthetic pool
  • perfect location – right in the middle of all the restaurants and bars
  • private room is very clean.
  • Netflix on the TV
  • reception has a bar, pool table, ping pong
  • toilet and shower are separate
  • elevator
  • free cold water from water dispenser

They also throw some pool parties multiple times per week. The staff and especially the owner are amazing people. They are extremely friendly and spread incredible vibes which makes you feel like you are part of a big family.

Location: This hostel is situated conveniently in the Chaweng City Center district. Chaweng Beach is 400 m from SocialTel Samui, while Chaweng Noi Beach is 2.7 km away.

This is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui for

  • Socializing
Book SocialTel Samui here

Check prices at:
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SocialTel Samui Swimming Pool

SocialTel Samui Bar

SocialTel Samui Common Space

SocialTel Samui Dorm

SocialTel Samui Room

Best Hostels in Koh Samui for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Koh Samui for solo-travellers?

This is an easy one: Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach is certainly the coolest hostel in Koh Samui for solo travellers.

The awesome privacy pods attract travellers looking for personal time, and they come in female-only size, too.

However, if you’re looking to socialise, all you need to do is open your pod door and say hi to fellow roomies, or head to the rooftop and games rooms to mingle.

Book Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach here

Check prices at:
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Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach

Party Hostels in Koh Samui

Our #1 hostel to party is SocialTel Samui 

You can read more about it here.

Book SocialTel Samui here

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SocialTel Samui Party

SocialTel Samui Pool Party

More Koh Samui Hostels worth a mention

Are you excited on finding the perfect hostel and best beaches in Koh Samui for couples and solo travellers? We suggest that if you found the place for you, it is time to check availability right away and book it now!

We have given you our personal favorites and we wish that you won’t need to look to other sites. But if our provided places to stay in Koh Samui are not good enough for you, we have more hostels in Koh Samui listed for you.

In this list, you will see other hostels that we think you might consider. So, check it out.

  • Chill Inn Beach Cafe & Hostel
  • Samui Beach Hostel
  • KC Resort & Over Water Villas

Chill Inn Beach Cafe & Hostel

Super chill vibe with the beautiful beach, the lapping of waves right there in front of you. The facilities at Chill Inn Beach Cafe & Hostel are great and the communal areas are amazing. This beach hostel is a must try.

Staff are so wonderful and willing to help you and the atmosphere is so chilled but you can always find people to party with you if that’s what you are into.

Perks at Chill Inn Beach Cafe & Hostel:

  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Book Exchange
  • Security Lockers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Airport Transfers

Location: Located in a beautiful beach setting 2 km south of Lamai Beach and 9 km south of Chaweng Beach.

Book Chill Inn Beach Cafe & Hostel​ here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Chill Inn Beach Cafe & Hostel

Samui Beach Hostel

Samui Beach Hostel has a beautiful view. It is located directly at the beach.

It is a capsule style hostel located directly at the beach. The staff was friendly and helpful. It is definitely a good place to stay for travellers who want to save money.

No kitchen or laundry facilities but it is really expected for hostels who offer cheap price.

Perks at Samui Beach Hostel:

  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking

Location: Located within a few steps of Lamai Beach and 1.4 km of Rocky’s Beach. Silver Beach is 2.8 km from the hostel, while Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks is 2.1 km away. The nearest airport is Samui International Airport, 19 km from Samui Beach Hostel. 22 minute drive away from Koh Samui go go bars.

Book Samui Beach Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Samui Beach Hostel

KC Resort & Over Water Villas

KC Resort & Over Water Villas has Koh Samui water bungalows which is kinda cool. This is something that you want to experience.

There is a nice view from the infinity poo. This is a luxury that you should try in Koh Samui. It is actually pricey what worth it. This is perfect for travellers who has money to spend.

The resort is on a hill, and guests can hike or just spend time at the beach. They offer cultural activities like cooking and painting classes.

Perks at KC Resort & Over Water Villas:

  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Outdoor pool
  • Family rooms
  • Room service
  • Bar
  • Good breakfast

Location: 5 minutes’ drive from the lively centre of Chaweng Beach. Samui International Airport is a 15-minute drive away.

Book KC Resort & Over Water Villas here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

KC Resort & Over Water Villas

What about the cheapest hostels in Koh Samui ?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Koh Samui .

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Koh Samui
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Koh Samui best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Koh Samui put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Koh Samui hostels on a map.

As the heart of Koh Samui getting around is easy and shopping a breeze. Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Chaweng Beach
  • Wat Plai Laem
  • Fisherman’s Village Bophut
  • Lamai Beach
  • Na Mueang-1 Waterfall
  • Secret Buddha Garden
  • Big Buddha Koh Samui

This is a great destination if you love fun, affordable activities. See for yourself:

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FAQ

Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the Koh Samui hostel for solo travellers?

Still asking yourself, where to stay in Koh Samui backpacker?! This is an easy one: Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach is certainly the coolest hostel in Koh Samui for solo travellers.

P168 Hostel is the best backpacker accommodation Koh Samui has to offer.

Are hostels in Koh Samui safe?

Not all hostels in Koh Samui are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.

So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Koh Samui. Please note that we are not your ordinary travel blog Koh Samui because we care. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!

What are the best hostels in Koh Samui?

You can find the best Koh Samui hostels in this article!

What to do in Koh Samui?

So, what to do in Koh Samui? Getting around Koh Samui is not at all difficult. Well, the best way to spend your time there is to check out the tourist attractions. Check out our list:

  • Chaweng Beach
  • Wat Plai Laem
  • Fisherman’s Village Bophut
  • Lamai Beach
  • Na Mueang-1 Waterfall
  • Secret Buddha Garden
  • Big Buddha Koh Samui

This is a great destination if you love fun, affordable activities. See for yourself:

How much are hostels in Koh Samui?

According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in Koh Samui costs $6 per night.

Prices may vary depending on season.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best hostel website to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com. We promise to show you the best hostels Koh Samui has to offer.

We are doing our best to deliver the best hostels to you. Check out the best hostels in the world guides; for best hostels in Paris to Tokyo.

You can also have a look at Hostelworld.

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Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!

Your question will help us to improve this Koh Samui guide.

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

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CLOSED: At Hostel

Update: Our former #1 hostel has permanently closed.

Let’s kick start by introducing a stylish hostel that boasts an outdoor swimming pool and pool bar. It’s easy to get lazy when you’re At Hostel.

That sun deck sure does look appealing, race ya!

There’s no hiding behind the fact that this cool hostel is designed for night owls and sociable butterflies.

Located in the heart of Koh Samui Chaweng Beach, there is plenty of nightlife around as well as various restaurants and the famous Rock Cafe.

Important: club music can be heard from the hostel so best keep scrolling if you’re looking for a quieter accommodation.

First things first, you should choose a room that suits and dump your bags:

  • 6, 10 & 18-bed mixed dorms
  • 6-10 bed female dorms
  • Double Private
  • Twin Private

If you’re keen for a shared dorm you won’t be disappointed.

Each bed has an individual reading light, USB/power socket, curtain, linen – breathe – towel and locker!

Drinks at the hostel bar are reasonably priced, so you may as well treat yourself to a cold drink after your swim.

Like any great hostel the Wi-Fi is free and reception is at hand 24 hours a day.

This is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui for

  • Backpackers
  • Koh Samui party lovers

CLOSED: Samui Hostel

We’d like to balance this guide out by offering you Samui Hostel, a quiet and basic option perfect for the budget traveller.

This is a no-frills hostel that puts all its energy in to cleanliness and friendliness.

Room choices include:

  • 12 dorms with 6-10 beds
  • 12 private rooms (twin, double)

The mixed dorms have a lot of space and the beds sure are sturdy thanks to their thought-out design.

Although they don’t come with curtains, you will have your own light and power socket to help you wind down easier.

Note: be aware that the free Wi-Fi only works in the common area.

Actually, we quite like this. It’s the perfect opportunity to hang out in a communal area and get chatting.

Without doubt the highlight of Samui Hostel is the staff. You’ll be welcomed with a smile and treated like family during your stay. Ask them anything, they’ll do their best to help!

CLOSED: Casa Luna Hostel Koh Samui

Update: This hostel has closed. We leave this content for your information.

Casa Luna Hostel offers a standard accommodation but it is actually one of the cheap hostels in Koh Samui which is actually cool.

Rooms are clean and spacious. Guests will really enjoy it. There are  really no common areas in this hostel except for the restaurant. The food is actually great but affordable.

The staff are really friendly and very helpful with advise where to go and what to see in Koh Samui.

Perks at Casa Luna Hostel:

  • Swimming pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar
  • Very good breakfast

Location: The property is within 2.7 km of Chaweng Beach. The nearest airport is Samui International Airport, 2.1 km from the hostel. It is 39 minute drive from Koh Samui The Beach and 26 minute Tiki Tiki Beach Hostel Koh Samui or Tiki Tiki Hostel Koh Samui.

CLOSED: Ubox Hostel

But wait, we’re not done yet! Coming in a close second is the fun Ubox Hostel Samui.

Yet again this party hostel has a pool, bar and great location just minutes from the beach and coolest bars/clubs in town.

With that being said, you’ll get a good night’s sleep here as the hostel is far enough away from the external party noise.

The neat difference here is that you’ll be sleeping in an up-cycled shipping container. Now that’s cool.

Ubox Hostel is one of the best party hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand

CLOSED: P168 Hostel

Update: Our former #3 hostel has permanently closed. We’ve kept this content here for your information.

Prepare to be blown away by the awesome privacy pod beds at P168 Hostel. They are exceptional.

Not only do they come in single size, couples can enjoy the experience in the deluxe pod version. Damn right!

It’s reasons such as this that P168 is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui island.

Along with all of the expected inclusions – plugs, light etc – these ones even have a TV screen. Some of them also have a little window to the outside world.

Super cool: the entire capsule locks up so no need for a locker – just don’t forget your key!

The ready-made beds and complimentary towel will have you thinking you’ve accidentally booked a hotel. This is really like some of the hotels.

That is until you pull yourself away and discover the wonderful rooftop space. Relax in a sun lounger by day and sip on a cocktail in the evening.

There’s also a social zone equipped with games, books, pool table and the perfect atmosphere for mingling with other travellers.

Nowhere to sit? Good job there’s even more seating in the ‘coffee zone’ out the front of the property.

Sometimes there’s no better way to spend time than watching the world go by from the comfort of a fun hostel.

If you’re feeling peckish word on the street says the food on offer here is divine.

In case you love it and never want to leave, there is a long stay discount available. Chat to staff for more details.

This is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui for

  • Female solo travellers
  • Couples

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