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!
- At Hostel – great for backpackers
- P168 Hostel – top pick for female solo travellers
- Samui Hostel – best for budget travellers
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 …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
For the nomads out there, familiarise yourself with this collection of the 57 Greatest Hostels in Thailand.
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.
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.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Koh Samui
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Koh Samui.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. At Hostel
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 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
- Party lovers
2. P168 Hostel
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.
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.
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
3. 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!
This is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui for
- Budget travellers
What about cheapest hostels in Koh Samui?
If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Koh Samui.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Koh Samui
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
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: P168 Hostel 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.
Party Hostels in Koh Samui
In case you got overexcited and skipped straight to this part, you missed our #1 hostel At Hostel. This just so happens to be one of the best party hostels in Koh Samui!
It’s literally next door to a club and has its very own pool and bar. ‘Nuff said.
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.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- At Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- P168 Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Samui Hostel: Booking.com | 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 hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Koh Samui. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels 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.
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:
- 7-hour 4WD Wild Jungle Safari
- Kayaking & Snorkelling Tour (full day)
- Angthong National Marine Park by Speed Boat
- Mu Ko Ang Thong Park – Sunset Cruise Tour
Flights to Koh Samui?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Koh Samui.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Koh Samui.
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Over to you
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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 ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries