3 Best Hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand
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3 Best Hostels in Koh Tao – Stunning Views and Amazing Pools

Planning a trip to Koh Tao, Thailand? You are about to explore a beautiful island, have lots of fun and of course stay at one of the best hostels in Koh Tao.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Summer Hostel Koh Tao – Top Pick for Couples
  2. The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel – Best Hostel for Families and Small Groups
  3. Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant – Awesome for Solo Travelers

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Indeed, you came to the right page. Not only do we give you the best hostels in Koh Tao but also accommodation with the cheapest deals and a great place for solo travelers (and to experience Koh Tao party).

Truly, we got you the coolest hostels that will definitely give you more highlights on your trip to Koh Tao.

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

Certainly, we have gathered the coolest hostels in Koh Tao that offers stunning views of the beach, great room accommodations and amenities. Of course, superb locations that put you near to the popular destinations and activities of the island.

What we cover in this article?

Make sure you also check our guide to best hostels in Thailand + map and itinerary.

You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks and all guides to “Best Hostels In” here.

Quick Introduction to Koh Tao

The average price for a bed: Hostels in Koh Tao cost as little as 3€ – 11€ per night for a bed in a dorm. On the other hand, a private room starts from 17€ up to 43€ per night. However, this is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Otherwise, please always check the exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Thus 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 reading:

The 3 Best Hostels in Koh Tao

Moreover, let’s jump right into the best hostels in Koh Tao.

  1. Summer House Koh Tao – Top Pick for Couples
  2. The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel – Best Hostel for Families and Small Groups
  3. Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant – Awesome for Solo Travelers

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Taco Shack Hostel
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Taco Shack Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:Slumber Party Koh Tao
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Summer Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel
🎒 For Backpackers: Summer Hostel

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

1. Summer Hostel Koh Tao

Our number one recommendation for Koh Tao has to be Summer Hostel, also known as Summer Guesthouse and Hostel.

Whilst it may look quite basic from the outside, the welcoming vibes from the staff and the overall atmosphere more than makes up for this.

The owners are also heavily involved and love to help our travellers in a myriad of ways.

From scooter hire to free snorkelling gear hire – there is nothing they won’t do to make sure you have an epic stay!

Shall we have a sneak peak at the other perks?

  • Ensuite bathrooms in the dorms
  • Common room w/ beanbags
  • Communal kitchen
  • Free WiFi

Alongside a range of mixed dorm rooms, there is also the option to book a private room here.

We actually recommend this hostel to couples because of this. The private rooms have added luxuries such as extra large beds, private balcony, ensuite and tea/coffee + kettle.

Fancy filling up your days with fun activities?

Make sure you have a chat with the staff; they can help you book scuba diving, snorkelling and paddle-boarding lessons.

Awesome: Staff are at hand to help you 24 hours a day!

We really enjoy the bench and seating area at the entrance. It’s a cool place to hang out, have a chat and watch the street action.

Location: Just across the road from a 24hr supermarket, and a short 8-minute stroll from the fun beach bars.

Book Summer Hostel here

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

This is one of the best hostels in Koh Tao for

  • Couples
  • Backpackers
Summer House is one of the best hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand
Summer House

Summer House is one of the best hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand Summer House is one of the best hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand

2. The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel

The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel is a 10-minute walk from Chalok Baan Kao Beach and the center of town where you can access shops and restaurants.

The hostel is also a short walk from popular tourist destinations such as Freedom Beach, John-Suwan Viewpoint, Shark Bay, and June Juea Bay.

Moreover, private rooms can sleep up to four people and have a television, refrigerator, kettle and coffee pot, and a private bathroom.

While shared rooms sleep six and eight people with six-person female-only rooms available. Share rooms have reading lights and shared washrooms.

The good stuff at The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Coffee House
  • Terrace
  • Bike Rentals

In particular, there is a mini-supermarket as well as a restaurant and café on-site where guests can get something to eat. So you don’t have to worry about going hungry.

In the lounge, not only can you find board games and a pool table, as well as enjoy some time relaxing and surfing the Internet.

Good to know: Furthermore, the hostel has a pool where guests can swim and relax. On the other hand,  they host regular beach crawls to help you take advantage of some of the best spots on the island.

In addition to beach crawls, the staff can help you organize snorkeling trips, diving courses, and yoga classes, or recommend hiking trails, ferries, and tours around the island. Ohh, and if you need Koh Tao maps just ask them.

Book The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel here

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

Take a breathe of the fresh air at The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel rooms

Have your meals at The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel's outdoor common area The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel features a terrace that offers a great view of nature and the beach

Location: The Dearly Hostel is in a quieter part of the island, and a 40-minute walk from Sairee Beach.

Above all, Mae Haad Pier and Samui International Airport can be reached within a few minutes drive from the hostel.

Our recommendation to where to stay in Koh Tao for:

  • Families
  • Small Groups
Book The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel here

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

Rooms at The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel has a very stunning view of the island Feel the nature vibes of the pool of The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel Lay back and take advantage of the big common room at The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel

3. Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant

Last but not least we bring you a fun social hostel!

Taco Shack Hostel is colourful, vibrant and offers a stunning view from the terrace!

Partying, drinking, chilling by the pool table… it really just depends on how you feel like spending your time here.

 The cool staff set up games and activities for guests to make new friends and socialize easily.  This includes nightly cheap drinks, cocktails and, of course, buckets.

So yes, there is a party atmosphere here so we prepared for this. Yet, we wouldn’t class this as a crazy party hostel.

The hostel has really nice facilities and the events in the evenings help to bring travellers together.

The restaurant offers great Mexican food so if you are tired and bored of noodles, you can enjoy a very nice Mexican food with an island twist at their restaurant.

Perks at Taco Shack Hostel Koh Tao:

  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Book Exchange
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Free Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Free WiFi

There are actually two garden terraces as well as a huge rooftop area to enjoy the sunset and join in one of their frequent movie nights.

And! The rooms have a balcony to relax on and enjoy the epic view.

Location: It is located in Sairee Beach. Mae Haad Pier is 2.3 km from the property, while Mango Bay is 3.4 km away. Nangyuan Island is 5-minute drive from the hostel. It is 6 minute walk away from Goodtime Beach Hostel Koh Tao.

Book Taco Shack Diving Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

This is one of the best hostels in Koh Tao for

  • Solo travellers
  • Social butterflies

Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant is one of the best hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant is one of the best hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant is one of the best hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand

Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant is one of the best hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand
Taco Shack Diving Hostel

What about the cheapest hostels in Koh Tao?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels.

Hence, we think it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

Why?

Hostels in Koh Tao are already super cheap. If you go down in price, you certainly sacrifice the quality. And sorry, but not for 50 cents. Saving 50 cents and having no breakfast included or a bad location simply does not make sense.

However, okay okay…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 Tao.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Koh Tao
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Even more, make sure you use the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. Specifically, these ratings can give great insight into what to expect.

Best Hostels in Koh Tao for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously one of the best hostels in Koh Tao for solo-travellers?

As a solo-traveller you want a hostel in Koh Tao to meet people, stay safe and have a great time. You have come to the right place.

Savage Hostel Koh Tao

Not only does Savage Hostel Koh Tao gets to be one of the coolest and most luxury hostels in Koh Tao, but also makes it way to be the best hostel for solo travelers – both male and female.

Thus offering guests room that are full equipped with our own fridge, flat screen TV with cable channels, and showers.

And as solo travelers, the hostel offers various activities you can engage in and interact with other guests from around the world.

Activities you can join at Savage Hostel:

  • Cooking Class
  • Happy Hour
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Nightclub/DJ
  • Diving & Snorkelling
  • Wind Surfing
  • Hiking
  • Fishing

Furthermore, the hostel places you near to the white sand beaches of Sairee and Mae Haad.

There is cheaper hostels in Koh Tao, but at this one it is certainly worth it to spend every dollar! Fun, epic, stylish, and (usually) cool people to meet!

Book Savage Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Our Full Review

Rooms are neat and clean at Savage Hostel Koh Tao Feel the ocean breeze while at the Savage Hostel Koh Tao common area Get your sunblocks ready and take advantage of Savage Hostel Koh Tao's pool

Party Hostels in Koh Tao

Alright, let us move to to the party people. What is the best party hostel in Koh Tao for the full moon party?

” Welcome to the home of the biggest & baddest party in Thailand. Come join the hundreds of thousands of people who have already slept with us and have the best nights of your life.”

A pretty cool welcome from Slumber Party Koh Tao, don’t you think?

Slumber is one of the highest rated party hostel groups in the world, and they certainly don’t falter at their property in Koh Tao.

Why will you have a fun time here?

  • Onsite restaurant-bar overlooking the ocean
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Fun events & games
  • Family dinners

With a prime location it’s also very easy to head out and enjoy the local nightlife, or simply make the most of the party on the beach right outside the hostel.

Book Slumber Party Koh Tao here

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

Slumber Party is one of the best party hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand Slumber Party is one of the best party hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand

More Koh Tao Hostels worth a mention

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 Tao are not good enough for you, we have more hostels in Koh Tao listed for you.

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

  • Moov Inn Garden Hostel
  • Koh Tao Loft Hostel

Moov Inn Garden Hostel

Moov Inn Garden Hostel is a backpackers Koh Tao hostel with a very nice vibe. It has art painted walls, dormitory-style rooms provide air conditioning, bunk beds with a secure storage, personal light, electricity outlet and a curtain for privacy.

The food is cheap but delicious and the bar plays cool deep house music, social area is with billiard table for you to have games with other guests.

The  hostel felt really in-nature island style. It is surrounded by trees and the beach is just walking distance.

Perks at Moov Inn Garden Hostel:

  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Beachfront
  • Free WiFi
  • Pets allowed
  • Bar
  • Breakfast

Location: Moov Inn Garden Hostel is located in Mae Haad. This property 400 m from Mae Haad Pier and 2.2 km from Shark Bay. Tanote Bay can be reached within 2.8 km of the hostel.

Book Moov Inn Garden Hostel here

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

 Moov Inn Garden Hostel

Koh Tao Loft Hostel

Koh Tao Loft Hostel has a very nice interior. The industrial style interior design is really good.

The bar is cheap and the cocktails are amazing! Staff are super friendly and helpful in every way. The pods are clean very cosy with the pull across curtains for your privacy.

The hostel is located right by the pier and a lot of good diving shops if that’s what you’re going for. If you want to go on parties ask staff for Koh Tao pub crawl.

Perks at Koh Tao Loft Hostel:

  • Free Koh Tao WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar

Location: Located 200 m from Mae Haad Pier. The hostel is 3.2 km from Sunken Ship and 4.4 km from Nangyuan Island. Samui Airport is 65 km away.

Book Koh Tao Loft Hostel here

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

Koh Tao Loft Hostel

Koh Tao Central Hostel

Update: This hostel is now permanently closed.

Let’s have a look at another Koh Tao backpackers hostel.

Koh Tao Central Hostel is a  great location if you want to be close to the ferry. Spacious rooms with good air conditioning, clean bathrooms and free coffee and bananas.

The hostel offers discounts at lots of places and has a free cycle tour around the island which is well worth it. The staff are super helpful, friendly and will really make you feel welcome.

Perks at Koh Tao Central Hostel:

  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Bar
  • Superb breakfast

Location: Centrally located in Mae Haad. The hostel is just 50 m from the beach and Mae Haad Pier. The beautiful Sairee Beach is a 10-minute walk away.

 Koh Tao Central Hostel

Deishaview Jungle Hostel

Update: This hostel is now permanently closed.

Deishaview Jungle Hostel is situated on a hill so you have the most beautiful view over the island and it’s next to a viewpoint where you can catch the sunset.

The dorms are very nice and clean and the beds are super comfortable. The people here were the most friendly and helpful people. It didn’t feel like a hostel but more like a home.

Perks at Deishaview Jungle Hostel:

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pets allowed
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Book Exchange
  • Luggage Storage

Location: Situated in Koh Tao, 500 m from Chalok Baan Kao Beach. The property is located 5 km from Sunken Ship, 5 km from Nangyuan Island and 6 km from Mango Bay.

Deishaview Jungle Hostel

How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hence, Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

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

On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

Also, we included 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:

  1. Summer House Koh Tao: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant: Hostelworld

Certainly, we recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Koh Tao best hostels are popular, especially in high season. And to make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Koh Tao. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

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

Therefore, we also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know on this list:

  • John-Suwan Viewpoint
  • Mae Haad Beach
  • Sairee Beach
  • Koh Tao Leisure Park
  • Tanote Beach
  • Sai Nuan Beach
  • June Juea Bay
  • West Coast View Point

FAQ

Found the perfect backpacker hostel Koh Tao has to offer? We hope, you did. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the Koh Tao hostel for solo travellers?

Savage Hostel Koh Tao is Koh Tao best place to stay for solo travellers.

Are hostels in Koh Tao safe?

Cheap hostels in Koh Tao are not 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 Tao. Trust us because we are expert in the hostel world. 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 Tao?

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

1. Summer House – Ideal for Couples
2. The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel – Best Hostel for Families and Small Groups
3. Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant – Awesome for Solo Travelers

What to do in Koh Tao?

The best way to spend your time there is to check out the tourist attractions. Check out our list:

  • John-Suwan Viewpoint
  • Mae Haad Beach
  • Sairee Beach
  • Koh Tao Leisure Park
  • Tanote Beach
  • Sai Nuan Beach
  • June Juea Bay
  • West Coast View Point

How much are hostels in Koh Tao?

Looking for budget accommodation Koh Tao? According to Hostelworld.com, cheap places to stay Koh Tao costs $13 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 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.

Flights to Koh Tao?

We enjoy Skyscanner, Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Thailand, including Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and all the other islands.

Certainly, this new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

I use this feature to see if any of the islands is cheaper to get to. Makes things easier and cheaper!

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Over to you

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Nevertheless then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Koh Tao hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

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Therefore, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!

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.

Another, it is our commitment that we will never recommend to 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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CLOSED: Savage Hostel Koh Tao – 5 Star Luxe

Update: Sadly our former 5 Star Hostel in Koh Tao has permanently closed its doors.

The Savage Hostel is located at the center of Sairee on the island of Koh Tao.

The hostel has the advantage of being in the immediate proximity of bars, cafés, diving schools, spas, and entertainment, while still being on the beach.

We wrote a big review of Savage Hostel.

Moreover, the hostel offers three different forms of accommodation.

First, suites have a king bed and a day bed, fridge, television, en-suite bathroom, and sleep up to three people with a view of the jungle and beautiful island.

Second, private rooms, sleep 1-2 people, with a fridge, televisions, and en-suite bathroom and views of the jungle and town.

And last, are the shared rooms that have pod-style bunk beds with personal outlets, reading lights, a small shelf, hooks, and shared bathrooms.

Amenities of this luxury hostel in Koh Tao include:

  • Free WiFi
  • Beach Front
  • Sun Terrace
  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool

Furthermore, there is a restaurant on-site where guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast in the morning and a selection of food throughout the day.

And if you aren’t feeling like heading to the beach, Savage Hostel has a 14-meter swimming pool you should definitely take advantage of.

Not only do they have a pool table and outdoor sofa bean-bags, tanning beds, but also a bar where you can get something to drink while looking out over the town and jungle.

Most of all, the Sairee Beach, just a stone’s throw from Savage Hostel is the heart of activity in Koh Tao. Bringing you to the most exciting activities of the island.

Location: Being close to Sairee Beach places you right in the access for water sports, cuisines of the island from different restaurants, and a perfect sunset view.

Popular destinations close to the hostel that you should visit are the Tanote and Mango Bay. As well as the Sunken Ship and Nangyuan Island.

CLOSED: Oasis Hotel-Pods

Update: Our former #3 hostel has permanently closed.

And last but not the least in our best hostels in Koh Tao is the Oasis Hotel-Pods.

Yes, you read correctly: pods and Koh Tao hotel!

The Oasis Hotel-Pods is just a 10-minute walk from Mae Haad Pier, your point of arrival on the island.

Even more, the hostel is just a walking distance from the beach, Buddhist temple, and Sunandra Kumariratana Shrine.

As the name of the hostel suggests, accommodations are in the form of nine-bed mixed shared rooms with pod-style beds and shared bathrooms.

Moreover, each bed comes equipped with linens and towels, as well as a personal reading light outlet, hook, and small shelf.

Amenities at Oasis Hotel-Pods:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Balcony with Sea View
  • Beach Front

Also, there is a restaurant on site where you can perfectly grab a snack or a meal.

Thus bringing you more swimming chances, the hostel also has an outdoor pool where you can swim or relax in the sun. There is also a common room with cable television for you to catch up with your favorite TV series.

Furthermore, the Oasis Hotel-Pods is a quiet hostel, with quiet hours in the evening making it a good place to rest at the end of the day.

Location: The hostel is very ideal for you to quietly spend your holidays while still having the perfect chance to roam around the island.

Not only does the hostel keep you close to restaurants, cafes, and shops but also close to the amazing beaches of Sairee and Mae Haad.

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