I may be slightly biased because Koh Tao is my favourite island in the world but it is a great place! Koh Tao is also home to the cheapest diving in the world, great parties, stellar lookouts and private coves where you can practically have a beach to yourself for the day.
It is an island so it is slightly more expensive but it’s Thailand so getting around, finding things to do and food are still cheap (but can be expensive if you choose to be fancy). It won’t warm your backpacking budget for your Thailand trip. That being said there is a ton of Koh Tao accommodation so you have options for location and price.
I’ve listed the top 10 best hostels in Koh Tao so you can easily scan and find where to stay in Koh Tao in a breeze!
All prices in this article are quoted in USD.
Tips for Choosing the Best Koh Tao Hostel
When it comes to picking a hostel is all comes down to what you want and need. Some key things to keep in mind that will help you have the best stay are the following:
How Much to Budget
Generally most hostels in Koh Tao are $11-12 a night but you can find a few for as cheap as $6 and as much as $15. Unfortunately, none have breakfast so don’t let that be a deciding factor!
Where to Stay in Koh Tao
Koh Tao is a relatively small island but it can still take a while to get around. The prime location is around Sairee beach which is the largest and most popular beach on the island and also the closest beach to where the ferry comes in. All of the bars and dive shops are around here as well. That being said some further out locations are perfect if you’re looking to get away for a bit.
Koh Tao is a bit of a party island but there are hostels that don’t have a party atmosphere and are still social!
Read the most recent reviews to determine if it’s the best hostel for you. I recommend reading these to find out what the atmosphere is like as well.
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Good Dream Hostel
Price: Dorms from $11.54
Good Dream Hostel Koh Tao is an amazing price for what you can get. It ranges from budget to luxury with deluxe dorm rooms that have more modernized amenities. The location is perfect as it’s only a 2-minute walk from the beach and has everything around that you could ever need. Wi-Fi works on the entire property and 6 to 8 bed dorms and private rooms are available.
Goodtime Beach Hostel
Price: Dorms from $15.98
If you’re looking to party and scuba dive then this is the hostel for you! A SCUBA school is a part of the hostel and you can also book a ton of adventure activities here too. It’s located next to one of the most popular bars on the island and the bar on-site is perfect for watching sunset. Events are held three times a week and you literally can’t get any closer to the beach than this hostel!
Taco Shack Hostel Sairee Beach
Price: Dorms from $11.19
Taco Shack is also located at Sairee beach, making it easy to get to everything within walking distance. They also have their own dive school. The hostel has two garden terraces and a rooftop, the perfect place for watching sunset. It’s a social hostel and the on-site restaurant serves Mexican for those who are bored of noodles and rice. Taco Shack Koh Tao is my personal favourite hostel on the island.
Price: Dorms from $7.99
Green Shelter is an eco-friendly hostel and a vegetarian restaurant. They have free tours and yoga classes, a social common area equipped with hammocks and the location in Mae Head is walking distance from all the main attractions (including the pier).
Summer Hostel Koh Tao
Price: Dorms from $10.55
Summer Hostel Koh Tao offers 6 to 8 bed dorms with air conditioning or fan only. Guests can enjoy the nightly yoga classes on the rooftop terrace and book any island activities at the hostel. Each bed is equipped with an indiviual power outlet and light.
Price: Dorms from $7.35
Spicytao Backpackers is a name you’ll hear more than once with multiple locations across Thailand. This is the hostel you want to stay at to getaway from it all. It is not a party hostel but is still very social with treks, hostel dinners, BBQs and nights out. It is a simple hostel that is a bit further out but the location will give you gorgeous mountain views.
Koh Tao Backpackers Hostel
Price: Dorms from $6.39
Koh Tao Backpackers Hostel was the first hostel on Koh Tao and the only one to have a pool! It has a great central location and if staying here you get discounts at the dive shop and restaurant. 4 to 8 bed AC dorms are available and there is an awesome rooftop terrace.
Koh Tao Loft Hostel
Price: Dorms from $11.19
Everything is on your doorstep at Koh Tao Loft hostel as it’s located on the main drag close to whatever you’ll need from bars to restaurants, dive shops and more. There is a bar on-site and extremely helpful staff. Each bed in the 6 or 7 bed dorms have individual power outlets and lights.
CK Hostel is a great place to meet people as it’s big (90 beds) and very social. It is one of the few hostels on Koh Tao that also have a restaurant, bar and dive centre. Dorms vary in size from 4 to 18 beds with 24/7 air conditioning and private rooms after available too. It’s central location is ideal with everything within a 1-5 minute walk.
Indie Hostel Koh Tao
Price: Dorms from $13.39
Indie Hostel Koh Tao is the most modern hostel in Koh Tao and the place to be to get some privacy and good rest. Their beds are designed like pods and not in huge dorm rooms so you can sleep well and have access to a personal light and outlet and have a safe place to lock your belongings.