Budget Accommodation Guide to Koh Tao

16 Nov 2022

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Despite being overshadowed by its larger siblings, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, travellers are increasingly searching for a more calm island escape. While the other islands have their fair share of parties, Koh Tao is best renowned for being a diving destination. There is no better spot to acquire your PADI open water certification than this location, which offers moderately priced training and some of the best marine species in the area.

Which Area?

The majority of tourists to the island assemble in a few locations. They all cater to various types of travellers. 
Sairee Beach is the place to be if you like to party! This is Koh Tao's longest stretch of beach and, without a doubt, the most excellent spot to stay if you want to party. The hot beach parties are held here, and backpackers recommend it as a great spot to meet other travellers. With so many restaurants and bars, being here should be all about eating, drinking, and having a good time! 
Mae Haad - Great for Backpackers on a Budget! This is the spot to stay in if you're visiting the island for affordable diving courses. The best diving schools are all located here, and diving boats pick up passengers from the neighbouring dock. Staying in the area is inexpensive, and numerous lodging options exist. Beaches and restaurants are within walking distance. chalok chalok chalok chal 
Baan Kao - A Relaxed Spot for Couples! Do you want to avoid crowds? This region is located on the island's quieter southern side. The beautiful vistas of John-Suwan and Chalok are only a short distance away, as are Freedom Beach and Shark Bay. You should schedule your stay here if you want some peace and the possibility of exploring. 

Types of Budget Accommodation



As described, a hostel is a low-cost housing that stresses communal living. The ability to meet individuals from all walks of life from all over the world is one of the finest advantages of staying in a hostel. You never know who you'll run into, which adds a sense of intrigue that is impossible to replicate when alone in a hotel room. Many hostels include all of the amenities you'd find in a hotel and a lot more. Read the description thoroughly before reserving a hostel because no two are alike. Most hostels nowadays have swimming pools, pool tables, and beer pong tournaments. So there'll be plenty to keep you busy!
However, we wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for privacy. Sleeping in an 8-person dorm can be challenging, especially if you are a light sleeper. Many hostels, particularly in Phangan, are designed for partying, so if you're a night owl who enjoys getting drunk every night, you shouldn't have any problems sleeping.



A resort is a full-service hotel that caters to vacationers and is frequently located in areas where people relax or unwind, such as beaches. The variety of facilities and amenities separates it from a ‘basic' hotel. A resort is a self-contained facility that caters to most vacationers' needs while keeping them on the property. One of the benefits of staying at a resort is that the guest enjoys round-the-clock service on the premises. You can eat, drink, swim, rest, receive treatments, and schedule activities without leaving the resort.



A hotel is designed to lodge guests for the night or longer. There are several quarters on the property, each with mattresses, duvets, cushions, a toilet, and anything else a guest would need during their stay. The services supplied vary for every property but are tailored to the consumer's needs and wishes. What distinguishes them from resorts is that they may lack certain amenities such as swimming pools, restaurants, laundry, and other services, focusing instead on providing a place to sleep and relax.



The Thai islands are noted for their bungalows ranging from simple timber cabins to more modern concrete structures and everything in between. Bungalows can be located at resorts with amenities such as pools, restaurants, and stores or in isolated locations owned by a corporation or family. Bungalows (as opposed to houses rented from a landlord) come in various styles and comfort levels, with some having only a bed and toilet and others having balconies and kitchens.



Finding a monthly rental on the island is a terrific deal for the money and more convenient if you want to stay longer than a month. This will give you your private room and peace and be your genuine "home" for the duration of your stay. Most property rentals include kitchens, allowing you to cook your meals rather than eat out all the time.

What do you need?

Could you list the essential items to you before picking your budget hotel? We've already talked about the different sections of the island and the different types of accommodations; now it's time to select your amenities and services. Maybe you don't want anything so a hostel would suffice, and you don't mind sharing. But what if you want a specific level of comfort in your bedding, laundry service, or pool? Make a list of these details and double-check them with the venues

Budget Accommodation Options on Koh Tao


Indie Hostel

This hostel is a two-minute walk from the Sairee beach and offers style, comfort, and convenience for a memorable stay. Each bunk bed, which resembles a sleep pod, is equipped with a comfortable mattress and fine pillows to ensure a good night's sleep. Dive shops and restaurants are close by, and hostel residents receive substantial discounts. The environment is friendly, and the in-house cafe and bar are adorable and provide delicious meals. To make things even better, breakfast is also complimentary! If you don't mind living in a bit of space, this hostel is for you!


Infinity Guesthouse

Infinity Guesthouse is an affordable alternative if you're searching for a private room and is conveniently located in the centre of Koh Tao. While the rooms are simple, they are clean and equipped with everything you require. They also feature apartment-style rooms, ideal for individuals who want to stay at Koh Tao for longer than usual.
The staff are pleasant and approachable and will gladly assist you in planning activities and tours.


Summer Guesthouse

This is a terrific option if you don't mind a short uphill walk! This cosy hostel, located away from the busy downtown area yet close enough to check out the party, is ideal for those trying to stretch their budget. They feature a combination of en-suite rooms and dorms that are well-kept and cleaned regularly. There are two fan-only dorms and two AC-only dorms, with variable pricing. According to several backpackers, the walls are a little thin, so choose rooms away from the reception area to get a decent night's sleep. The crew is praised for their friendliness and eagerness to ensure their customers have a fantastic time on the island.


Aukotan Place Hotel

Aukotan Location is a hidden gem for people looking for a quality place to stay that isn't going to break the bank. The rooms are large, well-kept, and tastefully designed. Everything is close by, even though it isn't exactly on the beach. It's preferable to rent a motorcycle if you're staying here, though the hotel does offer a free shuttle to the major beaches and pier.


Real Estate Board

Category: Resort for lease
Type: RentLongTerm
Size: 40 Bungalows
Cost: 5,000,000 Baht per year
Category: Land for sale
Type: NorSor3
Size: 23 Rai
Cost: 4M THB per Rai.
Category: Land for sale
Type: Chanote
Size: Five Rai
Cost: 11 M per Rai
Category: Villa for sale
Type: Chanote
Size: Land area approximately 400 sqm
Cost: Starting price 11.9M THB , 14.9M THB - sea view
Category: Land for sale
Type: Chanote
Size: Plot 1 - 4 Rai. 6,400 sqm., Plot 2 - 4 Rai. 6,400 sqm.
Cost: Price per Rai - 16,000,000 THB
Category: Villa for sale
Type: Chanote
Size: Plot sizes: 480 sqm, Villa size: 200 sqm including porches (70 sqm), A private pool - 30 sqm.
Cost: 20,000,000 THB
Category: Land for sale
Type: Chanote
Size: Different slots in various sizes. Price is per Rai.
Cost: 4500000 THB
Category: Land for sale
Type: Chanote
Size: 0.75 Rai / 1,200 sqm
Cost: 3000000 THB
Category: Land for sale
Type: Chanote
Size: 0.78 Rai / 1,252 sqm
Cost: 3130000 THB
Category: Land for sale
Type: Chanote
Size: 0.74 Rai / 1,184 sqm
Cost: 2960000 THB
Category: Land for sale
Type: NorSor3Gor
Size: 1 Rai : 1600m2
Cost: 4000000 THB
Category: Land for sale
Type: Chanote
Size: 1.25 Rai. 2,000 sqm
Cost: 11250000 THB
Category: Land for sale
Type: Chanote
Size:  0.75 Rai: 1200m2​
Cost: 5250000 THB
Category: Land for sale
Type: Chanote
Size: 7 Rai
Cost: 25 M Baht per Rai (negotiable)