Hostels and dorms have proliferated in Koh Chang over the last few years, with a great selection now available across most of the beaches.
Prices start at 250bt upwards for a bunk bed or a bed on the floor in either a mixed or gender separated dorm, fan or a/c. Room sizes vary from 4 beds up to 8. Bathrooms are shared and in most cases, male or female assigned.
The hostels usually have a central communal living area, with tea and coffee, access to a fridge, DVD’s and books. Individual safe boxes, laundry services and WiFi are standard.
Most of the hostels also offer private rooms with ensuite bathrooms to cater for those couples who want to spend a bit more and for families. Indeed, facilities in some case can be at a resort standard, with well reviewed in-house restaurants, bars and swimming pools.
Pajamas – Chai Chet Beach – Hostels and Dorms
Pajamas was the first of the hostels to set up shop on the island when they opened on Chai Chet Beach around 5 years ago. Still going strong, they remain the best of the bunch.
In a colour scheme brimming with Greek island summer exuberance, Pajamas offers a mix of dorms and private rooms set around a kidney shaped swimming pool, with chill-out areas nearby and WiFi throughout.
Their in-house restaurant, with serves a full Thai and western menu, is next door at the excellent Nong Bua Seafood.
With just a two minute stroll down the public access walkway, you’ll find yourself on one of the nicest stretches of beach on Koh Chang.
Prices for a bed in a mixed dorm are 530bt per night. A whole 8 private dorm is around 4,600bt, whilst deluxe double rooms by the pool go for 2,250bt in high season.
Habitat Hostel – Chai Chet Beach
Located on the bottom floor of VJ Apartments in Chai Chet, this popular hostel offers several 4 bed male or female dorms, with security boxes, vibrant colours and other nice design touches. There’s a communal area, WiFi, good clean bathrooms and an upbeat fresh feel about the place.
Private rooms supplement the dorms, with ensuite twins, doubles and quadruples. The hostel also organises group activities such as BBQs, Muay Thai classes and boat trips.
The hostel’s location gives residents plenty of options for shops, restaurants and bars. The excellent Chai Chet Beach is about 8 minutes walk away.
Dorm beds start at 400bt, private ensuite doubles from 1,400bt and the quadruple family set-up at 2,300bt.
Bee Sleep Hostel – Lonely Beach and Klong Prao Beach – Hostels and Dorms
Bee Sleep Hostel has two branches, one in Klong Prao Beach, pictured above and one in Lonely Beach.
The Klong Prao Beach branch faces the main road at the northern end of a characterless row of shop houses, but don’t let this put you off. Step inside and the hostel comes to life through its exuberantly decorated homestay style and friendly Thai host.
Dorms are served by simple mattresses on the floor, female only or mixed, with a shared bathrom. It’s 5 minutes across the road to the beach.
The Lonely Beach hostel, down Soi 2 in the heart of the village, offers a wide range of options – male, female or mixed dorms, bunk beds or beds on the floor, all with shared bathroom, alongside triple and family rooms, both with private bathroom.
It’s clean, friendly, has WiFi and is a 7 minute walk to the beach. Do note that you are in the thick of the bar area, so bring those earplugs if you want a decent night’s sleep.
Rates start at 450bt a night for dorm bed on the floor.
BB Hostel – Lonely Beach
Located at the rear of the BB complex in Lonely Beach, the small hostel offers 4 mixed dorms and a handful of private fan single rooms. It’s basic, clean and functional and you get access to the divers’ pool out the front, as well as a very relaxed and bohemian communal area, decent WiFi and all round friendly vibe. There’s also a gym and daily yoga next door.
Whilst the actual beach is about 10 minutes walk away, all the restaurants, bars and shops of the village itself are on your doorstep.
Prices are 250bt for the fan dorm bed, 350bt for the a/c dorm bed. Private rooms, all ensuite are 650bt for the fan up to 1,200bt for the double a/c.
Their website for direct booking is here.
Coconut Garden – Bang Bao
A ten minute walk from Bang Bao Pier, the newly opened Coconut Garden is a friendly spot of dorms and private bungalows set in a spacious well kept garden overlooking the road.
The dorms are either mixed sex with 8 to 10 beds or female only with bunk-beds. There a couple of twin beds rooms too and all of these options come with shared bathroom. The ensuite private bungalows, which are either fan or a/c, all have double beds.
The main reception building is over two storeys, with the top floor communal area housing a restaurant and bar. There is also a great little swimming pool at the back of the resort.
Nearby, all within walking distance, you’ll find a few cheap restaurants and the odd bar such as Rasta View and its magnificent view ourt ver Bang Bao Pier, itself a hive of activity. The more energetic can walk the 15 minutes to the nearest beach at Hat Sai Noi and then another 10 to Bang Bao Beach. That said, there is motorbike rental on site.
The dorms start at 450bt a night, 800bt for the fan bungalow or twin room and 1,600bt for the a/c option.
Sleepy Owl Hostel – Lonely Beach – Top Koh Chang Hostels
Accessed through the coffee shop at the top of Soi 2 in Lonely Beach, Sleepy Owl offers basic single fan rooms, private a/c ensuite alongside mixed and male/female cutely designed 4 bed dorms.
There’s a small communal space near the entrance where you can make tea and coffee, but head to its Bangkok style cafe for excellent coffee, breakfast and the house speciality, pizza. The hostel is connected to one of Koh Chang’s best boutiques, Warapura Resort, 500 metres away by the sea.
Rates start at 225bt a night for single room, with dorm beds from 250bt.
River View Hostel – Klong Prao Beach – Top Koh Chang Hostels
Located canalside at the northern end of Klong Prao Beach, Riverview Hostel is a stylish modern spot of 2 dorms and 2 private rooms.
The dorms are either female only, 6 to an a/c room sleeping in bunk beds or the same set-up, mixed. Bathrooms are ensuite with showers or there is also an additonal communal one to keep queues to the minumum. Each dorm bed has its own reading light and electric socket.
The private a/c rooms feature a double bed, one sharing a bathroom with the mixed dorm and the other ensuite.
The hostel offers safe boxes, WiFi, a central chill-out area with TV but at present, there is no restaurant. You can still get a coffee, shake or beer though to enjoy on the river terrace, with its fabulous views and sunsets. There are also a couple of restaurants along the canal such as Phu Talay, Moleys and Sapparot Bar.
Guests can walk up to the main road for taxis to other areas in about 7 minutes or reach the beach by water or on foot in under 5.
Dorm beds are 500bt a night. The private rooms are 1,050bt.
Other Koh Chang Hostels
Back on Lonely Beach, Stay Inn Hostel is a tiny place with just 2 mixed dorms for 4 to 8 pax, prices from 280bt a night. Located on the main road before the village, it is literally only a couple of minutes from the beach itself.
Still in Lonely Beach village, the uniquely styled prison camp chic of KLKL Hostel, has double and triple rooms. Prices from 600bt, swimming pool and WiFi in the common areas.
At the far southern end of the village, My Hostel houses its brightly coloured 8 bed dorms in individual portakabin style blocks. Private a/c double rooms, ensuite with hot water, are also available. A swimming pool tops things off, where DJs host parties during the season. Prices for dorms start from 350bt in high season, private rooms from 1,200bt.
In Kai Bae Beach, Sea Turtle has 4 bed or 8 bed mixed dorms, which can also be booked out privately, ideal for groups. Rates are as low as 250bt a night. You can walk directly through the resorts on the other side of the street to access the northern end of the beach. The main village with all its restaurants, bars and shops, is only a few minutes away.
Sleepover! is a brand new hostel down in the local area of Salak Phet on the other eastern side of Koh Chang.. It offers two 8 bed a/c dorms over two storeys, a communal area and WiFi throughout. You will need your own transport if you want to get out and about.