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Reviews of Baan Tai - Backpackers

Hostel | Thong Sala, Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand -

90.1% Overall Rating

24 out of 24 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (01/12/2013)

Sophie Hayman thinks…

"Really enjoyed my time here, it's a great hostel! The place was super clean, and in a really good location (all taxi drivers know where it is)! The staff were amazing and very welcoming. Scott was…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Bar(s)
  • Common area / room
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

If you are arriving a day late you must contact our staff. Failure to do so will result in loss of your room/bed as they are highly demanded! ALL FULL MOON BOOKINGS MUST BE CONFIRMED VIA EMAIL WITH STAFF FAILURE WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF BOOKING NO EXCEPTIONS! No customers over 35 years of age.

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90.1%

Overall Rating

24 out of 24 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Baan Tai - Backpackers'

Atmosphere
88.3%
Location
85.8%
Facilities
87.5%
Cleanliness
90.8%
Staff
95.8%
Value
87.5%
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Sophie Hayman

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife

01 December 2013 Sophie would recommend this property

Liked: Really enjoyed my time here, it's a great hostel! The place was super clean, and in a really good location (all taxi drivers know where it is)! The staff were amazing and very welcoming. Scott was cool and fun and Aae was the sweetest lady.. both were always on hand to help, answer questions or just to have a chat! Very sociable hostel, it was easy to meet people and before the Half Moon party we all got together for lots of pre-drinking, card games and to paint each other in neon paint. I would definitely come back here again!

Disliked: Sophie left no negative feedback.

The property's response is...

60.0%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

14 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice big clean room. Close 2 black moon party.

Disliked: it was empty while we were there so there was no athmosphere but thats no ones fault. Staff were friendly anyway. Room was clean. Communal areas were dirty.

The property's response is...

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Mike Seaward

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife

28 September 2013 Mike would recommend this property

Liked: Scott does a great job at letting your know whats up on the island and can give you advice on what to do. Aaa is always around to cook you up something quick.

Disliked: Not near a good beach, but just rent a bike and take in the island.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

28 July 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The property is in a great location in Baan Tai, sitting opposite one of the best places to eat and a great bar to chill out and drink in. Scott the owner/manager is a great guy, helping everyone get together and enjoying themselves. Aaa (The Thai lady) is a workhorse, she is there to help with whatever you need, cooking food, arranging laundry, bikes and trips. Simply a great hostel.

Disliked: Nothing.

The property's response is...

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife

10 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean when I arrived, but it packs up during full moon party and they don't clean it again until everybody leaves :-D

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife

04 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Spacious dorm rooms, lockers provided, a good social area downstairs

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife

27 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very friendly staff, clean rooms, not too many beds per dorm. Good atmosphere around the full moon party, otherwise it's probably fairly quiet.

Disliked: Beach near the hostel isn't great. The beaches on Koh Phangan in general are not great unless you're staying someplace more expensive. The sand is not that nice, and when it is soft, the water is still shallow with random stray rocks. There are nicer beaches you can visit by motorbike but I think the point of staying on an island is to wake up and be able to walk to one... Also, there are cheaper places to stay during the full moon but you have to show up early and scout them out on your own as these places don't advertise online. They also may not have the atmosphere of more popular places.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Fredrik Brander

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife

27 March 2013 Fredrik would recommend this property

Liked: Perfect location for the Half moon party! Met lots of nice and partying people! This place can turn any lonely wolf to be a part of a great family. Great staff and close to both Haad Rin and Tong Sala!

Disliked: Nothing at all!

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

19 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Scott was very helpful. He took care of everyone, made sure we had a great time. Good place for Half moon party.

Disliked: Lack of staff, but Scott managed to carry out all necessary work himself.

The property's response is...

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

16 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It is a nice hostel owned by nice people with some strict and good rules for the well being of all the packers. It is clean and you can chilled out very nicely. Close to the hostel you have a nice and natural beach not very touristic which is beautiful and clean. Not far from there you have some stall foods which are quite nice.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

The property's response is...

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Olivia Jamieson

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

16 November 2012 Olivia would recommend this property

Liked: Everything! It's conveniently located (especially for half moon party) and easy to find via taxi when you first arrive. Scott the owner is highly informative and very friendly/personable.

Disliked: Nothing!

The property's response is...

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

chase hunter

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

08 November 2012 chase would recommend this property

Liked: Sweet place to party, really friendly atmosphere, also - fisherman's restaurant right across the street is one of the best, if not the best, meal i've had in Thailand. Extremely close to Half Moon, if there wasnt a hill, it'd be walkable!!

Disliked: Nothing.

The property's response is...

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Timotheus Zuidgeest

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

02 November 2012 Timotheus would recommend this property

Liked: Great place! Scott is the best for sure. They moved two months ago, so in this new place there IS a common room. Good to know, because he makes it awesome. He's a real party starter :)

Disliked: Nothing :)

The property's response is...

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Christopher Dickey

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

25 October 2012 Christopher would recommend this property

Liked: That guy that owns the place (Scott) is a really nice guy, down to earth and likes to sit and have a laugh with the rest of the travellers in the hostel. Great common room with tv where you can sit and chill whilst watching movies or pre drinking before the half moon party. Would recommend to anyone!

Disliked: Perhaps a little far away from some bars but its only 100baht in a taxi along to the nearest bars so cant complain too much

The property's response is...

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Lauren Waterfield

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife

20 October 2012 Lauren would recommend this property

Liked: My friend and I have been traveling for months, and this is one of the nicest and cleanest hostels we have stayed in. It had the three most important things - great working AC, good wifi, and a hot shower with good water pressure. The owner is Scott who awesome and super helpful. We like him almost as much as Newton, the hostel cat. Highly recommend to stay here, especially if you don't want to be right in the middle of all the craziness on Haad Rin where the Full Moon Party is located. It's also an excellent location for the Half Moon Party and Jungle Party. It's also a great place to meet people with a huge common room, tv and computers.

Disliked: The location of the hostel has moved within the last few months so not all taxi drivers know where to drop you off. So be sure you know the address. If you do get dropped in the wrong location though, Scott will come pick you and your bags up.

The property's response is...

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

John Mahon

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

20 September 2012 John would recommend this property

Liked: 10/10 amazing hostel felt more like a hotel , spotless bathrooms fast wifi , comfy clean beds . We booked 1 night but stayed 4 top location to black moon party everything is walking distance . The staff have great recommendations for food and good local knowledge . Would defo stay here again and Scott the manager was so helpful could not fault him or the hostal many thanks for a gr8 stay Lisa and John !!!

Disliked: Could not fault it !!

The property's response is...

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

19 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the Beer Pong! Friendliness of the staff and the location in terms of near the beach and the ferry. Predrinking games and neon paint for the half moon party are laid on by the staff.

Disliked: Apart from the half moon party (which is a 20 minute drive away) the night life lacked a bit in the area we were staying but you can always rent bikes to explore the island which we didn't do. Only a slight dislike.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Frank Schouten

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

14 May 2012 Frank would recommend this property

Liked: The owner was great! Had an really good time with him, he knew all the parties, good places to eat and a whole lot more! Place is really chilled out with a nice swimming pool near, loved it!

Disliked: not really a dislike, but there was no common room, solved by everybody hanging out with each other in the rooms!

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

09 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Well priced, as the prices go down in off season. Good location, right in Baan Tai. Very cool owner, Scott, he will chill and have a beer with you if given the chance. Hostel guests can also walk just down the road to use the gym and pool at a neighboring hotel for free, huge bonus.

Disliked: No common area, but not really a problem since you're out on the beach during the day and out partying at night. The owner does beer pong before every half moon party to get people together and social.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Luis Morales Benitez

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

01 May 2012 Luis would recommend this property

Liked: Very Clean and facilities in good working order. The owner is very friendly, knowledgeable, and will give you great recommendations to make your stay very enjoyable.

Disliked: If anything, a bit more furniture in the room could help, however this is a minor dislike. This place is excellent.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Erika Gardholt

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife

12 March 2012 Erika would recommend this property

Liked: The staff was very helpful and gave us lots of good advice when we wanted to go to Koh Tao for the weekend. The room we stayed in was very comfortable and nice and it was close to the beach and to a hotel pool.

Disliked: Not really that close to anything except the ferry. We missed a good common area that all the travelers could meet in.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Work / volunteering

22 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: All my friends stayed at bungalows n couldnt really go for a nap in the afternoon cause of the heat - we had A/C in our dorm ;) The beds were really comfi and the room and the bathroom were clean. only short walk to the night market. internet cafe nextdoor. beach a 3 min walk. so good location :)

Disliked: no shared room for all backpackers to chill or hang out together.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

14 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: warm and friendly welcome, spacious dorm, big balcony to hang out on

Disliked: bathroom wasn't cleaned in 4 days