We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Good value for money” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Baan Tai Backpackers

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Save
You added Baan Tai Backpackers to your Saves list
Baan Tai Backpackers
61/3 Moo 1, Ban Tai Road | Ban Tai, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand   |  
Hotel amenities
5.0 of 5 stars 142 Reviews
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Good value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Rooms are clean and well-equipped (A/C, balconies, spacious bathrooms), there are useful facilities in the common area (TV, books, computers). Staff is helpful re renting bikes, there's a great fish&seafood restaurant on the opposite side of the road. The location is not the best though - it's adviseable to hire a bike and ride to nicer beaches or to town. The hostel doesn't have too much character, the atmosphere is rather average, some peculiar house rules apply. They have a lovely cat :)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
BaanTaiBackpackers, Manager at Baan Tai Backpackers, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
thanks for the review Kasia, with regards to your statement about the atmosphere in the building, perhaps if you and your friends spent a little time in the common area socializing with other guests as we were quite busy during your stay and not avoiding the other guests you may have had a different view, our location is central on the island allowing easy access to all parts of Koh Phangan, the best beaches are in the north, big town of Thong Sala just west of us and Haad Rin to the east, most of the parties that occur during non full moon periods happen right in Baan Tai, again had you spent a little time socializing with the other guests you might have enjoyed your stay more and experienced all the Baan tai has to offer travelers
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

142 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    125
    12
    2
    1
    2
See reviews for
Families
0
18
35
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (18)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Belgrade, Serbia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We traveled Koh Phangan in March 2013, and stayed in Baan Tai Backpackers.

Great place to stay. Feels more like a home than a hostel. Scott and Ae are great hosts. In this place you basically feel like you are a part of Baan Tai Backpackers family.

The location is very convenient, close to the village of Thong Sala (10 min drive), good for both northern and southern beaches.

Ae is very kind and a helpful person, and really good cook :) Definitely try her Green Curry (which she taught me to prepare)

Even though Scott looks like a real tough guy :), he is actually a good businessman, very nice and easy going. He organized our bike rent, our tours, and at one point moved us to the sea-view room as a treat. Tnx!

We definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Great hostel, great owner, great atmosphere. Stayed here for half moon party and played drinking games etc and painted ourselves with UV paint. he told us best ways to get around the island, helped us hire peds and told us places to go etc.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I stayed at Baan Tai Backpackers for the Half-Moon party a few months back and couldn't have asked for anything more from Scott and his setup! He gave me and a friend great recommendations for food and things to do on the island and tips for getting around that were super helpful. He even arranged for a motorbike to be dropped off for us when we wanted one! He also helped orchestrate the chaos that is moon party night. It was an amazing experience.

The rooms were clean, bathrooms were straight up LUXURIOUS compared to most hostels - don't act like this isn't a reason to stay here in and of itself!! Laundry available, beer available, psh, what more do you need!?

Thanks Scott! Blame Canada!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Stavanger, Norway
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

When looking for good places to stay at on Koh phangan we came across this place and thought with such a high rating and so many positive reviews we just have to check this place out. And we’re so glad we did! :)
From the moment we arrived everything was just convenient, we could rent a scooter right there for only 150 baht a day, so it was totally worth keeping it for the rest of our stay.
You can get your laundry done right there, there are great and cheap restaurants only a couple of hundred metres away and Scott happily suggests his favorites to make sure that you get the best for little money.
He told us about the area so we knew straight away which beach to go to etc.
Our room had a beautiful sea view and it had everything we could have wished for: fridge with an inbuild freezer (awesome because that meant cooled drinks :P), perfectly functioning A/c, a big and comfortable bed (I don’t even sleep that well at home) and we even got little shampoo and shower gel bottles :)
We weren’t there for the fullmoon party unfortunately but we did stay for the half moon party and the pre party that scott arranged was in my opinion better than the event itself 
All in all we can totally recommend this place to everyone who wants to have a great time and meet awesome people, have a great backpacker hostel atmosphere plus cleanliness and comfort for a great price.
Plus there’s Newton. Newton is the hostels cat/dog/little person who’s gonna make u feel right at home :)

Thank you Scott for being a great host! Definitely gonna be back :)

Room Tip: We stayed in a private room with double bed and sea view but we found even the dormrooms to have all...
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

I stayed for one night for the half moon party and had a blast!

I met up with some really awesome people and must say it was one of the best hostel's I've stayed in. Why? Because its not overly populated with people meaning you get to know everyone and you become a family instantly.

Plus Scott the owner is straight up about how the hostel operates. He takes no BS but is also one hell of a guy. He partied with us at the half moon and was extremely accommodating!

Scott is a wee bit hard of hearing so speak up! Don't be offended if he say's "what?" its cause he's a wee bit deaf!

The place is clean and well organised. Happily recommend the place to one and all. Cheers for an awesome stay mate!

Room Tip: They're all good! Have their own en-suite as well and the bathroom is well laid out.
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leeds
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We had a great stay here. super friendly staff who helped us get in the party spirit for the half moon party. We decided to extend our stay here and they managed to keep all four of us together in the same dorm together, The only bad thing i can say is when we arrived on the island, it took a while to find a taxi who knew where the hostel was- but partly our fault for not getting address details. The room was average but i would definatley recommend staying here when visiting the island.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Baan Tai Backpackers? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Baan Tai Backpackers

Address: 61/3 Moo 1, Ban Tai Road | Ban Tai, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 226 Specialty Lodging in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Baan Tai Backpackers is located right in Baan Tai over looking Koh Samui. Walking distance to Black Moon, Half Moon, and Loi Lay Sunday Parties. Many great restaurants in the area and our own little bar with cheap drinks and video games for you and your mates. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and HostelBookers so you can book your Baan Tai Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Baan Tai Backpackers, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.