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SpicyTao Backpackers
Ranked #43 of 148 Speciality Lodging in Koh Tao
Reviewed 1 November 2013

After reading all these very positive reviews I unfortunetely have to say that I am quite disappointed. The owners and the staff are definetely helpful and friendly people. Also the setting is nice and they offer cheap drinks and an ok open air kitchen for use. But the communal area is in my view not the social place everybody described before. There's a huge flat screen turned on loud all day and most people watch TV. The dormitory was very smelly and cats come once in a while. I heard one of the other dorms smelled like cat pee, but that's not my experience. The beds are not comfortable and the sheets are to small so that they dont stay on the matrace. The bathrooms are only accessable from the dormitories so there is a lot of noise all night. In the bathroom there is a lot of old toothpaste and soaps nobody uses anymore.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

Had a great four night stay at Spicytao!! It was such an chilled out atmosphere with lots of hammocks in the communal area and great people from all over. We made friends fast and immensely enjoyed the fifty-person booze cruise around Koh Tao that David and Clyde threw together in one day!! Dorms are just fine for backpacker standards with secure lockers. It's fun to sleep in a quieter area away from the main beach and the staff can help you with transportation, diving, etc. Will recommend to everyone we met going to Koh Tao:)

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Stayed here in September '13 and had an incredible time. The accomm is basic (shared bunk beds with or without aircon) but CLEAN and at $5/night, it's really worthwhile. The best thing about this place is the social aspect- it's a superb spot to meet fellow travellers and the hostel managers are so friendly! There are a number of social activities that you can organise through them (e.g.during my stay, we had an all-you-can-eat BBQ). Book in advance though; as it's so popular, it gets full up pretty quickly!
Thanks Spicytao for making my Koh Tao trip unforgettable :) xx

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

I went to Koh Tao on a last minute whim, and wound up screwing up my bookings for Spicy. Clyde and David were more than happy to help me out and managed to get a bed almost every night. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The common area with hammocks is a great place to just sit and chill and make friends. Great location - walking distance from all the important places and the beach.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We were already tired after long weeks working and travelling in Thailand. We've arrived to Spicytao just for one night,and we stayed for 8 days!!! Incredible. The staff does everything to make you feel comfortable there, they try to solve any problem and organize events (dinners with super tasty food, parties etc.) every 2 days - more or less - so you cannot get bored. There is especially a group of crazy Irish guys and they basically make this place. 've never felt more comfortable anywhere in Thailand and any other place. There is a common area when you can meet people and make an instant frendship with everyone, after one day you will feel like in the family. The only thing is that it gets REALLY busy, even durng a low season so try to book in advance. The room are rather small (but cheap: 200-250 bht for person) and kind a crowded - you don't have to be a 'real backpacker' to survive there, but you have to enjoy this tipical spirit of sharing, like in a <hippie commune>, if you know what I mean ;)
Anyway - don't think it twice - I bet you will have a great time there!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Absolutely incredible hostel. The communal area by the reception made it so so easy to meet people and so social, the staff are incredible and great for getting some honest advise about the best way to do Koh Tao.

Probably cheapest place ive seen on koh tao as well with 200Baht fan dorms and 250 with air con

Obama the cat is a special tennant who you will certainly meet and the social area has a dangerous amount of films & tv shows that you can lose yourself watching in a hammock on a rainy afternoon. We meant to stay 2 days and we stayed 6 and left with new best friends.

Only 36 beds or so so book in advance as its so popular. Only negative is that you cant check in til 12 on your first day but i suppose that is quite standard across hostels.

"you can check out but you will never leave"

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

This hostel is just god-damn amazing. The staff organize cool stuff to do every day, and the people there are super sociable. I met people here that I ended up travelling with for two months. I ended up going back twice as well. I still miss it :'(

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Noi R
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Address: 35/23 Moo 1, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Ranked #43 of 148 Speciality Lodging in Koh Tao
Price Range: £8 - £10 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — SpicyTao Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 7

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