Koh Tao, Thailand
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Jizo’s Hostel Koh Tao Reviews
Jizo's Mar 31, 2013
Jizo’s Hostel was a much better second choice from KhoTao Backpackers hostel, but I did not know about it. It is located on the busy street, between two 7/11 stores (what a horrible way to make orientation, but it works very well because everyone understands) but there is no much sound coming into building. Mostly you’ll have to pay attention not to be run over by motorcycles which fly around in all directions. I don’t know what is with this funny name of the hostel, but must be some surfer dude that decided to open nice place for his palls.
Entrance is right from the street and over small balcony. There are two floors to this building and you enter to nice spacious reception area, nicely designed and furnished. Flat TV and fans are taking care of people that hang around, and in general there is always a bit of breeze flowing through the air. Largest dorm is on that floor, but it is not so nice like other dorms on the second floor.
Space in the rooms is a bit scarce and it is not that easy to move between beds, but beds are really well made. They are large, made on sturdy metal construction with nice curtains all around so you have enough privacy. Upper dorms have only two bunks per room so there is no too many people. To preserve the space, all doors are on sliders. Restrooms are fairly new and clean but toilet is placed on some kind of pedestal (I don’t see the reason for it) and it is very hard to balance if you don’t want to sit on it… AC can be cold at night, but there are large towels that you can use as a blanket if you are freezing. WiFi is kind of available all the time when there is power. I don’t get why only this hostel and maybe couple of places around it don’t have power, but maybe it is because they don’t want to pay much for electricity.
Koh Tao is a small island and it is very easy to walk around and get to all places in less than 45min. Transport is run by TAXI mafia that charges incredible 100b for a bit more than kilometer, and that is a price PER PERSON. If you don’t need TAXI, just walk to your destination. Sairee beach is not far at all and you will reach it in less than 15 minutes walking from the dock, and 20 minutes normal walk will take you to the center of the Sairee village.
If you walk up hill from the hostel, road takes you over the saddle on the hill and to the beautiful small bay with few bungalows and one restaurant. It is only 30 minutes walk and you will be crazy to pay 150b per person for stupid cabbie. Motobikes are cheap and easily available all around. They cost from 150-200b per day which is ok for short stay, but you can find them for 2500 per month.
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