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Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Koh Tao

The best (and worst) coworking spaces on Koh Tao island

The island paradise of Koh Tao, Thailand, is an ideal place to escape the urban culture and enjoy a laid back work-to-life balance. The perfectly preserved white sand beaches and crystal clear water are enough to attract any tourist, but it’s the relaxed, minimalistic lifestyle that makes people want to stay forever. Digital nomads who have visited the island report coming back to the island multiple times. Eventually, many of them settle there for a long-term stay. 

Today, we’re going to talk about how you can live and work remotely using the coworking spaces available in Koh Tao. We also have our local guide to Koh Tao that you should check out. It will show you the best areas to stay in, as well as our favorite things to do on the island.

Let’s get one thing out of the right now. There is only a single dedicated coworking space on the entire island. Being a remote island that can only be accessed by water, Koh Tao is not an overly popular digital nomad settlement. 

However, as it steadily rises in popularity, garnering some 600,000 visitors per year, we expect more and more coworking and coliving spaces to pop up eventually. There are also plenty of cafes and hotel lounges where you can connect to decent Wi-Fi. Working from a beach bar would also be amazing if it just wasn’t so distracting. Here’s the list of places to know about:

  1. TAO HUB
  2. Indie Cafe
  3. Dots Coffee
  4. This Is a Book Cafe
  5. AVA Hostel Koh Tao
  6. (Avoid) Plug and Play Cafe

The best (and only) coworking space on Koh Tao is TAO HUB

Source: TAO HUB Facebook

TAO HUB is located in the most popular tourist area and entry point to the island, Mae Haad Pier. It may not be visually as impressive as coworking spaces you might see in big cities, but it will get the job done. 

The space is equipped with both working and living accommodation, making it a decent all-in-one package. Basic refreshments like water, coffee, and ice tea are free. They also have a bike rental service, which will make covering the island territory easy. There is also a strong focus on community building, with plenty of social events to attend, including things like:

  • Movie nights
  • Community lunches
  • Yoga sessions
  • Parties
  • Ping-pong competitions

The space is also open 24/7/365, meaning you can get work done or chill out whenever you want. The only downside is there are no dedicated desks or private office space. The best part about TAO HUB is that it’s only two minutes from the beach.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $12.50 (THB 400)

Hot desk per week: $47 (THB 1,500)

Hot desk per month: $156 (HRK 5,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving Yes

Here are some other cool places you can work out of in Koh Tao

Indie Cafe

Source: Facebook Indie

Indie Cafe takes a close second place on our list. It is located near Sairee Beach, which is our favorite area for nightlife on the island. It’s a western-style cafe both in the interior design and the menu. It could be your ideal combination of coworking, coliving, and socializing in one location. 

On-site, you have a hostel, great familiar food, and access to a rooftop lounge area. The downstairs area can get crowded and loud during peak hours, so it’s the upstairs area where you should set up an office. It has a standing desk, a couple of ergonomic chairs, and electric sockets you can use. 

Since people do come to Indie as a substitute coworking space, the upstairs is going to be quiet. The only downside is that the space is quite limited, though. We also loved the quirky Wifi password: quityourjob.

Basics
Pricing No desk prices, open seating in the cafe as long as you order something
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day 6:30 am to 7 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (not everywhere)
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving Yes

This Is A Book Cafe

Source: This Is A Book Facebook

This Is A Book is a small cafe in the northern part of Mae Haad pier. The idea of the place is to sit down, grab a drink, and read a book. With that in mind, it’s not hard to see how working can fit in as well. The chairs may not be office-level, but they’re better than in most cafes, and the table is decently high too. Just ask the staff to remove the plant from it, and move it closer to one of the exposed electric sockets, and you’ll be able to set up your workstation. 

The cafe serves sweets and drinks, meaning you can treat yourself while you work. The place is small and peaceful, with no major distractions that could hinder productivity. The cafe works every day, from 8am to 6pm.

AVA Hostel Koh Tao

Source: AVA Koh Tao Facebook

AVA Koh Tao is a hostel with neat rooms at a reasonable price point. This makes it a good choice for coliving and a decent one for coworking. You can choose to work from your terrace table or hop downstairs to the reception area, where you’ll find a minibar. 

The wooden tables and chairs at the bar may not be ideal for long, continual sitting. However, the tables are stable and at a good height to place a laptop.  You can also use the bar table as a standing desk. The hostel is just a few meters from the beach, and right across the street from the TAO HUB coworking space, in case you need something more.

Dots Coffee

Source: Dots Coffee Facebook

Dots Coffee does advertise itself as a coworking and meetup space for digital nomads. So, how does it compare to similar spaces? It definitely has some of the, if not the fastest internet connection in the area. According to speed tests, it reaches over 300 Mbps, which is amazing for a remote island. The furniture is not ergonomic and comfortable to sit for more than a few hours, though. 

Still, plenty of visitors mention how much they enjoy to sit down, grab a drink, and finish up on some work while at Dots Coffee, because of its good internet and laid back atmosphere. The place is definitely great when you have to drop by and finish some things on the go, and a good meeting spot.

We recommend you avoid Plug and Play Cafe

Source: Plug and Play Facebook

In the search for an ideal coworking space on the island, Plug and Play’s name sparked our interest. We already knew of a coworking spaces chain in the East Asia region called “Plug and Play”. For that reason, we were expecting this cafe to offer something similar. The logo featuring an electric socket made us believe we’ll get to plug in our devices, recharge them, and get some work done. 

We were hopeful that what we saw in the photos was just the front, and that the back of the cafe had more to offer. However, there are no exposed sockets to use, and the chairs and tables were definitely not work-friendly. We can recommend Plug and Play for many reasons, such as friendly staff and fresh fruit, just not for coworking.