Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Koh Samui

The 7 best coworking spaces in Koh Samui

Traveling to Koh Samui is high up on digital nomads’ bucket lists. And for a good reason, if we may add. This Thai island is an absolute heaven on earth! Lush forests, rich wildlife, and seemingly endless stretches of sandy beaches would make everyone want to make this place their home permanently. The bravest and luckiest of remote workers actually do. We reviewed the best coworking spaces on the island so that you can take the plunge and work from Koh Samui without any worries.

These are the places that caught our eye:

  1. Mantra Work Lounge
  2. WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe
  3. Jungle Club
  4. Horizon Cafe Samui

Mantra Work Lounge is the place we’d most like to cowork in Koh Samui!

Source: Mantra Work Lounge

Mantra Work | Lounge is the first dedicated coworking space in Koh Samui, Thailand. It is located at 9/123–124 Moo1, Tumbon Maenam (Surat Thani province) in Koh Samui. The beach is in its immediate vicinity, which makes for some truly spectacular views that’ll make your workload an easier burden to bear.

The original concept behind Mantra Work | Lounge was to create an inviting, invigorating, and community-building coworking space both for local entrepreneurs and foreigners. It caters to tourists looking to catch up on work correspondence as well as business-owners wanting to organize events and make new connections.

What we love the most about it is the flexibility it offers. The place was designed to meet the needs of individuals having a working holiday and locals looking to spice up their work environment alike. It is equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, a pantry with a selection of drinks and snacks, a printer, a scanner, and a photocopier. There is even a pool table in case you need to take some time out or enjoy a stimulating team-building activity. But what really left us speechless was that you can choose whether to work from a cozy, air-conditioned lounge or from an outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean. 

Still, that is not to say that we weren’t able to identify a weak spot. Although Mantra Work | Lounge is an extension of a renowned hotel complex, the Mantra Samui Resort, it may prove rather hard to find for out-of-towners. Not only are there no street signs on the main road to point you in the right direction, but the street corner is quite easy to miss. If you know what you are looking for beforehand, you can always rely on the locals to point you in the right direction!

Basics
Pricing Per day: 600 THB

Per week: 3,500 THB

Per month: 12,000 THB

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 9am – 9pm
  • Saturday: 9am – 9pm
  • Sunday: 9am – 9pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Office No
Conference Room No
Phone Booths No
Coliving No

WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe is the runner-up for Koh Samui coworking spaces

Source: TripAdvisor 

WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe is located at 209 / 1–2 Moo 2, Koh Samui, Thailand. It is a coworking lounge of the COSI Hotel. Its location is conveniently accessible. Not only is it a part of a well-known hotel, but it is also right next to the Central Festival in Koh Samui, which gives its users access to all of the shops and restaurants this shopping mall can provide.

WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe was envisioned as the place to get things done in Koh Samui. It is usually teeming with visitors, so you are bound to make a connection or two and expand your business community.

There is no entrance fee, and upon purchasing an item from the Cafe, you are granted unlimited access to a high-speed Wi-Fi connection. You have two stories at your disposal — the lower level is the cafe, while the upper level gives off a more relaxed, lounge-like vibe.

What we liked about this place for coworking is the fact that it is exceptionally well equipped for that purpose. There is direct access to a printer, and you’ll have several Mac computers at your disposal. It is also open 24/7, a variety of food and drinks is available at the lobby, and the whole area is air-conditioned.

WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe failed to be our top pick due to several factors. The music from the lower chill-out area is a tad bit too loud, and it may prove distracting for those of you who are most productive when you have some peace and quiet. The whole place is a bit too noisy, in general, as there are always a lot of people coming and going. If a busy environment is not stimulating for you, you may want to skip this one.

Basics
Pricing Per day: 30 THB
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday:  24 hours
  • Sunday:  24 hours
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Office No
Conference Room No
Phone Booths No
Coliving No

Two other coworking spaces that caught our eye in Koh Samui, Thailand

Unfortunately, dedicated coworking spaces are in rather short supply in Koh Samui. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any alternative options where you can set up shop for the day. We like several cafes and clubs that have great service and can double up as coworking spaces.

Jungle Club — Chaweng Noi Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

Source: The Jungle Club Samui

The Jungle Club Samui is located at 44/11 Koh Samui Surat Thani 84320, Thailand. This is a true jewel of the area and a must-see place in Koh Samui. Nestled in the natural landscape in the midst of the leafy hillside overlooking the Gulf of Siam, this resort is the perfect solution for travelers looking to unwind and disconnect.

The Jungle Club may be an exceptional choice for accommodation, but what landed it on our list is primarily the versatility of its outdoor area. The resort boasts an exquisite cascading terrace with an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the Chaweng Bay and an infinity pool. Surrounded by natural lushness, it exudes tranquility and freshness, making it an excellent setting for getting some work done. On top of that, the terrace is the outdoor setting of a note-worthy restaurant that has you covered with delectable food and drink for the day!

Horizon Cafe Samui — Choengmon area, Koh Samui, Thailand

Source: Tripadvisor

You can find Horizon Cafe Samui at 41/1 M.3 T, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand. What we loved about this place is that it is the ultimate locally-owned small business with a soul. Horizon cafe is a go-to place for those looking to sit down and have a chatter. The staff is lauded for their hospitality and kindness, and their vegan delicacies are the best on the island!

This heartwarming place is welcoming to coworkers as it has a stable internet connection, a pleasant, non-distracting atmosphere, and plenty of delicious, organic food and beverages to fuel your work endeavors. You are also able to choose whether to attend to your business matters from the air-conditioned indoor area or a secluded, enclosed backyard garden.

Even more coworking spaces in Koh Samui, Thailand

In case you haven’t found exactly what you were looking for, and you feel like you need more ideas, make sure you check out our following choices:

  1. zone6 Coworking Beach Apartment — it may suit you in case you are looking for rentable apartments for your coworkers in the tropical paradise that is Koh Samui. In case you are not satisfied with the desk arrangements here, you could try out a travel stand desk
  2. Bao Bao Cafe and Eatery — another viable solution that successfully mixes coworking in a relaxing setting with delicious Asian food and freshly ground coffee to help you stay focused
  3. Kapuhala Koh Samui — an eco-friendly and vegan vacation retreat that includes a coworking space and also hosts events and workshops

Hopefully, this article has helped you find the perfect coworking space for your needs. To round the article up, we suggest you take a look at this video about what it is like to be a digital nomad in Koh Samui. It will help you grasp the advantages that such a lifestyle has to offer. Enjoy!

 

Where to Stay in Koh Samui

Where to stay in Koh Samui – our guide to this city-like island 

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Both an island and a city, Koh Samui is an attractive travel destination in Thailand. It is well-known for numerous sandy beaches, palm trees, and crystal clear sea. Once a Thai fishing community, Thailand’s second-largest island has quickly developed and now has to offer something for every type of tourist. 

Whether you are interested in snorkeling, fishing, diving, visiting cultural and historical landmarks, or just laying on the beach and enjoying the sun, Koh Samui is the perfect island paradise for any of those activities. On your arrival to this stunning island, the first, and the most prominent, landmark you will see from the plane is the gigantic gilded statue of Buddha at Wat Phra Yai. This is not the only site worth visiting during your stay on Koh Samui since this island-city has many landmarks and activities to engage yourself in and make your visit to this heaven on earth an unforgettable one. 

Koh Samui Image source: pocastreet

Safety alert!

Like in other cities in Thailand, the greatest concert of the visitors to Koh Samui are the scams. Whenever you decide to take a cab to drive you somewhere, make sure that the taximeter is turned on from the very start of the ride, and if possible, discuss the fare beforehand with the driver. Also, think twice before you rent a jet ski as the owners like to trick you into paying large amount of money to fix the supposed damage that you have done to the vehicle during your ride. To prevent this from happening, simply resist your urge and don’t rent the jet ski in the first place.

Five fantastic neighborhoods to stay in Koh Samui 

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Koh Samui has plenty to offer to thousands of tourists from all over the world. However, you should always carefully select the area for your base according to your interests. You don’t want to come to Koh Samui for wild parties and then accidentally base yourself in a family-oriented area and ruin your long-awaited holiday. 

Koh Samui Image source: adenrehan

No matter what your interests may be, Koh Samui has got you covered. Every area offers something different and unique whether you are looking for wild nightlife, complete isolation and relaxation on the beach, or exciting adventure. Also, there is no need for you to worry about accommodation either since there are plenty of options available for every budget. We recommend the following neighborhoods: 

  1. Big Buddha
  2. Chaweng
  3. Maenam
  4. Lamai
  5. Bophut

Although these areas contain plenty of activities, they may not suit everyone’s taste so we have prepared a list organized according to the general interests of the tourists who visit Koh Samui:

Area Ideal for: Why?
Big Buddha  First-timers Close to main attractions and activities
Chaweng  Nightlife Most lively area with wild nightlife, restaurants, shops, and bars
Maenam  On a budget A cheerful atmosphere with cheap accommodation and activities 
Lamai  Bohemians Less crowded with many things to do and see 
Bophut Long-term stay  Village community feel 

Where to stay in Koh Samui for the first time – Big Buddha 

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If you are visiting Koh Samui for the very first time, then you should consider finding a place to stay in the Big Buddha area. It is conveniently located near the Koh Samui Airport and the ferry to Koh Phangan. Many cultural and historical landmarks, as well as restaurants and shops, are situated in this area so if you decide to stay here then you will experience the best Koh Samui has to offer. The beach is usually less crowded than the others, and the water is very clean. 

Big Buddha District Image source:jdiegoboch

Things to see and do in Big Buddha 

This area is rather a peaceful one and not as hectic as Chaweng Beach. Still, there are some activities and attractions you should visit such as:

  • Wat Phra Yai temple/Big Buddha statue
  • Wat Plai Laem temple
  • Big Buddha Pier
  • Ang Thong Marine National Park

Wat Phra Yai Temple

This beautiful Buddhist temple is home to the largest statue on the island, and its main symbol as well, the Big Buddha. This 12 meters high statue is the favorite sight of the tourists so the steps leading to it are usually crowded.

Wat Phra Yai Image source: bambii._x

Big Buddha Image source: bambii._x

Wat Plai Laem 

This temple was built in 2004 and today represents one of the most majestic temples in Koh Samui. It is widely popular among tourists who like to take pictures of the temple’s most iconic statues ‘’fat’’ Chinese Buddha and Kuan Yin with 18 arms. A huge lake with fish and turtles is surrounding this temple complex. 

Statue Image source: hallal.ramon

18 Arms Image source: dutko_mariana

Big Buddha Pier

Although most tourists visit this pier to catch a ferry to nearby islands, it is the perfect spot for watching the sunset over Koh Samui. 

Pier Image source: pong_pongsiri11

Ang Thong Marine National Park

The tour of the Ang Thong Marine National Park starts at the Big Buddha Pier. A day trip to this park will allow you to discover the other side of Koh Samui, with amazing beaches and great diving spots. 

National Park Image source: nxnxnx1570

Where to stay in Big Buddha 

Big Buddha area offers plenty of accommodation options since this area is the typical choice of the tourists who visit Koh Samui for the first time.

Our top recommendations are:

Affordable option – This simple hostel

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Moderate price –  This Serviced apartment with beautiful sea view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury optionThis high-end heavenly hotel

Where to stay in Koh Samui for nightlife – Chaweng 

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Chaweng is Koh Samui’s the place to go for nightlife. The most prominent place is Chaweng Beach where most tourists seek relaxation during the day, and as the night falls, they are moving to the streets along the Beach Road in search of the ideal bar or pub to party. Aside from many beach bars and modern clubs, this area is also home to various restaurants and the huge shopping complex on the whole island. 

Chaweng Image source: jrmhui

Things to see and do in Chaweng

As Koh Samui’s Party Central, Chaweng has numerous restaurants and bars to suit every tourist’s taste. Whether you prefer some relaxing beach bar or a modern dance club, Chaweng has plenty of options to choose from. 

Here are our recommendations: 

  1. Soi Green Mango 
  2. Soi Reggae 
  3. Ark Bar
  4. Bar Solo 
  5. Cha Cha Moon Beach Club

Soi Green Mango 

This is the most prominent street in Chaweng and home to the city’s nightlife symbol The Green Mango Club, the most iconic club of Koh Samui. 

Street Image source: road.to.knowhere

Party Image source: vishalzala1

Soi Reggae

Similarly to Soi Green Mango, Soi Reggae is a place where many pubs and bars are aligned one after another with Reggae Pub as the highlight. 

Bar Image source: ms.viktorrriya

Ark Bar

An energetic beach bar/restaurant has been one of the coolest places for partying on the beach for a couple of years now. 

DJ Image source: barkoviz

Solo Bar 

A quite modern place for starting the night out or watching major sporting events shown on the six plasma screens.

Solo Bar Image source: kaew_kapi

Cha Cha Moon Beach Club

Located at Chaweng Beach, this multifunctional place will leave you speechless since it is a great combination of the sandy beach and disco party. 

Night Out Image source: matthiasseibert

Where to stay in Chaweng 

Although Chaweng offers a wide range of accommodation options, it can be hard finding the perfect place to stay since the area can be quite crowded and packed with tourists. 

The most popular are: 

 

Affordable option – This Stylish and modern hostel with the private beach 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moderate priceThis Corner Lake View Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury optionThis lux hotel