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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Room

Moderate priceThis Corner Lake View Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury optionThis lux hotel

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.

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Bangkok

Eight best coworking spaces in Bangkok

Internet-based work offers plenty of advantages. There’s no need to leave your home and suffer terrible weather just to get to work. You’re not bound to one place, and can instead work wherever you please. You’re the master of your time, as you set up your own schedule.

Simply put, it allows you to take the opportunities you would otherwise have to miss. You can travel around in search of inspiration, or you may simply decide to bring some work with you when you go on vacation. The workaholics among you don’t even have to leave work to go on holiday they can have their cake and eat it too!

Pros and cons of working from home

To be perfectly honest, though, some of these advantages get old in no time. You don’t have to deal with traffic and bad weather, but you get a bit lonely without any colleagues to keep you company. Your time is your own, but more often than not, you’ll find yourself distracted by amazingly diverse issues. You’ll be hungry, and your fridge is just a few paces away. You’ll get a sudden urge to brush your teeth. And, well, seeing that your focus is a bit off today, you might just take a short nap and do the work a tiny bit later.

You don’t have to take days off work to travel, true. Still, when you do take your work with you on holiday, doesn’t it seem like an awful waste to spend half a day locked up in your hotel room?

A clever solution to all the problems associated with working from home is coworking space. It allows you to go out on the days you feel a bit restless. When you get stuck, a change of environment might be enough to get your productivity back on track. Coworking spaces are often organized and decorated in a way that boosts mood and motivation, so that is an additional plus. And, most importantly, they keep you from being cooped up in your room when on vacation.

Discover great coworking spaces in Bangkok

When you’re in Bangkok, the last thing you’ll want to do is stay in your apartment. Work or no work, you’ll want to go out and experience everything this city can offer. So, you see, finding a great coworking space is an imperative of a pleasant work holiday.

In a city of that size, it might be a bit intimidating to even try finding a good place to work. That is why this article offers you a list of eight best coworking spaces in Bangkok, organized by their proximity to the most popular tourist areas.

The Hive is our favorite coworking space in Bangkok

Source: The Hive (Thonglor)

The Hive is situated only 5 minutes by car from Thonglor BTS station, and it’s probably one of the largest and fanciest coworking spaces you’ll see. It occupies five floors, and there is a lounge area on the rooftop. The environment is beautiful and cozy, with plenty of sunlight and gentle color schemes, so it’s a great place to work.

Aside from the basics, they offer personal lockers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, and free beer and coffee. The Hive is open from 8 am to 8 pm, Mondays through Fridays, but it doesn’t work on weekends. They charge 350 THB/day.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: THB 350
  • Per month: THB 3,600
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

We loved these coworking spaces too

If you don’t love The Hive as much as we do, that’s perfectly fine. There are many more wonderful coworking spaces in Bangkok. Here are our favorites:

  1. Poolsub Space
  2. Hubba
  3. Kliquedesk
  4. E88
  5. ONEDAY|Forward
  6. Cluster

Coworking spaces in Riverside

Riverside is probably the most peaceful area of Bangkok. The traffic is less troublesome than in other, busier areas. It’s practically an oasis in the middle of an extremely urban environment. Unfortunately, coworking spaces are scarce there, so here’s our top pick.

Poolsub Space

Source: Poolsub Space

On the right side of the Chao Phraya River, Poolsub Space boasts a super convenient location for anybody staying in the Riverside area. They work Monday through Saturday, from 8 am to 8 pm, but are closed on Sundays. The prices start at 750 THB/day, and the space is pet-friendly.

When you get tired of all the hard work, there are options to pick from. They offer:

  • Free snacks;
  • Free tea and coffee;
  • An outdoor terrace and a chill-out area. 

Everyone needs a break from time to time, right?

Coworking spaces on Sukhumvit Road

If you’re staying somewhere in the Sukhumvit Road area, you’re probably enjoying the nightlife. You may not be sure where to go to get some work done, though. Some of the best coworking spaces Bangkok has to offer are in this area. Here are the most important ones.

Hubba

Source: HUBBA Thailand

Now, Hubba can be found in three locations. The first is about ten minutes from Ekkamai station. Prepare to be amazed: this coworking space offers a trampoline. If that is not enough for you, fine, it also provides standing desks, bean bags, scanning and printing equipment, and a separate Skype room. There’s an outdoor terrace, a chill-out area, and free beer. This is the only Hubba that accepts credit cards, and it works Monday through Sunday, from 9 am to 10 pm.

The second Hubba is at the Habito Mall Phra Khanong Nuea, and it’s open 24 h/day, seven days a week. Finally, the third is at the Siam Discovery, and this one is open 24 h/day, Monday through Friday.

For all three Hubbas, the prices start at 290 THB/day.

Kliquedesk

Source: Kliquedesk

Conveniently placed, Kliquedesk is only a five-minute walk from Sukhumvit downtown. It is also close to Nana BTS station. They offer free parking on-premise, ergonomic chairs, and free coffee.

The interior is painted bright yellow, which makes it a bit unusual in comparison to other coworking spaces, which usually favor neutral colors. Still, yellow is said to improve mood and increase optimism. So, if you’ve been feeling a bit down, this is the place that is most likely to cheer you up.

They are open from 9 am to 7 pm, Mondays through Saturdays, and charge 300 THB/day.

E88

Source: E88 Bangkok

E88 is located in—you’ve guessed it—the E88 Building. They offer printing equipment, personal lockers, and free coffee and drinking water. The location of the coworking space is great because the building has a large parking lot, and there are restaurants nearby for when you start feeling peckish.

The interior is interesting, with a few pops of color here and there and little plants scattered around on shelves. There is plenty of space, and the lighting is excellent.

Here you can pay 150 THB for two hours, or 300 THB/day. They are open every day from 9 am to 10 pm.

ONEDAY|Forward

Source: ONEDAY

ONEDAY|Forward is a part of a hostel, so it’s convenient if you want to go out of your room, but don’t feel like actually going somewhere else. If you don’t stay at the hostel, this coworking space is probably worth visiting even if you don’t have to work.

Simply put, it’s beautiful. It’s all in earthy and green, and it’s decorated with lots of plants in the corners, on the shelves, by the computer, and hanging from the ceiling. The atmosphere is great for creative work.

Other than pure beauty, this coworking space offers a ping-pong table, library, and a kitchen. There is a chill-out area and free coffee.

They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The price per day is 350 THB.

Cluster

Source: CLUSTER Office

Cluster is situated in SSP Tower in Ekkamai. They provide an extremely pleasant environment, 24-hour security, printing equipment, and a comfy chill-out area. There is a library and free coffee and tea. 

Opening hours are every day from 9 am to 6 pm, and the monthly membership will cost you 2,500 THB.

Where to Stay in Koh Phangan

Where to stay in Koh Phangan — our favorite areas

Koh Phangan is one of the districts belonging to the province of Surat Thani. It is an island located in the Gulf of Thailand in southeast Thailand. During the 1980s, tourism became one of the main sources of income and still is to this day. The Full Moon Party is the most well-known attraction among tourists and travelers and has largely contributed to the increase in popularity of the island.  

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Five best places to stay in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan can be approximately divided into four areas: the Northwest, the Northeast, the Southwest, and Haad Rin.

Here are our top 5 picks for places to stay:

  1. Haad Yao
  2. Ban Khai
  3. Thong Sala
  4. Haad Rin
  5. Thong Nai Pan
Best areas in Koh Phangan
Haad Yao First-time visitors.
Ban Khai For travelers on a budget.
Thong Sala For those wanting to stay long-term.
Haad Rin For travelers seeking fun and a good night out.
Thong Nai Pan For travelers looking for a relaxing and quiet place to stay.

Getting to and around Koh Phangan

You can access Koh Phangan from the mainland by ferry in Surat Thani and Chumphon. As far as getting around the island is concerned, you have several options: by motorcycle, by songthaew, and by boat.

Getting around by motorcycle is the easiest, most efficient, and arguably the cheapest way to move around the island. You can rent a motorcycle pretty much anywhere on the island. It’s important to note that you will most likely be asked to provide your passport when renting. Don’t worry—you’ll get it back once you return the motorcycle. Be careful of scammers, and make sure to take pictures of the motorcycle so that they can’t accuse you of damaging the ride and ask you for additional money.

If riding a motorcycle isn’t for you, you can always travel by songthaew. A songthaew is best described as a “mini truck” or “minibus” with benches in the back. The fare is negotiable, depending on the number of passengers, destination, and time of the day.

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Traveling by boat is best for exploration around the island, rather than the island itself. You can book a boat, or, as it is known in Thailand, a longtail boat, in any shop that offers tours around the island.

Where to stay in Koh Phangan for the first time—Haad Yao

Haad Yao is known for having one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. The white sand glistens in the sun, and it is perfect for relaxing. Here, you can see people sunbathing, swimming, playing beach volleyball, exploring the mesmerizing waters by diving or snorkeling, and enjoying other fun activities.

Things to see and do in Haad Yao

Here are some of our suggestions for things to do and see:

  • Relax on the beach
  • Eat at Pura Vida Cafe
  • Unwind at Rasta Home Koh Phangan

Relax on the beach

Bask in the warm Thai sun and have a relaxing holiday by spending time on the beach. You can swim, sunbathe, or have a relaxing walk on the beach.

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Pura Vida Cafe

Have a slice of Europe in Thailand. This restaurant serves daily specials in a pleasant atmosphere. It’s located close to the beach.

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Rasta Home Koh Phangan

Listen to the relaxing tunes of reggae with some cool and refreshing drinks. 

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Where to stay in Koh Phangan on a budget—Ban Khai

Ban Khai is known as a tranquil and quiet village that offers cheap accommodation and proximity to other areas on Koh Phangan. It is only a few kilometers away from another village with a similar name—Ban Tai—and the Haad Rin beach.

Things to see and do in Ban Khai

Here are some budget-friendly activities and places to see in Ban Khai:

  • Visit Wat Pho
  • Visit Yang Na Yai Tree
  • Watch the sunset on Ban Khai beach

Wat Pho

If you love exploring different religions and cultures, make sure to visit Wat Pho—a Buddhist temple located in the nearby village of Ban Tai.

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Yang Na Yai Tree

Yang Na Yai Tree is the biggest tree in Thailand, standing high at 53 meters. It is estimated that it is over 400 years old. Some villagers consider this tree to be sacred.

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Ban Khai beach

Head out to the beach and enjoy the breathtaking view of the sunset. 

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Where to stay in Koh Phangan long term—Thong Sala

Thong Sala is the main port and largest town on Koh Phangan. This is a great place to stay for a longer period of time, as it is the main port. It is home to a number of internet cafes, banks, ATMs, travel agencies, shops, and markets, as well as the post office. It provides you with all the things you need in your everyday life. It can also serve as a great starting point for exploring the rest of Koh Phangan and everything it has to offer.

Things to see and do in Thong Sala

Here are some of our suggestions for things to do and see during your stay here:

  • Dine at Nine Restaurant and Bar
  • Shop at Thong Sala Night Market
  • Visit the Jam Bar Koh Phangan

Nine Restaurant and Bar

Dine at this pleasant and inviting restaurant that serves Thai food, as well as food from American and British cuisine.

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Thong Sala Night Market

During the week, this famous market is open from 4 pm to 11 pm, and you can find an abundance of delicious local dishes and food for a low price. On Saturdays, you can also find all sorts of crafts and clothes. Note that the market closes a bit early on Saturdays— at 10 pm.

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Jam Bar Koh Phangan

Visit this bar during the night and hang out with the locals and enjoy some refreshing drinks. Musicians gather here for open mic nights and encourage people to go on stage and perform tricks, stand up comedy, or dance.

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Where to Stay in Koh Lanta

Where to stay in Koh Lanta, the relaxing island of Thailand

Koh Lanta is considered somewhat of a hidden gem in Thailand. Although budget travelers and backpackers have been visiting it for years, the island’s popularity with everyday tourists has recently skyrocketed as well. It’s becoming a top destination to visit in Thailand, especially for those coming for their second visit to the country.

Getting around Koh Lanta

When getting to Koh Lanta, chances are you’ll be coming from the Krabi International Airport. From there, you can choose to go to the island by ferry or minibus, which should cost you no more than $10 per person. If you want fast, private transport, taxis around the airport will be willing to take you there as well, although you should expect to pay up to $100. 

The island does not have any official public transportation system. Some locals offer a motorbike-taxi service to and from popular tourist spots, although you’ll have to bargain for the price. If you’re staying at a specific resort, you’ll find that most things you’ll be doing will be within walking distance. If you want to go around the island and require reliable transportation, your best bet would be to rent a vehicle. Most resorts, hotels, and tourist information centers will offer this service. Well-known rental companies such as Sixt, Hertz, and Budget Car Rental also operate within the area of the Krabi airport. The typical rental rates are:

Time One day Ten days
Car Around $30 Around $200
Motorbikes Around $20 Around $150
Bicycles Around $15 Around $100

These are the prices for average vehicles that are more than capable of getting the job done. Within these price ranges, you’ll find all types of cars: coupes, large family cars, SUVs, etc. If you’re willing to bargain at local rental service stations, you may get away with paying even less. However, only official rental companies offer commodities like car insurance.

Where to stay in Koh Lanta: our top three areas

Despite being relatively small compared to similar tourist destinations, Koh Lanta manages to bring a lot to the table. Everyone from budget-conscious tourists, families, backpackers, and even luxury travelers can find something to do around the island. The most populated areas also happen to be the most tourist-friendly, although plenty of nature resorts sit just outside of them. Here are the areas you should consider:

  1. Holiday Villa (Saladan)
  2. Klong Khong Beach
  3. Koh Lanta Old Town
Where to stay in Koh Lanta
Best for first-timers Holiday Villa (Saladan) A lively area with plenty of fun activities
Best for nightlife Klong Khong Beach A paradise for beach-party fans
Best on a budget Koh Lanta Old Town A small town with affordable prices and exciting history

Where to stay for first-timers in Koh Lanta—Holiday Villa

This aptly named area happens to be the most popular and tourist-friendly on the island. It’s located just down the road from Saladan Village, where you’ll likely be entering the island, either by sea or land.

What to see and do in Holiday Villa

  • Pra-Ae beach
  • Visit local food markets
  • Fat Monkey Restaurant

Pra-Ae beach

The beach offers typical tourist activities. You can swim, snorkel, or even dive. You’ll also find plenty of drink and snack bars with both local and popular foods. But the best reason to visit this beach is the gorgeous view at sunset. 

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Visit the local food markets

Although there are plenty of grocery stores, with even the famous 7-Eleven present on the island, this neighborhood’s rich food markets will provide you with the best food shopping experience of your life. Douse yourself in the smell and colors of local produce and enjoy bargaining for prices on things like fruit, vegetables, and fish. If you get hungry, try some local food on a stick—the typical way “to-go food” is served on the island. Visit early in the morning to buy fresh products and come back in the evening to enjoy the street food.

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Fat Monkey Restaurant

Located in the center of action in the area and ideal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant successfully blends traditional and modern food choices on its menu. You’ll find everything from traditional dishes to world-famous food like pizzas and burgers. They also add unique twists to popular foods by mixing them with Thai cooking. The restaurant is known for a large selection of wines and exquisite cocktail choices, making it a fantastic place to visit for drinks too.

Source: Fat Monkey — Koh Lanta

Where to stay for the nightlife in Koh Lanta—Klong Khong Beach

Koh Lanta island may not be the destination choice for tourists looking to party like there’s no tomorrow. However, Klong Khong Beach should not be underestimated. It has the highest concentration of clubs, bars, and restaurants that work well into the night. You will find everything from chill beach bars to big dancefloors. It’s also the place where you can expect to be surrounded by a younger crowd.

What to see and do in Klong Khong Beach?

  • 6ixcret Bar
  • Mushroom Bar
  • Khow Mhai Hom Restaurant

6ixcret Bar

Just south of Klong Khong, you will find a locally owned beach bar called 6ixcret. Visit throughout the day to enjoy affordable drinks and snacks or come back in the evening to catch the view of the sunset while enjoying a delicious cocktail. The bar also organizes beach parties occasionally. You can find all the info you need on their Facebook page.

Source: 6ixcret Bar

Mushroom Bar

Mushroom Bar is your typical beachside bar until sundown. At night, they host beach parties with unique twists. Every now and then, a fire breathing performance will take place at the beach for visitors to enjoy. The bar is full of crazy colors and encourages its visitors to play along by getting body paint on the spot. Take that, boring everyday clubs.

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Khow Mhai Hom Restaurant

Khow Mhai Hom is far from a typical restaurant. It’s a family-owned business that serves local cuisine freshly prepared on the spot. You can even watch as your food is being prepared. The restaurant owners are also environmentally conscious and serve food with natural, reusable materials. If you want to eat authentic, homemade Thai food, this is the place to visit.

Source: Khow Mhai Hom (Ory Baum)

Where to stay in Koh Lanta on a budget—Koh Lanta Old Town

On the eastern side of the area is a local fishing village known simply as Old Town. It’s the ideal area to have a quiet, relaxing vacation away from mass tourism. The area is less popular than the west coast, meaning the prices will be noticeably lower, particularly for items like food and souvenirs. The town also has historical significance that you can learn about at the local history museum.

What to see and do in Old Town, Koh Lanta

  • Khlong Chak Waterfall
  • Koh Lanta Culture History Museum
  • Snorkeling/Diving

Khlong Chak Waterfall

Ask the locals where you can get a bike taxi to the waterfall. If you have your own vehicle, you can use it as well, since the beginning of the trail has parking spaces. While the waterfall itself heavily depends on the rain from previous seasons, the hike through the jungle is also a great experience. It’s definitely the top nature visit on the island.

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Koh Lanta Culture History Museum

This small but surprisingly rich museum of local history is the ideal place to visit before you go out exploring the island. The museum is maintained by a retired teacher who has vast knowledge of the island’s history. You’ll get to learn about the different island settlers throughout the years and find out how their coexistence shaped the local culture to become what it is today. Sometimes, live local music events will be held at the museum. The entrance is free to enter but kindly accepts donations.

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Snorkeling/diving

Old Town may not have fancy tourist beaches, but what it does have is crystal clear water. Find a good place to swim, or ask the locals for directions. Enjoy the clean water and surrounding coral reefs. Pick up snorkeling gear at local shops or check for any diving tours at information centers. 

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Phuket

6 best coworking spaces in Phuket (and one worst)

Isn’t it nice to be able to pack your bags and go on your way without paying any mind to other people’s schedules? If there is one crucial benefit to nomad life, that has to be the wonderful independence that comes with it.

Still, even as a nomad, you have to work. Working and traveling at the same time can be both great and terrible. Face it—if you can go to a beach and sip a cocktail from a coconut, you’re likely to resent being forced to work.

Coworking spaces exist for that very reason—to make it easier for you to be productive, finish your work earlier, and be on your merry way! It can be difficult to choose a functional coworking space in the given area. If you’re going to Phuket, though, you don’t need to worry. There are plenty of good coworking places to choose from. Here are the six coworking spaces we loved, and one that we didn’t.

Hatch is our favorite coworking space in Phuket

Situated in Phuket town, Hatch is a well-organized coworking space. The interior is split into two parts. The front part is a café where you can work comfortably while chatting to the people around you. The back part is a quiet working space, where you sit and work in silence when you need to focus. The staff also sometimes enforce silence in this part, if asked to.

There are some meeting rooms which are on the smaller side. The largest of them only accommodates about 35 people.

Smoking is banned inside the space, but there is a patio in the back, where you’re allowed to smoke.

They offer large desks and comfortable chairs, and printers are available at extra charge. You get one free coffee per day included in the price, so you have to pay extra if you want additional ones. Tea, water, and snacks are free. There is also a popcorn machine you can use!

If you’re renting a car, it’s easy to find a parking spot. The AC is excellent, which means that it tends to get a bit chilly inside. Bring a hoodie if you don’t particularly enjoy the cold. You can find a seat away from the AC, or ask a member of the staff to adjust the temperature.

There’s one downside to this space – the men’s room tends to smell, even though it’s kept clean. It’s not a big deal, but if you’re sensitive to smells, you’ll want to find a spot away from the toilet.

Source: Tripadvisor

They’re open every day from 9 am to 10 pm. They charge 250 THB/day, 1500 THB/week, and 5700 THB/month. If you don’t want to pay for the whole day, there’s an option to pay 180 THB for 5 hours.

All in all, it’s a pleasant, cozy coworking space. It’s beyond any doubt our top pick for coworking in Phuket.

Basics
Pricing
  • 250 THB per day
  • 1500 THB per week
  • 5700 THB per month
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Every day from 9 am to 10 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes (max 35 people)
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Five more coworking spaces we loved

If our favorite place is not your favorite place for any reason, here are some other coworking spaces we loved. The other five great coworking spaces in Phuket are

  1. CocoWorking Space
  2. Garage Society
  3. Bayaco
  4. Regus
  5. Fin Hostel

Let’s take a closer look at each of them.

CocoWorking Space

Source: Coworker

CocoWorking space is proud to present to you what is probably the only place in Phuket without mosquitoes. Or, you know, with the lowest number of them anyway.

It is situated in Cocoville Boutique Villas Resort, on the second floor. It’s a minuscule coworking space, but they provide standing desks, free coffee, tea, and water. There is also free parking and an incredibly fast internet connection.

Since it’s a part of a fantastic resort, there’s a lot to do. There are fitness facilities nearby, as well as two swimming pools and a poolside bar. While this doesn’t necessarily help you work, it does ensure that you make the most of your breaks!

They work every day from 7 am to 10 pm, and charge 200 THB per day, 1300 THB per week, and 3000 per month.

Garage Society

Source: Garage Society

Garage Society is situated on Patong beach, which makes it extremely convenient for everybody who is staying there and doesn’t have an irresistible desire to travel to Phuket town every day to work.

There are standing desks and beanbags, which makes Garage Society a fairly comfortable place to work at. Printers and photocopiers are available, and there are personal lockers as well. Only water is included in the price, but there’s a café at the premises with a lot of choices at reasonable prices.

They are open Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 am to 7 pm. They charge 300 THB per day, 1400 per week, and 6000 per month.

Bayaco

Source: Coworker

Bayaco is a great and affordable option at the edge of Phuket Town. They provide a large hotdesk area and several meeting rooms, ranging in size. The smallest ones are suitable for four people, while the largest one can accommodate up to 70. It can be combined with the next largest into a huge meeting room for up to 120 people.

Some of the most exciting advantages of Bayaco are

  • A Ping-Pong table
  • A Skype room
  • Free coffee.

The place tends to be quite cold, so bring warmer clothes to be comfortable.

The price of a hotdesk is 150 THB per day.

Regus

Source: Regus

Regus provides a space for freelancers and businesses alike. There is a coworking area with hotdesks and dedicated desks, but there are also offices and meeting rooms.

It is a decent coworking space, with stable Wi-Fi, personal lockers, standing desks, and free coffee and water. The one fantastic aspect of the place is the location—Royal Phuket Marina. It’s easily one of the most charming sites in Phuket, so it’s bound to inspire you.

They are open Mondays through Fridays, from 8.30 am to 6 pm, and charge 5560 THB per month, both for hotdesks and dedicated desks.

Fin Hostel

Source: Coworker

Fin Hostel boasts a great location, only a 5 minutes’ walk from the Kata beach. They have standing desks, which are great for your back. There is printing equipment if you need it. The place is dog-friendly, and there’s a swimming pool.

This is a co-living and coworking space, and it’s excellent value for money. You can pay by the hour (100 THB), by day (500 THB), by week (3200 THB), or by month (12,000 THB).

There are some problems too. The parking space is limited, so there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to park nearby. If you’re planning on staying at the hostel, be aware that there’s no lift, which means you may have to climb to the fifth floor on foot, if you’re not lucky. The hostel is not great for vegetarians and vegans unless you enjoy having the same salad every day.

Asia Pacific Offices is our least favorite coworking space in Phuket

While this coworking space is fairly good for businesses, it is not digital nomad-friendly.

Basics
Pricing Contact them to find out
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving No

 

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Thailand

7 best (and one worst) coworking spaces in Thailand’s top cities for digital nomads!

Thailand is an all-time favorite for travelers and remote workers. It abounds with coworking and coliving spaces as well. Here we singled out some that we found appealing in different cities across the country:

  1. WOLF Co-Working Space, Bangkok
  2. The Hive, Prakanong, Bangkok
  3. Muchroom Coworking Space, Bangkok
  4. HUBBA, Ekkamai, Bangkok
  5. The Brick Space, Chiang Mai
  6. Hub53 Coworking and Coliving Space, Chiang Mai
  7. Garage Society, Patong Beach, Phuket

Let’s start with the bustling capital of Thailand — Bangkok!

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and its leading business center. Its towering skyscrapers and overall concrete jungle feeling are exceptional business driving forces. Remote workers and digital nomads always make sure to visit this one-of-a-kind place and get a taste of its unique energy. It comes as no surprise that the city is bursting with coworking spaces for the locals and foreigners alike, but it is impossible to test them all out. We found several that caught our eye, and here’s what we thought about them!

WOLF Co-Working Space

Source: WOLF Co-Working Space

WOLF Co-Working Space is a modern, bright, and exceptionally designed coworking space located in the Soi Surasak Road in Bangkok. It is located on five floors of a towering downtown building, overlooking the city through its many glass walls. What we liked about it was its contemporary design and the way each floor was envisioned.

The first floor is a relaxation station offering a pantry filled with numerous delicious snacks and tasty coffee, a shower room for when you need to freshen up, and an open deck for taking in some fresh air. There is also a three-person private office at this level.

The second floor has a comfy, spacious long-table working space that allows you to connect and exchange ideas and inspiration with other coworkers. There is also a 75 sqm event room, called the Life Space, that can host 20–50 people, and a Cave Room with a flat-screen TV and three-meter wallboard that is perfect for meetings of up to 10 persons. In case you need a break, there is a reading space with a library, beanbags, and lots of room for hanging out.

The third floor showcases another long table overlooking the pool, another Life Space for 15–20 people, and a Camp Room for up to six coworkers, with internet TV and three-meter longboard ideal for brainstorming.

The fourth floor features a coworking workstation with ergonomic chairs and Y-shaped tables with detachable partitions. The fifth floor encompasses a loft coworking space and a four-person private office.

This coworking space has something to offer for everyone, regardless of whether you are a foreigner or a local, solo or a team player.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: THB 290
  • Per week: THB 1100
  • Per month: THB 3500
  • Per month (Private office): starting from THB 21,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

The Hive, Prakanong

Source: The Hive Prakanong

The Hive that we loved is located in the Prakanong district in Bangkok, which is famous for its charming vibe. It has numerous restaurants and fast food options, as well as plenty of bars ideal for after-work cocktails. What better place is there for a coworking space?

The Hive is a world-renowned coworking space giant with offices all across Asia. It is undoubtedly one of the first places a digital nomad would look for when visiting a new city, and for a good reason. All of its locations are aesthetically beautiful and showered in lots of natural light, perfect for promoting creativity. Another bonus is that once you join as a member, you are welcome to pop in any The Hive space in any country you find yourself!

The Hive is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, stable Wi-Fi, and a variety of meeting rooms that can fit anywhere from five to 50 people. It is also famous for hosting regular events for promoting network-building among its members. Some of the most frequented ones are Happy Hour, Member’s Lunch, and in particular, Try Out Mondays when you can visit the place and enjoy free coffee and tea, internet, and hot desk, no strings attached!

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: THB 300
  • Per month: THB 3,600 (hot desk)
  • Per month: THB 6,000 (dedicated desk)
  • Per month: starting from THB 46,000 (private office)
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Muchroom Coworking Space

Source: Muchroom

Muchroom coworking space is one of the most rudimentary choices on our list. It currently offers neither the dedicated desk nor private offices or conference rooms. What garnered our attention is rather the quality of facilities it does provide.

Located in the affluent yet peaceful Phaya Thai district in central Bangkok, this coworking space was set up in an old but fully refurbished townhouse surrounded by lush greenery. The setting could not be more fitting for focused, productive work. It is the gathering place of local freelancers, entrepreneurs, and investors alike, but it is getting more visits from foreigners, too.

Apart from hotdesks and meeting rooms, Muchroom has an amazing garden lounge-area you can also work from. In line with its proximity to Wat Phai Tan, the revered local Buddhist temple, Muchroom hosts Wednesday Yoga classes for its members in its beautiful outdoor garden.

Although it may be somewhat underdeveloped for some, we’re sure Muchroom will prove perfect for those of you looking for a secluded, tranquil coworking space that is also conveniently within reach.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: THB 240
  • Per week: THB 1,085
  • Per month: THB 3,900
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am – 8 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

HUBBA, Ekkamai

Source: HUBBA Thailand

HUBBA, Ekkamai is situated in the downtown Bangkok area, in the vicinity of BTS (the Skytrain). Its accessibility is what draws many visitors to this coworking spot. It is also what makes it incredibly packed at times, which is what many online reviewers found as an unforgivable downside.

As a coworking space, HUBBA focuses on building a community of its members. It organizes regular meet-ups and also Power Lunch events once a month, during which members can socialize and try out new foods together. There are a vast outdoor terrace and chill-out area too, ideal for taking a break from work and chatting with somebody.

HUBBA is definitely not all work and no play — apart from free coffee, you can enjoy free beer and a hop or two on the trampoline!

Since its establishment in 2012, HUBBA has opened four more locations in Bangkok, Thailand. Given the fact that it doesn’t offer dedicated desks, it still gets overcrowded at times, in spite of having five locales in total. That is certainly a point to mull over before deciding to come here, as you may not find a free chair at the hot desk.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: THB 290
  • Per month: THB 3,900
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

There are even more awesome coworking spaces in Thailand! Chiang Mai has lots to offer!

Another city worth visiting on your way through Thailand is Chiang Mai. We found two places to accommodate different needs, so make sure to check them out.

The Brick Space

Source: The Brick Space

The Brick Space is located in the Mueang Chiang Mai District. It is within walking distance of downtown cafes, pubs, popular food carts, and restaurants.

What is unusual about it is that it is not your standard coworking spot. This one is run by the Technology Business Incubation Department of the Science and Technology Park, Chiang Mai University, and aided by the Thai Ministry of Science and Technology. It offers the Pre-Incubation Program designed to help young startups to learn and exchange ideas with established leaders in a given industry who can provide advice and support through workshops and lectures.

The downside of this coworking space is that it is generally oriented towards the local population. If you are looking to network with the locals, do give it a go, but keep in mind that a language barrier problem might appear.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: THB 250
  • Per week: THB 1,600
  • Per month: THB 3,700
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: Friday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday: Friday: 9 am – 9 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Hub53 Coworking and Coliving Space

Source: Hub53 Coworking and Coliving Space

Hub53 Coworking and Coliving Space is also located in the popular Mueang Chiang Mai District. It is within walking distance from the Nimman Road and easy to get to even for first-time visitors to Chiang Mai.

Unlike our previous choice, this one is the perfect digital nomad hub. It offers coworking spaces, coliving options, a kitchen, and numerous community-building events for its members. You can choose from a variety of hot desks and private offices, and you can also take a breather at the chill-out lounge or the outdoor terrace.

For those not wanting to stick around all day and are constantly on the go, there is an hourly entrance fee, which is a rarity among coworking spaces. If you do decide to make Chiang Mai your residence for the time being, you can use Hub53 coliving options. Don’t forget to set up your travel stand desk here, and your digital nomad experience will be complete!

Basics
Pricing
  • Per hour: THB 25
  • Per day: THB 189
  • Per month: THB 2,799
  • Per month: THB 12,000 (three-person private office)
  • Per month: THB 25,000 (eight-person private office)
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday: Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

Let’s take a look at Phuket

Phuket is a genuine tropical island with a perfect climate and long stretches of beach filled with coast-side bars and pubs. The place is not among the most luxurious or picturesque ones in the world but is still a frequent stop on many digital nomads’ routes. That is why it surely deserves mention on our list. Here’s what we liked in Phuket.

Garage Society, Patong Beach

Source: Garage Society

Garage Society in the Patong area is located in a well-known hostel, Lub d, roughly 100 meters from the beach. There are also other hotels, hostels, bars, and restaurants nearby, as this is the central tourist location in Phuket. Garage society coworking space is nevertheless secluded from the hustle and bustle even at peak tourist seasons, as the street where Lub d is situated in is a tranquil one. That combination is great for travelers who are looking for a spot to join work and pleasure.

The coworking space itself has a modern design and is set up with fast internet and equipment, such as a printer, scanner, and copier. Since it is inside a hostel, you can pull double duty and explore what it has to offer, too. We recommend taking up some professional Muay Thai lessons. No better way to get blood to your brain to boost creativity than by working out a sweat in a Thai boxing ring!

If you will also be coliving here, make sure you bring a travel stand desk with you to make your room a secondary working space. The prices at Garage Society are rather high, and if you want to save up a bit, you will need an alternative working spot. What better way than your very own carry-on desk!

Phuket is a rather transient place, and its coworking spaces cater mostly to tourists and people on the go, like digital nomads. It is unlikely that you will find regular members or a super crowded coworking space here. Garage Society also has coworking spaces in Makati, Siem Reap, and Hong Kong, so if you do become a member, you will be able to access those offices as well.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: THB 300
  • Per week: THB 1,400
  • Per month: THB 6,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving Yes

HATCH Coworking Space, Phuket Town is the least impressive coworking space we tried in Thailand

Source: Trip Advisor

HATCH Coworking Space is part cafe, part coworking space. If you don’t intend to stick around long, you can sit in the front section, near the window screen, use the Wi-Fi to send a couple of emails, and move on. If you want to stay a while longer, head to the back and take up a desk with a comfy chair to work from.

There is a shopping mall right across the street, so you can clear your mind from work from time to time there. You can also grab a bite, as HATCH doesn’t offer free snacks.

HATCH is a favorite spot, judging by online reviews. Still, if you are searching for conference rooms and dedicated desks, we suggest you keep looking.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: THB 250
  • Per week: THB 1,500
  • Per month: THB 5,700
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Did you like our selection of Thai coworking spaces? In our view, most of them seem to be exceptionally well designed and can cater to a variety of needs. Some are more oriented for locals, while others are perfect for globetrotters. All in all, we’re sure you’ll find something to your liking in Thailand!

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Chiang Mai

Coworking spaces in Chiang Mai: The fabulous 9

Isn’t finding a coworking space you like a terrible drag? You know the drill — you Google it, find some reviews, think it’s all good and well, and then you get there, find your spot… And the toilet smell reaches you. Not only does it smell, but it hits that not-so-sweet spot of smelling just enough to irritate you, but not enough for you to pack up your bag and remove yourself from that place forever. You know that you should leave a warning on Google for all other poor, unfortunate souls who might commit the same dreadful mistake as you, but by that point, you’ve already resigned to your fate. You’ll go on working, deeply aware that your ability to focus has suffered a blow from which it won’t recover until you find a new place to work.

To avoid such scenarios, you need to do your research before you start your trip. That way, you can make sure that the chances for nasty surprises are minimal. You can find accommodation and coworking spaces that are close to each other, which makes everything much more convenient. It takes some time and effort, though, so we’ve gone through the trouble of sorting out the info.

Where can you cowork in peace in Chiang Mai? Basically everywhere. Chiang Mai is incredibly nomad-friendly, and there are many places to work. Most of them are pretty good, but here are our favorites.

M-A-N-A is our favorite coworking space in Chiang Mai

Source: MANA co-working space

M-A-N-A is our fav coworking space in Chiang Mai. At the price of 120 THB a day without, and 150 THB a day with coffee, it’s easily one of the most affordable options. There are no monthly passes, but if you don’t intend to work full-time, you can pay by the hour instead of by day. Don’t assume that the fairly low price is indicative of low-quality service, though — it isn’t.

Wi-Fi is fast and reliable. You get one coffee if you pay 150 THB, but you can always get more, and it’s delicious. Snacks are also available for purchase, in case you get peckish. Should you get too immersed in your work and forget to grab a bite, it’s okay — there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and other food options conveniently close to the location. Tea and water are free, though, and the staff tops you up every half an hour or so throughout the day.

When it comes to the space itself, it’s on the smaller side. It tends to fill out in the afternoon, so make sure you arrive early enough to grab a spot. They provide comfortable chairs, and there are Skype and meeting rooms for an additional fee.

Maybe because of the small size and a limited number of people, M-A-N-A is possibly the quietest place we’ve visited. The owners are helpful and friendly, and, if you’re lucky, you may even meet this bad boy. He stops by from time to time to greet the cat people among the nomads.

Source: MANA coworking space

M-A-N-A is open from 9.30 am to 9 pm, Mondays through Fridays. Check it out next time you’re in Chiang Mai!

Basics
Pricing
  • 120 THB per day
  • 150 THB per day with coffee
High-Speed Internet Yes, two points
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9.30 am – 9 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices No
Phone booths Yes (Skype room)
Coliving No

Other places we loved

If you don’t like M-A-N-A, it’s not convenient for you, or you just don’t feel like getting up earlier to secure a spot there, there are other options.

Here are eight other great coworking spaces in Chiang Mai.

  1. Hub 53
  2. Punspace Nimman
  3. Punspace Tha Phae Gate
  4. Punspace Wiang Kaew
  5. StarWork
  6. Planter’s Coworking Space
  7. WakeUp Coffee
  8. WakeUp

Hub 53

Source: Hub 53

If you’d like to meet new people and make friends, look no further than Hub53. It is a co-living and coworking space, which makes it twice as convenient. It is located at 53 Chonprathan Road, within walking distance from CMU Main Stadium.

They offer comfortable chairs, standing desks, and free coffee, tea, and cookies. There is a kitchen area on the second floor and a salad and smoothie bar on the premises. You can order your salads to your desk, which makes everything much easier and more time-effective.

There are a few Skype rooms, meeting rooms with whiteboards, private lockers, and even a nap room with a comfy couch and a massage chair!

They organize weekly events for people who are co-living there, so that might be fun.

There are some downsides to Hub53, though. The internet tends to get quite slow when the place is relatively full. Depending on your work, this could make your life more complicated than it needs to be.

They will ask you to take off your shoes, too. If you don’t have the habit, it might be a bit weird for you. Still, it’s their way, and when in Rome…

Open hours
  • Every day from 8 am to 8 pm
Price Per hour 25 THB
Per day 189 THB
Per month 2,799 THB

Punspace

Punspace can be found in three locations:

  1. Nimman
  2. Tha Phae Gate
  3. Wiang Kaew.

These three locations share several characteristics, among which are the open hours and the price. All three boast reasonably fast internet and they all have AC. There is free coffee, tea, water, and cookies. They offer standing desks and ergonomic chairs, so these coworking spaces are remarkably comfortable.

Now, onto the specific characteristics of each.

Nimman

Source: Punspace

Aside from the general benefits of all Punspace locations, Nimman also provides printing equipment, as well as access to the kitchen and a Skype room. Monthly passes for Punspace are a great deal, but if you take a monthly pass for Nimman, you can use it for Tha Phae Gate. You’d be getting two spaces at the price of one, which is always great.

The space itself is quite cozy and, well, pretty. It’s full of light and really boosts your motivation.

There’s one possible downside, though — it attracts a lot of bromads. That means that the atmosphere is much more chill and much less conducive to hard work. This can be great if you can afford to relax while you work, but it can also be detrimental to your productivity.

Tha Phae Gate

Source: Punspace

If you like plenty of natural light and high ceilings, this is where you want to be. There are three Skype rooms, and the internet is more stable than in Nimman. The atmosphere is more serious, so fewer people play video games.

Like with Nimman, if you buy a monthly pass for Tha Phae Gate, you can use it to access both locations.

Wiang Kaew

Source: Punspace

This location differs from the other two in several aspects:

  • You can’t get a day pass. You need to buy a weekly or monthly one.
  • A monthly pass cannot be used to access the other two locations.
  • They host TEDx events.
  • You can purchase alcohol here, as there is an onsite café.

Aside from these differences, there is a big fat plus point which makes this Punspace our favorite Punspace — the garden. Wiang Kaew boasts easily the most delightful garden of any coworking space we’ve seen so far. If you enjoy working outside, this is absolutely the place for you. They even have a hammock!

Open hours
  • Every day from 9 am to 6 pm
Price Per day 289 THB
Per week 1,699 THB
Per month 3,899 THB

 

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Krabi

 

The Best Coworking Spaces in Krabi

Thailand seems to be one of those places every digital nomad wants to visit. If you’ve set your sights on visiting Krabi, you’d probably be interested to know what the best Krabi coworking spaces are. After all, we all know work never really stops for freelancers.

Despite Krabi being such a popular destination among freelancers, there is still a lack of options for coworking locations in the area. To help you plan your trip and find the best spot to work from in Krabi, we’ve put together a quick guide to some of the best coworking spaces in the area.

KoHub is Our Favorite Place to Work in Krabi

Image Source: KoHub

KoHub is a spacious coworking space located on the Koh Lanta island, easily accessible by the local ferry. It is about two hours away from Krabi Town, and right across the street from Phra-Ae Beach. Whenever you get tired of sitting in front of your computer, you can take a quick break and go for a swim. The owners of KoHub obviously counted on this, since the venue offers showers where you can rinse off before getting back to work.

And that is what KoHub is all about — the perfect blend between a modern environment equipped with high-speed internet and the tropical paradise that Krabi claims to be. What’s more, they have launched Project e.Ko Hub with the vision to become the most environmentally-friendly and sustainable coworking environment by 2022.

So what is it about KoHub that makes it our favorite pick? Most importantly, their internet is above all standards for Thailand — it even works during island-wide power outages. The venue is completely optimized to meet your every need — from complimentary beverages to ergonomic chairs, tasty food, available printer, scanner, and a copy machine, plug adapters, and Skype booths. Their pricelist includes different packages tailored to everyone’s needs and preferences. In short, whatever you want access to during your workday, odds are, you’ll find it right here.

The one thing that KoHub doesn’t have are standing desks. In case you’re traveling to Krabi and want to work from KoHub, we suggest bringing your travel stand desk with you.

Basics
Pricing
  • ฿400/day
  • ฿2,000/week
  • ฿6,500/month
High-Speed Internet 1 Gbps internet and fast Wi-Fi
Open Hours 24/7, year-round
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desks No
A/C Yes
Workspaces
Skype Booths Yes
Leisure Activities
  • Pool table
  • Board games
  • Table tennis
  • Yoga and Zen zone
  • Garden and walking track
Daytime Lockers Yes
Printer, Scanner, Copier Yes
Private Rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

If you’ve never been to Koh Lanta, we highly recommend that you check out this digital nomad lifestyle vlog:

Lekker Cafe is the Runner-Up on Our Krabi Coworking Spaces List

Image Source: Lekker Cafe’ Krabi Facebook Page

Lekker Cafe’ is located in Krabi Town itself, which makes it easily accessible for those of you planning to stay in the town. There are multiple supermarkets, grocery stores, and restaurants in the vicinity. Lekker Cafe’ also serves food, so you might not even need to leave the space during your workday.

Some things you might like about Lekker is the fact that they offer a wide range of items on the menu — including vegetarian-friendly meals — at affordable prices. There is also an outdoor area where you can smoke, and most tables have easy access to electrical outlets.

As Lekker is a blend between a restaurant and a coworking space, there are certain drawbacks. For instance, not all desks and chairs are comfortable enough for several hours of work. It can also get somewhat loud, as some people come here to mingle, not to work.

Basics
Pricing Per order (there is no fee for spending time in the coworking space)
Open Hours Every day, 8:30 am–7:00 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desks No
A/C Yes
Workspaces
Skype Booths No
Leisure Activities Cafe and restaurant
Daytime Lockers No
Private Rooms No
Coliving No

5 Coworking Spaces in Krabi We Also Love

Truth be told, there aren’t many coworking spaces in Krabi in the narrowest sense of the word. However, there is a number of cafes that are laptop-friendly, where you can relax over a cup of coffee or tea and work away. Here are some of our top picks.

Zoo Cafe in Krabi Town

Zoo Cafe is a cute little cafe located in the very center of Krabi Town. It is surrounded by hotels and hostels, so there is a pretty high chance you’ll be staying in its vicinity. Other amenities located in the vicinity include the Vogue Shopping Center, the Night Market, and a post office. The cafe is open every day from 8 am to 4 pm.

 

Image Source: Zoo Coffee Krabi Facebook Page

Glur Hostel in Ao Nang

Those of you who prefer staying in hostels will be happy to hear that Glur Hostel offers free Wi-Fi to its guests. The common area is spacious and equipped with tables, chairs, hammocks, and a little kitchen. The hostel also offers other amenities and activities, such as:

  • A pool surrounded by a scenic garden,
  • Free rentals of books, DVDs, and mats for the beach,
  • An array of tours,
  • Car and bike rental.

Image Source: Glur Hostel

Nomad Hostel in Pak Nam

Nomad is another hostel that offers free Wi-Fi to its guests. What’s more, it is adults-only, which means you won’t have to worry about being disrupted by noise while working. Each room has air conditioning and a patio.

There is a handful of places of interest in the vicinity of the hostel, such as:

  • Wat Kaew Korawaram, a Buddhist temple,
  • Weekend Night Market, a shopping event held every weekend, and
  • Andaman Cultural Study Center and Museum.

Image Source: Nomad Hostel

Sprucy Cafe in Krabi Town

Sprucy Cafe is quickly becoming popular among coffee lovers — they have a great reputation for serving some of the best coffee in Krabi Town. The establishment is located just outside of the downtown area, which means you will be able to get away from the hustle and bustle. There is a separate coworking area in the back of the cafe. Sprucy is open every weekday from 7:30 am till 6 pm, as well as from 8:30 am till 7 pm on the weekends.

Image Source: Sprucy Cafe

Termsuk Bar & Restaurant in Ao Nang

Further away from Krabi Town, in the Ao Nang Area, Termsuk Bar & Restaurant is a part of the Srisuksant Resort. They boast a high-speed internet connection and proximity to the beach.

Fruit Tree Coffee Shop on Koh Lanta Island

Fruit Tree Coffee Shop is another Koh Lanta gem. It is a part of Fruit Tree Lodge, which means you can also get accommodation here. The coffee shop is open from 7:30 am until 5 pm every day of the week except for Thursdays.

Image Source: Fruit Tree Lodge

Other Coworking Spaces in Krabi

Do none of the spots we listed seem like your cup of tea? Don’t worry, there is a handful of other options you can choose from. While none of them are coworking spaces per se, they do provide all the basic things you’ll need to get the job done. During your search for the right Krabi coworking space, we suggest you consider:

  1. Talardkao Balcony Krabi
  2. 89 Cafe
  3. Lali’s Birdnest Cafe
  4. Lion&Shark