CALLING ALL EXPATS IN KOH SAMUI!!!
Today, I’m throwing it back to my month spent in Koh Samui, Thailand this January in order to address a BIG elephant in the room: strong & reliable WiFi!!
The WiFi in my AirBnB apartment was horrible (which I’m noticing is a trend in Thailand’s AirBnBs), so I was pretty much forced to get out and there and find the best coffee shops/workspaces around the island since this info was NO WHERE to be found on the internet.
That being said, I’ve made it my job to bring this knowledge to the masses!
My first-researched location: Koh Samui…..Follow along with the map to orient yourself and find the exact address of each location. Each location on this list has superb high-speed internet, but keep reading to see a detailed list of pros and cons for each place.
1. Eden Bungalow’s Restaurant
This place is probably one of the most classy, aesthetically-pleasing on the list. The interior inside could be described as modern Bali chic with dark wood chairs, brass Buddha statues, and antique lighting fixtures hanging from the ceiling. Just order a water, coffee, or some lunch here and you’re free to enjoy their strong WiFi signal all day long!
Pros: Upscale interior design, air-conditioning and fans, comfortable pillow-top nooks for working, healthy international and Thai menu, pool table & full bar for when you finish your work!
Cons: Lack of charging sockets, turns into a busy restaurant at round 7 O’clock, shared bathroom with Eden Bungalow guests (who use the bathroom after using the pool, so it gets very…wet lol)
2. Karma Sutra Restaurant & Bar
I fell in love with this place because of its hippie-chic vibe and super friendly service. Plus, when it comes to both their food menu and view of the beach, it beats all the others on this list! I definitely recommend coming here for some lunch, then turning your table into a mini office!
Pros: Friendly and attentive service, view of the beach/fisherman’s pier, cheap prices, 2 private bathrooms for customers, laid-back vibe perfect for working several hours
Cons: Lack of charging sockets, wooden chairs can get uncomfortable after hours of sitting in them, no AC, they tend to play the same 15 song CD on repeat (so bring headphones if you plan on staying a long time!)
3. Son F Beach Bar
This was probably my favorite “office” in Koh Samui- my picture doesn’t even begin to do it justice! Son F Beach is essentially a bar, but the loft upstairs is dedicated to being a workspace. The design is reminiscent of a modern LA beach bar, and even has bean bag chairs for those looking to get a little more cozy! If that’s not your thing though, they have 3 large tables where you can set up shop!
Pros: Comfortable, diverse seating, abundance of charging sockets, the best cocktails in Koh Samui at the bar, attentive waiter service (who frequently come to check on you up in the loft!), an interior design that will make you feel like you’re back in your hometown if you’re from the Western Hemisphere, very few people know about this loft so there’s a lot of privacy, private bathroom for customers, good AC
Cons: The bar doesn’t open until 5 PM, can get loud at around 10 PM (especially on weekends) as bar-goers arrive, the steps leading up to the loft are steep without a railing (which can get annoying after taking several trips to the bathroom lol)
4. Starbucks in Bophut (pictured on map) & Chaweng
I loved going to Starbucks here for a few reasons: the WiFi is the strongest you’ll find (strong enough to FaceTime clearly), it cured any ounce of homesickness I’d get from time to time, and you’re always guaranteed a great iced coffee!
Pros: the strongest WiFi around, a taste of home, an abundance of seating and seating options (couches, cushioned chairs, high-top chairs/tables), strong AC (but read below), great American iced coffee- something I learned is very different from Thai iced coffee, and you’re surrounded by a lot of other workers, which was motivating
Cons: I can only personally speak for the Bophut location, but….the bathroom is not located in the shop itself but around the corner (and I almost got trapped in this one lol), a lack of charging sockets, the temperature can get FREEZING inside, this location can mainly only be accessed by a bike or car, rather than walking, as it’s on a major road
5. The W Hotel Pool
This spot is definitely the most high-class and expensive on the list, but you can probably see and understand why. The W Hotel, no matter the location, is renowned for its first-class locales, chic designs, and overall luxurious atmosphere. You may not be able to make this your go-to workspace, and the price of free WiFi may have to be accompanied by a pricey lunch bill, but it’s definitely worth a visit one day!
Pros: Beautiful views of the ocean, tons of comfortable seating options, great international food menu, live DJ playing a laid-back soundtrack, top-notch service
Cons: The prices, sometimes a pretentious vibe from surrounding hotel guests, a bit out of the way (you need to take a taxi unless you plan on walking a ways on a secluded dirt road off the main highway to arrive at the hotel), not the best place for peace and quiet if that’s something you need while working, most of the seating is outside in the sun with limited seating in the shade
I hope this WiFi guide helps out any expats and digital nomads living in Koh Samui at the moment!! It took me about a month to discover each of these places, so I’m super excited to be able to share this information with the digital world. If you have any more places to add to the list, please let me know! ❤️