The Taco Shack is a true backpackers hostel - an island escape where meeting fellow travelers is as easy as dropping your bags. We have 60 comfortable beds in air-conditioned rooms with WIFI, hot showers and lockers. We have a pool table in the common area, plus a 50-inch flat screen for movie nights and quiet afternoons.  During the day the patio is a great place to lounge in the shade or make new friends, and in the evening it is a popular happy-hour spot for guests, locals and hungry travelers craving tacos and burritos with our signature island twist.

KhaiMichaelJuliewithguestsThe Taco Shack is a social hostel but not a wild party hostel. Early in the night we party; flip-cup, beer-pong, pub quizzes and when the time is right we take the party to Sairee Beach (where our guests enjoy drink discounts at local bars!) We are located in a quiet neighborhood so those who choose to stay-in for the night can enjoy peace and quiet on our garden patio or a chill night in the dorms with hundreds of movies and TV shows to choose from!

We are travel junkies who never went home and our goal is to make sure that our guests have an unforgettable island experience. We are always happy to unfold the map and take the mystery out of the Gulf of Thailand’s best destination. We’ll show you how to find the popular beaches and the secret ones too. We’ll give you advice about where to eat in Mae Haad, Sairee and Chalok Bay. If you want to rent a motorbike we know the safest places to go. If you are looking to get your scuba certification we can help with that too!

Koh Tao can be an action filled adventure or an idyllic place to do nothing at all. How you spend your time here is up to you. Let us know what you are looking for and we will do our best to make sure that Koh Tao is the highlight of your journey through South East Asia. 

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Phone: +66 077 456 152


KhaiName: Khai
Position: Founder/Co-owner
Hometown/Country: Boston, USA
Favorite Beach on Koh Tao: What are those?
Favorite Bar: Can’t remember
If your life had a sound track what song would follow you: Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot
Favorite quote from the Taco Shack walls: “If you pee on my bed, I’ll pepper spray you.



JulieName: Julie
Position: Co-owner
Hometown/Country: Belgium/Thailand
Favorite Beach on Koh Tao: Shark Bay/Thaing Og Bay
Favorite Bar: Fizz Lounge
If your life had a sound track
what song would follow you: Happy – Pharrell Williams
Favorite quote from the Taco Shack walls: “I’m not crazy, my reality is different than yours.”