Koh Phangan is perfect for both beach bums and party animals, and fortunately enough travellers needn’t break the bank to enjoy all it has to offer. Here are the top backpacker hostels on the island.
With successful hostels all over Thailand, Slumber Party is a well-trusted brand and its Koh Phangan venture certainly doesn’t disappoint. Despite focusing more on the “party” than the “slumber” aspect, incredible parties aren’t the only things that Slumber Party does right. As well as showing guests how to go hard, Full Moon style, through the day they have a number of tours and adventures around the island that show there’s more to Koh Phangan than slamming shots and busting shapes. The hostel itself features a number of dorms that are modern and clean, as well as equipped with air-conditioning and electric fans. Guests can enjoy free coffee and popcorn, free towels and even free alcohol and BBQs during the full moon — and it’s these little touches that take a hostel from good to great. Extremely social and super fun, it’s a top place to stay on the island.
If you’re coming to Koh Phangan for the famous Full Moon Party, the Our House hostel is a great place to stay. Well-kept and clean despite its proximity to the action, it’s also located right on Haad Rin beach itself, meaning you won’t have far to stumble home when the party eventually dies down. It has a fun, social vibe thanks to its bar, pool table and communal spaces, which means you’ll also be in for a good time regardless of whether you’ve timed you visit to the lunar cycle or not. Rooms are basic but have air-conditioning, and also come with lockers to ensure guests can keep their belongings safe, ensuring peace of mind whilst you enjoy yourself.
A hostel for a bargain price on the beach? Sometimes dreams do come true, and that’s certainly the case at Echo Beach Backpackers. The bathrooms are shared, and the rooms are a little basic and dated, but location is everything and you can’t get any better than here. Situated a hop, skip and a jump from an inviting beach, Echo offers its guests the opportunity to sample beach life at an affordable price, and its beachfront bar and restaurant are great places to hang out, meet other travellers or simply to enjoy the gorgeous views. The hostel is also known for its parties, with guests from other places coming by for an unforgettable night, so it’s perfect for those looking to take advantage of Koh Phangan’s vivid nightlife.
Whilst its rooms may look basic, they’re comfortable, and it’s comfort and ease that are central to the hostel’s theme. As well as providing you with a bed, a place to store your luggage and communal spaces to meet people, they also help guests to find any tickets or tours they need, and will even sort them with motorbike rentals. These little touches help to make your stay in Koh Phangan the relaxing, gentle break it should be — and the hammocks on-site certainly contribute towards this, too. Whether it’s a place to crash after the Full Moon Party or a base from which you can explore the island, it’s bound to be a comfortable stay with people who’ll do their best to help give you a trip to remember, without any undue stresses.
What sets apart the Phanganist Hostel from most hostels on the island is its modernity and taste. Instead of garish paint jobs and rickety, metal-framed bunk beds, Phanganist opted for a modern, monochromatic style with its dorms. They rejected bunk beds in favour of capsule-style beds that allow for greater privacy and comfort. Subtle touches such as bamboo throughout the property give it an unmistakably Thai feel. When you consider further its inviting pool and welcoming communal spaces, there’s no wonder that travellers love it here; it’s a hostel for the discerning backpacker.
When you come to Phangan Area, you should know that things are done a little differently here. As well as a hostel with all the usual amenities you would need, it’s also a sports complex, where guests can enjoy the pool, football courts, volleyball nets and much, much more during their stay. A hostel with a fun, young vibe that brings its guests together through sports activities and stellar communal spaces, its perfect for both lone travellers and groups of mates and is bound to be one of the more memorable hostels of your travels — for all the right reasons.
If hostels are meant to look cheap and undesirable, then the folks over at Amstardam Backpackers never got the memo. Whilst it may be on the side of a hill rather than down by the beach, this works in their favour; their deck, complete with comfortable traditional Thai roll mats, features stunning views of the sea and is worth the hostel price alone. By day, it’s calm and serene, but as the night approaches guests gather to watch the sun set into the sea, before getting to know one another with drinks and a dance. Rooms are basic but kept clean, whilst the air-conditioning ensures a pleasant stay in paradise.