Koh Lanta is a beautiful island in Krabi Province, Thailand. Less hectic than neighbouring Koh Phi Phi but with plenty to enjoy, Koh Lanta is a terrific destination for backpackers who want to unwind with a slower pace of life. There are accommodations to suit everyone, from solo explorers and backpacking couples to travelling families and groups of friends. Here are ten of the top hostels for backpackers in Koh Lanta.
Close to Phra Ae Beach (also known as Long Beach), Funky Fish Hostel is a sociable backpackers’ base in Koh Lanta. Keep with the theme and get a pair of novel fish slippers for your stay! There are mixed and female-only dorms and you’re sure to feel right at home in the on-site restaurant. Order a variety of Thai dishes to share with your new pals and dine outside on the wooden terrace. Other creature comforts include laundry facilities, luggage storage, and free Wi-Fi, and the hostel has bicycles for rent. Alternatively, you can conveniently book tours with the helpful members of staff.
Let It Bee Econo Hostel is just off the main road that runs close to Koh Lanta’s Long Beach. The mixed dorms sleep six, and there’s also a private double room (with shared bathroom) to suit backpacking couples. You’ll find free toiletries in the bathroom and Wi-Fi is also free. Quite unusual for a Thai hostel, Let it Bee has a well-equipped kitchen that guests can use to prepare their own meals. You can rent scooters and bicycles at the hostel to make exploring Koh Lanta a breeze, or you can maximise your time with one of the tours. Tours include trips around Koh Lanta and to nearby islands, some of which also include snorkelling.
Rx Hostel has a great location next to the sands of Klong Nin Beach. One of the most popular beaches in Koh Lanta, Klong Nin attracts people from all around the island to watch the stunning sunset. There are many restaurants and bars close to the beach that offer awesome views of the setting sun and changing colours of the sky. The mixed dorms have bunk beds with curtains for privacy at bedtime. There’s a common area with a fridge and microwave, as well as outdoor seating.
Blanco Hostel at Lanta is close to Long Beach. Each bunk in the mixed dorms has its own reading light and power outlet for your convenience and comfort. There’s an on-site restaurant / bar where you can mingle; unwind with a glass or two of Thai beer and tuck into tasty food as you look across the garden. Take your favourite book and chill in one of the hammocks or rent a bike to discover your surroundings.
Just a short distance from the beach, Best Stay Hostel At Lanta provides great views of the green mountains to its rear. It has mixed and single-gender dormitories in different sizes, and beds have curtains for privacy. Under-bed lockers add to your peace of mind. Breakfast is included in the price and the hostel has a restaurant / bar. There’s a TV in the common area if you just can’t bear to miss your favourite shows. Other plus points include laundry facilities, luggage storage, car parking, and free Wi-Fi.
Koh Lanta’s Peacock Hostel certainly lives up to its name, with plenty of bold patterns, vibrant colours, eye-catching artwork, and quirky touches. There are cheery and comfy dormitories for 18 and four and lower bunks have privacy curtains. A place for backpackers to meet and mingle, the hostel has a fabulous common area with tables and chairs, beanbags, hammocks, floor cushions, and a foosball table. Food and drink is available from the on-site restaurant / bar. The hostel can be found in the north of Koh Lanta, close to the bridge that connects the two islands of Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi.
Lanta Long Beach Hostel is a modern hostel with terrific amenities. The 12-bed mixed dorms are spacious and clean, and all guests have their own electronic safe right next to their bed as well as a personal reading light and power socket. Lockers are also provided for larger items, such as clothes and backpacks. Bathrooms have rainfall showers and free toiletries. Other features include free Wi-Fi and parking, an on-site restaurant, and laundry services. What really makes Lanta Long Beach stand out, however, is its outdoor swimming pool. Cool off in the heat with a swim and catch some rays from the sun loungers.
Clean, secure, sociable, and modern, Hub of Joys Hostel can be found near Long Beach. There are mixed and single-gender dorm rooms and all beds have curtains for privacy come bedtime. Rooms are secured with pin pads. The hostel has a restaurant and all guests can start their day full of energy with a free English breakfast. Other freebies include Wi-Fi, toiletries, and parking. There are indoor and outdoor seating areas where you can swap travelling tales and tips with other guests.
Bubu Lanta Hostel is built in a traditional Thai style using bamboo. An attractive hostel, it sits close to Long Beach (Phra Ae). Affordable prices make it a top choice for beach-loving budget-conscious backpackers. The compact dormitories sleep both men and women. Bathrooms are spacious, modern, and clean. The grounds are great for relaxation and there are various outdoor seating areas to choose between. Chill out at the bar when you’re not out and about exploring or basking on the beach.
Baan Mook Anda Hostel is suitable for solo travellers, couples, and groups of friends; it has dorm rooms and private en suite double rooms. No children are allowed, giving the hostel a grown-up feel. Breakfast is free each morning. Beach shuttles are available for an extra charge, or you can rent bicycles and scooters for convenience. Do be careful on the roads, though! You can also book a variety of trips if you want to explore and, if you want to take it easy, the hostel has a sunny terrace. The hostel is conveniently located for the main pier.