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Thailand wouldn’t be one of the most popular backpacker destinations in the world if it didn’t have masses of fun, affordable hostels to stay at. With the new friends you meet, you can party under the full moon on Koh Phangan, tour the ancient Buddhist temples of Chiang Mai, explore the legendary beaches of Koh Phi Phi and Krabi province or step out on the Khao San Road in Bangkok, the choice is yours.
Bunk Boutique Hostel offers loft-style lodging close to Chiang Mai‘s popular restaurants and attractions. There are private rooms with double and twin beds, as well as six four-bed dorms and three six-bed. All rooms include air-conditioning plus a bedside plug and light, and a privacy curtain in the dorms. Shower gel and shampoo are a welcome bonus in the bathrooms.
NapPark Hostel @ Khao San offers a party atmosphere at a low price. Budget travellers flock to this hostel as a base for a great night out. In addition to Khao San Road, this area is also home to some of the best sights and attractions in Bangkok, such as Wat Phra Kaw, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Pho. There are mixed dorms and female-only dorms, are on offer. There’s a library and free magazines and games to enjoy and the helpful staff will help make your stay a memorable one.
A good host and friendly staff can make a hostel and so it is with the Hangover Hostel, where the manager really cares about the enjoyment of his guests, encouraging them to socialise where possible and also providing excellent advice on what to see and do on the beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi. You’re just 10 minutes from the ferry and a stone’s throw from the beach.
Situated in Ao Nang, Krabi province’s premier beach destination, Slumber Party is a hostel for those who wish to enjoy some revelry on the beach. The hostel has its own bar and staff organise island tours and bar crawls. It’s not all partying, though – Slumber Party has long organised a weekend beach clean-up in Ao Nang, helping those who pass through to become responsible travellers, and rewarding them with a beer for their efforts.
Heading to the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan? Look no further for a place to stay than the Lazy House Shenanigans in Haad Rin. You’ll find an awesome pool, barbecue facilities and communal areas, plus music legend-inspired dorms and private rooms and a restaurant and bar. A free warm-up bucket is offered on Full Moon Party nights, and the ideal hangover breakfast will be waiting for you the next morning.
Carl Pettit contributed additional reporting to this article.