Located between beautiful Krabi province and lively Phuket island, Koh Phi Phi is an extremely popular and beautiful island, home to scenic beaches, gorgeous bays and super fun bars. With so much on such a small island, hotel prices certainly aren’t as cheap as other islands in Thailand, and can take a real dint out of your travelling budget. Fortunately, there are some great, affordable hostels to stay in instead – here’s our pick of them.
Arguably the place to stay on Koh Phi Phi, Ibiza House is known for its fantastic pool parties that happen three times a week. Guests can expect to have the time of their lives listening to DJs play the latest tracks whilst they bust shapes and have a drink, all with the unbeatable backdrop of the beach and the sea. The rooms are great too; modern, spacious and with great views looking out onto the bay, it’s a real gem of a hostel at a great price. With both dorm rooms and private rooms available, any kind of visitor to Phi Phi is welcome here – providing they packed their dancing shoes.
Stones Bar is your archetypal party hostel located right on Loh Dalam beach – one of the raucous beaches on the island. With that in mind, you can’t expect a comfortable or peaceful night of sleep here – but you can count on having a great time with plenty of other travellers. The bar attached to the hostel serves cheap drinks all night, and even has its own fire show, meaning guests are treated to unforgettable experiences on the island. Its beachfront location provides the ideal location in which to recover from the previous night’s antics, and makes it a perfect and affordable place to stay on Koh Phi Phi.
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As a Western-owned hostel in the heart of Koh Phi Phi, you can count on clear communication, which is a thing that’s not always easy to come by in Thailand. As a result, you can expect a comfy stay here; the WiFi is fast, the air con runs all night (unlike some hostels in the area) and there’s a strong focus on security and safety, with keycard entry, curtains around all bunks and cameras keeping an eye out for you. It’s not a party hostel, but the beautiful of Phi Phi is that you only have to walk for a few minutes to find something going on, and the fact it doubles-up as a travel agency means you’ll not be short on things to do. Modern and clean, and with both private rooms and dorm rooms available, it’s a sound and affordable base for anyone who comes to the island.
Located just a couple of minutes away from the nightlife on foot, Freedom Hostel provides the perfect place to stay if you’re wanting to get involved in action but you’re also keen to get some sleep. It’s a modern hostel, with good air conditioning to ensure you’re comfortable. The bunkbeds are new, and aren’t the rickety metal types you might be used to in Thailand. The jungle-esque exterior and minimalist decor inside the hostel help to create a sense of calm and peace, and the communal lounge is great for meeting other people. It’s a step up from the majority of the hostels on Koh Phi Phi in terms of quality, though it’s still extremely affordable.
A good host and friendly staff can make or break a hostel, and that’s what makes the Hangover Hostel so great. The manager truly cares about the enjoyment of his guests, encouraging them to socialise where possible and also providing expert advice free of charge. Just ten minutes from the ferry pier and a stone’s throw from the beach, it’s a great location at a great price, as well as a home away from home here on the island.
Few hostels can boast that their common area has a view of the sea, yet that’s what Blanco offers and more. A typical beachside hostel, Blanco also has a restaurant serving Thai and international food choices and is just a short walk to the fire shows and beach parties that have put Koh Phi Phi on the map. A beautiful base for any adventures on this enchanting island.