Save money, meet new friends, and have a ball when you stay at one of Phuket’s best hostels.
Phuket is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. The nation’s biggest island, it attracts beach lovers, party animals, and people looking for a diverse vacation filled with plentiful opportunities for both relaxation and adventure. Solo and budget travellers needn’t despair at the island’s higher-than-average costs; there are many fabulous hostels where you can stretch your funds further and socialise with other cool folk. Check out our recommendations and have a great stay in Phuket.
Vibes Party Hostel
Vibes Party Hostel | Courtesy of Vibes Party Hostel/Hostelworld
Fun-loving party people are sure to have a blast at Vibes Party Hostel. Start the fun with a few drinks in the sociable bar, a game of beer pong, or a playoff at the pool table and then head to the famous Bangla Road for a wild night. There are nightly parties in the hostel where you can meet heaps of new drinking buddies. The swimming pool is a top place to chill and shake off your hangover, ready to start all over again come nightfall. Cook up some comfort food in the kitchen or order something tasty from the restaurant. You’ll also find tours, scooter rentals, and round-the-clock reception. The air-conditioned mixed dorms sleep four or six, and there are four-bed dorms for just females too.
Boasting an edgy industrial appearance, you can expect whitewashed and bare brick walls, large windows, gleaming metalwork and rustic wooden touches at the quirky Pause Kathu. The four-bed mixed dorms have their own bathroom and are air-conditioned, while couples who love the hostel life can check into an en suite double room. The cosy common area is a top place to chill and trade travelling tales. At the heart of Phuket island, Pause Kathu is about halfway between Phuket Town and Patong; having your own transport is an ideal way to discover the island.
Located in Phuket Town, The Neighbors Hostel is housed within a beautifully restored historic building. With Peranakan-style furnishings and decor, the hostel transports visitors back to the Phuket of old. Ornate ceramics, olde-worlde photographs, and interesting wall art catch the eye, and the immediate surroundings let guests experience the local way of life. Far enough from the tourist crowds to feel relaxed and traditional, the hostel is still, nonetheless, within easy reach of the town’s major attractions and amenities. The hotel’s cafe and common areas attract both guests and locals, allowing you to meet a diverse range of people. High ceilings help to make rooms feel spacious and airy. Dorm beds have curtains and under-bed lockers and there are both mixed and female-only dorms. Couples can enjoy some romance in the private double rooms. A basic breakfast is included in the price.
The homey vibes are strong at the warm and welcoming Baan Baan Hostel and it’s a fantastic place to make genuine connections and feel like you are part of the family. Located in the heart of Phuket’s historic old town, there are many historic buildings to admire and a wealth of nearby attractions to keep you busy. A free continental breakfast is served each morning and guests have full use of the communal kitchen. There are indoor and outdoor spaces where you can relax and meet others. Beds have privacy curtains in the eight-person dorms and there are private en suite rooms for couples, families, and best mates.
Who says that staying in a hostel can’t be a little bit fancy? Glam it up and inject a little luxury into your stay when you book L’atelier Poshtel Phuket. Designed like an art gallery, there are visual treats everywhere. Even the spotless single-gender bathrooms are gorgeous! There are striking mixed and female-only dorms for four and eight, all with beautiful decor, high quality furnishings and bedding, and air conditioning. The pod-like beds provide privacy while you snooze and have a personal reading light and power sockets. En suite private rooms are available too. Access is by key card and there’s a well-equipped shared kitchen, tour desk, and hangout area. The hostel is in a quiet location just outside of Phuket Town.
Located in historic Phuket Town, Aekkeko Hostel is housed within a charming Sino-Portuguese building that has plenty of character. The immediate locale has tons of cool street art and there are lots of stunning architecture to admire too. Close to the bus station, it’s easy to get around the island by public transportation. A friendly hostel where you’ll immediately feel at home, night times are quiet for a good night’s sleep. There’s a bar and well-equipped kitchen as well as BBQs. Start your day with a complimentary continental breakfast. Guests can lounge and mingle in the common area, which has a TV, a selection of games and books. The air-conditioned mixed dorms sleep eight, and privacy curtains, single-gender showers, and lockers help you to feel at ease. There are private rooms for two and three as well – some en suite and some with shared bathrooms.
It’s all about the laid-back life at ChillHub Hostel. Situated close to the golden sands of Bangtao Beach, the modern hostel buildings are surrounded by lush greenery. Relax in a hammock, soak in the swimming pool, and chat with others over a free cup of coffee in the chill-out area. There are spacious common areas where you can recharge and refresh. Grab a great read from the book exchange, rent a bicycle to explore, and enjoy an unhurried stay. The hostel has basic cooking facilities. There are mixed and female-only dorms for six – all with air conditioning and lockers.
Flying into Phuket late in the evening or got an early morning flight out? Hubb Hostel Phuket Airport is just a five-minute drive from the airport; no fears about missing an early departure. The hostel provides a free one-way transfer too, making your travels that little bit more effortless. Naiyang Beach is within walking distance, and you can reach a range of restaurants, shops, and bars by foot too. Dorms sleep eight and beds have a curtain, reading light, and power outlets. There are private en suite rooms for two as well. Feel energised first thing in the morning and grab a bite to eat from the on-site cafe or make your own breakfast in the basic kitchen. Want to start the next part of your trip organised? Laundry facilities are available as well.
With branches in both Phuket and Bangkok, Lub D has been smashing expectations and raising the bar for hostels since its inception. Stylish, modern, comfortable, and well equipped, Lub D in Phuket is excellently located just 200 metres from the sands of Patong Beach. With impeccably clean bathrooms, private en suite rooms, and both mixed and female-only dorms, it’s easy to sleep well here. The hostel has a gorgeous see-through swimming pool and restaurant, and you can even test out your skills in the muay Thai ring! There are computers for guests to use as well as laundry facilities, lockers, and a tour desk. The vibe is sociable and there are several common spaces where you can hangout with new friends. In short, you may never want to leave!
Travellers who enjoy the social atmosphere of a hostel but value their privacy come bedtime are sure to love Phuket Capsule and Hidden Pool Bar. Snuggle down in a cosy, clean, and modern capsule for a restful night. Your private pod has everything you need to feel comfortable, including soft bedding, power outlets, a mirror, and a reading light. The shared bathrooms are spotlessly clean with an assortment of free toiletries. There are also en suite double and twin rooms, ideal for couples and BFFs. On-site facilities include a restaurant/bar, BBQs, and tour desk. You’ll find this cool hostel in the heart of Phuket Town.