The Best Backpacker Hostels in Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan is a luscious, tropical island oozing with that untouched paradise vibe. This little gem of an island is a magnet for many travellers, gypsies, digital nomads and yogis, who come here for a variety of reasons. Whether you’re here to experience one of the infamous monthly Full Moon parties, or explore the natural wonders of this island, stay for a while or just for brief visit, there’s something for everyone on Koh Phangan. No matter what you’re seeking, the best way to find like-minded people when you land and make new friends to party with would be at one of the many amazing backpacker hostels in Koh Phangan.
Koh Phangan has so much more to offer than just the Full Moon party and with many hotels and hostels requiring 3 – 5 night minimum stays around full moon time why not explore more of this beautiful island. It’s surrounded by stunning emerald waters lapping up against pure white sandy beaches, with picturesque jungle, mountain peaks and waterfalls in the heart of the island. Drive through the palm tree lined roads with the wind in your hair, watch magnificent sunsets every afternoon, spend days upon days laying on golden beaches soaking up rays, and dance endless nights away at funky beach bars.
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Where you stay can really make or break your trip, especially if you’re a solo traveller. Whenever you’re arriving in a new destination, choosing to stay at backpacker hostels can have many plus points. Hostels generally have very social, friendly vibes and are places where you can meet people to hang out with when you first arrive in a new place, often meet & make lifelong friends, and find out where are the best places to sight-see, activities to do, places to eat, etc. See here for more reasons why I love staying in backpacker hostels.
To help you decide where is the best place for you to stay, here is my list of the best backpacker hostels on Koh Phangan
Be aware that you if you are coming to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party you must book in advance! Don’t just turn up the day before and expect to find accommodation as everything gets booked up quickly and most places also have a 3 – 5 night minimum stay around this busy period so make sure you book well in advance, especially if you want to stay in one of the best backpacker hostels in Koh Phangan. There are also lots of amazing parties including the Jungle Experience and Waterfall parties in the days before and after the Full Moon Party so you don’t have to worry about getting bored!
Best Backpacker Hostels for the Full Moon Party in Haad Rin
If, like thousands of others, you’re coming to Koh Phangan especially for the famous full moon party then the best place to stay is in Haad Rin where the party is located. Koh Phangan is quite a large island and you don’t want to stay an hours drive away from the action. However, if you came to Koh Phangan to chill or do yoga then don’t stay in Haad Rin around Full Moon period if you want to get a decent nights sleep!
If you’re here to experience the world famous Full Moon Party then this is one of the best backpacker hostels in Koh Phangan. These guys will get you ramped up and ready to party with UV paints and buckets ready to go! The hostel is located just few minutes away from the white sandy Haad Rin Beach where the Full moon Party is held but at the same time its not too close to the loud music so you can still get a good nights sleep.
The dorms are air conditioned (you’ll really appreciate the AC the morning after!) and beds here are comfortable and clean, most come with privacy curtain, reading lamp and power socket. They also serve breakfast from 10am – 1pm so you don’t need to worry about missing out if you need to catch some zzzs after the party. The on site restaurant also has cheap food and drinks. Culture Club is well renown for its very social, friendly, party people vibes perfect for those who want to dive straight into all the action.
The best part of this place though has to be the free use of a neighboring hotels amazing pool that overlooks the ocean, and that’s where you’ll find all your new roomies hanging out perfect for topping up your tan before the party or nursing a hangover by the pool the next day! Click here to book your stay at Culture Club hostel.
For an unforgettable Full Moon party experience, this is ultimate party hostel. This is one of the best backpacker hostels in Koh Phangan because its located in the heart of Haad Rin and is a really great place to meet fellow party people, as everyone will get you involved! The hostel also hosts epic warm up pool parties and all-you-can-eat BBQ’s before the Full Moon and Half Moon parties. There’s a very social, chilled out atmosphere at Lazy House. Lounges, beanbags and pool tables fill the main lobby area, and movies being played all day – what a perfect way to meet people whilst easing off last night’s hangover!
Lazy House is one of the largest backpacker hostels in Koh Phangan and has tons of facilities including a swim-up pool bar and plenty of garden chill out areas., Theres a libary and movie room to chill in or if you want to work out you can use the gym. There are both dorms and private rooms to choose from which are have funky themes, decorated with arty murals and air conditioning. The food here is great too, serving breakfast, light snacks and meals all day, more for your hangover cure. Other great mentions are that there’s really good free WiFi and scooter parking right out the front for those that drive. Click here to book your stay at Lazy House Shenanigans.
Best Backpacker Hostels in the Baan Tai area
Haad Rin gets booked up quickly, especially around Full Moon period, but the nearby Baan Tai area also makes a good base. It’s about 20 mins drive to Haad Rin for the Full Moon Party and, actually, outside Full Moon time Baan Tai has more parties happening than Haad Rin and its easier to explore the rest of the island from here.
Good Time has been rated by so many travellers as one of the very best backpacker hostels in Koh Phangan because of the lasting friendships and great memories that have been made here. What really makes this hostel are the owners and their efforts to create a distinguishable vibe that really stands out.
This amazing hostel is literally right on the beachfront, there’s a giant 24-hour swimming pool, 24hr snacks, food, and drinks and there’s regular parties at their own beach bar. The dorms and private bungalow rooms are also right on the sand proving you can combine the best of the cute beach bungalow experience with the social atmosphere of a lively backpacker hostel and the facilities of a fancy resort all for a super affordable price!
There’s also a pool table, ping pong table, sports equipment and beach volleyball court. The location is also very close to many of the islands best beach bars, clubs and restaurants, and a short 5-minute drive to the Thong Sala night markets for those who want to try out some Thai street food. Click here to book!
If you’re heading to Koh Phangan to party it up like there’s no tomorrow, then this is the place you want to stay! The Phanganist Hostel is made by the same people who bring you the legendary Drop In Bar and Phanganist.com the ultimate online guide to the island. Guests even 1 free drink every night at Drop In Bar Haad Rin! This is one of the cheapest and best backpacker hostels in Koh Phangan, renown on the island for it’s party people vibes and highly social atmosphere.
There’s a huge common area where everyone meets to hang out, and the super friendly staff will make sure you get right into the pre-party games. The hostel has a great swimming pool area with poolside bar, sun beds and a large sun deck, plus Phanganist regularly holds it’s own parties with renowned DJs that are not to be missed! The dorms are all done to high standard with clean, quality, AC rooms with privacy curtains, individual lights and power outlets and big lockers. The location in Baan Tai is also unbeatable, being in close proximity to some of the islands top beach bars and nightclubs. Click here to book a room at Phanganist hostel.
Part of reputable chain of hostels in Thailand, Slumber Party is one of the highest rated party hostel chains in the world. Not surprising their Koh Phangan branch is one of the most popular backpacker hostels in Koh Phangan. The hostel is in a top location in Baan Tai on the main strip filled with plenty of the islands best restaurants and bars nearby and still super close to the beach. If you want to party hard this is the perfect place to meet like-minded travellers and fellow party-goers!
There are regular pool parties with drinking games, free cocktail shots every night and pub-crawls organised every night, so you definitely won’t be short of things to do here! Beds are comfortable and clean, and the staff are super friendly and can organise anything you need such as snorkelling trips, Thai cooking classes, scooter hire and onward travel. Click here to book your stay at Slumber Party Koh Phangan.
The popular chain, Mad Monkey Hostels, recently opened a new boutique hotel and hostel which is quickly becoming one of the most popular backpacker hostels in Koh Phangan. It’s located in Thong Sala so it’s close to the pier and has easy access all over the island. The staff are amazing, there’s activities on most days and they really get a good social vibe going throughout the hostel.
The hostel puts on pre parties before every Full Moon Party, Jungle Experience, and Half Moon Festival with free neon paint (very important!) as well as fun games and activities. After the party you can chill in the swimming pool, the super clean and comfy dorms and take advantage of food and drink specials to refuel. Click here to book now!
Best backpacker hostels that are away from party scene
Once you’re done partying there’s so much more to explore in Koh Phangan, in my opinion, the most beautiful, quiet beaches and unspoilt jungle are in the North of the Island. Hire a scooter and go explore or stay up there and chill for a few days.
If you’re not heading to Koh Phangan solely just to party and instead searching for a place that’s a little more relaxed, then head to Shirelea Backpackers Resort in Haad Yao. This place is a whole lot more than a backpackers hostel, it’s an amazing resort and a true, tropical home away from home.
There’s a social yet relaxed atmosphere here, a huge pool where you’ll find everyone hanging out, there’s awesome food & drinks on the menu and epic service from the super friendly staff. This place is ideal for groups, and for solo travellers who want to meet people and have a good time!
You can choose from private air-conditioned bungalows complete with hammock & ensuite or pod style dorms. The dorms are air-conditioned and feature 8 private ‘pods’ in each. Each pod includes a large lockable closet, reading light, plug socket to charge electronics and privacy curtains. This is one of the best backpacker hostels in Koh Phangan if you want to chill out and enjoy the beaches and nature in the most beautiful part of the island. Click here to book now!
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