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One could say that Thailand is every bit like heaven on earth. From long stretches of white, fine sand, warm blue waves, to perfectly humid weather – it’s like it was made for swimming and chilling all year round.
If you’re imagining this, you may not be entirely mistaken. After all, one of the most popular destinations in the country, Koh Phangan, is on every backpacker’s bucket list (for good reason).
Koh Phangan is an intrepid island southeast of Thailand in Surat Thani Province. Famous for Full Moon parties and nature-inspired adventures, it’s a must-see for beginner and long-time travellers. Of course, getting there is half the fun.
Once you’ve arrived, you’d immediately see why people usually book no less than five days on this mesmerizing gulf isle. So to make your choice easier, here’s a list of the best Koh Phangan hostels for every budget.
Looking for a nice, quiet place to spend the night? This is NOT the right place for you. However, if you’re visiting for the legendary Full Moon party, then you just struck gold.
Free cocktails before heading out to the beach, its own pool for socializing, games and events to crank up the vibe – it’s definitely more ‘party’ than ‘slumber’ in this hotspot. They also have clean, affordable rooms, plus friendly staff who will make you feel at home the minute you step in.
For those who don’t want to fall behind on their fitness goals while traveling, then this hostel is perfect for you. Since it’s been decked out, backpackers everywhere know it for their unique facilities for folks who wish to keep it active.
Aside from their swimming pool, you can also find 7-a-side football pitch area, an outdoor gym, pool tables, free weights, and more. They also host mini tournaments prior to Full Moon parties – so you better be ready to get your game on!
With a garden and outside pool, this hostel boasts of cleaner, more spacious rooms for families or couples. It’s also still conveniently located minutes away from the beach, so you won’t be missing out on any parties. Think of it as getting the best of both worlds.
4. Nomad House Hostel
One of the best things about traveling is the people you meet along the way. Can’t wait to find out whose stories you’re going to be listening to next? Then head on over to this hostel. Located about 100 meters from the beach, it’s one of those places that capture you with charm instead of the usual provisions.
Though it doesn’t have much in terms of facilities, you’ll LOVE the atmosphere. The accommodating staff, friendly backpackers, and warm-hearted locals will instantly put you at ease once you arrive. If you’re up for a pre-party before the actual parties at Haad Rin, then you can’t miss this place.
5. Lazy House
If backpacking solo is on your bucket list, then allow the folks from Lazy House Shenanigans to make that experience memorable. Conveniently located at Haad Rin, you’ll be right at the heart of the infamous Full Moon parties before you even know it.
The hostel features an outdoor bar and swimming pool, along with clean rooms as well as a cafe (for that hangover). So don’t be afraid to make friends, get cheap drinks, and just laze around! It’s one of the perks of going solo.
There are just some places that have it all: nice rooms, cheap rates, amazing ambiance, and good facilities. Believe it or not, Phanganist has all that and more. Whether you’re a backpacker with discerning tastes, or you’re with a group looking to party all night – this hostel won’t disappoint.
Although it’s a little way off the beach, it has its own bar, cafe, and swimming pool to keep you occupied until the parties get rolling. The hostel also opted for modern capsule-style beds that offer more privacy. Definitely worth checking out if ever you and your buds are in Koh Phangan.
7. Smile Hostel
Aptly named, this hostel will undoubtedly bring a smile to your face with their friendly staff and welcoming ambiance.
They’re suitably located near restaurants, markets, convenience stores, and other amenities, too. No wonder plenty of backpackers choose them over other accommodations in the same area. While the beach is minutes away, you’re never too far from parties and other fun happenings.
8. White Rabbit
Quite new to the scene is this little hub situated in Baan Khai. If you ever stumble upon it, don’t hesitate to come inside and stay awhile. You’ll find simple amenities (bunk beds, a pool table, small bar), but the owner is nice and will help you get settled. Plus, if you ever feel bored – which you won’t – just rent a scooter and ride your worries away.
Admit it: you’re going to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon party. And if you are, then you might as well stay in this hostel. It’s walking distance so you’re never too far away in case you want to hit the hay a little early; but also far enough so you could nurse that hangover in the morning.
The best part? The freebies! Booking for the Full Moon party will get you free access to the pool, free breakfast, even free painting just in time for the festivities. Definitely more bang for your buck!
10. See Sea Backpackers House
If you’re looking for a great place to spend the next days of your Koh Phangan adventure, then this hostel is right for you. A little small but very friendly, you’ll find yourself touring like a local with the help of their eager staff.
It’s well-situated too, so you can do other activities aside from partying. Try hiking to Phaeng Waterfall, or experience something new with the Black Moon Culture. Whatever you prefer, See Sea Backpackers House will happily await your arrival.
Koh Phangan isn’t just for Full Moon parties. With the popularity of the island and its natural picturesque beauty, you can come here even off-season. Go with friends, family, or lovers. Try exotic adventures such as elephant feeding, temple meditation, or zipping down a tropical jungle!
The important thing is having somewhere to go back to after all that adrenaline rush. Hopefully, this list has made it easier for you to pick your second home at Koh Phangan.