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Best hostels on Koh Phangan

25 Jan 2020
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Koh Phangan is a wonderful little island in the Gulf of Thailand where there is something for everyone. It’s the perfect place to be a beach bum, a yogi, and a party animal at the same time and you can do it at an affordable price! 

There are so many great Hostels to choose from where friendly people are happy to make your stay memorable and you’ll make lots of new friends! We’ve picked out a few of the most popular ones and listed them below - to help you choose the one that suits your style best.

We’ve separated the hostels into categories of what town are located in for easy picking.

Baan Tai Hostels

Baan Tai is loaded with backpacker hostels because it is perfectly placed at the centre of everything. It is a few minutes drive from the Full Moon Party and you can rent a motorbike or car to explore the rest of the island easily from here.

Many travellers believe Baan Tai to be the best place to base yourself and easily access the rest of the island from.

Phanganist Hostel

Phanganist Hostel is the result of a collaboration between Phanganist.com, (Koh Phangan’s main online portal of which you are reading right now!) plus Drop-In Bar which is the biggest and longest-running beach bar of the Full Moon Party beach, Haad Rin Beach. Together, we have more than 25 years’ experience in the tourism industry on Koh Phangan and we are experts in entertainment, hospitality and have a wealth of valuable knowledge of the island and what guests really want.

We consist of a colourful team from around the world and we are all committed to making sure all our guests have the best possible time! The magic of hostel life is the never-ending beauty of people you will meet there - also, the atmosphere and festive vibes are important and as essential is the comfort... Phanganist Hostel has it all! At Phanganist Hostel we can guarantee that you won’t be lonely while staying flashy and sleeping like a king in your big upscale bunk bed with a privacy curtain, bed dividers, power outlet, bedside lamp and big locker for all your travel gear!

You will have the world of this magical island at your feet here with Phanganist friends and family - all devoted to giving you the true Koh Phangan experience!

  • Address: 140/16, Ban Tai, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280

Infinity Beach Club

infinity beach club hostel

Infinity offers its guests comfort, facilities such as its grandiose swimming pool and jacuzzi with some real service.

As with other hostels on the island, guests can use the service desk to hire bikes or arrange taxis etc but also a more luxurious service from the staff whilst enjoying time at Infinity. They are polite, attentive and professional always.
Most hostels are on the main road but Infinity is right on the beach, you just cannot compare. Infinity gives you a bit more of that tropical chic style.

Infinity’s new dorm rooms put them in the ‘hostel’ segment but as we all know, there are different kinds of hostels and Infinity is bringing a more upscale hostel vibe. 
Infinity has the number one swimming pool in the area and guests can relax all day or even exercise as the pool is big enough to swim some lengths which can be hard to find.

They offer a huge range of food from the two restaurants on-site including snacks, sushi plus a la carte and seafood for some really special dinners with friends or loved ones. 

Goodtime Beach Backpackers

Located in Baan Tai, they are only 5 minutes drive to the Thong Sala pier and 20 minutes away from Haad Rin. Goodtimes boast a 24-hr swimming pool, round the clock food and cocktails, and a  100m long private beach in front of their property with a giant sandbar to chill in the sun. The bar sits right on the beach too so you can relax with your feet in the sand while sippin’ on your Leo! The fun and friendly team of staff that live on-site and will make sure your stay in Thailand is amazing, for sure. With all that said and done, you can imagine how it’s the perfect balance between a party hostel and a chill-out getaway.

  • Address: Moo 1, 101/2 Ban Tai, Koh Phangan Surat Thani 84280

Dancing Elephant Beach Club

One of the original backpacker spots to hit Koh Phangan 9 years ago, Dancing Elephant is now a BACKPACKERS PARADISE located right on the beach in Baantai where all the best life stories start. If waking up and having the sand between your toes isn’t enough, their super cheap rooms, brilliant hostel vibe, and a bar with crazy cheap drinks should do it! 

If you’re coming to Koh Phangan for the other parties as well (not just the Fullmoon Party) then this hostel is located smack dab in the centre of the action. The Jungle Experience Festival, Half Moon Festival, Black Moon Party, Shiva Moon, and Waterfall Party, are all located in the Baan Tai Jungle just a short taxi ride away...and not to worry, the Fullmoon Party is also right around the corner still just a little longer of a short ride away.

  • Address: 100/1 Moo 1, Baan Tai, Koh Phangan, 84280 Baan Tai, Thailand

Echo Beach Backpackers

Right on the beach at a bargain price, full of funny people in their cosy lounge area...this place is great! Echo rooms are simple and the bathrooms are shared but the price is attractive and the beachfront location has the view of Koh Samui in the distance and unbelievable sunsets! There are a restaurant and bar there and the hostel is well known for its parties were guests from other places even come to have an unforgettable evening. As you can imagine, the beds sell out pretty quick here during The Fullmoon Party week so make sure to book in advance!

  • Address: 30, Ban Tai, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280

Smile Hostel

Smile Hostel really does bring a smile to the face of all who stay. The owner is super friendly and helpful and knows how to take great care of his guests. You will feel safe and warm here as your enjoyment is their top priority. It is not a crazy party hostel but it does have a great warm-up atmosphere and sociable experience at all times. 

  • Address: 132/9 Moo 1, Baantai, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280

Na-Tub Hostel

This hostel is one of a kind. It is built entirely out of shipping containers! Located right on the main road, it is really easy to get a taxi to anywhere from here. It’s also great fun to watch the world driving by as you enjoy lounging by the pool in their cosy garden atmosphere. As a bonus, they provide a complimentary breakfast to get you going!

  • Address: 9/5 Ban Tai Koh Phangan Surat Thani 84280

Phangan Arena

Phangan Area is a very special place because it doubles as a sports complex! Not only is there the usual (and necessary since you are, after all, coming to paradise island) swimming pool but there’s also football courts, volleyball nets, tennis, outdoor gym with machines and free weights, and much more. It’s super easy to make new friends playing games and the hostel is very good at bringing guests together through sports activities and stellar communal spaces.

The vibe here is young, active and super fun! Aside from getting physically fit, the nightlife is great here too. Their beer pong tournaments are famous and winners get free drinks! With 250 beds here you can rest assured it’ll be a very social and interactive experience staying here.

Last but not least, the location is 100 meters away from the beach, and only 5 minutes drive to the walking street market and the night food market at the main pier.

  • Address: 111 moo 1 Ban Tai Koh Phangan, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280

Baan Kai Hostel

Baan Kai Hostel is the perfect place for those who want to have fun! It’s cheap, cheerful, and full of nice people. The reception is 24 hours so if you ever need anything at any point, someone is there to help. There is also a communal kitchen available for use if you want to cook, free WIFI, and lockers. 

  • Address: 3/9 moo 4, Baankai Road Ban Tai, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani Thailand 84280

The Magic Wave

This place is as close to a “staying at home feeling” as you can get. It is a private residence with 3 spacious rooms available for group of travellers and/or families (2 rooms of 8 beds and 1 of 6 beds - all with king beds in each room).

  • Address: 111/3 Moo 1 Bantai Phangan Ko Pha-ngan

Thong Sala Hostels

Thong Sala is the main town (the capital in a sense) where the pier is bringing everyone to paradise on the main ferries. (There is also a pier in Haad Rin but just for the speed boats). Here you will find lots of great restaurants, bars and shops. Every Saturday their town hosts a night market called Walking Street where they shut down a whole street and stalls selling goods and foods line both sides. A taxi ride to The Fullmoon Party from Thong Sala is very cheap and about a 20-minute ride. All the hostels arrange the trip for their guests. It is also easy to visit the rest of the island from here if you rent a motorbike or car.

Mad Monkey

Mad Monkey Koh Phangan is one of a chain of famously fun Mad Monkey Hostels spread across South East Asia. It has a great vibe and a good social scene for backpackers and holidaymakers! It hosts nightly events as well as pre-parties for all the big festivals like the Fullmoon Party, Jungle Experience, Half Moon, Waterfall Party, Shiva Moon, and more. Their large pool is perfect for cooling off during hot days and chilling before the wild night to come!

  • Address: 204/30 Moo 1 Thong Sala Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280

Treechart Hostel

Threechart is known for being one of the friendliest hostels in Thailand and there’s always someone there ready to get the party started. The place attracts a fun crowd year-round thanks to its reputation. Located right in the centre of Thong Sala, it's an ideal spot to reach everywhere else on the island easily. They also provide a late check-out service so you can sleep off the hangover and max out on every moment possible in your super comfy bed!

  • Address: 52/10, Moo 1, Thongsala, Koh Phangan, Thailand Ko Pha-ngan

Relax Corner

Relax Corner offers both dorm and private rooms, all of which are air-conditioned during the night to ensure you have a comfortable night's sleep. Tea and coffee are included and they also have placed hydration stations around the hostel, especially important after a big night out!!

  • Address: 113/9 M.1, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, 84000, Thailand

Su Casa

Su Casa offers a big dorm to make it easy for new social encounters with intriguing strangers. They also have private rooms if you prefer. The location is near a variety of great restaurants to choose from which is very convenient and a nice option to have. Just take a stroll downtown and see what you feel like trying today!

  • Address: 298/13 Moo 1 Thong Sala, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, 84280, Thailand

The Pier Guesthouse

In the heart of Thong Sala, on the beach, and as the name suggests near the pier! Secluded from the rest of the island but surrounded by everything...it’s the perfect place to sleep, chill or do whatever makes you happy.

  • Address: 90/23 Koh Phangan, Thong Sala, Koh Phangan, Thailand, 84280

Lime and Soda

Lime and Soda is a backpackers resort with a beautiful beachfront location. It is has a very relaxed vibe and a chilled party atmosphere at the same time. There's so much to do here that you don’t even have to leave if you don't want to! On-site, there’s a restaurant, beach bar, swimming pool, travel desk, free wifi, ping pong, volleyball, the beach where you can watch incredible sunsets while sipping on a pina colada, and more. 

  • Address: 31/10 Moo 1 Thong Sala, Koh Phangan, Suratthani 84280 Thailand

Slumber Party

With successful locations in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Phangan, Krabi & Ao Nang, Slumber Party is part of a chain that provides private, shared, and mixed dorm rooms. The one here in Koh Phangan is just 200 metres from the beach. They have a huge screen for music videos, big games, fight nights and movie nights. During the night they are a full-on party hostel while during the day they have a number of tours and adventures around the island available so you can see what else paradise has to offer! It has a swimming pool, bar, and fitness centre as well. 

  • Address: 112/39 Moo 1 Thongsala/Ban Tai Road, Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84320

 

Haad Rin Hostels

Haad Rin Beach is the home of the famous Full Moon Party! However, it’s also a lovely place to be when there is no Full Moon Party. The town is small enough that you don’t even need a motorbike. It’s really nice to just walk around, down the rows of little streets lined with shops and restaurants of all kinds. The beach there is great for sunbathing or playing sports with its nice soft white sand and crystal clear waters that are perfect for swimming.

Same Same Guesthouse

A couple of lovely Danish ladies run this establishment. All the dorms have AC and attached or shared bathrooms. The location is smack centre in Haad Rin town with the beach a 5 minutes walk away. The attached restaurant and bar serve all kinds of food ranging from western dishes like steaks, burgers and pizzas, to Scandinavian food, Mexican, and of course, Thai food.

  • Address: 130/19 Moo 6 Haad Rin, Koh Phangan Surat Thani, Thailand, 84280

Om Ganesh

OM Ganesh Hostel is a 5-minute walk from the beach in Haad Rin. The dorm rooms are clean and comfortable with air conditioning. Wi-Fi and lockers are available free of charge as well as complimentary drinking water, tea. and coffee.

  • Address: 130/1 moo 6, Haad Rin, Koh Phangan, Suratthani, Surat Thani 84280

Coral Bungalows

Simple rooms but full of memories on the coast of Haad Rin Nai, in Haad Rin but on the western sunset beach (opposite side Fullmoon Party beach).  The service is great, they have cheap and tasty food, and a nice big pool right on the beach in which they host well-known pool parties!

  • Address: Haad Rin, Ban Tai, Ko Pha-ngan District, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84280

Jaya Hostel

Jaya Hostel has a variety of private and dorm rooms to choose from. It is only a one minute walk from the Fullmoon Party beach making the restaurant and bar a perfect pre-game spot. You can eat, drink, go to your room to get dressed before going back down for another drink maybe...then venturing to the madness around the corner! 

  • Address: 94/34 Moo6 Haadrin, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Lazy House Shenanigans

Shenanigans is a great hostel for solo travellers with its social atmosphere - a large open garden space with a spacious swimming pool and many BBQs and pool parties. All guests here are welcomed like an old friend. However, if you don’t feel like having some alone time, there's a TV lounge or jacuzzi you can go chill in. The location is not far from Haad Rin Beach and the walls are covered in amazing artwork! The rooms are all AC and if you book for at least 5 nights you’re welcome to free BBQ at the warm-up BBQ party they host before every major event on the island.

  • Address: 132/2 Moo 6, Haad Rin, Koh Phangan, 84280, Surat Thani, Thailand

Paradise Bungalows

This legendary hostel is located right on the beach. It has clean, comfy dorm rooms and while the property may appear a bit outdated, the service is superb. There is a nice big pool with a slide for some good-old big kid fun! It’s easy to spend the whole day here just lounging by the pool with the beach view ahead and mountains as a backdrop. Important note: you have to be ready to party here because the music is loud all night! 

  • Address: 130/4 Moo 6, Haad Rin, Koh Pha-Ngan, 84280, Surat Thani, Thailand

Culture Club Backpackers

Culture Club Backpackers offers a little bit of everything you need. Free breakfast, free WiFi, free airport transfer, amazing drinks deals at the hostel bar and a swimming pool just a minute down the road are all included with your room! Located right in the heart of Haad Rin Beach, this is a great place to stay if you’re heading to Koh Phangan specifically for the Fullmoon Party.

  • Address: 94/14 Moo 6, Haad Rin Koh Phangan Surat Thani 84280

Jungle Gym & Eco Lodge

Jungle Gym and Eco Lodge is the coolest hostel for flashpackers. It is super stylish with its luxury resort feel - minus the high price tag! The place is loaded with amenities including unlimited access to the lodge pool and fitness centre, intimate dorms with A/C, and ensuite bathrooms...not to mention the breathtaking views of Haad Rin Beach. 

  • Address: 110/9 Haadrin, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, 84280, Thailand

Hostels In The North, West, and East 
(The Quieter Towns)

It is highly recommended that you stay in different parts of the island if you can if you have enough time. Every zone has a different feel, a unique atmosphere and experience to be had. The scene on the west coast (Srithanu, Haad Yao, Haad Salad, Chaloklum) is more relaxed, with great snorkelling, diving, yoga, and big vegan culture. You can even stay up there and take a taxi boat to The Fullmoon Party! It’s got to be one of the best experiences you can have, to ride up to The Fullmoon Party on a longtail boat...amazing! Plus, going from peaceful to a crazy party, and getting to go back to peaceful again is very nice too! All this can also be done from the North East coast (Thong Nai Pan, Than Sadet, Haad Thien, Haad Yuan). It’s super quiet there with not too much going on, but absolutely gorgeous!  
 

Amstardam Backpackers

Located on the side of a big hill and overlooking the beach, this spot is one of the most famous for sunset gazing with cocktails and dinner. On the property is a very nice bar with infinity pool, comfortable traditional Thai roll mats to relax on, good food and drinks, and DJ's playing super chill music to warm you up for a night out or just entertain you for the evening. During the daytime the scene is calm and peaceful with the stunning view and cool pool water to dip into. As night approaches and the music gets pumping, everyone gets together to get to know one another and dance! Aside from amenities, the AC rooms are basic but kept clean. 

  • Address: 54/9 Moo4 Haad Plaayleam, Koh Pha-ngan, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84280

Shiralea Backpackers Resort

This unique backpackers resort is surrounded by luscious jungle. The refreshing deep swimming pool is set in this gorgeous natural environment. The dorms are very comfortable with privacy curtains on the beds and lockers for each guest to store their backpacks and belongings. The bathrooms are shared but they are spacious and cleaned frequently. The overall vibe of the place is super chill and the owners are attentive to the customers making you feel completely at home. 

  • Address: 58/18 Moo 8, Haad Yao West, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280

S&C Hostel

Located near the Fullmoon Party but far away enough to be able to get some peace and quiet on the big night, this establishment is an ideal choice if you want to party and still get some good sleep afterwards. It is run by a motherly-like Thai woman who truly makes you feel cared for and even throws a free BBQ the night before the Fullmoon Party! All her cooking on any day is deliciously comforting, which is just as important as their cosy beds.

  • Address: 95/13 Moo 6, Haadrin Beach, Baantai, Koh Phangan Surat Thani 84280