The Challenge’s Top Ten Hostel Picks for Koh Phangan, Thailand
Koh Phangan is known all over the world for its incredible beach and jungle parties. We’ve put together our top party hostel picks, to make sure you are right in the middle of it all from beginning to end of your stay on our paradise island!
In no particular order of fabulosity, here we go:
Our favourite place to go after a day of work at The Challenge! Located on the main road in Baan Tai right on the beach, Echo beach offer amazing vibes, great food, cheap drinks, and a wicked crew of staff and guests to mingle with. They have pre-parties for every major event on the island, offer free breakfast during Full Moon Party week, have their own in-house tattoo artists, barber, hairdresser, motorbike hire, massage, and island tour guides. Stay at Echo Beach, and be prepared to never want to check out!
2. Dancing Elephant
Dancing Elephant is the number 1 party hostel in the centre of all the Full Moon Madness, with a down home vibe. Located just back from Haad Rin Beach, Dancing Elephant hosts crazy street parties with international dj’s including Dave Devoted, island day tours, and is home to some of the most warm and cheerful staff on the island! Alex and Davin cannot do enough for you, and will make sure you have enjoyed every second of your stay from the moment you arrive to long after your visit is over.
3. Baan Tai Backpackers
Just across the street from Echo Beach is Baan Tai Backpackers, also known for their happy and helpful staff, pre-parties with free glow paint and amazing specialty buckets and cocktails, great accommodation for a reasonable price, and did we mention the air-conditioned cinema!? It’s the perfect way to nurse your hangovers after one of the many all-night island parties.
4. Phangan Arena
Phangan Arena (formerly known as Blue Dream) has had a major face-lift this past year! They have opened a professional size football pitch on the property home to many tournaments, and scrimmage games for guests. They also have beer pong tables and a pool to chill out in on those scorching hot Thailand days. They host pre-parties before all major events on the island and have motorbike rental and in house laundry services. (They are only 100 metres away from the beach!)
5. Slumber Party
Comfortable, clean rooms and facilities, and an amazing staff make Slumber Party an unforgettable experience. As soon as you set foot in the hostel you are made to feel as part of the family.
The hostel has a perfect outside area for socializing, and a comfortable bar with a big flatscreen for the hangover! And it's right next to a huge super market and night markets with restaurants nearby.
We definitely recommend checking it out! It might be worth noting that if you just want to relax and have a quiet peaceful time, this may not be the place for you.
6. Cats in Space
Cats in Space is a very cool, vibrant hostel as the name suggests, full of incredible wall murals and loads of wicked backpackers and staff to mingle with. They host beer pong tournaments with cash and party ticket prizes. They offer free shots during their pre-parties and free body painting as well. They are located just a quick drive away from the Thong Sala pier and all the awesome shopping that area has to offer. We all know somebody with galactic spandex pants. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a hostel that resembles a giant pair, with cats to boot!
7. Same Same
Same Same hostel is in Haad Rin beach. They host insane dinner and pre parties, have loads of prizes to be won during Full Moon week, and are home to some of the best pizza on the island! Run by a beautiful Danish Duo, Christina and Heidi, they always go above and beyond for anybody that comes through their doors. They have loads of dorms and private rooms available, and they are just steps away from the beach!
Wanderlust is a different kind of hostel with a magical atmosphere of friendly staff, games, laughter and where impromptu dance parties erupt on a daily basis. On rainy days enjoy a movie with a fellow guest, or get drunk just for the hell of it! Their bar is super cheap and if you make friends with the bartenders you are bound to leave with a free shot or two before your stay is through. They are located near Thong Sala for easy access to both the pier and the parties! What more could you ask for?
9. Nomad House
One of the rowdier hostels on the Island is Nomad House! Located about 100 meters from the beach on the main road in Baan Tai, the owners of Nomad House are keen for a party any day of the week! At one of their many house parties and kickbacks, whether it is a small crowd or a group of over a hundred people, there is always some sort of shenanigans to get into before the night leads into one of Koh Phangan’s world famous parties.
10. Good Times Hostel
Goodtime Beach Backpackers is perfectly located in Baan Tai, just a 5-minute taxi from Thong Sala pier. They are also close to the Full Moon and Half Moon parties, and within a short walking distance are restaurants, supermarkets, backpacker bars and even a 24/7 burger joint.
Literally right on the beach, with cute little wooden huts as dorms, hammocks, a swimming pool and bar all in a good location. Just bring earplugs if you're hoping for an early night!
This is a great hostel if you are travelling solo or you want to party. The staff are very friendly and get involved. Diving and other activities are nearby.