Just off the coast of Krabi is the island of Koh Lanta, a chill, tropical spot with limestone mountains, coral reefs and a rainforested interior set in the Andaman Sea.
This beautiful island has so much to do and see. You can try out some hiking, caving, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling, climbing, or just spend your time zooming around the island on a moped trying all of the delicious food you can find!
But where do you wanna stay on Koh Lanta? Do you wanna spend your time unwinding on the beach, would you like a more jungle experience, or do you wanna be close to bars and restaurants?
Well, whatever you wanna do, we’ve got you covered. We’ve made a guide to the best hostels in Koh Lanta, complete with handy categories to make it super easy for you to choose the hostel that’s right for you.
Peep our list of the top Koh Lanta backpackers hostels below!
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Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Koh Lanta
- Best Overall Hostel in Koh Lanta – Blanca Hostel @Koh Lanta
- Best Party Hostel in Koh Lanta – Non La Mer Hostel
- Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Koh Lanta – Chill Out Hostel
- Best Cheap Hostel in Koh Lanta – Hey Beach Hostel
- Best Hostel for Couples in Koh Lanta – Journey Hostel
- Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Koh Lanta – Hub of Joys
- Best Hostel with a Private Room in Koh Lanta – Lemonade Boutique Inn
The Best Hostels in Koh Lanta
Best Overall Hostel in Koh Lanta – Blanca Hostel @Koh Lanta
– Daily Activities & Tours
– Free Breakfast
Featuring a super nice chill out area, a big ol’ garden, and a large number of beds, this place is just 2 mins from Long Beach – which is always handy. It’s run by a local family, with a few western members of staff too, so you can get the most out of island life.
In that garden? There’s a massage hut, hammocks, plus a firepit that everybody sits round in the evening. Sounds pretty calm to us. There’s also a bar at the best overall hostel in Koh Lanta, complete with drinks deals which we can always get on board with. You can also do yoga classes, trekking and scuba diving through the hostel.
Best Party Hostel in Koh Lanta – Non La Mer Hostel
– Free Breakfast
Apparently ‘non la mer’ means sleepwalking in Thai, which is fun. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not, but… if you wanna stay at the best party hostel in Koh Lanta then look no further than this place.
They have their own pretty poppin’ bar complete with cheap beer. We should mention right about here that the bar is called Drunken Dude Bar so… yeah, you know what you’re getting yourself into with that one. But away from the loud music from the bar, you can get a good night’s sleep at this Koh Lanta backpackers hostel.
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Koh Lanta – Chill Out Hostel
– Book Exchange
A super warm and welcoming place (apparently made out of driftwood), this top hostel in Koh Lanta is a short walk to a great beach – plus nearby there are a load of restaurants and bars to eat at and chill out.
This is the sorta place where they try to treat each guest as a member of the family – so you can see why it’s our top choice for solo travellers in Koh Lanta. They put on family dinners every night, featuring great local food and chances to chat to fellow guests. The bar closes at midnight, so you can head out for more drinks or pop to the beach after.
Best Cheap Hostel in Koh Lanta – Hey Beach Hostel
– On The Beach
– Air Con
Hey Beach! You’d expect this to be right near the beach… and it IS! It’s right on Klong Dao Beach! That makes this a recommended hostel in Koh Lanta for anybody interested in snorkelling, sunbathing or just chilling on the beach.
It’s a very, very affordable place to stay, so that’s why it’s the best cheap hostel in Koh Lanta. And, well, being right on the beach we reckon it’s great value for money. You can rent scooters from this hostel and zip around the island, too. Not luxurious but decent enough. Chilled vibe.
Best Hostel for Couples in Koh Lanta – Journey Hostel
– Outdoor Terrace
– Sick Private Rooms
– Cool AF
Run by the friendly Jenna and Ulrik, this recommended hostel in Koh Lanta is an awesome oasis of calm featuring strong Wi-Fi (we all love that), super comfy beds, and a very chilled chill out area. The owners will tell you ALL about the secret spots on the island, which is cool.
We reckon it’s the best hostel for couples in Koh Lanta because, well, the owners are great, the vibe is super calm, and the private rooms are super nice and have big sliding glass doors for a definite getaway feel. It’s one of the coolest hostels in Koh Lanta too – think minimalist design, polished concrete floors and loads of stylish furniture.
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Koh Lanta – Hub of Joys
– Free Breakfast
– Moped Hire
Is this place really a Hub of Joys? Well, it’s definitely a hub of digital nomad HEAVEN, that’s for sure. Super modern, a cool place, and run by really friendly staff, the best hostel for digital nomads in Koh Lanta is… yeah, pretty much cool AF.
There’s a vibey, spacious coffee shop at the front of this place, plus a decent outdoor patio, so there are plenty of places in this top hostel in Koh Lanta to get your head down and get some work done on your laptop. Food is served here too, so you don’t need to worry ’bout that. Rent a scooter and zoom around the island when you’re done typing.
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Koh Lanta – Lemonade Boutique Inn
– Tours/Travel Desk
– Restaurant & Bar
– Air Con
Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? And yeah, it is. Set in the Klong Dao beach area, even the dorm beds at this cool hostel in Koh Lanta are nice – they’re not even bunks. But… dang… the private rooms are BIG and feature cosy beds, mini fridges, TVs, big light windows and places to put your clothes. Plus a private bathroom.
So you can easily see why this is the best hostel with a private room in Koh Lanta. The staff at Lemonade Boutique are very helpful and will sort you out with transport and tours if you need it, plus give you tips on what to do around the island. High-quality surface.
More Best Hostels In Koh Lanta
Want to stay in the party district or maybe somewhere more laidback? Decide on where to stay in Koh Lanta before booking your hostel.
– Swimming Pool
A typical sorta rustic beach stay, this top hostel in Koh Lanta features thatched beach huts surrounded by tropical gardens. Very nice. It’s just 5 mins from the beach, too. Plus there’s a swimming pool and a bar here.
Each bungalow (thatched hut, whatever) at this place comes with its own bathroom for extra convenience, but generally, this place is like a chilled jungle experience. You can rent scooters here to get around the island. Just don’t expect 10/10 cleanliness ’cause, y’know, it’s a bamboo hut.
– Free Breakfast
– Luggage Storage
– Air Con
They’re telling us it’s the best stay and, well… it IS pretty good. Crisp and clean linen, cool common room space (complete with swings) and a whole lot of light wood meets polished concrete, it’s definitely one of the coolest hostels in Koh Lanta.
Sure, this Koh Lanta flashpackers hostel isn’t the most vibey of places, but the staff are nice, it’s pretty dang clean and it’s a decent place to relax. Plus you also get welcomed with a welcome drink, so that’s always good.
– Communal Kitchen
– Security Lockers
– Air Con
Does it have a bee theme? No. So the name makes literally no sense. But other than that, this budget hostel in Koh Lanta is a decent enough place to stay. The staff are nice, at least.
The private rooms here come complete with big windows and en-suite bathrooms, but the dorms are a bit… cosy. Well, cramped actually. And we dunno who decided on the red colour scheme… But anyway. It ain’t sociable, but it IS cheap. So there’s that.
What to Pack for your Koh Lanta Hostel
Pants, socks, underwear… Here are some other items you might not have thought to pack.
1. Padlock: Theft happens in hostels, so keep a padlock to clip on your locker. This padlock can also double to keep your pack shut while in-transit. No need for keys (which can easily be lost or stolen too), you just have to remember a three-digit number to unlock your travel essentials.
2. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: The Sea to Summit multipurpose soap leaves are the perfect hygiene travel companion. The individual, Leave-no-Trace-certified strips are great for keeping your hands clean before you eat in that dodgy but delicious restaurant. There are also little strip packs for laundry, shampoo and shaving.
3. TRTL Travel Pillow: Long flights and bus rides are quite uncomfortable (most obvious statement of the day). Most travel pillows… Well, you know how they are. TRTL travel pillow is different. I mean, look at it! It’ll cuddle you to sleep every ride and it does a pretty damn good job of supporting your neck so you don’t get that stiffness or legendary popping when you stir.
4. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: The Active Roots Toiletry bag keeps all of your bathroom essential items organized instead of flowing around your backpack. Having everything handy and accessible in one water-resistant bag is a bathroom lifesaver. This toiletry bag also helps from being that embarrassed person walking back to the dorm room, in a towel, to grab forgotten shampoo.
5. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Quick-drying, lightweight, super soft and compact – the Active Roots Microfiber Towel is essential for every backpacker. No need to use the scabby towels your hostel may or may not provide! Use it for drying off, as a yoga towel or even as a picnic blanket – the options don’t stop here. Made of antibacterial material, you don’t have to worry about your towel starting to smell unpleasant either after lots of use.
6. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: You’ll have some pretty sorry roommates – it happens from time to time. These noise-canceling earbuds help mitigate the damage. The comfortable and ergonomic design won’t hurt your ears while sleeping no matter how long you keep them in. Increase the quality of your sleep by listening to some relaxing music at night or just enjoy the silence.
Why you should travel to Koh Lanta
That’s our list of the best hostels in Koh Lanta all finished.
Now you know all about the top hostels on this stunner of a Thai tropical island.
From chilled out beach hut style accommodation that feels like a rustic getaway, to more modern hostels that are literally SO cool and design-y, we reckon you’ll find something to suit you thanks to our handy guide.
But if you can’t decide… well, we don’t blame you. (There’s a lotta choice!)
All you gotta do now is book a bed then prep yourself for a sick time on this amazing island!
Travel Safety Tips for Koh Lanta
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If want to learn more about security in Thailand, check out our separate safety guide for insider tips and stories.
More Epic Hostels in Thailand and Asia
Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Koh Lanta.
Planning an epic trip all across Thailand or even Asia itself?
Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!
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- Best hostels in Bangkok
- Best hostels in Chiang Mai
- Best hostels in Pai
- Best hostels in Yangon
- Best hostels in Luang Prabang
- Best hostels in Phnom Penh
Over to you
By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Koh Lanta has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!
If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!
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