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!
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
Many a backpacker in Thailand finds there way to Koh Lanta and each one of them needs a place to crash. Let’s look at some of the best.
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.
Psst! Heading to a hostel? Don’t forget to pack a padlock! It’s well worth having one so you can secure your locker and protect your stuff!
More Best Hostels In Koh Lanta
Do you want to stay in the party district or maybe somewhere more laidback? Use our accommodation and area guide to 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, soap?! Take it from us, packing for a hostel stay is not always quite as straight forward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art we have perfected over many years.
Check out our definitive Hostel Packing list for our top packing tips!
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!
FAQ about Hostels in Koh Lanta
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Travel Safety Tips for Koh Lanta
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