Famous for it’s monthly Full Moon parties – Koh Phangan is nothing short of a backpacker’s paradise.

Budget travelers from around the world all come together to Koh Phangan to do one thing – party, and there’s plenty of gorgeous beaches and cheap drinks to make it one hell of a party island.

But with this many backpackers comes a huge amount of hostels… and a lot of them suck, and the best one’s are often booked far in advance.

So we put together this insider guide to the 20 best hostels in Koh Phangan!

This guide takes all of the highest rated hostels in Koh Phangan and puts them all into one, cohesive list, so you can easily find a hostel that fits your travel needs and travel to Thailand like a boss!

So find your hostel and book quickly – before they fill up!

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Koh Phangan

Best Hostels in Koh Phangan
This is the definitive guide to the best hostels in Koh Phangan

If you like to party and chill on the beach, there’s a chance you’ll never leave Koh Phangan.

This tiny island has made a name for itself as a backpacker’s paradise, with the full moon party growing in size and popularity every year.

But with such a famous party, you need to understand that hostels get booked pretty far out in advance – especially the most awesome ones.

To help you find the best hostel for your travel style, we categorized all of the hostels. So whether you are looking for the best hostels for solo travelers, the best party hostels, or maybe just the cheapest hostel, our list of the best hostels in Koh Phangan has got you covered.

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The 20 Best Hostels in Koh Phangan

Let’s be honest, most Thailand backpacking trips pass through the epic full moon vomit fest at Koh Phangan. Some of the best Thai hostels are here along with some of the worst. Let’s get to it…

Overall Best Hostel in Koh Phangan – Slumber Party

Slumber Party best hostels in Koh Phangan
Our pick for one of the best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $$
  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Security Lockers

No doubt about it, the best hostel in Koh Phangan is Slumber Party! This place is lit! With its own swimming pool, hostel bar and fitness centre if you are down for a good time you better get yourself to Slumber Party. TBF, Slumber Party is the perfect name for this hostel! It really is like one massive international slumber party! As the best hostel in Koh Phangan in 2020 Slumber Party offers free cocktail shots every single night! Just steps away from Ban Tai Beach you will totally fall in love with Slumber Party. FYI, this is a 100% party hostel, it’s often loud, occasionally drunk and sometimes even naked!

Goodtime Beach Backpackers

Goodtime Beach Backpackers best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $$
  • Bar & Nightclub
  • Swimming Pool
  • Late Check-Out

Goodtime Beach Backpackers is the best hostel in Koh Phangan if you are looking for a smaller scale party hostel. There is a helluva lot to love about Goodtime Beach Backpackers, from the epic drinks deals to the amazing swimming pool, from the crazy cool staff to the kick-ass WiFi. Eugh, can we just move in right now?! A party palace it may be but what makes Goodtime Beach Backpackers a top hostel in Koh Phangan is the fact that they strike the balance right. It’s impossible to party 24/7 so there is a decent amount of chill time too!

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Koh Phangan – Mad Monkey Hostel

best hostels in koh phangan
  • $$
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours & Travel Desk

Mad Monkey hostels are famous throughout South East Asia for being party central and the ideal destination to meet fellow backpackers. Mad Monkey Hostel Koh Phangan might just be our favorite hostel in the Mad Monkey Fleet. What makes this awesome hostel stand out is their dedication to providing both a super fun social/party atmosphere as well as offering a ton of interesting tours (both party and non-party based). The large pool is the perfect place to cool down, socialize, and knock back a beer or two. For when you get hungry, the in-house restaurant serves up killer eats too along with plenty of cheap drink specials nightly. If you are looking for something other than the run-of-the-mill “let’s get fuc*** up party hostel”, Mad Monkey is without a doubt the best hostel in Koh Phangan for solo travellers.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Koh Phangan #2 – Lazy House Shenanigans

Lazy House Shenanigans best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $$
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours & Travel Desk

Solo travelling in Thailand is a breeze! Well on the beaten path there is no shortage of solo wanderers keen to find a new party buddy in Koh Phangan. With that in mind, one of the best hostels for solo travellers in Koh Phangan is Lazy House Shenanigans. This is probably one of the most sociable and friendly hostels in the world. Everyone is greeted like an old friend and welcomed into the party, no questions asked! If you need a moment of peace you can hang out in the TV lounge or in the jacuzzi. The dorms are clean and spacious, just so you know! Doubt you’ll be spending much time in there!

Echo Beach Backpackers

Echo Beach Backpackers best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $
  • Bar
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk

A great youth hostel for solo travellers in Koh Phangan is Echo Beach Backpackers. Super affordable and totally relaxed Echo Beach Backpackers is ideal for travellers who like a party but also appreciate a decent night’s sleep! As ever, during the full moon periods, this place gets booked up fast so be sure to get ahead of the game. They offer free drinks every night and epic drinks deals too! Be sure to get on board with the hostel-fam’s drinking games, if that’s your thing that is! The dorms are pretty basic but for the price, you really can’t complain!

Best Cheap Hostel in Koh Phangan – Phanganist Hostel

Phanganist Hostel best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $
  • Free Airport Transfer
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Swimming Pool

Hands down the best cheap hostel in Koh Phagan is Phanganist Hostel. Modern, stylish and with a hostel vibe like no other Phanganist Hostel is a solid all-rounder. Even when the party kicks off the dorms are quiet and dark meaning if you’re not feeling it, you don’t have to! You can curl up and sleep it off! The Phanganist Hostel hosts live DJ nights, especially over the half moon and full moon periods. The swimming pools are the best place to hang out during the day, catch a tan and get plotting the night’s adventures! There are plenty of sun loungers to go around and a cute yoga deck that is yours to enjoy.

Dancing Elephant Beach Club

Dancing Elephant Beach Club best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $
  • Bar
  • Tours & Travel Desk
  • Laundry Facilities

Just ‘cus you’re on a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time! The best budget hostel in Koh Phangan is Dancing Elephant Beach Club. With dirt cheap rooms, brilliant hostel vibe and a bar with crazy cheap drinks you’ll never want to check out. Dancing Elephant Beach Club is right on the beach, you can wake up each morning and have the sand between your toes before you’ve even checked your phone if you wish. This is a super chilled out youth hostel in Koh Phangan. The kinda place where you can share a few beers and have a good time but there’s no pressure to get blind drunk.

Best Hostel for Couples in Koh Phangan – Sarana Bungalows

Sarana Bungalows best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $$$
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Tours & Travel Desk

The best hostel for couples in Koh Phangan is Sarana Bungalows for sure. Easily the coolest hostel in Koh Phangan, Sarana Bungalows is a series of beach huts nestled within the jungle of Ban Tai Beach. If you and your lover are looking to party and take some time to retreat Sarana Bungalows is nothing shy of perfect. Sarana is a total hidden gem! The full moon parties kick off 10-minutes down the beach so you and bae can party hard but come home to some peace and quiet. FYI – you may find that your lover finds a new bae at Sarana Bungalows. Hostel dog, Dave, steals everybody’s hearts!

Na-Tub Hostel

Na-Tub Hostel best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $$$
  • Swimming Pool
  • Key Card Access
  • Late Check-Out

Sleek and stylish, Na-Tub Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Koh Phangan. Built from shipping containers Na-Tub has a great selection of room types, including private rooms ideal for travelling couples. Na-Tub is set a little away from the main beach area which offers you an escape from the chaos and an opportunity to retreat! The private rooms are spacious and bright and look out on the hostel garden, If you wanna party you totally can, the half moon party hang out is just 2km away and there are always tuk tuks flying past the hostel gate. Just flag ’em down!

Best Party Hostel in Koh Phangan – Relax Corner

Relax Corner best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $
  • Bar
  • Security Lockers
  • Air Conditioning

The best party hostel in Koh Phangan is Relax Corner. It’s a tough one to call with so many amazing party hostels in Koh Phangan it’s difficult to decide which is the best. Relax Corner is the coolest hostel in Koh Phangan as they seamlessly marry party vibes with chilled out feels and it’s a winning combo for sure. Free body paint for all and epic drinks deals daily makes partying at Relax Corner totally extra. Strategically placed hydration stations around the hostel help ensure that the hangover never kicks in and the good times roll on and on! Also, all the dorms have A/C which is a total blessing!

Treechart Hostel

Treechart Hostel best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Late Check-Out

Having made a name for itself as the friendliest hostel in Thailand, Treechart Hostel is an awesome party backpackers in Koh Phangan. Attracting an easy going, super fun crowd throughout the year Treechart Hostel is located in the middle of Thong Sala. You will always find someone willing to get the party started at Treechart which is partly why it is one of the most highly recommended hostels in Koh Phangan. No doubt you will take full advantage of the late check-out service, sleep off the hangover and max out on every moment possible in your super comfy bed!

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Koh Phangan – Love Station

Love Station best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $$
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Garden

The best hostel for digital nomads in Koh Phangan is Love Station. This uber chilled out hostel has great WiFi and plenty of space to work in. There is the indoor common room, the garden or even the cafe to work from. The choice is yours! Although there is a drinking culture at Love Station it never gets too crazy; ideal for digital nomads who wanna have a good time but have deadlines to hit and no time to nurse a hangover! The private rooms at Love Station are really reasonably priced and come with A/C. If you need to escape the dorms, Love Station is the place.

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Baan Kai Hostel

Baan Kai Hostel best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Housekeeping
  • Tours & Travel Desk

Baan Kai Hostel is the perfect Koh Phangan backpackers hostel for those who wanna have a good time. Now let’s face it, who isn’t in Koh Phangan for a good time! Baan Kai Hostel is a cheap and cheerful hostel that has all the basics covered. Guests have access to the hostel’s free WiFi network, security lockers and reception is manned 24-hours a day should you need a hand. You are more than welcome to use the Baan Kai Hostel kitchen but there is a great selection of street food stalls literally on the doorstep, so why bother wasting all that energy!

Smile Hostel

Smile Hostel best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $$
  • Security Lockers
  • Air Conditioning
  • Tours & Travel Desk

Smile Hostel is a highly recommended hostel in Koh Phangan that really does bring a smile to the face of all who stay. Hosting up to 45-people per night, there is always fun to be had at Smile Hostel! Always a new friend to be made and a new adventure to be plotted. The dorms are basic AF but we all know that no one sleeps in Koh Phangan so that’s all good! Jokes, the beds are comfy, clean and catch you when you fall. The staff at Smile Hostel are super lovely and have seen it all before. They can book your bus and flight tickets, get you into the full moon parties and a whole lot more!

V2 Seagate Hip Hostel

V2 Seagate Hip Hostel best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $
  • Air Conditioning
  • Late Check-Out
  • Housekeeping

Super cheap and super convenient V2 Seagate is right on the beach. You couldn’t get closer if you tried. This is a low-key kinda hostel, ideal for travellers who appreciate their sleep. If you are on a shoestring budget V2 Seagate will be a sight for sore eyes. Incredible value for money and their prices don’t spike during the full moon periods. Due to this, however, they do book up pretty damn quick. Better book ASAP! The private rooms at V2 Seagate are super cheap and a little bit of luxury. Go on, treat yourself!

Culture Club Backpackers

Culture Club Backpackers best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Swimming Pool

Culture Club Backpackers is a highly recommended hostel in Koh Phangan that offers a little bit of everything! Included in your room rate is a free breakfast, free WiFi, free airport transfer, amazing drinks deals at the hostel bar and a swimming pool just a minute down the road. You’ll find Culture Club Backpackers right at the heart of Haad Rin Beach. If you are heading to Koh Phangan specifically for the full moon party this is the place to stay. The place is fairly soundproof so if you head home before sunrise you’ll still get a decent kip in.

GoodFellas Hacienda

GoodFellas Hacienda best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Swimming Pool

Fast becoming something of an institution in Koh Phangan, GoodFellas Hacienda ticks all the boxes. Just a 4-minute walk to the beach and with its own private pool, GoodFellas Hacienda is as much a resort as it is a Koh Phangan backpackers hostel. Less the resort price tag of course! You’ll find new friends everywhere you look at GoodFellas Hacienda. The nightly beer pong competition is a great way to get mingling, making memories that will last a lifetime. The swim up pool bar at GoodFellas Hacienda may be a total novelty but really rather convenient!

The Magic Wave

The Magic Wave best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $$$
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours & Travel Desk

The Magic Wave is a luxury youth hostel in Koh Phangan perfect for the more esteemed party animal. From the moment you check in to the moment you leave you will be relaxing, laughing and having the time of your life. Whether you spend your days lazing by the pool or maxing out on the epic drinks deals at La Vie est Belle it matters not, The Magic Wave delivers a memorable stay time after time. Managers Alice and Florian are great hosts and will go out of their way to ensure you have a great stay. The Magic Wave is super popular and gets booked out months in advance, during the full moon periods so be sure to make your decision soon!

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Phangan Arena

Phangan Arena best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Centre

Phangan Arena is a phenomenal youth hostel in Koh Phangan that offers insane value for money! Those who like to stay active on the road will already have their sights firmly set on Phangan Arena. They have their own 7-a-side football pitch and outdoor gym with machines AND free weights. Let’s not forget the massive swimming pool too. After all that exercise you’ll surely deserve a rest and the hostel bar is the perfect place. The nightly beer pong tournaments at Phangan Arena are the stuff of legends. Free drinks for the winners! With over 250 beds to go around this place gets pretty darn pumping!

Jungle Gym & Eco Lodge

Jungle Gym & Eco Lodge best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $$$
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Centre

Flashpackers listen up! Jungle Gym and Eco Lodge is the coolest hostel in Koh Phangan for you! This super stylish hostel has a luxury resort feel without the price tag and has more amenities than you can shake a stick at! Included in your room rate is unlimited access to the lodge pool and fitness centre, intimate dorms with A/C and ensuite bathroom and simply breathtaking views of Haad Rin Beach. If you are not fussed by full moon parties and the chaos that they bring you will be delighted with chilled out vibes of Jungle Gym & Eco Lodge.

C Villas

C Villas best hostels in Koh Phangan
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pool Table

It is the infinity pool at C Villas that really puts it apart from the rest. A top hostel in Koh Phangan looking right out over the Gulf of Thailand chances are you will spend 99% of your time at C Villas just gazing in awe of the landscape before you. Located in 15-minutes from the full moon party, C Villas gives you the best of both worlds; a super chilled out place to stay with easy access to the parties. The lack of bar and restaurant is actually a blessing in disguise, means that you can head out and explore Koh Phangan and enjoy all the amazing food this island has to offer.

What to Pack for your Koh Phangan Hostel

Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.

Luggage Travel Lock

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.

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2. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Keep your bath-and-beauty items organized and in the right place with this water-resistant bag. With large compartments, mesh and enclosed clear sections, you can fit everything you might need inside. Hang it up or let it stand on its own – this bag is a must-have for dorm-lifers.

AR Towel

3. 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.

Travel Pillow

4. TRTL Travel Pillow: Get rid of the red eyes and yawning with this TRTL travel pillow. It’s not just a normal neck pillow (I mean, look at it!), the ergonomic design gives your neck and head so much comfortable support that you’ll actually be able to have some decent rest. Super easy to carry and clean, it takes up so little space compared to a traditional travel pillow.

Powerbank

5. Power Bank: Probably one of the most important travel accessories – a decent power bank. Charging your phone up to 5 times in a row, the Anker Power Bank is a true lifesaver on long adventures or bus rides. Slick looking, handy and not too big, it easily fits in even the smallest travel bag or your pocket. Charge 2 devices at the same time with the double USB port.

Headphone Spltter

6. Headphone Splitter: Being stuck on a bus or plane with only one phone that has good music or shows downloaded can be pretty annoying if your travel buddy wants to share headphones. With this Headphone Splitter, you won’t have to listen with only one ear anymore. Your friend can plug in their headphones at the same time, so both of you are entertained (on both ears!).

Why you should travel to Koh Phangan

Boom! These are our picks for the 20 best hostels in Koh Phangan.

We know that this is far and away the best list on the internet, and will help you find an awesome hostel for your Thailand-travels.

Which hostel are you going to book? The best hostel for couples? Or how about (one of the many) best party hostel in Koh Phangan?

If you still can’t decide, remember that our top pick is Slumber Party – it’s got a little something for everybody!

Slumber Party best hostels in Koh Phangan

Travel Safety Tips for Koh Phangan

Don’t forget to sort your travel insurance before heading to Koh Phangan! We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads, our favorite travel insurance provider.

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If want to learn more about staying safe in Thailand, check out our seperate safety guide for insider travel tips and advice.

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Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Koh Phangan.

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Koh Phangan 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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