***Top Choice – Backpacker’s Haven***
There are so many options for budget backpacker accommodation on Koh Phangan. But no matter your budget there’s something for everyone. You can choose from basic huts, more modern bungalows, or high class resorts.
Where To Sleep:
Mad Monkey Hostel Koh Phangan
- Located near the Thong Sala pier and town,
- 10-15 min drive from Haad Rin
- Contact reception:
- +66 77 423 997
- or: [email protected]
For the lowest rates you can book directly through their website.
The hostel is certainly a great time if you’re looking to party but also keep some class. Located very close to Thong Sala pier and the market in town, Mad Monkey Koh Phangan was opened on New Year’s 2019. The newest addition to the largest hostel chain in Southeast Asia offers a fantastic combination of partying and adventure.
Unlike its competitors, the focus is on being social together and having a good time rather than getting as drunk as possible. It’s certainly not for those looking for the quietest night of all time but it is a great place to meet others and experience the island as it also offers quite a few tours throughout the week.
The property was formerly a boutique hotel before being taken over by Mad Monkey. Therefore the largest dorm room is only 8 beds. The cost is 250THB/night for a dorm and 750THB for a private room during non-Full Moon Party dates. Like the rest of the island, rates increase during the full moon period. All rooms have A/C and personal lockers.
Pros: Social, offers great tour options, close to Thong Sala pier, has a pool, party atmosphere but not over the top, very nice and accommodating staff
Cons: The location is close to the pier but a bit far from Haad Rin. This is a con for some and a pro for others. Mad Monkey does book shuttles for guests to Half Moon and Full Moon parties, however.
- Located on the far end of Leela Beach,
- Along a wooden walkway, past stone boulders
- 10-15 min walk from Haad Rin
- Contact the owner, Dum and his English wife, Karla:
- +66-(0)77-375 075
- or: [email protected]
You can secure a room with them by providing your credit card number.
Otherwise, you can book through booking.com or hostelworld.com
This area is stunning. Located right on the southern point of the island, it’s completely silent at night for sleeping and perfect for jumping off the rocks and going for a private swim. In the evenings, you can hangout with the Thai/Burmese locals and fish off the rocks.
The food cooked up by the Burmese staff is delicious. The pad thai (90THB) is massive and very flavourful. The women can cook up a mean pasta as well. Most of the food, water and booze are a bit overpriced compared to the rest of Koh Phangan. This is because it has to be brought in by motorbike. Even so, the food and portion size is worth the money.
The huts and bungalows here are beautiful. The double fan-cooled huts, with private balconies, bathroom and mosquito net are set up on a hill with great views of the Sea. The cost is 500THB/night. The a/c bungalows are very nice, have private bathroom and balcony and are set on boulders right on the water for 1200 – 1500THB/night.
During the Full Moon Party (3 days before, during the party and 2 days after) the cost of rooms in Koh Phangan increases by 25%-50%.
This is a perfect place for couples, or people not looking to party all night long. Peace & quiet is the main draw here.
Pros: Quiet, peaceful area, stunning views, 2 min walk to quiet Leela Beach, 10 minute walk to shops, restaurants and beautiful Haad Rin Beach. Friendly staff and delicious food. Amazing views of sunset.
Cons: If you want to be right in the action, this place is a bit further out. The food and drink are a bit expensive at the restaurant.