Thailand's top party hostels for backpackers

This is the ultimate list of party hostels all over Thailand in one place. You can have crazy adventures, try everything at least once and experience all that Thailand has to offer by day, and by night you can party hard with travellers from all over the world in hostels that cater to party loving backpackers. Whoo, that was quite a sentence.

My first trip to Thailand when I was 23 was all solo. I wanted to meet people, make friends, have fun and get a little crazy away from home, in a place I could be anybody I wanted to be. It was one of the best experiences of my life and Thailand still remains one of my favourite destinations today.

Although many of the hostels I stayed at in 2012 have changed hands or closed down, I still remember the qualities of a good social hostel, and if I were doing it all over again today, these are the hostels I would have chosen.

All hostels mentioned below have at least an 8/10 approval rating across all factors such as cleanliness, location, value and staff friendliness. While they are party hostels, they aren’t at the cost of being a decent hostels. Nobody wants to party at a dump.

A few hostels came up frequently during my searches. One is Slumberparty, which is Thailand’s consistently top rated party hostel group. If you’re in Ao Nang Beach, Krabi, Koh Phangan, Phuket, Bangkok or Chiang Mai check these guys out first, they really have perfected the art of the party hostel.

The other hostel I recommend is Mad Monkey, who were around in 2012 when I first travelled Southeast Asia and I stayed with them in Cambodia. Of course, they wouldn’t have stuck around so long on the backpackers’ scene if they weren’t a hostel favourite. They also have hostels in Thailand, the Philippines and Australia.

Almost all hostels listed here are limited to guests aged 18-35 years, mainly for guest safety. If you’re looking for chill but social hostels, there are many others to choose from. Thailand has something for everyone.

All prices are in $USD


Playground Hostel Bangkok

Their opening statement is, “welcome to Playground Hostel, Bangkok's hottest new party hostel where you will enter as a stranger but leave feeling like family... If you will ever want to leave that is!”

Playground Hostel pride themselves on providing the perfect party atmosphere. Alongside their fully stocked bar, they’ve got all the drinking games you could possibly want, and their common area is a perfect spot for socializing during the day. Whether you’re nursing your hangover, jumping straight into day drinking or just chilling out from exploring the craziness that is Bangkok, you'll find it all here.

$4.65 per night in an 8 bed dorm room

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Mad Monkey Bangkok

If you are looking for a fun, friendly hostel with a great vibe and the best social scene going, you have found your place. Mad Monkey Hostel in Bangkok brings you clean and comfortable rooms, excellent service and non-stop good times.

They are centrally located and right where you want to be in Bangkok - minutes from Khao San Road but tucked away a few streets back overlooking a quiet canal.

Mad Monkey has all the fixings of an epic hostel. Their swimming pool is perfect for hot afternoons in the bustling capital and their large bar and restaurant is the best hub for meeting new people.

$15.24 per night in a 4 bed dorm

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Chiang Mai

Bodega Chiang Mai

If you’re looking for good people, good vibes, a great social experience and better beds than yours at home, you’ve come to the right place. Bodega is THE party hostel in Chiang Mai. They offer good food and booze, pub crawls, tours and nightly drinking games.

$5.44 per night in a 4 bed dorm Book online at Hostelworld


Vibes Party Hostel

VIBES is a Party Hostel for 18 to 35 year-olds, so you can party with likeminded people while in Thailand.

Not only do they have large and clean affordable rooms, with a balcony overlooking the gorgeous pool, they also have nightly pre-parties before you head to Bangla road, Patong´s famous walking street!

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$7.69 per night in a 6 bed dorm

Slumber Party Phuket

With over 10,000 reviews and a 93% approval rating, Slumber Party are the highest rated party hostel group in the world! If you’re looking to #AdventureHardPartyHarder you’ve come to the right place.

$9.27 per night in a 10 bed dorm

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Koh Phangan

Lazy House Shenanigans

Within walking distance of three of Koh Phangan’s most stunning beaches, sunrise and sunset views, countless parties, hiking, viewpoints, restaurants, bars and shopping you have everything you could ever need or want right at your fingertips.

They are one of the largest, most fully-equipped hostels on the island, complete with swim-up pool bar, brand new gym, movie lounge with projector screen, library, pool table, darts board, drinking games galore, international DJ’s, warm up parties, BBQ’s, and plenty of garden chill out areas. Their dorms and private rooms are beautifully themed and decorated with stunning original murals by Star Lab Industries.

Come to Koh Phangan to Party?! Didn’t we all?! Ask about purchasing one of their Full Moon or Half Moon party packs at reception. All you need to do is have fun, and let us take care of the rest. Whether it’s Full Moon week or not, there’s always a dancefloor waiting to be torn up!

$6.18 per night in an 8 bed dorm

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Cats in Space

Meow, fellow Space Cat!

Do you love parties, hanging out with other backpackers, playing drinking games and having fun? Then the spaceship is for you!

Their spaceship is well renowned for its legendary pre-parties and is fully equipped with great speakers, the freshest music and the cheapest hostel bar in the area for all your needs before you're heading to one of the island's world famous parties. Join the fun and get 'Free shots and free body paint & glitter' during the pre-parties!

$7.72 per night in an 8 bed dorm

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Dancing Elephant Beach Club

Enjoy the coolest beach bar, craziest drinking games, and make new friends in our daily volleyball games on the beach.

Dancing Elephant started life 9 years ago as the island’s first backpacker hostel. Soak up a bit of sun, play beach volleyball, and enjoy happy hour with a beautiful sunset. Come alone, party together, and leave as lifelong friends.

In addition to being located on the beach, they’re also in a prime spot to pregame before Half Moon Festival, Black Moon Party, and Jungle Experience. The Full Moon Party is a short taxi ride away but rest assured, we’ll still be showing you the best (not to mention safest) way to enjoy the party!

They provide a clean and safe hostel, with vibrant character and colourful charm like no other you’ll find in Asia. Regardless of whether you’re traveling solo or in a group, you’ll be calling this home straight away.

$7.72 per night in a 4 bed dorm

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Koh Phi Phi

Ibiza House

Ibiza House is located in the party area (Loh Dalum Bay) which means you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Along with pool parties every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, you can enjoy also the seaview restaurant, pool and beach bar, and helpful staff with see to anything else you might want or need.

$13.90 per night in a 10 bed dorm

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Blanco Beach Bar

Blanco Beach Bar is right on the beach front, which means spectacular views and great parties right at your door step. Not only do they have the cheapest bar on the beach, it’s a fun, sociable and safe place to meet other like-minded backpackers.

Blanco Beach Bar are famous on Koh Phi Phi for their parties. You can watch a fire show every night or do the limbo for free shots. Their unrivalled party scene is for outgoing people to meet new friends, travel buddies, lovers and take home kick ass memories of their experiences in Thailand, Phi Phi and Blanco!

$11.74 per night in a 12 bed dorm

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The Famous Pai Circus Hostel

Circus hostel is a place like no other anywhere in the world! Circus is the only hostel in Pai with a luxury view point infinity swimming pool and a mountain view to die for. All staff are lady boys, and they’re located only 700 meters from the night market.

Almost every night they have free entertainment such as fire shows, bonfires, pool parties, open mic, quiz nights and competition as well as free curries and Pad Thai. They’re a party hostel, but they shut everything down by midnight so people can sleep.

You can spend your days lounging in a hammock by the pool, hanging out with the hostel Labrador named Jack Daniels, or exploring Pai by motorbike.

$7.41 per night in a 12 bed dorm

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