Great cheap hostels in Phuket
What are the best hostels in Phuket for budget travellers? Phuket is known for its luxury hotels, but there’s also a great range of hostels around the island ideal for backpackers travelling with a small budget. Many Phuket hostels are also stylish and thoughtfully designed, usually with WiFi, and air conditioning included.
Hostels in Phuket generally offer a mix of dormitories and private rooms and are ideal for solo and independent travellers, with shared living areas making it easy to meet others. Phuket Town has the best selection, but there’s also a decent choice of hostels near the beaches, especially in Patong Beach.
Here are some of the best hostels in phuket:
1. Lupta Hostel Patong Hideaway
Lupta Hostel is a great choice for a budget stay in Patong Beach with its mixed and female dormitory rooms. For those who want to be close to the action, Lupta’s location is excellent, with both the beach and the lively nightlife scene of Bangla Road just a short walk away.
Rooms are air-conditioned and have bunk beds with privacy curtains, as well as nooks and cupboards to stow your things. Lockers in the common area offer more storage space. The colourful living area is a comfy spot to hang out, and the hostel is surprisingly peaceful, considering it’s in the heart of Phuket’s party scene.
Lupta Hostel Rates
2. Lub d Phuket Patong Hostel
Lub d hostel in Patong is a lively, activity-filled place with a restaurant-bar, games room, swimming pool and co-working space. Great for kickboxing fans, there are also Muay Thai lessons available in the hostel’s own boxing ring.
Lub d offers bright and modern private rooms, ladies’ dorms and mixed dorms – prices aren’t as cheap here as other Patong hostels but they do have a lot of facilities. It’s set back from the beach about 300 metres and Bangla Road is a 10-minute walk away. Lub d is a popular hostel brand with more locations in Bangkok, Koh Samui, Siem Riep and the Philippines.
Lub d Phuket rates
Location: 13 Sawatdirak Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150
Phone: 076 530 100
Rates: Dorm beds from about 550 baht/night
3. Vitamin Sea Hostel Phuket
Its name is a bit misleading since it’s nowhere near the ocean, but Vitamin Sea Hostel’s bright, clean design does give it a nautical vibe. Set near Phuket Old Town, it offers an excellent base for those wanting to explore the historic streets, cheap eats and lively markets of Phuket Town.
They offer a choice of mixed and female dormitory rooms and private rooms, all with air-conditioning. The living areas on the ground floor are inviting spots to relax and meet fellow travellers, with a book exchange and cafe. Basic breakfast and self-serve coffee and tea are included.
Vitamin Sea Hostel Rates
Location: 54/8 Montri Road, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000
Phone: 083 103 2996
Rates: Dorm beds from about 230 baht/night – Bookings
4. Slumber Party Hostel Phuket
If you’re coming to Phuket to party and want to meet other night owls, this hostel is a good choice. Slumber Party has a chain of hostels around Thailand, with the Phuket branch found a short walk from Bangla Road and all the nightlife action of Patong Beach.
In addition to offering good-value dorm rooms, the hostel has a big common area and a lively bar, and it organises pub crawls around Patong three times a week. You might not get much sleep at the Slumber Party hostel, but you’re sure to have a good time – and the beach is just a 10-minute stroll away.
Slumber Party Hostel Rates
Location: 27/27 Ratchapatanusorn Road, Patong, Phuket 83150
Phone: 076 620 414
Rates: Dorm beds from about 200 baht/night
5. Fin Hostel Phuket
This surfing-themed hostel offers a lively and friendly place to stay within walking distance to Kata Beach. Fin Hostel has a choice of private rooms, a women’s dorm and mixed dorms with shared bathrooms and laundry facilities. There’s also a shared kitchen, lounge/TV area and bar, and a front desk where you can organise tours or bike rental.
Guests are given ample opportunities to mingle with the hostel hosting regular BBQ nights and parties, as well as having a small rooftop pool for enjoying a drink and a dip. Though the nightlife scene in Kata is more low-key than Patong Beach, there’s a decent variety of restaurants and bars that you could walk to easily.
Fin Hostel Phuket Rates
6. Ai Phuket Hostel
Found in a narrow shophouse on Yaowarat Road in Phuket Town, Ai Phuket Hostel is a fun little place to stay. Private rooms, female dorms and mixed dorms are set in colourful spaces splashed with wall and ceiling murals in a restored Sino-Portuguese building. Common areas are small but have a cosy and friendly feel with a lounge area and kitchen inside and a balcony/garden space at the back.
Ai is another good hostel for those interested to delve into Phuket’s local food scene and cultural attractions, being located right in the Old Town area. The local songthaew bus stop for cheap rides to the beaches is just around the corner at the Downtown Market.
Ai Phuket Hostel rates
7. Eco Hostel Phuket
Eco Hostel is located in Phuket Town near the old bus terminal, about 1km away from the Old Town area. It offers private three-bed rooms, female dorms and mixed dorms in a modern four-storey shophouse. The design overall has a crisp, clean feel to it and the café on the ground floor is a cosy place to enjoy some coffee and cake.
The immediate area around Eco Hostel isn’t all that attractive, but it’s easy enough to walk or hire a tuk-tuk to nearby markets, restaurants and the historic Old Town streets. It’s a handy place to stay if you want to catch the ferry to Phi Phi island, with Rassada Pier only a 10-minute drive away.
Eco Hostel Phuket rates
8. L’atelier Poshtel Phuket
L’atelier Poshtel is an ornately designed place on the outskirts of Phuket Town offering private rooms, male and female dorms and mixed dorms. Its look is more upscale than what you’d expect to find for budget accommodation, with chandeliered common areas, a stylish patio, a library and rooms adorned with artwork and murals. Guests are welcome to make use of the TV room and shared kitchen.
The hostel is along the busy bypass road opposite the big Tesco-Lotus shopping centre, but it’s set far enough back from the road to stay relatively quiet. Central Festival Mall, Big C and Chillva Market are each a few minutes’ drive away.
L’atelier Poshtel rates
Location: 101/31 Bypass Square, Chalermprakiat Rama 9 Road, Rassada, Phuket 83000
Phone: 076 684 430
Rates: Dorm beds from about 250 baht/night
Website: http://www.latelierposhtel.com/ – Discounted rates
9. The Lantern Hostel Phuket
The Lantern Hostel offers simple, clean accommodation about 300 metres away from Wat Chalong. You’ll find a choice of private rooms and dorms in a family-friendly setting with a spacious outdoor garden area and kids’ facilities like baby cots available on request. The hostel has relaxed atmosphere with a spa and restaurant on site, and guests can also enjoy a dip at a small swimming pool at a property nearby.
Its location in Chalong makes it an ideal budget choice for those training at Tiger or other Muay Thai and fitness camps on Soi Ta-iad nearby, and it’s also a short drive from Chalong Pier.
The Lantern Hostel Rates
10. Book a Bed Poshtel Phuket
Found tucked away beside Limelight Avenue Mall in Phuket Town, Book a Bed Poshtel is a bit of a hidden gem. This bright, modern hostel’s fun-loving vibe is immediately apparent when you step inside and see the big slide that runs from the upstairs loft area down to the lobby. It offers a range of private rooms, mixed dorms and women’s dorms, and there’s also a lovely swimming pool with a beanbag-strewn terrace great for lounging around.
Book a Bed is well located for exploring all the sights of Phuket Town, and in the evenings from Wednesday to Friday the popular Indy Market sets up in the car park area between Limelight and the hostel.
Book a Bed Poshtel rates
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