Although Koh Tao is associated mainly with diving and less with parties than its neighbouring island which boasts crazy full, half and quarter moon parties – Koh Phangan we‘re looking at you – we’re here to let you know that Koh Tao also offers a great bar scene that can’t be rivalled. This author actually preferred partying in Koh Tao to Koh Phangan thanks to its more chilled vibes and of course the legendary Koh Tao Pub Crawl!!!!
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The Koh Tao Pub Crawl
A night in Koh Tao can be amazing fun if you know where to go. If you don’t want to take the risk of ending up in the less lively bars then join one of Thailand’s best pub crawls – the Koh Tao Pub Crawl – which takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday starting at 6pm in the one and only Choppers Bar.
It’s always packed and a great way to make new friends and dance your way around the island! 450 baht will get you a t shirt, free shots and a free bucket. Then you’ll be dancing the night away….and jumping in swimming pools before you know it!
I don’t think you’ll meet a single backpacker on Koh Tao (or in Thailand!!) that hasn’t signed up for this mad night out. You won’t regret it…or will you?! Despite my Koh Tao horror story, I still love this island more than all the others. Need more info? Check out their FB page! Most hostels will sell tickets or you can just wander thought the bar district and you will definitely meet someone selling tickets!
Looking to party on Koh Tao? Read this bar guide by TravelTomTom.
Nursing a hangover
Given that the beaches on the island are absolutely stunning you’ll also have plenty of places to sleep off your hangover. Also, if you are there for the diving, that’s not a bad way to fight the toxic morning after feeling. But where to stay if you’re visiting Koh Tao?? We’ve listed a few of our favourite party hostels where you’ll be sure to make more than a few drinking buddies and the perfect places to chill out and recover from the night before.
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Most of the party hostels are located near Sairee Beach which has loads of bars that sell buckets all night long. Being located near the action enables you to get home safely and quickly when you can’t take the party any longer.
5 Best Party Hostels On Koh Tao
1. Goodtime Beach Hostel
Want to have a good time and stay near the beach?? That’s right, this place it does exactly what it says on the tin. The staff are welcoming and friendly, the rooms are clean and the beds are comfortable. It’s super easy to make friends here – just go and hang out in the common room and you’ll find some chill travellers to chat to. The hostel is located beside the Rock Bar which is a great place to get some drinks. The downside is that the loud music aimed to keep people rocking will keep you awake if you plan on an early night. The solution?? Don’t have an early night!!
Goodtime crew 'boat safety training' … otherwise known as taking all the staff out on the boats and drinking ALL the beer! Yeh!! We cruised around to our new favorite beach Aow Mao and before enjoying too many of those cold beers cleaned up a whole load of plastic that has washed up there. There is is still a lot more rubbish scattered about so if anyone is in the area maybe hop on and see what you can grab. All in all it was an awesome afternoon hanging with the crew, thanks for all the hard work team, you rock!! #bestteam #dreamteam #goodtime #staff #doitall #saveouroceans #ecoday #beachclean #nomoreplastics #beerme #kohtao #thailand #beach #bikini #boardshorts #speedboat #aquaholic
2. Koh Tao Central Hostel
Koh Tao Central Hostel, which is one of the best value for money options in the island, is conveniently located in Mae Head beside the beach and piers. It’s only 10 minutes’ walk from Sairee Beach – as we’ve already said a great place to party. There’s no common area but guests can get all the good traveler vibes by heading to Reef Bar which is just across the road!!
3. Taco Shack Hostel 2
Taco Shack Hostel 2 has its own bar and restaurant where it’s super easy to meet other travelers. Don’t be surprised if you get caught up in drinking games before the night starts!!!! They make some great cocktails too and the meals are delicious. The rooms are nice, large and clean. The staff in the hostel are super friendly and will go out of their way to help you with anything you need. The place is only ten minutes walk to all the nightlife going on at Sairee Beach.
4. SpicyTao Backpackers
OK we’ll be the first to admit it, the facilities at SpicyTao aren’t the best. But you’ll find on the backpacker trail in Thailand that the better the party the less luxurious the hostel. In its defense, with dorm beds prices from as little as 230baht it’s one of the cheapest on the island so if you’re looking to save a bit of money then it’s the perfect place to go. You’ll definitely meets loads of other likeminded travellers. They have a cool common area, nice hammocks and also serve cheap alcohol. For the real backpacker experience stay at SpicyTao.
5. Moov Inn Garden Hostel
Located in Mae Haad within walking distance of many bars, Moov Inn Garden Hostel is a beautifully decorated hostel a 5 minute walk from the beach. They have an awesome restaurant and bar and usually have parties every night of the week. The rooftop is also a great place to watch magnificent sunsets while drinking a beer. Baby Rasta Bar which is located across the street is an awesome place to hang out and watch some live sessions.