I’ve done two ‘big backpacking trips’: the first from Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur and the second from Moscow to Bangkok. In both trips there was a fair bit of partying involved and many of these parties started in the hostel. This is my personal top 10 of the best party hostels in Asia. Bring on the buckets and fishbowls ;) Nothing wrong with a bit of partying once in a while.
1. Monkey Jane Guesthouse (Yangshuo, China)
Monkey Jane took partying to the next level in the pitoresque Yangshuo, a small city surrounded by the beautiful karst peaks. Although rooms in the hostel are not exactly top notch, the party is… Monkey Jane organises numerous activities varying from rock climbing and mudcaves to tubing and cycling to nearby villages. Every night there is a group diner on the rooftop, which is a great place to meet other backpackers. At the rooftop there is a lounge area with bar, and Monkey Jane’s signature game: beerpong. Beat Monkey Jane three times and you will get a free beerpong t-shirt. I’ve seen many people go wild at Monkey Jane’s but it’s definitely worth going there. If only just for the experience.
Hanoi Backpackers Hostel ‘The Original’ is ran by Aussie guys and is the place to start a party in Hanoi. It’s probably one of the most enjoyable hostels in Southeast Asia! They have an amazing rooftop bar with happy hours and BBQ’s. There is also a lounge area. Rooms are not cheap, but good value for money. After the rooftop bar you can move to a street bar for a beer in one of those colorful little plastic chairs, the Irish pub or the famous party boat. Hanoi Backpackers Hostel definitely deserves a place in this top 10 of best party hostels!!
Bed and Beer at Bong house. Bong house is ran by the unique and amazing Mr. Bong. He makes sure all feel welcome and is always busy improving his hostel. Bong House his its own private bar with a pool table and ‘Shisha’. There is mixed clientele of young and old, asian and western people. If you go to the Bong Bar there is a good chance you will end up in a Korean karaoke bar at 4 am in the morning.
4. Zackry’s Guesthouse (Langkawi, Malaysia)
Zackry is ran by Mr. Zackry who love his guests and his dogs. When I was there, rooms were simple and clean. They have a very relaxed atmosphere and you can’t stay in this hostel without meeting some of the other guests. Zackry always finds a reason to organize a dinner or a party, and there is fair chance you will end up playing Ring of Fire.
5. Leo Hostel (Beijing, China)
Leo Hostel is located in the newly built backpacker area of Beijing with ‘modern’ Hutong streets. It’s an immense hostel, which makes it a bit impersonal. However, it stills offers enough to include this hostel in our top 10. It organizes fun trips and tours (Leo’s Secret Great Wall tour is highly recommended), movie night, game nights etc. They have big long tables which makes it easier to meet other travelers. Rooms are basic, but good. Another party hostel is right across the street and is called: 365 Inn.
6. Hantang Inn (Xi’an, China)
Hostelworld ranked Han Tang Inn the number one hostel of Asia in 2011, and this was for a good reason. They have a beautiful rooftop terrace. Not only are the rooms in the hostel some of the best in Asia, but they also organize theme evenings such as Chinese games or Chinese food which is (just as at Monkey Jane’s) a great way to meet people. Although, most evenings start off relaxed it can get pretty late. Han Tang Inn definitely belongs in our top 10 of best party hostels in Asia!!
7. The Pink Floyd Cafe & Hotel (Pushkar, India)
The Pink Floyd hotel is fully dedicated to Pink Floyd. All rooms are named after Pink Floyd albums, and the whole place is filled with memorabilia. Although the Pink Floyd Hotel is not a party place like the other hostels in this list, for Indian standards (with the exception of Goa) it is pretty party-minded. The atmosphere is good with a big lounge area. Movies are screened regularly and it is good place to meet other backpackers.
8. Backpackers House (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
Backpackers House has clean and comfortable rooms, and the fun begins with a free drink at its sisterbar: the Red Apple Club. The Red Apple Club is a modern club with a pool table, buckets and drinking games. Backpackers House also co-organizes the infamous booze-cruise with a floating bar. After the booze cruise and the Red Apple club you can join more party people at the Why Not Bar or Sailing Club.
Update April 2017: I couldn’t find a link to the Backpackers House anymore, so it might have been closed.
This hostel also looks fun though: Mojzo Dorm!
9. Tree House in Koh Chang
The Tree House has good rooms, but most importantly a chilled out atmosphere during the day and a vibrant and busy club during the night! Obviously, buckets are available.
10. NapPark Hostel (Bangkok, Thailand)
One thing was missing in Bangkok (and especially in the Khao San area) and that was a good party hostel. The NapPark hostel changed all that. Located in a quiet area on a stones throw of Khao San Road, this hostel provides excellent lodging, a great place to meet other people and serves as a perfect start for your night out in one of Bangkok’s clubbing districts (for example RCA, Sukhumvit, Khao San etc.)
Of course it always depends on your own mood and on the other guests present, but BoB feels that you can’t really go wrong with the hostels mentioned above. Whether you’re in a party mood or not …!
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Are there party hostels missing in this top 10? Let us know!