Backpacking through Southeast Asia is one way of saying:
“I’m going to party A LOT!!”
Finding that group of people to get crazy and drunk with is much easier if you check into the right hostel.
Below is my list of the Best Party Hostels in Southeast Asia.
The hostels are divided into 2 different categories.
The first category is “Social, but Not Crazy“.
It’s pretty self-explanatory.
You’ll find plenty of backpackers to mingle with.
Some might get drunk and a little loud, but you’ll still be able to have a decent night’s sleep.
The second category is “Good Luck Sleeping“.
These are the places where drinking games start while the sun is still out.
Half naked Brits will be running around.
And the STD’s flow as freely as the beer.
Sleeping with earplugs might help block out the noise.
But getting blackout drunk is the guaranteed way to sleep through the night.
BEGADANG(Social, but Not Crazy) – Gili Air, Lombok.
Begadang is a relaxing hostel on a relaxing island.
They are known for their mushroom-shaped swimming pool and bamboo hut rooms.
Leaving this hostel is very difficult because most of your day will be spent in the pool.
People struggled just to leave for food.
There’s a bar called Space Bar that is right across from Begadang.
If you’re looking for a certain little fungus that’ll take you to space this is the place to go.
LA FAVELA(Social, but Not Crazy) – Gili Trawangan, Lombok.
La Favela is a social hostel with Free breakfast, a bar, and swimming pool.
The rooms also only have 3 beds in each of them.
Which betters your chance for peaceful sleep.
Most people usually leave during the day.
But you’ll find some people who stay around the pool all day.
After dinner is when most people gather around at the bar for camaraderie and drinking games.
REGGAE MANSION(Social, but Not Crazy/Good Luck Sleeping) – Kuala Lumpur.
Due to KL being a great city to “border hop” to I stayed at this hostel more times than any other hostel.
This hostel can be “Social, but Not Crazy” and it could also be “Good Luck Sleeping”.
It depends on the groups of people staying there and what day of the week it is.
STAMPS BACKPACKERS(Social, but Not Crazy) – Chaing Mai.
Stamps Backpackers is a small hostel done right.
There’s a tight family vibe at this place.
The small bar downstairs usually has nightly activities.
And the staff always try to get everyone involved.
They also have takeaway breakfast for people who are doing early morning excursions.
HOSTEL 9 YANGON(Social, but Not Crazy) – Yangon.
I stayed at Hostel 9 during the week of Thingyan(Burmese Water Festival).
The hostel might have been more social because of this.
During the day, most people gather at the restaurant and common area downstairs.
They also have a beer packed refrigerator down there.
Later in the evening is when you’ll find most people at their rooftop bar.
OSTELLO BELLO INLE LAKE(Social, but Not Crazy) – Nyaung Shwe.
Ostello Bello is a chain hostel throughout Myanmar(and Italy).
They’ve taken over the Myanmar market.
There’s still many places in Myanmar that foreigners are not allowed to visit.
But for the cities you are allowed to visit there’s probably an Ostello Bello hostel there.
The restaurant and common area is downstairs.
At night they have Happy Hour on their rooftop bar.
They usually have a DJ and every night has something going on.
Whether it’s drinking games or a large local dinner.
This was the nicest and most social of the Ostello Bellos I stayed at.
OSTELLO BELLO BAGAN(Social, but Not Crazy) – Bagan.
This Ostello Bello was a more tame version of the one near Inle Lake.
It had a bar, restaurant, and common area all downstairs.
And it also had a rooftop area.
But for whatever reason the rooftop was empty every night.
Not once did I ever see anyone up there.
Everyone stayed at the bottom to socialize.
OSTELLO BELLO MANDALAY(Social, but Not Crazy) – Mandalay.
Ostello Bello Mandalay was not much different from the other Ostello Bellos.
Most of the socializing takes place downstairs in the restaurant/common room area.
They do have a chill-out area on the roof but it was ignored for the downstairs.
NANA BACKPACKERS(Good Luck Sleeping) – Vang Vieng.
If it wasn’t for Tipsy Tiger in Penang, Nana Backpackers would be #1 for craziest party hostel in Southeast Asia.
Do you like FREE alcohol, a swimming pool, and loud music?
This is the place to be.
Do not expect to find backpackers with morals here.
You drop that shit off at the gate.
Nana Backpackers is a place to get wild.
Many people stay longer than they expect.
People have to be dragged away from this place for their own good.
Their liver, wallet, and future thank them when they finally leave.
MAD MONKEY SIEM REAP(Good Luck Sleeping) – Siem Reap.
Mad Monkey Siem Reap lives up to the reputation of most Mad Monkeys.
This one might have been my favorite.
Swimming pool, beanbag chairs, and bar all right next to each other.
MAD MONKEY PHNOM PENH(Social, but Not Crazy/Good Luck Sleeping) – Phnom Penh.
Mad Monkey Phnom Penh is split into 2 different buildings.
Because of this split it also allows it to be social or completely out of control.
Just depends on which side you stay.
MUI NE HILLS BACKPACKERS(Social, but Not Crazy) – Mui Ne.
I’m sure Mui Ne Hills CAN get crazy, there’s plenty of opportunities for it to happen.
When I was there the craziness was around but not at intense levels.
Mui Ne Hills might be the best deal out of all the Southeast Asian party hostels I’ve been to.
For less than $4 you get a dorm room, 3 pools, great views, bar, restaurant, and drinking games each night.
The relaxed vibe and different pools makes this hostel very hard to leave.
During the evening Pillow Fights take place over the main pool.
At night Drinking Trivia and Beer Pong usually happens.
TRIBEE KINH(Social, but Not Crazy) – Hoi An.
Tribee Kinh is one of the many Tribee Hostels in Hoi An.
Tribee Kinh is known as the party hostel though.
This hostel gets extremely social later into the night.
So much so that the bar is almost impossible to walk through.
Fridays you get FREE Beer.
Tuesdays and Saturdays you get FREE Rum and Coke.
Their bar closes at 11 pm or 12 am and the staff takes everyone out to the bars along the river.
Staying at any of the Tribee hostels gets you access to the pool of Tribee Ede.
VIETNAM BACKPACKER HOSTELS DOWNTOWN(Good Luck Sleeping) – Hanoi.
Vietnam Backpacker Downtown is a great hostel for many reasons.
Their place is surrounded by many bars and restaurants.
The 5th floor is a chill out area and their downstairs bar is quite large.
There’s usually drinking games and dress up themes every night.
Expect to see people dancing on the tables once the beer starts flowing.
I know there’s some other raging hostels in these same cities that might be just as good.
Too bad I couldn’t visit them all.
These were the wildest, most social, and best Party Hostels in Southeast Asia that I stayed at.
What are yours?
Leave me recommendations and drunken stories in the comments below.
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