Fresh beach party hostel
After seeing Infinity Beach Club’s enormous swimming pool along with the beachfront location, multiple bars and fancy style, we were shocked to learn that it’s a hostel with 200-baht dorms and not a single private room. On an island with a bunch of cool hostels, this one might be the coolest.
Opened in late 2015, Infinity brings a slick urban design to a beach that has long been dominated by rustic old bungalows. Set in a single-floor polished concrete building with floor-to-ceiling glass fronts overlooking the pool, the clean dorm rooms range from six to 12 beds and include a women-only option, with the price going up for rooms with fewer bunks.
Air-con cooled, the bunks are placed reasonably far apart and each comes with a thick mattress, reading lamp, electrical outlet and locker. Tents are also available when the dorms fill up around Full Moon Party time, when a single bunk fetches a whopping 1,600 baht per night. Shared bathrooms are large and clean, with plenty of showers and toilets to go around.
The shocking Full Moon Party rate might seem worth it when you consider that Infinity is such a fab place to party. DJs play dance, house, downtempo and everything in between over a sound system that can be heard from over a mile away. Parties are frequently held at other times as well – check out Infinity’s Facebook page for the latest bikini-clad posters.
Hip young guests dance on loads of open lawn, down cocktails in one of three bars and grab a bite in a beachfront seafood restaurant. When it’s time to chill, Infinity boasts king-size daybeds next to the pool along with wood loungers on the beach and tables set in interesting concrete bunkers that place your eyes near ground level. There’s also a long stretch of beachfront.
All of the above punctuates a massive lagoon-style infinity pool set at the centre of the party. Even if you’re not staying here, consider paying 100 baht for a day pass to use the pool, a towel, the loungers and volleyball net.
The non-Full Moon rates are surprisingly low, with the cheapest bunks costing about the same as at most of Ko Pha Ngan’s more standard hostels. Blue Dream is also worth considering if you want a pool and could go for a bunch of sports activities, while nearby Echo Beach Hostel is another fine option charging just 100 baht per bunk outside of Full Moon Party time. There’s also The Magic Wave, another beach party spot with some dorms for rent. Check out Goodtime Beach Backpackers for a mellower beachfront hostel with a pool.
Address: Baan Tai (on the beach), Ko Pha Ngan
T: (062) 323 3357;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º1'52.13" E, 9º41'47.93" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
300 to 400 for eight/six-bed dorms.
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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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