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“Hostel basic but amazing location and awesome owner!” 4 of 5 stars
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Yan Dormitory n Bar
94 / 57 Moo 6 | Haad Rin, Ko Phangan, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #174 of 245 Specialty Lodging in Ko Phangan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Hostel basic but amazing location and awesome owner!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Hostel itself is very basic and not 100% clean but the location itself makes up for it! We came back to the hostel a few times during the full moon party to get money etc...only 5 mins to the beach! The real gem is Yan, an incredibly wise and friendly man who will go above and beyond for you!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Truro, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Yan is amazing. he is probably the friendliest person you will ever meet. a little bit crazy, but it defently adds to the experience. as soon as i walked thru the door he was putting food and a cup of coffee in my hands (all free all the time). It is a great place to meet people, most of us from the hostel were hanging out together before heading out each night and down 2 the full moon party.
Yan really tries to make it feel as homely as possible. its a great hostel, a definite must if your heading to koh phangan!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Got completely ripped off by Yan: turned up 2 days before Full Moon and he left us waiting for 2 hours, telling us the room was being prepared before then changing his story to that of him being fully booked. Even though we had booked months in advance. Ok. However, he had managed to get us a place somewhere else. A room above a shop with no sheets (2 towels instead) and no locks (though we did get lockers). I have read that this can be a great place to stay, but he completely did us over. We weren't the only ones either: our room and the place next to us was full of spill over guests who thought they had booked, often weeks or months ago as well.Hmmm. Avoid!

Room Tip: Don't book here.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

I met lots of great people while staying at Yan's! The man works hard to keep his paying guests happy, but be aware that he is a bit unstable. If he offers you the opportunity to work at his bar and sell liquor put your head down and run as far away as you can! He says you can "do what you want" and just work at the bar but when full moon approaches he expects a lot without paying you a baht. Yan can't read or write English so he is in way over his head when it comes to booking 40+ people on full moon. What the guy really needs is someone to help him during these busy times, but he won't fork up the money to hire any staff because his ego and stubbornness get in the way. At times he can be very unprofessional (doesn't mind yelling and cursing in public). Although he will offer you a bed, come full moon you will be sleeping outside as he over books the dorm and has people sleep in the massage room and bar. Girls be extremely cautious as the guy is touchy and uses his "healing" power to take advantage in every situation. A great location and nice spot but it comes with its disadvantages.

Room Tip: 1 room with 18 beds... Try to get the massage room on full moon, sleeps 6.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Basel, Switzerland
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012 via mobile

Ideal for the full moon party, Yan is a legend (and slightly crazy), he's constantly running around making sure his guests are happy and comfortable. There's always food waiting on the cooker and he'll offer to do your laundry for free.

As for the dorm room, it's a bit cramped and the matresses are about as hard as the wood they sit on but this is a full moon hostel, you're not going to be sober enough to notice.

There's a great social vibe around this place, every one bands together and some of my best travelling memories are with people I met at Yan's.

Thanks Yan, I'll be back.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Stayed here with 3 friends during the Full Moon Party in June 2012. It was great fun, a chilled place and Yan works really hard to make your stay enjoyable. Would definitely recommend to others and stay again should I ever be back on Koh Phangan.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

I stayed at Yan Dormitory and Bar while in Koh Phangan on holiday and also while learning Thai Traditional Massage at the holistic center next door.
what was so good about Yan's Dorm was the social atmosphere and real effort made by the management to make guests feel comfortable and part of the place, answer any questions, correct any problems, etc. Yes the place has its limits in terms of facilities - but then its a hostel! Its perfect if you are staying short-term, or travelling on your own and want to meet people and of course ideally located for the famous Full Moon Party and other events on the island. Yan's is cheap at 200 Baht per night and is centrally located - really near to all the nice beaches in Haad Rin area. If you just need somewhere intimate (not too many people) to get your head down and also to socialize a bit without pressure, then its ideal. I love d it!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 94 / 57 Moo 6 | Haad Rin, Ko Phangan, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
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Ranked #174 of 245 Specialty Lodging in Ko Phangan
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