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Dancing Elephant Hostel
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

I visited just before the full moon but was around for the half moon festival. They do have a massive TV with films to watch but at the time i stayed the owner was building his own bar in the common areas and it wasn't the place to chillout when you're feeling tired. Some of me clothes went missing too and they didn't seem too bothered. A girl's ipod also went missing so clearly they are lacking in security, which would worry me even more during full moon week. Yes they have lockers next door but i shouldn't have to lock away my clothes?! They have no locked door to dorm so anyone can just walk in. There isn't anyone really there during the day to stop you. The atmosphere in evenings was good but Haadrin is a dive of an area. You're much better off staying in an area just outside and dropping in for full moon than stay here.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Easily the best/most fun/crazy/friendly hostel I have ever stayed in. The owner is a Legend, there is free wifi, tvs games, FREE WATER, a big bar outside, amazing burger restaurant, literally couldn't be better! such a good place to meet people, party together n perfect location.. near the pier, 5mins to full moon beach, n close to sunset beach too. I will be going back there time n time again!

Room Tip: There are double beds in 1 of the rooms for couples!
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Elodie W
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

We stayed here for six days for the full moon and new year. We were a bit skeptical at first staying in a 40 bed dorm.... But we were very pleasantly surprised! The dorm was kept very clean and you'd never know there 40 people staying there!
All of the staff were amazing, David, Eddie and raff all made sure you were always having a good time and nothing was too much trouble!
If you like fun, stay here..... If you don't like fun.... Go somewhere else...
I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone:)
Get down there!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank emily d
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Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed in this hostel twice in 2 months now and if I was to ever go back to Koh Phangan, I'd stay here again and again. David, his family and his staff make you stay a quality experience. The location is perfect. Close to shops, restaurants, the beach and great nightlife. Your sure to meet your little 'family' for the duration of your stay and it'll be a laugh a minute.
A truly brilliant hostel.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

After a mess up with our original booking at a different hostel, we came to Dancing Elephant on a whim at the start of the busy full moon period. We had heard good recommendations about the place beforehand so decided to try our luck for space. We thought this was the best hostel we stayed in, don't be put off by the large dorms as although they're loud at night, they make sure you have the best time possible. David and his family were so welcoming and he gave us a full safety briefing, entry wristband to the hostel and discount book showing he genuinely cared for his guests safety whilst wanting them to have a good time. The whole street was filled with the hostels guests at night and it felt like you were part of a big family.its really close to the beach yet far away enough so you don't hear the music from it. DON'T STAY ANYWHERE ELSE!! Make sure you book in advance so you don't miss out on this place as it filled up quickly!

Room Tip: There are 19 bed dorms if you don't fancy the large 40 dorm
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

If you don't stay here, you will miss half of the full moon experience! It's a great way to meet loads of new, like-minded people!
The customer service is excellent and they care about everyone.
They will also treat you to a large number of vouchers and deals just for staying there!
I have stayed twice and both times it has been exceptional!

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

David and his family were very friendly and welcoming to us. We had an excellent stay and sleep which we were surprised about considering we were staying in a 40 person dorm.

This hostel in central in the middle of the action yet it quiet. It is extremely clean, the staff are friendly and it is a great place to meet people.

For more about our stay at the Dancing Elephant please see our travel blog: http://kiwistakeasia.blogspot.com/2012/10/hello-koh-phangan.html

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Dancing Elephant Hostel

Address: 95/16 Moo 6, Baan Tai | Haadrin Village, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Surat Thani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 102 Specialty Lodging in Surat Thani
Price Range: $11 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
DANCING ELEPHANT #1 PARTY HOSTEL is glad to offer a first advice: To fully enjoy the Full Moon festival we highly recommend to arrive Full Moon D-5. You come for a music festival, don't you? Every night, from the sunset to the dawn, warm up party, party and after party! DANCING ELEPHANT warm-up are famous, we are connected with all the major island's parties, like Jungle Experience, Maya, Sramanora...Every full moon festival we welcome international DJ's with their incredible sounds! DANCING ELEPHANT #1 PARTY HOSTEL is proposing a range of packages, suitable for all. Please take a tour on our packages page. Six years ago DANCING ELEPHANT was the first and ORIGINAL hostel in Koh Phangan. Ever since its inception it's one of the best around. Located in the heart of Haad Rin village we located very close to the famous Full Mon Party beach, Haadrin sunrise beach. You will find in the immediate surrounding shops, restaurants, massage parlors, medical center and motorbike rental shops. Our hostel is only a 2 min walk away from the FULL MOON PARTY beach. The pier 250 meters away. Whether you are traveling by yourself or with friends Dancing Elephant is the best place to meet new people and have the time of your life. Our dorms are air conditioned, comfortable and have good sized mattresses. Hot shower, hi-speed Wifi, laundry(included in the packages), 50" TV + hundreds of movies, night guard, 2 bars (in and outdoor) + animations, DJs, 3 wifi networks, travel desk, Thai and foreigner staff speaking English, proximity with the beach, deposit boxes...Travel and activities desk, Thai and international staff speaking English. In case you are traveling as a couple we also have double beds that you can book. All year round we provide the whole facilities package. Our mission is to ensure that you have the best possible time ever which is why on arrival you will receive our legendary briefing which will give you all the information you need to make your stay unforgettable and safe. We will also be happy to answer any other questions you have about the island or your onward travels. . So if it is a clean and safe (lockers, night auditor, CCTV) hostel with an exciting, entertaining, fun and friendly atmosphere that you are looking for Dancing Elephant is where you need to be. Hope to see you soon!! Check in: 11 am till late Check out: 12 pm noon Minimum stay: 5 nights for full moon week 7 nights for new year. Payments terms: 50% prepayment for full moon week and the balance due on arrival * No pre payment = no confirmed booking. No show = no refund Please cancel a full 7 days prior to arrival ... more   less 
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