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Echo Beach Backpackers
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Dirty Drug den! ”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

This hostel is extremely over priced, filthy and the staff are useless (because they are all high!)

The dorms are never cleaned, neither are the showers and toilets (some of which do not work!)

The bar serves warm, over prices drinks only, but the food is ok (limited options!)

The location is not great - it is not in haad rin.

We booked a ferry to leave the island through the staff at the hostel only to be told when we arrived at the pier that there was no booking! No one answered the phone when we tried to call so we ended up having to pay again - so basically they got more money off us! On top of the extortionate price we had to pay due to the minimum night stay over NYE!

The owner and staff do not seem to care about anything!

The only good thing about the hostel is the wifi which is only accessible in the bar area and some of the people that stay there were nice and sociable, others were clearly on drugs too.

I would advise against staying at this hostel as there is much better accommodation, closer to the centre, which is loads cheaper!!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Poole, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

Echo Beach Backpackers is a nice little hostel that emanates a relaxed atmosphere. The bar area has a funky design, the Pad Thai here is lovely (had around 3 a day) and the rooms are your standard dorm quality (nice beds).

However, the locker situation outside our room was more like a giant game of Tetris than quality designed storage space. EVERY morning the lockers would be somewhere else, either lying down, upside down etc etc. This was due to the toilets being constantly broke. (The lockers were used to block the door off to those who didn't care about using a broken toilet).

Nice hostel with a good sized beach out the back however, please please please invest in some working toilets

Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Vaalwater
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Echo Beach mid December for three days during the full moon party. Here are the honest pro's and con's:

PRO's
- you will meet a lot of people
- the accommodation is cheap

CON's
- as you enter, everyone's slops are on the floor, and unlike any other place we have been to: the stench hits you!
- they messed up our booking despite booking and paying 6 months in advance (they asked for us to pay in advance). The result was no aircon, no private room.
- there are so many people staying there... probably close to a hundred. With this comes all the other comfort and hygene issues.
- Only 2-3 working showers and toilets.
- you cannot swim in the sea in front of the backpackers. It is extremely dirty.
- the place wasnt cleaned at all (as far as i am aware)
- then the minor stuff: you make your own bed; the bar is overpriced; the owner is unfriendly.

Needless to say, we checked in somewhere elsewhere two days later.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here in November 2013. I did not plan it but was staying at bop hut in ko samui and went diving from ko phangam and it was much cheaper and easier staying on ko phangam. I enjoyed my stay here. Inexpensive, clean with really nice staff, it takes a lot to beat. Good English bar nearby along with the church, Sunday party boat , good massage place and a 7/11 all within 10 minutes walk. Situated on the beach with hammocks and a good bar.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Echo beach is a great place to meet other travellers. We made some great pals when we were there for oct full moon party.
Though it's not in hat Rin it is near the jungle party. They also put on cheep taxis for everyone. Help with any travel plans and there's a free breakfast.
Rooms are like any other shared dorms I've stayed in clean comfortable and filled with great people.

Would definitely recommend this place to any backpackers. Especially of your travelling solo cause the common area and nights organised by the hostel makes it so so easy to make friends.
A group of us are meeting up in oz in the new year and we can't wait.
Book here and I hope you enjoy your stay
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Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

First hostel me and my girlfriend stayed in after 3 weeks off hotels around Thailand, we stayed over the full moon party and all I have to say is it was so chilled out and relaxed great big sofas chairs and hammocks, beach write on back step of the hostel no ac in all the rooms but not really that much of an issue hope to be back some day met some great people there.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

I have visited echo many times, and it's always a hub of fun and friendliness. Great bar with tasty cocktails overlooking communal comfy sofas right by the beach. Amazing buffet, very good value with two movies on at night. Very friendly helpful staff and an array of super Dj's to get you in the mood before the big parties, with taxi's all organised and cheap as chips. Great for meeting people, and always a laugh.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Echo Beach Backpackers
Address: 30 Moo 1, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 354 Specialty Lodging in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Echo Beach Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brand new hostel located in right on the beach in Ban Tai near all the major parties including Half Moon, Shiva Moon, Black Moon, Jungle Experience and Waterfall and only 10 mins from Had Rin, home of the famous full moon party. FREE TAXI to full moon, FREE breakfast over full moon period, FREE WiFI, Tea, Coffee, Pool all other times. Echo Beach Backpackers is clean, chilled and relaxed with the most comfortable beds on the island. We offer beds from 99b a night and a comfortable relaxed cafe/bar to recover during the day and enjoy a beer playing pool and partying at night. ... more   less 
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