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112/39 moo 1, Koh Phangan, Thailand

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91%

Rating
433 Total Reviews
  • 92%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 96%Staff
  • 94%Atmosphere
  • 92%Cleanliness
  • 91%Facilities

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100%

Wow! Perfect hostel! We stayed for the half moon, they provided free paint and so much fun! Staff were fantastic and helpful. Even the night we didn't go out, they provided a film for us to watch and popcorn. Best hostel I've stayed in! Thank you!


100%

Don't stay anywhere else on Koh Phangan! This place is awesome, the staff and atmosphere really make this place a great experience. All of the rooms/toilets were cleaned daily which is a huge plus. Looking forward to coming back here.


100%

Genuinely loved my time at Ringside! Amazing atmosphere and the staff were amazing..Ill definitely come back next time I'm in Koh Phangan.

  • 14th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
You star! Thanks so much for making the time to write this. We are coming in to some very busy months so we will need more western staff for cover. Please get in touch with us if you know of anyone suitable. We need fun, caring, motivated and genuine people who can interact well with guests in English. Thanks again.

97%

We had such a fab stay with the Ringside crew! We only stayed for two nights but wish we stayed longer!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for the review! We strongly encourage people to book at least 4/5 nights on Koh Phangan regardless of your choice of hostel. With countless beaches, parties, tours and the best diving around you really do need more than a couple of days. The island is large and bikes are required to get around due to the sheer size of the place. Safe travels

80%

This hostel was one of the best places I have stayed .... The staff were so friendly and went out of their way to help! Amazing atmosphere

  • 30th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

An amazing hostel during full moon period. do not book anywhere else!!!! the staff are great and so welcoming. the location is great and everyone was so friendly. the best hostel i have stayed in. also do the mango tour...its so much fun and you meet so many new people. ringside all the way!!!

  • 30th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


91%

Had an absolue blast at this place! The staff are awesome and are what makes this place so much fun. Jen was amazing she put a lot of effort into getting to the know the guests and made sure we were all having a great time! She also runs the crazy mango tour which was a great day out and allowed everyone who went to get to know each other. The location is fine for all the parties (which were amazing) and theres a pool nearby that we were allowed to use. THIS HOSTEL IS WICKED


83%

This hostel is not on the beach, nor does it have a swimming pool! The photos are of a nearby guesthouse that allows ringside guests to use it. The staff are really fun and friendly, definitely the best I've experienced on my trip. Good music, cheap drinks and a great atmosphere. Could have more space in the dorms to put your stuff but very clean and comfortable.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey hey! Thanks for the review. Sounds like you had a good time!:). For any perspective customers I can confirm we are NOT directly on the beach - we are 30 seconds to 1 minutes walk from it. The awesome pool we have rights to is also on the beach where you are headed to so again max 1 minute walk away. Cleanliness is all too often taken for granted with hostels in Asia. It is very high on our priority list hence we have at least one cleaner on the clock 24/7. All the best. Team Ringside

97%

great dorms, has a pre-party bar and a taxi waiting to go out later if you choose. motorbike rentals are honest too. Staff remember your name and knowledgeable. highly recommended. has an excellent travel desk too. this should be your first port of call for sure.

  • 17th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for the review. The dorms are brand spanking new. We worked very hard to make them almost sound proof now and we are really happy with the results :) . Peterpans Adventure travel are the largest backpacker travel agency in the whole of Australia and New Zealand and FIji. We are blessed to have them onsite at Ringside as are our customers who can take advantage of their cheap onward travel deals. :)

77%

there are pros and con's. pros - great place to meet others, decent location, staff were entertaining, but its just salesmanship. Cheap place to stay. con's - They bribe good reviews for a free drink, staff overcharge for their taxi and say their price is going rate for other taxis. it's not. They also try to keep you drinking there instead of going anywhere else.

Owner Comment (Hide)
I have to strongly disagree with your salesmanship comment buddy, testimony to this would be the huge repeat customer numbers we get each year (since 2010). Whilst our staff are busy and have jobs to do, you can see from 95% of the reviews on here that they are the main reason people book with us - its genuine dude. My staff will do anything for anyone. Re Black moon, has been a cover charge for years however they are known to let big groups of females slide though, they clearly liked you! :)

100%

Hands down Ringside was the best hostel we stayed at in Thailand! The owner Paul was so welcoming and even sat us down to show us all the spots on the island we needed to see. The beds were clean, comfy and there was plenty of AC to go around. The hostel bar closed around 11 or 12pm which was nice for those nights when we were too hungover to function but when we were down to rage the amazing staff always pointed us in the right direction. I will definitely be back!!!

  • 9th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Really appreciate the kind words. Our staff are at the heart of everything we do. 'Ringside family' is often a term thrown around but it is really the case when people leave - there are often tears at the end of the 5 night stay - ha! :). We make a concerted effort to employ western staff who can truly engage with western customers. Its win, win! Don't get us started on the AC bill at the end of the month!!! Its almost enough to bankrupt us but nothing worse than sticky living conditions! THANKS

97%

It's the staff that make this place what it is ! They have great pre parties and make everyone feel welcome . Jen is super cute .

  • 29th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Precisely why she is reigning Miss Haadrin 2014 haha! ;) No, thanks for your kind words, it means a lot. We are very proud of our staff members including Theresa, Wayne, Sam, Jordan, Paul, Michelle, Tyler and Lena. Not to forget our fantastic Thai cleaner who works harder than anyone. Please come back to see Jen defend her crown on New Years eve this year! Happy travels my friend

97%

Had the best 5 nights at Ringside hostel. Never been to a hostel that is as social as ringside. All the staff get involved to make sure you enjoy yourself. One thing ringside has that no other hostel has is Kong, the most legendary guy you will ever meet. Also the mango tour that Jenna organises is great fun. We will definitely be returning to ringside.

  • 29th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
KING KONG! Other hostels employ thai staff that can not speak English, Kong speaks better English than our English staff .. and is far more polite! ;) Glad you enjoyed the Mango Tour. Its the brain child of the owners and was designed to give people a day they will not forget- bearing in mind most people cant remember what they got up to at the Full Moon party. Early bookings are becoming important for the tour if any future customers are booking. You will recieve an email prior to your arrival.

83%

Really nice and friendly place! Only problem Koh phangan when is not full moon!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi!!. Thank you for your kind words. As with most things in life ... timing is everything! To a certain degree, it depends what you are after. Koh Phangan when its not full moon or half moon is amazing for people who want the traditional Thai beach holiday experience - secluded paradise, relaxing, pool life etc. For those who are chasing the famous Ringside parties and full / half moon expereince we strongly advise that you hit the island at least 3/4 days prior (for all the major pre parties):)

100%

I've stayed in many hostels and this by far was one of my favorites! We were only gonna stay 2 night and we felt so at home we ended up staying 6 because the staff and owner are awesome and great at getting you in the socializing party type of mood. It's a great hostel for meeting people, highly recommend this place for solo travelers! What amazed me most though, is that even though its a party hostel and everyone is always sandy and wet from the beach, it was always super super clean!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Love the review - thanks! A cleaner on the clock at ALL times fixes that situation, its a simple but costly fix and one that not all hostels in Asia are prepared to consider. You were a fantastic customer and it was a pleasure to have you. You fit perfectly the type of people we look for ... down to earth, unpretentious, social, carefree. Solo travellers love it here as we make a concerted effort to blend the whole hostel from day one. Nothing worse than sub division internally within a hostel.

86%

Ringside is such a nice place to stay if you enjoy parties and don't intend to go bed before 3am (you won't be able to because of the loud music of the bar from the hostel)... The staff is ok and friendly, the dorms are nice, the bathrooms are clean. The cost X benefit is really worth it, but the beach near the hostel is not nice to go - you should rent a scooter or take a taxi to visit some beautiful places of Koh Phangan (like Secret Beach, Malibu Beach). I recommend Ringside hostel!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for the recommendation - appreciate it! A few things worth noting to perspective customers. We have 7 dorms in total. The cheapo option is the 8 bed fan only room. Great room - especially for the bargain hunter but as it is front facing it is the ONLY dorm in the hostel where you sometimes experience noise from the DJs we have in. There are many beaches on the island. Time your visit right in the day (tide) and we think we have the best on the island due to the sunrise (see image).

100%

Stop searching for a hostel right now! Booking here is a MUST!!! You'll meet amazing people and the staff are so so lovely, friendly, helpful and fun, they made our stay amazing!!! The atmosphere is really friendly and everyone has a good laugh! The bike rental is also brill! Not a bad word to say about this place!! Thank you Sam, Jen and everyone at ringside!!! We'll be back! Sam & Jack x

Owner Comment (Hide)
Have you ever considered a career in sales haha. Why didn't we employ you!? Sam is a great guy (until he starts being a hero and getting the beer bongs out for the customers) - try getting any work out of him after that! ;) Jenna is mildly addicted to jelly shots and is currently receiving counselling to see if we can get her off them gradually. We will keep you posted. Come back soon. Thanks for the review. We are very thankful and glad we met your expectations! Safe travels

69%

We booked for the Full Moon party months before we arrived, but when we got there they had double booked us. So we had to go to their 'sister' hostel further down the road. The sister hostel was nice, but we had booked for the atmosphere so we were frustrated. We went to the pre-full moon party at Ringside which was great fun and the staff are fantastic. Disappointing about the double booking...


97%

This is by far the best hostel I've ever stayed in! Has the perfect atmosphere if you're around for the full moon party week with lots of drinking games, free paint, great people and drink deals. People come from all round the island just to pre-game here! But best of all is the staff here.. They're brilliant! So helpful, nice and fun and love to party so you'll never have a problem with them if you're there to go crazy and have the time of your life. Gorgeous and clean facilities too :)


97%

Had a blast staying here for the full moon party. Without a doubt the best staff at any hostel I've stayed in so far. They were very helpful and know how to party as well. There's always something going on the days leading up to the party whether it's the Crazy Mango tours(where they'll take you to some of the coolest places on the island) during the day or all the pre-parties at night. It is a bit of a journey to the beach and back for the party but totally worth it.


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