Patong, Phuket: Kool Backpacker Hostel Review
Red was in charge with most if not all of the travel arrangements and I’m more than happy to oblige with his decisions because I know he’s meticulous when it comes to all these things. He booked Kool Backpacker through Agoda a couple of months before our trip.
Finding the hostel was a bit tricky especially we’re first timers in Phuket plus the fact it was in a busy street so keep your eyes peeled! Good thing it’s located at the beginning of Bangla Road – if you’re approaching from Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Road. A little warning: if you’re travelling with a suitcase, this hostel might not be advisable as it doesn’t have a lift and there are 2 flights of stairs to climb – make that 3 if the escalator isn’t working. On the bright side, you’ll be working on your muscles constantly going up and down the stairs.
Upon arrival you need to cough up 100 Baht (2.80USD) per person for key deposit and another 50 Baht (1.40USD) if you need a towel. They are pretty strict when it comes to the “No shoes inside rule”; you have to leave your footwear outside and roam around the hostel barefoot. Since I’m not used to being barefoot, cheeky me wore my flip-flops to the bathroom.
The hostel was decent in general – they have safety boxes next to the reception (you have to provide your own lock though), clean dorm room, clean bathroom, heavenly aircon, the bean bags in the lounge were so comfortable and perfect location (depending on your priority). They have a few selections of DVDs in the lounge area so you can have a pick which one tickles your fancy. There’s always someone in reception, which is good in case of emergency. The hostel is roughly 3mins walk from Patong Beach, which is the main beach of Phuket. It’s also surrounded by convenience stores, souvenir shops, moneychangers, pharmacy, travel agencies, food stalls, bars, motorbike rentals and tuktuk drivers who will charge you an arm and leg.
Red had bedbug bites on our first night so he asked for the sheets to be changed and they did it straight away. The hostel has its own bar so alcohol purchased from outside isn’t allowed to be consumed in the premises. Reception sells Mama cup noodles for 20 Baht but it’s cheaper if you buy it from 7/11 across the road or downstairs (there’s 7/11s everywhere!) or a 4-packet from Big C (local supermarket). Jungceylon Mall is a 5min walk from the hostel so if you want to hoard cheap big bottles of water or anything else for that matter; go there because there’s a massive Big C.
There were a couple of things that didn’t get ticked off for me – the fact that wifi doesn’t work in the room and the noise from the bars and clubs. Meh, the noise I can’t really do anything about because of the area we chose; I had to listen to my lullaby playlist to be able to sleep. The party scene dies around 5/6 AM.