Above is a slightly sad or touching (depends on your outlook) video clip taken at Dancing Elephant Hostel in Haad Rin. It is a popular hostel that has been running since 2009. Like Same Same it copies the formula of dorm beds and parties to pull in the punters coming to Haad Rin looking for booze-fuelled memories.
Dancing Elephant Hostel is located in the centre of Haad Rin Village, just a few minutes’ walk from the best bars, clubs and party venues. It is far enough back from the beach to avoid the full brunt of the sound systems playing music to the max at the Full Moon Party. However, for those looking for early nights this is not the place to get a bed during the FMP week. Indeed, best to avoid Haad Rin altogether if you don’t want to party hard and late.
The hostel provides bunk beds in dorms. There is free wifi, air-con, a locker per person and a shared bathroom. Guests also have access to PS2 games and wii games. There is a restaurant and bar.
As you can see from the video the bar is concrete, colourful and designed to hold plenty of jumping bodies. Dancing Elephant is known to have one of the best warm up parties for the Full Moon bash. They often get one of the better full moon DJs to provide the music. The music is trance, techno, house, and not normally Mariah Carey.
Those staying at Dancing Elephant also get a discount card for the bar at the hostel as well as for a handful of bars and reAstaurants in Haad Rin. There is obviously a family connection going on between these different businesses.