The Best Hostels in Bangkok, Thailand – Voted By Travellers!

How to find the Best Hostels in Bangkok

Bangkok is the major hub for backpackers to Southeast Asia. Many travellers start and finish their adventure here in Thailand’s bustling capital and those on a longer adventure may pass through the city several times during their travels.

When it comes to finding the best hostel in Bangkok, there’s so much choice for the budget traveller it can be overwhelming! There are party hostels, boutique hostels, hostels with swimming pools, capsule beds and traditional guesthouses… If you’re looking for a good backpacker hostel, Bangkok has something to suit everyone!

Gone are the days of dirty cockroach-infested dormitories with paint peeling off the walls. The standard of hostels in Thailand is extremely high and it’s amazing what you can get for your money! All of the hostels in our list have beds on offer for less than $20 per night!

Best Bangkok Hostels – Traveller Awards!

Because every hostel on this list offers something a little bit different, we’ve split our awards up into different categories. So, if you’re specifically looking for a hostel with a lively social scene, a hostel with a private room or a flashy hostel with a swimming pool, it’s quick and easy to find what you’re looking for!

Read more: If you’re interested in learning more about the different areas of Bangkok, check out our Bangkok Neighbourhood Guide. For more information about the city, check out our Bangkok Guide and plan your own trip with our recommend Bangkok itinerary!

Khao San Road Hostels, Bangkok – Important Tip!

It’s way better to stay NEAR Khao San Road than actually ON IT.

When you search for ‘Bangkok Hostels Khao San Road’ on Booking.com, or Hostelworld, for example, you’ll be greeted with a bunch of backpacker hostels and guesthouses, most of them that are not actually ON the road, but NEARBY in the smaller streets.

The Khao San Road itself is a hedonistic neon strip of bars, clubs and guys trying to sell you everything from a henna tattoo or a tailor-made suit or a ticket to a Ping-Pong show. It’s noisy, brash, as tacky as the Eurovision Song Contest, and you’re either going to love it, or absolutely hate it.

Khao San Road, Bangkok.
Looking for the best hostel Khao San Road has to offer? Why not try the nearby streets!

From humble beginnings in the 80s, when locals began renting out their vacant rooms to an increasing number of Western travellers, tourism on the road has sky-rocketed. Today, there are few real backpacker hostels situated on the road.

Due to the amount of money people will pay for the privilege of staying on this Vegas-like strip and not being able to sleep due to the nightly banging music, the hotels have become more high-end and much more expensive than in other parts of the city.

Because of the inflated prices for accommodation, many backpackers these days prefer to stay near the Khao San Road rather than on it. This is a wise move. You’ll find much better deals in the nearby streets, you’ll only be a short walk from the action and you’ll be able to sleep without the threat of pounding dance music!

The area around Khao San Road is known as Banglamphu (or Banglampoo) and it includes the backpacker area of Rambuttri Village, the trendy Phra Atit Road and the more local, Samsen Road. It’s here, in these streets, you’ll find the best hostels in Bangkok for backpackers, as well as loads of great street food, cute bars and restaurants and a much more local feel than Khao San Road itself.

For those of you who want to stay in the devil’s lair itself, here are your best options!

Best Hostels ON Khao San Road, Bangkok

1. Mystery Hostel 

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms.
  • Costs Starting From: $14USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes.
  • Breakfast Included: Yes.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes.

This hostel is the best choice for those wanting to stay right in the heart of the action, as close to Khao San Road as possible. Although the rooms are small and clean, with an edgy feel them. The staff are very friendly and able to help you out with anything you could need. A dorm bed in a 10-bed mixed dorm starts at $14USD and comes with a free breakfast.

2. Charoendee Boutique Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Privates.
  • Costs Starting From: $13USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: No.
  • Communal Kitchen: No.

A very basic hostel that only remains popular because of its location in the heart of Khao San, that and the fact that it’s cheap at $13USD for a single standard room. The staff could do with being a bit friendlier and the whole place could do with a bit of a scrub-down. One review I particularly liked said, “the bathroom is not awesome.”

3. D & D Inn

  • Room Types Offered: Privates.
  • Costs Starting From: $18USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No.
  • Breakfast Included: Not with all rooms. 
  • Communal Kitchen: No. 

With a rooftop swimming pool and bar with decent views of the Bangkok skyline, this is about your best option for a budget hotel smack bang in the middle of Khao San Road. Some people who stay here complain about the noise (we hate to say we told you so) but at least the place is clean, with modern air-conditioned rooms and the swimming pool is a big bonus for sweaty backpackers. A twin room costs $18USD.

Best Hostels NEAR Khao San Road, Bangkok

All of these fantastic hostels are located within a 10-minute walk of Khao San Road and are much better than anything you’ll find on it!

1. NapPark

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms. 
  • Costs Starting From: $10USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: No, available at extra cost. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

A beautifully designed hostel located a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road. Close enough to taste the action, yet far enough to relax and get some shut-eye! Super clean, modern and comfortable with dorm beds separated by partitions for extra privacy. As well as the lovely Tamarind Tree café, a traveller laundry room, a large common area and travel agency, the hostel holds regular events and communal evening games make it super easy to meet fellow travellers. 

Consistently voted amongst the top hostels in Bangkok with no sign of slipping down, it’s a very sociable place for solo travellers or travellers wanting to meet people, without the pressured ‘you must get hammered’ party scene that some other hostels have. Bunk beds start at $10USD in a 22-bed mixed dorm.

The entrance to NapPark Hostel Bangkok - Voted one of the best hostels in Bangkok!
NapPark Hostel, Bangkok – One of the best hostels in Bangkok near Khao San Road.

2. Counting Stars Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms.
  • Costs Starting From: $10USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes.  
  • Breakfast Included: No.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

Counting Stars Hostel is a favourite for those who want to be as close to Khao San Road as possible, without having to deal with the sounds and smells all night. It takes less than 10 minutes to walk between the two which is super handy for saving on taxi or tuk tuk fares. 

Each bunk bed is surrounded by a privacy curtain and has a reading light as well as a charging port. You can store valuables, free of charge, in the small lockers near reception. The staff are highly rated and are more than happy to help booking tours, taxis and onward travel. The only complaint about Counting Stars Hostel is the small number of bathrooms. With just one on each floor, the queues can get quite long in the mornings! 

3. Here Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: $16USD
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes.
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

This is a real traveller favourite, and it’s easy to see why. Here Hostel is located just 700 metres (10-min walk) from Khao San Road and is popular with the backpacker hipster crowd. The hostel has a cool lobby where it’s great to hang out and easy to meet other travellers, as well as a lovely fairy-lit garden area with benches and tables that surround a lively hostel bar. Food and drinks are tasty and reasonably priced. 

The swimming pool is a good size and a great way to cool off in Bangkok’s humid climate. Rooms are AC and spacious with dorm beds that have their own privacy curtain. There’s also a female only dorm. Beds start at $16USD or $34USD for a twin room. A highly recommended Bangkok hostel!

Oh, and did we mention, there’s a slide from the first floor to the reception area? A slide, because who wants to walk down the stairs?!

Here Hostel - High up our list of the best hostels Bangkok.
Here Hostel – High up our list of the best hostels Bangkok!

4. Mad Monkey Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: $14USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: No. 
  • Communal Kitchen: No. 

If you’re looking for the party in Bangkok, you just found it! The Mad Monkey chain of hostels spans from Thailand to Australia and if there’s one thing they’re good at, it’s showing you a good time! Those looking for a quiet time will not enjoy this hostel, but if you’re looking to party, drink and meet people then there’s really no better place! 

The hostel has an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and bar as well as a huge common area. Nightly events such as bar crawls, games and themed nights keep backpackers entertained and ensure you’ll always have someone to go to Khao San Road with and continue the party. Beds start at $14USD in a 4-bed mixed dorm. Located just a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road.

Mad Monkey Hostel Bangkok - One of the best party hostels Bangkok has to offer!
The swimming pool at Mad Monkey Hostel Bangkok, Thailand – One of the best party hostels in Bangkok!

5. Back Home Backpackers

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms. 
  • Costs Starting From: $7USD
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No.
  • Breakfast Included: No.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

A fun, sociable little hostel that’s just a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road. The hostel has a lively bar and a social area out front, which is great to chill and chat with fellow travellers. The rooms are clean with AC, the beds are comfortable and the staff will go above and beyond to help you with anything you need during your stay. As for the local area, there’s a 7-11, laundry and street food all within 30 seconds walk. Beds start at $7USD and there are no private rooms.

6. Krit Hostel 

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms.
  • Costs Starting From: $6USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes.
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: No.

“Adventures are Forever” are the words written on the wall of this stylish hostel that doubles up as a coffee shop (try the Thai-style iced tea ‘cha yen’ – it’s delicious!). Just a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road, you already feel like you’re staying in a more local area here. 

The hostel has a nice rooftop terrace that’s great for socialising and you get breakfast served from 7-10.30am. Dorm beds cost a very cheap $6USD per night and the rooms are clean with AC and a privacy curtain on each bed. They also have female only dorms.

7. Oh Bangkok Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: $5USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: No. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

This modern and chic hostel with its polished concrete walls and Netflix in the lobby gets great reviews. The staff (and resident dog) are super friendly and happy to help you with anything you may need whilst you’re in Bangkok. 

The area around the hostel has a charming local feel and there’s plenty of great street food close by. The rooms are airy and spacious and a bed will set you back just $5USD. Hot coffee is also served free all day. All in all, a great hostel for the price.

8. The Oasis Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $5USD. Privates $15USD. 
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: No.
  • Communal Kitchen: No. 

Only a 10 minute walk from Khao San Road and with a lovely garden area, The Oasis Hostel is the perfect place to meet your fellow travellers during the day and get a party crew together for the evening! 

All the rooms come with air con and if you can drag yourself out of the hostel, there are plenty of restaurants and street food options nearby. Unlike many Southeast Asian hostels, the beds here are super soft which makes for a great night’s sleep! Although they do not serve breakfast, free tea and coffee is available in the mornings.

Search more hostels in Khao San Road area here.

Best Hostel Sukhumvit Area

Sukhumvit is the longest and busiest street in Bangkok. Along this famous road, you’ll find shopping malls, fancy restaurants, trendy bars, nightclubs, massage parlours, expensive condominiums, as well as a few of the more notorious landmarks in Bangkok such as Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza. (We’ll let you look those up yourself.)

The main advantage of staying on Sukhumvit Road is the proximity with which you will be able to catch the BTS (sky-train) to many other parts of the city. Staying on this road, and the many streets that jut off it, is great for those who wish to do a lot of sightseeing and get to know a side of Bangkok that’s popular with expats and Bangkok locals alike.

If you’re looking for a hostel in Bangkok City Centre, here are some great choices on and around Sukhumvit Road…

1. Hom Hostel and Cooking Club

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $12USD. Privates $40USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

Arriving at the front doors of Hom Hostel, you would be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled across a luxury hotel. With stone floors and plenty of glass, this spotlessly clean hostel is keeping pace with modern styles. To get to the hostel you must enter through the Nana Square shopping centre, just around the corner from the infamous Nana Plaza. If you arrive back to the hostel late at night, you must enter through the car park as Nana Square shuts at 10pm. 

Prepare your chef hat as the hostel provides free cooking demonstrations, in their open plan kitchen, everyday apart from Sunday. You’ll be cooking your favourite Thai dishes in no time! As well as running a successful business, Hom Hostel are keen to pass on the fruits of their labour and they donate 10% of their profits to local charities.

Cooking Demo at Hom Hostel & Cooking Club
Enjoy the taste of Thailand at Hom Hostel & Cooking Club!

2. 3Howw Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: $10USD. 
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

Located 5 minutes walk from Asoke BTS station, as well as the swanky Terminal 21 shopping centre, this new hostel is great for those of you want to stay in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district. The hostel is clean, modern and has AC dorms with pod-like beds and privacy curtains, as well as private rooms. 

There’s a free buffet breakfast which budget travellers can fill up on in the morning, as well as a café downstairs serving food all day. Oh, and for a unique selling point – there’s a Muay Thai boxing gym on the hostel roof!

3. MonkeyNap Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: $7USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: No.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

Found off Sukhumvit Soi 31, this friendly hostel is a big hit with travellers for many reasons. The location is cool, with many local shops and street food stalls. You really feel like you’re staying in the heart of Bangkok here, rather than in a tourist enclave. 

The dorm rooms are clean and comfortable and the beds have sumptuous mattresses, pillows and privacy curtains. There’s a huge common area with a shared kitchen if you want to cook your own food and an outdoor seating area where you’ll meet travellers from all over the world. Mixed dorms start at just $7USD per night.

Monkey Nap Hostel, Bangkok.
Jenga at Monkey Nap Hostel, Bangkok.

4. Refillnow! Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $11USD. Privates $23USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: No.
  • Communal Kitchen: No.

A beautiful hostel that’s as popular with digital nomads and business travellers as it is backpackers. Set in lush, leafy surroundings with a swimming pool and a stylish lounge area that extends into a lovely garden, this hostel is a far cry from the image of a backpacker hostel that many people back home have in mind. 

There are dorm rooms, starting at $11USD and privates starting at $23USD for a single room with shared bathroom. To get to the nearest BTS station, it’s a 10-minute drive which isn’t ideal, though the neighbourhood where the hostel is located is pleasant with plenty of local street food around. A hit with frequent Bangkok travellers and those looking for a quiet stay amidst more local surroundings.

Search more hostels in the Sukhumvit area here.

Best Hostels Near the Train Station

For those of you with a train to catch the next day, you might want to position yourself near Bangkok’s train station, Hua Lamphong. (The train station also has an MRT stop, which is Bangkok’s underground train network with stops all over the city.) This area is also home to the city’s bustling Chinatown which is a very interesting and unique area of the city. If you’re interested in history, culture, markets or architecture and you want to try all different kinds of unusual (and tasty!) street food then you’re going to love this area…

1. Bangkok Bed and Bike

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $9USD. Privates $17USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: No, available at extra cost. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

A retro-style hostel with a kitsch feel to the lobby area and rooms, Bangkok Bed and Bike is located in the atmospheric neighbourhood of Chinatown, just a short walk to the train station. The name of the hostel is influenced by the bicycle tours that are offered from the hostel. If you’re not up for a tour, you can also hire a bicycle here too. 

The hostel offers more of a chill-out and relax kind of scene than a party place and it’s not the best place if you’re looking to meet lots of fellow backpackers to drink with. However, the staff are very friendly, the hostel is beautiful and the unique location of the hostel in Chinatown offers a very different experience than any other neighbourhood of Bangkok.

Bangkok Bed and Bike Hostel, near the Train Station in Bangkok.
Bangkok Bed and Bike Hostel, near Hua Lamphong Train Station.

2. Fun Cafe and Hostel 

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $7USD. Privates $20USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: No, available at extra cost. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

A beautiful hostel that’s very tastefully designed and gets awesome reviews from travellers. Located in Chinatown within a five-minute walking distance of the train station, there are loads of local street food places around. The dorm rooms are bright, clean and modern with privacy curtains on the huge and comfortable beds. 

Travellers love the freebies given at this hostel, from the breakfast to the towels, slippers, bath soap and shampoo offered during your stay. It’s these little touches that really make you feel at home here at Fun Café and Hostel. The price is very cheap for such a lovely hostel. Privates start at $20USD.

3. All We Need is Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $14USD. Privates $25USD. 
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: No.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

Located just 1.2 miles from Bangkok train station, All We Need is Hostel offers guests a nice base for exploring the city, or a great spot to meet other travellers. The rooftop terrace has net hammocks which make for the perfect spot to relax, nap and let the day drift away around you. The rooms are basic but colourful and the owners are some of the friendliest people you could ever wish to meet. For those of you who like to cook your own food whilst travelling, the kitchen comes well equipped and there are even BBQ facilities!

Guests chilling out at All We Need Is Hostel
The net hammocks on the roof are a great place to meet fellow backpackers!

Best Hostels Near Bangkok Airport

If you need to catch a flight in the early morning you may be looking for a hostel that’s as close to the airport as possible. There are 2 airports in Bangkok – Suvarnabhumi Airport caters to most international flights, while Bangkok Don Mueang is used for most for internal flights and other Southeast Asian flights as it’s also the hub for everyone’s favourite Asian low-cost carrier – Air Asia.

If you need to stay close to either of these airports during your travels, then check out these decent hostels…

1. Suvarnabhumi Airport YHA Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $10USD. Privates $14USD. 
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: No. 

Suvarnabhumi Airport YHA Hostel is just over a mile away from the airport. This makes it the perfect stop for those just arriving or leaving the city. The rooms are cramped but clean and all have AC. Breakfast is very basic, so don’t get your hopes up for a full spread. This is not the most social of hostels but if you are travelling on early the next day then it is the perfect place to get organised for your flight.  

2. ZZZ Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $7USD. Privates $25USD. 
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes.

A comfortable, clean and modern hostel within walking distance of Bangkok’s Don Meuang Airport! The emphasis at this hostel is on comfort and the friendly staff will go out of their way to make sure that you have a relaxing, stress-free stay. 

There are a few local restaurants close to the hostel and a 7-11 so you can stock up on snacks for your flight. There’s also free tea, coffee, bananas and bread in the lobby 24/7. Your stay also includes free breakfast which they’ll put in a doggy bag for you if you’re leaving early. All in all, an excellent airport hostel with dorm beds, from $7USD and bright double rooms from $25USD.

ZZZ Hostel, Bangkok - Best Hostel near the airport, Bangkok.
ZZZ Hostel, Bangkok – Best Hostel near Don Meuang Airport, Bangkok.

3. HOMEY Donmeuang Hostel 

One of the best hostels near Don Meuang Airport

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $9USD. Privates $25USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: No.

Within walking distance of Don Meuang Airport, this hostel ticks all the boxes for an easy overnight stay if you have a flight to catch. It’s super clean, comfortable, the WiFi is fast, the staff are friendly and helpful and free hot breakfast is included. Plus, snacks are available all day at the hostel for free! 

The price is great value for money at $9USD for a dorm bed or $25USD for a double room. Walk over the crosswalk bridge by the Amari Hotel which will take less than 10 minutes and you’ll find that you’re right inside the airport! How convenient is that? 

Homey Donmeuang Hostel, Bangkok
A comfy double room at Homey Donmeuang Hostel, Bangkok.

Best Party Hostels Bangkok

1. Mad Monkey Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: $14USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: No. 
  • Communal Kitchen: No. 

Also listed under Best Hostels Near Khao San Road above, the Mad Monkey Hostel is a legendary chain of party hostels in Southeast Asia. If you’re looking to have fun, party and meet loads of people, Mad Monkey is consistently voted one of the best party hostels in Bangkok. With a big outdoor swimming pool, a huge common area, restaurant and bar, nightly events, drinks deals and lively vibes 24/7, this is the best place to get the party started! Beds start at $14USD for a 4-bed mixed dorm.

2. Bodega Bangkok Party Hostel & Bar

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms.
  • Costs Starting From: $7USD. 
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: No. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

Another famous party hostel on the Southeast Asian backpacker circuit, formerly known as Slumber Party Hostel. Located on Sukhumvit Soi 23, the hostel consists of a bar, restaurant, terrace and dorm room accommodation. The staff really know how to get everyone involved and before you know it, you’ll have made friends from all over the world. 

One drawback though, if you’re over 35, you’re considered over the hill as one traveller told us and they literally won’t let you check in! For those aged 34 and under looking for 18-30 style drinking games and entertainment this hostel will be your cup of tea, or should we say vodka-red-bull and a 3 screaming orgasms – for breakfast.

Bodega Party Hostel, Bangkok.
Bodega Party Hostel, Bangkok.

3. Playground Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $4USD. Privates $22USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: No. 
  • Communal Kitchen: No.

A huge party hostel with an outdoor party area, bar and lounge. This hostel is another great choice if you want to meet people, have pre-drinks, play some beer pong, then go out and explore Bangkok’s notorious nightlife. 

The hostel itself is clean and modern with staff who are helpful and friendly. The location is quite far from the city centre, in the district of Thonburi which is on the other side of the Chaophraya River. Great for visiting Wat Arun and exploring a side of Bangkok that not many travellers see. Oh, and this hostel is the cheapest on the list at $4USD for a bed! (Be warned you will be charged for extras though so bring your own travel towel and toiletries.)

Playground Hostel, Bangkok.
Playground Hostel, Bangkok.

Best Hostels in Bangkok for Solo Travellers

Of course, all of the party hostels in the list above are great for solo travellers who want to rave it up, but if you’re looking for something in-between, a sociable hostel that’s not necessarily an all-out party every night, then check out the following cool hostels below.

At these hostels, the focus is not on getting totally hammered, but there’s the opportunity to meet fellow travellers and make travel buddies for your onward journey…

Also see: Hostels Near the Khao San Road (above).

1. The Yard

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $15USD. Privates $40USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

We stayed at this hostel last time we were in Bangkok and we had friends the minute we walked into their lovely garden. Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Ari, it’s an alternative, hipster kind of place with great local food and shopping nearby. The huge garden is a great place to chill with tables, chairs and a hammock for relaxing and reading. 

It’s easy to get chatting to fellow travellers over the delicious breakfast of toast, jam, coffee and muesli, or during the evening when the hostel bar gets lively. There are private rooms in the ‘old traditional Thai house’ for couples or even families and the option of socialising or having an early night is yours. Regular events and very friendly staff make you feel part of The Yard family and once you’ve been here it’s likely you’ll be back again and again (like so many of the guests that we met!)

The Yard Hostel, Bangkok
Relax in the lovely sunny garden of The Yard Hostel, Bangkok!

2. Born Free Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms.
  • Costs Starting From: $5USD. 
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: No, available at extra cost. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

Born Free Hostel is ideal for solo travellers who want to be in the heart of the action whilst still getting a good night’s sleep. The 15 minute walk to Khao San Road means it’s easy to find a party but also quiet enough to spend a few days chilling out. 

The staff are incredibly helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They have been known to hold onto backpackers lost items until they return to collect them! Across the road from the hostel is Born Free Cafe which offers delicious food at very good prices and the travel agency, Born Free Tours operates out of the hostel. The six bed dorm can be booked out completely for families or groups of travellers!

3. BED Station

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $15USD. Privates $50.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No.
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

This Bangkok hostel gets superb reviews from travellers for its cleanliness, modern design and facilities. The attention to detail for backpackers is second to none, with privacy curtains on the beds, your own plug socket, reading light and big lockers for your stuff. 

There’s a lounge area where travellers chat or catch up on emails and a lovely terrace where you can chill out after a busy day. The hostel is 2-minutes walk to the MRT station and there are shopping centres, restaurants and loads of street food nearby. Expect a fabulous breakfast here at BED – one of the coolest hostels in Bangkok!

Bed Station Hostel, Bangkok.
Bed Station Hostel, Bangkok.

4. Niras Bankoc

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $11USD. Privates $40USD. 
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes.
  • Communal Kitchen: No.

A cute hostel with an olde-worlde feel that’s a converted traditional Thai home. Located just a twenty-minute walk from Khao San Road. The hostel has a charming café downstairs and the rooms are designed with exposed brickwork and lovely little touches that make you feel like you’re staying in a boutique hotel rather than a hostel. The breakfast is great and you can order food at the café all day. A friendly and welcoming place where it’s easy to meet fellow travellers, without being a party hostel.

5. Lub D Bangkok Siam

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $13USD. Privates $35. 
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes.
  • Breakfast Included: No, available at extra cost. 
  • Communal Kitchen: No.

If fancy staying in a more central area with lots of shops and restaurants around, then why not try Lub D Bangkok Siam. Located on a busy junction close to MBK Shopping Centre and Siam Square you couldn’t be more smack bang in the centre of Bangkok if you tried. The hostel is sleek and modern with a huge common area, laundry room, TV room and outdoor patio that’s good for socialising. 1-minute walk to the BTS station. (The hostel also has female-only dorms.)

Female dorm rooms at Lub d Hostel, Bangkok.
Female dorm rooms at Lub d Hostel, Bangkok.

All three of the hostels below are reviewed in Best Hostels Near Khao San Road above and also make our ‘Best Hostels For Solo Travellers list’!

6. NapPark

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms. 
  • Costs Starting From: $10USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: No, available at extra cost. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

Located 10-minutes walk from the famous backpacker hub of Khao San Road, this modern and friendly hostel is a favourite amongst travellers. With regular communal events, the staff here make it super easy to make friends and it’s perfect for solo travellers wanting to meet people. See full review above.

7. Here Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: $16USD
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes.
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

Another hostel located within a 10-minute walk of Khao San Road, this hostel is a very sociable place with a huge outdoor garden with a vibe that feels like England on a summer’s day! There’s also a swimming pool, bar and restaurant – so good, you might not want to leave! See full review above.

8. Back Home Backpackers

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms. 
  • Costs Starting From: $7USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No.
  • Breakfast Included: No.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

A small hostel in a bustling area with a great social vibe, it’s only ten minutes walk from here to the infamous Khao San Road. The staff are friendly and the area outside the front of the hostel is a great place to grab a few beers and chat with fellow travellers. With an easy-going, low-key vibe, this place gets travellers coming back again and again. See full review above.

Best Hostels in Bangkok for Couples

As I changed from a ‘solo traveller’ to a ‘travelling couple’, I preferred to stay in the private rooms offered by hostels, rather than in dormitories. You still enjoy the social vibe of a backpacker hostel and get to meet people from all over the world, but you get your own privacy, which is nice. Many good hostels in Bangkok have excellent private rooms that can be better value than hotel rooms. Here are some of the top Bangkok hostels with great private rooms…

1. Siamaze Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $9USD. Privates $23USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes.

We stayed at this hostel in the cute neighbourhood of Din Daeng on a recent trip to Bangkok and loved it! The private rooms are huge, modern and extremely reasonably priced (from $23USD). The hostel is clean and modern with a lovely courtyard and DIY breakfast in the morning. Highly recommended!

The dining area at Siamaze Hostel, Bangkok
Siamaze Hostel, Din Daeng, Bangkok.

2. CHERN Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $11USD. Privates $33USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: No, available at extra cost. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

Clean, comfortable, stylish and bright rooms with their own balconies at excellent value for money. There’s a common area where you can chat with other travellers, but there’s no party scene here. This hostel feels more like a business hotel than a backpacker hostel. Breakfast is available, though it’s not included in the price. 15 minutes walk from Khao San Road and 10 minutes from the Grand Palace.

3. Ekanek Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $10USD. Privates $30USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: No.

Located close to Patpong, Ekanek hostel puts you right in the heart of the action. Whilst the location leaves some travellers feeling a little uncomfortable, (Patpong is notorious as one of Bangkok’s red light districts), the hostel itself is an oasis of calm. 

The rooms are spotlessly clean and although a little spartan, offer everything you need for a few days of chilling out after facing the frenetic city of Bangkok. The staff are super friendly and know everything you could want to know about the city. Located close to the BTS and MRT it is easy to travel to other parts of the city from Ekanek Hostel but if you would prefer to stay in, the bar and shared lounge areas make it easy to meet other travellers. 

4. CHAO Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $13USD. Privates $47USD. 
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes.
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes.

A luxury Bangkok hostel that’s located just a 2-minute walk from MBK shopping mall. This hostel is much more like a boutique hotel than a backpacker hostel! There’s a common area to hang out with a pool table and a bar. The staff are friendly and the modern rooms are super comfortable.

Best Hostels in Bangkok for Families

If you’re a backpacking family, you may be looking for a family room that sleeps four people or even six. The hostels below have big, clean family rooms at budget prices.

1. Prince Theatre Heritage Stay

  • Room Types Offered: Privates.
  • Costs Starting From: $54USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No.
  • Breakfast Included: With most rooms.
  • Communal Kitchen: No.

This renovated old movie theatre in Silom, has a lot of character. Complete with old film memorabilia from Thai movies, it’s a fun place to stay! Don’t think dusty old cinema though, this place is modern, clean and fresh with a variety of beds. For families, the six bed family room is amazing value for money. You can choose between having a double bed and 4 bunk beds or 6 bunk beds, perfect for a backpacking family or a group of friends!

2. Hom Hostel and Cooking Club

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $12USD. Privates $40USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes.

Having already appeared as one of the best hostels in the Sukhumvit Area, Hom Hostel and Cooking Club offers family rooms from $60USD. The word ‘hostel’ often brings images of dank dorm rooms, full of zombified teens but don’t let that image be part of your hosteling experience. 

Hom Hostel and Cooking Club is luxury without the price tag. The beautiful garden is the perfect place to escape the hectic city and cooking classes are available daily. The staff are some of the friendliest you could find and are able to help you with hints and tips with the local area. 

3. D Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $7USD. Privates $25USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes.

A lovely bright and friendly hostel located near Democracy Monument. Khao San Road is a 15-minute walk away. Your stay here will be a sociable one if you like, but this is not a party hostel. There’s free pool and a free BBQ party every Friday where you can meet and mingle with other guests. There are dorm rooms, private rooms and excellent value for money family rooms from, $35USD.

Best Hostels in Bangkok with Swimming Pools

If you want to keep cool in Bangkok’s sweltering heat, a hostel with a swimming pool is a bonus! This is a list of the best backpacker hostels in Bangkok with a swimming pool (many of them have already been mentioned in the lists above.)

1. Here Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: $16USD
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes.
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

A fun, sociable hostel with a cool hipster vibe, it’s easy to see why this hostel is so popular! With a lovely atmospheric garden that’s great for socialising, and a well-stocked bar and restaurant – you might never want to leave this place! 

The swimming pool is a decent size, set in a lush garden with plants all around. It’s the perfect place to chill out, grab a mojito from the bar and relax with fellow backpackers. See full review above in ‘Hostels Near Khao San Road.’

2. Mad Monkey Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: $14USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: No. 
  • Communal Kitchen: No. 

A crazy hostel that’s near Khao San Road, only book a bed at this hostel if you’re looking to party and meet loads of people! There’s a big outdoor swimming pool which often becomes the centre of the action with fun and frolics taking place day and night. See full review above in ‘Hostels Near Khao San Road.’

3. Refillnow! Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $11USD. Privates $23USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: No.
  • Communal Kitchen: No.

A super chic flashpacker hostel that’s popular with frequent Bangkok travellers, this hostel set in a leafy garden is a great place to relax. Popular with digital nomads who like to sit by the lovely outdoor swimming pool and catch up on emails while they choose food from a delicious Thai and Western menu. 

Located in Wattana district of Bangkok, a bit of a walk from the main tourist sights, this hostel is perfect for a retreat in the city, but not so great for first time travellers. See full review above in ‘Best Hostels Sukhumvit Area.’

4. New Siam II

  • Room Types Offered: Privates.
  • Costs Starting From: $21USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: No.

New Siam II is a 15 minute walk from Khao San Road. Close enough to the action to be able to partake in a tipple or two (or three) but distant enough to ensure a good nights sleep. With only private rooms on offer, this isn’t your usual backpacker hostel. For those backpackers among you looking for a change of pace and wanting a clean private room for a few days, this is the place to go. The pool makes for a perfect escape from Bangkok’s stifling climate and the daily breakfast comes highly rated.

New Siam II Guesthouse Front
New Siam II is perfect for families or backpackers wanting a quiet place to unwind!

The Cheapest Hostel Bangkok Has to Offer?

If you’re looking for the very cheapest of the cheap hostels in Bangkok, there are beds available in Bangkok under $5 USD! Though we can’t vouch for how good they are. The following cheap Bangkok hostels get pretty decent reviews…

Have you stayed at an amazing Bangkok backpacker hostel that you think should be added to our list? Let us know!

Also… Check out our list of The Best Hostels in Chiang Mai!

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