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 the it’s amazing what you can get for your money these days! All of the hostels in our list are below $15 US 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!
- Best Hostels ON Khao San Road, Bangkok
- Best Hostels NEAR Khao San Road, Bangkok
- Best Hostel Sukhumvit Area
- Best Hostel Near Bangkok Train Station
- Best Hostel Near Bangkok Airport
- Best Party Hostels Bangkok
- Best Hostels in Bangkok for Solo Travellers
- Best Hostels in Bangkok for Couples (Hostels with private rooms)
- Best Hostels in Bangkok for Families
- Best Hostels in Bangkok with Swimming Pools
- Cheapest Hostels in Bangkok – $3-5 US
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.
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’s the best of a bad bunch…
Best Hostels ON Khao San Road, Bangkok
1. Nitan Hostel – From $11 US for dorm bed (10-bed dorm)
This hostel is the best choice of hostel for those wanting to stay right in the heart of the action as close to Khao San Road as possible. Although the rooms are quite small, they’re clean, bright and cheerful and the staff are very friendly. A dorm bed in a 10-bed mixed dorm starts at $11 US and comes with free breakfast.
2. Charoendee Boutique Hostel – From $9 US for single room
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 $9 US 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 – From $25 US for twin room
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 $25 US.
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. Nap Park – From $13 US for dorm bed (22-bed dorm)
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 $13 USD in a 22-bed mixed dorm.
2. All In One Hostel – From $7 US for dorm bed (6-bed dorm)
A very good value for money hostel located just a five-minute walk from Khao San Road in a cute little back alley. The rooms are clean and air-conditioned and the staff are super friendly and helpful. There’s an outdoor lounge area on the roof with cute hammocks that are great for relaxing in after a busy day sightseeing. Vegetarian travellers will love the choice of meat-free restaurants around (such as the very popular Ethos). The hostel offers free breakfasts. Dorm rooms start at just $7 US for a dorm bed, or $12 US for a single room.
3. Here Hostel – From $15 US for dorm bed (6-bed dorm)
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. Oh, and did we mention, there’s also a brand new decent-sized swimming pool – which is a big bonus 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 $15 US or $34 for a twin room. A highly recommended Bangkok hostel!
4. Mad Monkey Hostel – From $12 US for dorm bed (4-bed dorm)
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 than 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 $12 US in a 4-bed mixed dorm. Located 10-minute walk from Khao San Road.
5. Back Home Backpackers – From $10 US for dorm bed (8-bed dorm)
A fun, sociable little hostel that’s just a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road. The hostel has a lively bar and a sociable area in front of the hostel where it’s great to chill and chat with fellow travellers. The rooms are clean with AC and 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 $10 US and there are no private rooms.
6. Krit Hostel – From $5 US for dorm bed
“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 an adequate breakfast served from 7-10.30am. Dorm beds cost a very cheap $5 US 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 – From $7 US for dorm bed
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 road that the hostel is located on 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 $7 US, which includes free breakfast. Hot coffee is also served free all day. All in all, a great hostel for the price.
8. Khaosan Immjai – From $11 US for dorm bed (14-bed dorm)
Located on Samsen Soi, which is a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road, this lovely hostel has a real homely feel. The decor is more down to earth and traditionally Thai than some of the more super sleek and modern hostels on this list giving a real cosy atmosphere when you walk through the doors. Travellers give the hostel top reviews on account of the friendly staff, clean rooms and cookies at breakfast! There are a load of travel books in the lobby, a few computers and a downstairs terrace and community area that’s great for socialising or just relaxing. This place is popular so be sure to book in advance. Beds start at $11 US.
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. Homie Hostel and Café – From $14 US for dorm bed (6-bed dorm)
Located off Sukhumvit Soi 21, this clean and modern hostel is true to its name managing to be very ‘homey’ indeed. The beds are more like pods with wooden partitions in-between each one, a privacy curtain sealing off the entrance and your own reading light. You really feel like you’re in your own den as you settle down to sleep. The atmosphere is sociable and the helpful owner of the hostel, Sitt, sets the tone for the rest of his super-friendly staff. With a large café downstairs and a rooftop upstairs, there are plenty of areas to chill and socialise with other travellers. Breakfast is included in the price and the coffee is good! Just 10 minutes walk you’ll find Asoke BTS station where Bangkok’s sky-train will transport you to many different areas of the city.
2. 3Howw Hostel – From $9 US for dorm bed (mixed dorm)
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 – From $7 US for dorm bed (6-bed dorm)
Found off Sukhumvit Soi 31, this friendly hostel is a big hit with travellers for many reasons. Firstly, 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 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 $7 US per night.
4. Refillnow! Hostel – From $11 US for dorm bed (mixed dorm)
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 $11 US) and privates starting at $22 US 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.
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 – From $12 US for dorm bed (6-bed dorm)
A retro-style hostel with a kitsch feel to the lobby area and rooms, Bangkok Bed and Bike are 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.
2. Fun Cafe and Hostel – From $7 US for dorm bed (mixed dorm)
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 $23 US.
3. Chic Hostel Bangkok – From $14 US for single room
Chic Hostel is a just 300 metres away (a three-minute walk) to the train station. The colourful hostel has very reasonably priced single and double rooms, as well as an indoor pool which travellers love. Much more of a hotel experience than a backpacker hostel, this place is great if you’re looking for a place to relax before you catch a train, and enjoy a huge hotel style breakfast in the morning! The main benefit of staying at Chic hostel is that you can use the facilities of the hotel next door; gym (free of charge), sauna, steam room, spa (additional charge). A standard double room costs $19 US while a single costs $14 US.
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. Staying Hostel = From $11 US for dorm bed
Best hostel near BKK Airport (Suvarnabhumi Airport)
Don’t let the terrible name for this hostel put you off, it’s actually pretty great for a one-night stay! For those of you arriving into Bangkok in the early hours or getting up in the middle of the night to catch a flight you’ll find the staff at this hostel smiling and friendly at all hours! The beds have privacy curtain, reading light and personal plug socket. There’s free tea, coffee, water and snacks and the atmosphere is homely and welcoming. Does the job that an airport hostel should do – and does it well.
2. ZZZ Hostel = From $11 US for dorm bed (6-bed dorm)
One of the best hostels near DMK Airport (Don Meuang Airport)
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 $11 US) and bright double rooms from $34 US.
3. HOMEY Donmeuang Hostel – From $9 US for dorm bed in mixed dorm
One of the best hostels near Don Meuang Airport
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 $9 US for a dorm bed or $28 US 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?
Best Party Hostels Bangkok
1. Mad Monkey Hostel – From $12 US for dorm bed (4-bed dorm)
Also listed under Best Hostels Near Khao San Road above, the Mad Monkey Hostel is a legendary party hostel chain in Southeast Asia. If you’re looking to have fun, party and meet loads of people in Bangkok, this hostel 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 cost $12 US for a 4-bed mixed dorm.
2. Bodega Bangkok Party Hostel & Bar – From $12 US for dorm bed (8-bed dorm)
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 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 18-25 style drinking games and entertainment this hostel will be your cup of tea, or should we say vodka-red-bull with ice and a 3 slippery nipple shots – for breakfast.
3. Playground Hostel – From $6 US for dorm bed (8-bed dorm)
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, and then go out and explore Bangkok’s notorious nightlife. The hostel itself is clean and modern and the staff are very 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 $6 US for a bed! (Be warned you will be charged for extras though so bring your own travel towel and toiletries.)
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 – From $14 US for dorm bed (6-bed dorm)
We stayed at this hostel last time we were in Bangkok and we had friends the minute we walked through the gate to 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 and 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 here!)
2. Lub D Silom – From $13 US for dorm bed (mixed dorm)
A hostel that’s often dubbed as the ‘best backpacker hostel in Bangkok’, Lub d is a chain of hostels in Thailand with a great reputation. (Lub d means ‘sleep well’ in Thai language.) Lub d Silom is modern and trendy with a large common area and regular goings-on to help travellers to make friends. The bathrooms are spotless with power showers and free shampoo and shower gel and the dorm rooms are spacious with AC and top quality bedding. There’s also a laundry room where travellers can do their washing with space to hang clothes. The hostel is located in Silom, a trendy district of Bangkok and the sky-train BTS Chong Nonsri is just ten minutes walk away escorting you to many other areas of the city.
3. BED Station – From $12 US for dorm bed (10-bed dorm)
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!
4. Niras Bankoc – From $12 US for dorm bed (6-bed dorm)
A cute hostel with an olde-worlde feel that’s a converted traditional Thai home. Located just a twenty-minute walk to 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 Siam – From $11 US for dorm bed (4-bed dorm)
If you like the sound of the hostel above but you fancy staying in a more central area with lots of shops and restaurants around, then why not try the other branch of Lub d at Siam. Located on a busy junction right next to MBK Shopping Centre and Siam Square you couldn’t be more smack bang in the centre of Bangkok if you tried. Again, 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.)
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 – From $13 US for dorm bed (22-bed dorm)
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 – From $15 US for dorm bed (6-bed dorm)
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 – From $10 US for dorm bed (8-bed dorm)
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 private rooms in 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 – Double room from $56 US
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 $56 US) and the hostel is clean and modern with a lovely courtyard and DIY breakfast in the morning. Highly recommended!
2. CHERN Hostel – Double room from $37 US
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. Hostel @ Thonglor – Double room from $25 US
Thonglor is one of the most upmarket areas of Bangkok, yet you can still find cheap street food alongside super trendy bars. This hostel is immaculate and bright with great reviews and fantastic twin rooms from just $25 US!
4. Kama Bangkok – Double room from $43 US
A beautifully designed hostel with large spacious rooms and plenty of common areas to hang out. Private rooms are spotlessly clean with minibar, TV and some have private bathrooms. Breakfast is included and you can get very good coffee in the downstairs café. There’s a roof terrace with a great view of Bangkok if you want to stay up late, grab a drink and socialise. Rest assured once you close the door to your room you’ll sleep like a baby!
5. CHAO Hostel – Double room from $62 US
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 rooms are super comfortable – some of them even have a hammock as well as your bed!
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 – Family room for 6 people from $35 USD
This renovated old movie theatre, in Silom, has a lot of character, complete with old film memorabilia from Thai movies. 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 family room for 6 people 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. OldTown Hostel BKK – Family room for 4 people from $37 USD
A charming hostel with a great old-fashioned design, an amazing spacious lobby with café and pool table. The family rooms are great value for money starting at $25 US and the atmosphere is social and friendly with welcoming staff and a good mix of customers from backpackers to business travellers and families. The hostel is a renovated historical building located half an hour’s walk from Lumphini Park.
3. D Hostel – Family room for 4 people from $44 USD
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 fro, $44 USD.
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 – From $15 US for dorm bed (6-bed dorm)
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 – From $12 US for dorm bed (4-bed dorm)
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 – From $11 US for dorm bed (mixed dorm)
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. Chic Hostel – From $14 US for single room
Located just a few steps away from Bangkok’s main train station, these hostel is good if you have an early morning train to catch. There’s an indoor swimming pool and the opportunity to use the gym next door. More of a hotel than a hostel and not great if you’re looking to party and meet people, more of a place to relax and prepare for your onward travels. Good value for money. See full review above in ‘Hostels Near Bangkok Train Station.’
5. The Bangkok Circus – From $9 US for dorm bed
Located on Sukhumvit Soi 31, this peaceful hostel has an outdoor swimming pool as well as a table tennis table. At $9 US for a bed, it’s great value for money in the heart of Bangkok. More of a hotel that’s been turned into dorm rooms, this hostel is great if you’re travelling as a family, or a group of friends and want to hire a large dorm room with four beds all to yourself!
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…
- All in one – $3 US
- Home Base Hostel – $4 US
- Mascot Hostel Bangkok – $4 US
- R1 Hostel – $4 US
- Mint Hostel – $4 US
- Thai Garden House – $4 US
- IDeer Hostel – $5 US
Have you stayed at an amazing Bangkok backpacker hostel that you think should be added to our list? Comment below!
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