Hostel Bookers – Awards for Excellence: Thailand Scoops Up!

Planning a backpacking trip around South East Asia but worried about cockroach-infested hostels, rickety bamboo huts and crowded, noisy dorm rooms? Never fear! Times have certainly changed in South East Asia… and there are a variety of excellent accommodation options to suit every taste and budget.

Are you after the most kicking place in town, or are you backpacking with your partner and after a bit of privacy? Are friendly staff a top priority, or are you just looking for a good value all-rounder? Look no further – we have the results of the HostelBookers Awards for Excellence right here!

Every year, HostelBookers showcases the top hostels available (as judged by their customer ratings and feedback). It includes the best accommodation in categories from ‘atmosphere’ to ‘cleanliness’ – and this year, Thailand has picked up a whopping eight awards!

Make it your mission to stay in one if you’re in the area during your travels…

1. VOTED! Most Popular Hostel

NapPark Hostel @ Khao San, Bangkok, Thailand

There are no dorm beds at NapPark- just ‘NapSpaces’! Including a removable partition between each ‘space’, you’ll get a private TV, adjustable reading lamp, power supplies sockets for personal gadgets, mirror, Wi-Fi internet access… what more could you wish for? With 6 – 18 bed mixed dorms available (including one 8-bed female dorm), the communal areas of NapPark have been decorated like a Thai-home style old house, boasting colourful Thai cushions and handicrafts, and that all-important sociable atmosphere!

Nap park BKK

2. VOTED! In the Top 3 Accommodations

Smile Society, Bangkok, Thailand

You’ll find Smile Society right in the centre of Bangkok on Silom Road, where you can choose from a choice of beautifully clean dorms or private rooms with air-con – with all prices including breakfast (we particularly like this bit!).

Smile Society Bangkok

3. VOTED! In the Top 3 Accommodations

Pak-Up Hostel, Krabi, Thailand

Meanwhile, over in Krabi, new boutique hostel Pak-Up picks up the second Thai accolade in this category, with amenities such as hot rain showers, huge under-bed lockers, personal reading light and international plug sockets, 24-hour reception, tour office and funky rooftop terrace with panoramic views.

Pak-Up Krabi Hostel

4. VOTED! Best Atmosphere

SpicyPai Backpackers, Pai, Thailand

Is anyone surprised?! The Spicy Group are pretty famous for being one of the most fun, sociable operations in South East Asia. With four more hostels in Chiang Mai, Koh Tao, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang, it’s the one in Pai that scooped the prize this year. Described by the team as one of their ‘masterpieces’, Spicypai is located on an open rice paddy, and is the place where ‘every good day starts and finishes.’


5. VOTED! Best Staff

Ananas Phuket Hostels, Phuket, Thailand

Arguably the ‘first chic hostel in South East Asia’, this is a great pick for those on a budget, but who still want their creature comforts. As well as free WiFi and towels, you’ll also get a complimentary self-service breakfast, 24-hour security, an air-conditioned cinema room, plus access to the village gym if you do feel like lifting a finger (or a leg). No request too small, it seems! A well-deserved award in the ‘best staff’ category.

Ananas Phuket Hostel

6. VOTED! Best Cleanliness

Lub d Bangkok – Silom, Bangkok, Thailand

We love Lub d, so aren’t in the least surprised it won something! This is another newbie hostel chain in Bangkok with ‘trendy & spotlessly clean facilities, friendly staff, bar area, free of charge wi-fi internet & mini theatre’ (all confirmed – we were there not long ago and loved it!). This one’s in Silom – so conveniently located right in the heart of the big bad city.

Lub d Siam 2

7. VOTED! Best Hostel for Solo Travellers

Saphaipae Hostel, Bangkok, Thailand

Travelling on your own? Then look no further than the biggest hostel in Bangkok, where, if full, you’ll be in prime position to meet 244 other backpackers (which, incidentally, is exactly what ‘Saphaipae’ means). If you do want a bit of privacy, then opt for a private ensuite (there are three floors of these alone!).

Saphaipae Hostel, Bangkok

8. VOTED! Best Hostel for Couples

Khaosan Baan Thai, Bangkok, Thailand

This traditional Thai house has only ten (private rooms) and is the perfect place to chill out and unwind with that someone special (or even your best mate!). Superior and deluxe twins and doubles are available in this 60-year old teak wood house. Expect a warm Thai welcome!

Baan Thai Bangkok

So there you have it – a rundown of the Thailand winners! To book and browse through the myriad of other options available throughout Thailand, check out the Thailand accommodation page on 

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