The Best Hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand – Voted By You!

D-Well Hostel, Chiang mai

There are few places in the world which are as famous within the backpacking, digital nomad, general traveller circle as Chiang Mai. And, if you’re looking for the best hostels in Chiang Mai, it can be difficult to know where to start!

The city is absolutely packed with hotels, guesthouses and hostels, suitable for every budget! If you’re watching the pennies, a hostel is a great way to keep cash in your pocket, whilst meeting like-minded travellers. However, there are literally HUNDREDS of hostels within the city walls, or just outside.

Depending on what you’re looking for, you’ll find boutique flashpacker hostels, digital nomad hangouts, party hostels with swimming pools as well as super cheap hostels. So how do you begin to find the perfect hostel to suit your personality? Let us help you!

Best Hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand – Quick Answers! 

The Best Hostels in Chiang Mai – Traveller Awards!

To help cut down your search time on finding a place to stay in Chiang Mai, we went straight to the people who know best (our readers of course!) and asked them – what’s the best hostel Chiang Mai has to offer?

Here’s what our community told us, which we managed to break down into a short list (or not so shortlist!) of 27 amazing hostels that each have something a little different to suit every type of traveller. 

1. Stamps Backpacker Hostel – *THE Most Popular Hostel in Chiang Mai!

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms only
  • Costs Starting From: $8
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No
  • Breakfast Included: No
  • Communal Kitchen: No

“I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff.” That’s the motto at Stamps! If you want to meet new people, whilst being in a central location, Stamps is the perfect choice – which is why so many of you told us it was hands down, the best hostel for travellers in Chiang Mai! 

Accommodation is based around ‘pod-like’ dorm rooms, which host six people within them. Each ‘pod’ has plugs for your charging needs, curtains and lockers for your backpack and other stuff. The idea of a ‘pod’ means more privacy for you at times when you need it, whilst that sociable hostel is ever-present… 

For solo travellers wanting to meet people, there’s plenty of entertainment on site, from fun BBQs to quizzes and movie nights. The staff arrange a different event every night, so it’s hard to be bored! 

There are many cafes and restaurants just outside the hotel, and the famous Thapae Gate and Sunday Walking Street Market are just a few minutes walk away. However, once you taste the cocktails at this hostel – it may be hard to go outside and explore the city. This hostel is THAT good! Check availability at Stamps here.

Stamps Backpackers Hostel Chiang Mai
Stamps Backpackers Hostel – voted the best hostel in Chiang Mai by our readers!

2. @Box Hostel*The Most Unique Hostel in Chiang Mai! 

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates 
  • Costs Starting From: $5
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: Yes
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes

@Box Hostel makes for a unique place to stay as it is built out of shipping containers! The hostel is located in the city centre so it is close to the main attractions, however, it is set down a quiet street. 

They offer dorms, one of which is female only and limited private rooms. Backpackers say this is a great place to meet other travellers and the communal areas are great. There is even a small swimming pool on site! 

The bunk beds come with their own plug sockets and private lights. Bicycle rental is also free for guests. A basic breakfast is included in the price and there is also a communal kitchen so you can cook and store your own food. 

This hostel is particularly rated for the staff who go above and beyond to make sure that the guests enjoy their stay. Big shoutout to Kung who is everybody’s favourite receptionist! You can check availability at @Box Hostel here.

Backpackers at @Box Hostel
Beds at @Box Hostel start at just $5US!

3. Hug Hostel Rooftop – *Best Hostel Bar in Chiang Mai! 

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates
  • Costs Starting From: $8
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No
  • Communal Kitchen: No

Hug Hostel is a very popular choice for flashpackers and one which is super modern with great facilities. The hostel is located at the Northern wall, very close to the Old City, and (as the name suggests) has a dedicated rooftop terrace, perfect for grabbing a drink and checking out the wonderful city view! 

Located 200m from Chang Puak Market, it is easy and convenient to grab delicious street food in the evening. If you’re feeling lazy, there is a restaurant in the hostel. You can opt for a private double room, or you can go with the regular mixed dormitory-style stay. Dorms sleep either 12, 10, or 6 people, in a bunk bed style. 

Hug Hostel was actually one of the most frequently recommended hostels in Chiang Mai by backpackers in our Facebook community. Check availability at Hug Hostel Rooftop.

‘I definitely recommend Hug Hostel. There is a decent rooftop bar for socialising!’ – Luke. 

Hug Hostel Rooftop, Chiang Mai.
Hug Hostel Rooftop – best value for money hostel in Chiang Mai at just $4 US per bed!

4. The Common Hostel – *Top Flashpacker Choice!

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

Situated in the heart of the Old City, this is a very popular hostel, and again, a very modern one, with sleek decoration. You can opt for a dorm room, either mixed or female only, and choose between a single bed or a more spacious queen-sized bed. 

Rooms all have air conditioning and free WiFi as standard. There is a communal kitchen with refrigerator, microwave and vending machines. Free tea, coffee and water are available no matter what the time! The breakfast included in the room rate is a lavish affair. Oh and there’s also a table tennis table in the lobby. 

 The hostel gets superb reviews from all travellers who stay here, mostly on account of the super friendly staff! Backpackers who can’t be bothered to cook will be pleased to learn of the tasty vegan restaurant Green Tiger, located next door! Check availability at The Common Hostel.

5. Bodega Chiang Mai Party Hostel & Bar – *Voted THE Best Party Hostel in Chiang Mai!

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

This is the ideal hostel for those who want to meet new people and party as much as possible! (Naturally, that means it is not the best for those who want to sleep well at night!) They also run the legendary Chiang Mai pub crawl. It looks like things are about to get messy!

Bodega Chiang Mai hostel has a sociable common area, nightly events, cheap drinks deals and super friendly staff who know how to get everyone involved! There’s a delicious daily breakfast  you can buy (to help with the hangover) and many options for food and drinks served all day. Rooms are all dorm-style, and cater for four people in a mixed capacity. There are private bathrooms and air conditioning in each dorm room, and a 24-hour reception desk to answer any queries you might have. 

This hostel, formerly known as Slumber Party Hostel, was voted the best party hostel in Chiang Mai by our readers! (The party hostel chain has branches in many parts of Thailand, from Bangkok to Phuket. Also included on our list of best party hostels in Bangkok!) Check availability at Bodega Chiang Mai here.

Bodega Chiang Mai - Voted the best party hostel in Chiang Mai!
Bodega Chiang Mai – Voted the best party hostel in Chiang Mai!

6. Me U2 & i-smile Hostel*Most Comfortable Dorm Beds in Chiang Mai! 

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

The motto of Me U2 & i-smile Hostel is ‘come as guest, leave as friend’. The hostel is a great budget option for travellers, offering dorm rooms starting at around $4US per night and privates for around $12US. There is the option of fan rooms or aircon. Although there is no breakfast included in the room rate, tea, coffee, drinking water, bananas and cookies are free for guests. 

It is situated in an ideal location as the main attractions are within walking distance but it is also down a side street, which means it is quiet at night. The hostel owners can easily help guests to arrange tours onward travel and motorbike rentals, often offering discounts. Check availability for Me U2 & i-smile Hostel here.

7. Neat Hostel *Best ‘Home Away from Home’ Vibe!

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

Neat Hostel located in the centre of the Old City gets consistently high reviews from travellers and it is easy to see why. The owners really care about the hostel and go above and beyond to make sure travellers have a memorable stay. When you check-in, you will be given a map with local attractions on. 

Private rooms and dorms are available at the accommodation and bunks come with privacy curtains. Rooms are equipped with AC and are clean and comfortable. This is another hostel that helps travellers to reduce their single-use plastic by allowing them to refill water bottles free of charge. 

Travellers looking for a budget-friendly and comfortable stay will love Neat Hostel, however, this isn’t a party hostel so those looking to rave will want to go elsewhere. Check availability at Neat Hostel here.

Neat Hostel - table and chair
Neat Hostel has a wonderful ‘home away from home’ vibe.

8. D-Well Hostel*Voted Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Chiang Mai!

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

D-Well Hostel is a super clean, modern and well-designed hostel that’s just stone’s throw away from the night bazaar and Thapae Gate. 

A fabulous breakfast is served free of charge every morning, in a buffet style, and there is a cute coffee shop and a large garden on site, for chilling in the sun. This hostel is a great choice for those wanting to meet fellow travellers, but not wanting a pressured party atmosphere. At D-Well, the choice is yours! 

Rooms are either private, with TV, or you can opt for bunk beds in dorms, which cater for 4 or 6 people, in a mixed capacity.  All in all, a very friendly choice of hostel in Chiang Mai – reviewed in full by our ambassadors here. | Check availability at D-Well here!

Reception at D-Well Hostel, Chiang Mai, Thailand

9. Brick House Hostel – *Best Hostel in Chiang Mai with Swimming Pool!

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates
  • Costs Starting From: $8
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: Yes
  • Communal Kitchen: No

One huge bonus of this hostel is that it features a large swimming pool within the grounds, with a volleyball area and plenty of space to lounge and sunbathe! There is also (wait for it!) a fitness centre on-site for those backpackers wanting to keep toned during their adventures! 

Located on Loi Kroh, a road with a bit of a reputation as the seedier end of town with lots of buzzing bars and clubs, this is nevertheless a fun area to stay and very close to all of the city’s main attractions, including Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. 

Rooms are either private, with private bathrooms, or dorm-style, catering for 12, 8, or 4 people with AC and fast WIFI of course. They do advertise a couple of female only dorms which are good options for solo female travellers. Beds are bunk style and each person has their own locker and reading light. Check availability at Brick House here!

‘I stayed at Brick House Hostel and it was brilliant! It’s in the Old Town which is the best place to stay. They have a pool, bar, restaurant. it’s busy but not too party but they do have pub crawls etc!’ – Kerry. 

Brickhouse Hostel Chiang mai
Backpackers chilling at Brick House Hostel, Chiang Mai.

10. Baan Heart Thai – *Best Pod Style Hostel! 

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms only
  • Costs Starting From: $9
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No
  • Communal Kitchen: No

This is a very friendly, family-run hostel which is centrally located, and only 10 minutes walk away from Tha Phae Gate. Many travellers comment on the immaculate cleanliness of the hostel, as well as the peace and quiet. Travellers looking for a party will want to go somewhere else as this is not the vibe at Baan Heart Thai. 

With dormitory-style rooms, all beds are bunk and have enclosed walls and a curtain, for extra privacy and comfort. For couples, there are also dorms with queen sized beds, that feel more like private rooms than bunks. There is a foldable desk, clothes hangers, and a power socket installed at every bunk ‘pod’, as well as a personal reading light. Bathrooms are shared, and all have hot water daily. 

The Baan Heart Thai is located within a very popular street food area, so you can easily venture out and try some of the delicious and cheap meals that Chiang Mai is so famous for. The lovely owners Casey and her Dad are a wealth of knowledge about Chiang Mai and will help you to explore the city to the max! 

Check availability at Baan Heart Thai.

Baan Heart Thai Hostel - one of Chiang Mai's friendliest hostels!
Baan Heart Thai Hostel – one of Chiang Mai’s cosiest and friendliest hostels!

11. Suneta Hostel – *Centrally located hostel with cheap privates.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates
  • Costs Starting From: $8
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No
  • Breakfast Included: Yes
  • Communal Kitchen: No

Suneta Hostel is a cool hostel with exposed brick walls and an industrial design. It is located down a small street, right in the heart of the city, just footsteps away from Tha Phae Gate and the popular Sunday Walking Street Market. 

It’s a great place to relax whilst being close to the buzz of the Old City. There’s a trendy restaurant on the grounds, and a free continental breakfast (with four options) is served every morning to guests. 

Rooms are either dorm-style (8-bed mixed), or single private room with shared bathroom facilities. Some people complain that the private rooms are quite small but when you consider they begin at $11 US per night, this hostel is very good value for money! Check availability at Suneta Hostel.

Suneta Hostel, Chiang Mai - A cute hostel in the heart of the Old City.
Suneta Hostel, Chiang Mai – A cute hostel in the heart of the Old City.

12. Hug Glur House and Hostel – *Cheapest Hostel in Chiang Mai.

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates
  • Costs Starting From: $3
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No
  • Breakfast Included: Yes
  • Communal Kitchen: No

Located a little way out, a 15-minute walk from the south wall of the Old City, this hostel is particularly popular with budget backpackers because it’s just so cheap! With dorm beds starting at $3 US and private rooms with a double bed and shared bathrooms starting at $9 US, you really can’t knock this hostel for its value for money.  

There is a free continental breakfast served out on the terrace every morning and the on-site restaurant serves Thai and international dishes. As the cheapest hostel on this list, it isn’t the most beautiful or trendiest place to stay in Chiang Mai – but if you’re saving your pennies, it’s a solid choice! Check availability at Hug Glur.

13. Hostel Lullaby – *Most Centrally Located Hostel in Chiang Mai.

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

This particular hostel is one of the most central you will find in Chiang Mai and is a modern and chic option decoration-wise. It is located around 200 m away from the Chedi Luang Temple. 

A buffet and continental breakfast are served free of charge daily in a beautiful conservatory-style location with colourful cushions and glass overlooking the garden.

Access to the hostel is via a key card, so you know you can come and go as you please, whilst also feeling safe when you’re there. There are security personnel 24hrs a day! Dorm rooms are mixed or female only, with bunk beds, personal reading lights, lockers and zebra-print privacy curtains! 

Lullaby Hostel is known for its fabulous free cooking classes that it runs on Tuesday and Saturdays. Bike rental is free for guests and yoga sessions are also offered to those staying, depending on teacher availability.

‘[I recommend] Lullaby 100%! They have a good breakfast and they do free cooking classes every week which are amazing!’ – Sophie. 

Due to its very central location, this is one of the more expensive hostels on our list. We think it is well worth the extra money though! Check availability at Hostel Lullaby.

Lullaby Hostel - cooking class
The famous cooking class offered by Lullaby Hostel!

14. The Pause Hostel – *Trendiest Hostel in Chiang Mai!

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

This fashionable hostel is located on Nimman Haemin Road, which is a very famous Chiang Mai street popular with expats, digital nomads and students. There are hundreds of great cafés and restaurants around this area, as well as street food and shopping malls. It is a 10-minute drive into the Old City and 10-minutes from the student night market.

There is plenty of action to be had just outside the door of this hostel, from massage parlours to bars, nightlife and huge shopping centres! Choose between private or dorm-style rooms amidst modern, sleek, minimalist surroundings.

There is a shared lounge within the hostel, which has a bar, and you can rent bicycles or motorbikes from the reception desk. Dorm rooms are either mixed or female only, and cater for 4, 6, or 8 people, with air conditioning, patio access, and bunk bed accommodation.

This is the ideal choice for those who want to experience an alternative and more local side of the city! Check availability at the Pause Hostel.

15. The Islander – *Voted Friendliest Owners in Chiang Mai!

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

The Islander is run by charismatic Irish owner, Alex and his girlfriend, Kate who together, provide guests with a warm welcome from the minute they step through the doors! At this hostel, you’ll feel like you’re staying with friends! 

Located just south of the city walls, this hostel is pretty close to everything, especially the great cheap street food at Chang Puak Gate, which is just 300 metres away. All rooms have air conditioning, and many also have balcony areas, so you can chill out in the sunshine, with views over the mountains. 

You can choose a private room, with shared bathroom and AC (from $19 USD), or you can go with the dorm rooms, which are mixed and have single beds. WiFi is free throughout the property, and there is a coffee and tea area on-site, as well as a shared kitchen. Check availability at The Islander!

The Islander Hostel, Chiang Mai.
The friendly Islander Hostel, Chiang Mai.

16. Cody Guest House Chiang Mai – *Top Pick for a Down-to-Earth Backpacker Guesthouse in the Old City!

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

This bright, colourful, and personality-packed hostel is very centrally located, in the heart of the old backpacker ghetto of Chiang Mai. 

At just 200m away from Tha Phae Gate and close to the Three Kings Monument, it’s great for those of you with only a few days to explore the city. Plus, you can easily venture out to experience the local nightlife from here, and there are many restaurants and cafes around the hostel itself. 

The hostel also has a quirky outside terrace area, which has mountain views and is brightly decorated with hippie decor. The rooms themselves are either twin rooms with a shared bathroom (from just $14 US), or you can go with the mixed 6 or 8 bed dorm rooms. 

All in all, this is a cheap and cheerful, down to earth backpacker hostel in Chiang Mai! Check availability at Cody Guest House.

Cody Guesthouse - A Chiang Mai Guest House that's cheap, cheerful and in a great area!
Cody Guesthouse – A Chiang Mai Guest House that’s cheap, cheerful and in a prime location of the city!

17. Daizy House*Top Pick for Returning Guests! 

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

Located in the Nimman neighbourhood and family-run, Daizy Hostel is a great choice for backpackers looking to experience a more local side of the city. The cleaning is done daily and the hostel is constantly praised for its attention to detail. 

The facilities at Daizy are great and the hostel has a communal kitchen, washing machine, free bikes and complimentary tea, coffee and water available throughout the day. There is a mix of private rooms and dorms available. The light and colourful decor is uplifting and provides a refreshing change from some of the more cramped accommodation offered elsewhere. 

It is the welcoming nature of the staff that keeps backpackers coming back time after time though. Not only do the staff provide helpful recommendations about the local area but they are also very accommodating when dealing with guest queries. Check availability at Daizy House. 

‘I’ve stayed at Daizy Hostel twice now and my opinion hasn’t changed. Stay here in Chiang Mai, they won’t disappoint you!’ – Sophia.

18. ALEXA Hostel – The Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Chiang Mai!

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

Alexa Hostel is a super swanky, vibrant, bright, and modern place to stay, located just off the famous Nimman Haemin Road, close to all the main nightlife and entertainment options. 

It’s a big hit with the burgeoning digital nomad community of Chiang Mai, who love the spacious common area and café serving good, strong coffee as well as the lovely outdoor garden. 

At any time of day and night, you’ll see digital nomads tapping away on their silver MacBooks! Of course, it makes sense that you’ll find super-fast WIFI throughout the hostel, as well as AC in all of the indoor areas. 

Another perk is that you have access to free chilled water and the delicious breakfast is complimentary, served from 7 am until 10.30am every day. There are dorm rooms from $10 US or private rooms which start at $35 US. 

Every guest has plenty of space within the dorms, as well as an individual light and a curtain for privacy. The hostel is a sociable place to stay, particularly for travel bloggers and freelancers. They also have live music twice a week (every Thursday and Friday) in their popular café, Nimman Social*. This is a superb, clean and modern hostel that gets a lot of things right! 

*Hostel guests receive 10% discount on food at Nimman Social! Check availability at ALEXA Hostel.

ALEXA Hostel, Chiang Mai.
ALEXA Hostel – Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Chiang Mai!

19. Mapping Hostel – *Rustic Bungalows for $3 US Overlooking the River! 

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates
  • Costs Starting From: $3
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: No
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes

This is the ideal hostel choice for those who love nature, sat on Chiang Mai’s Ping, with ample gardens, and space to relax in a hammock and read a book. The hostel is only 800 m away from the night bazaar, despite feeling like it is a million miles from the hustle and bustle!

You can choose between private rustic bungalows overlooking the river (which are only $3 US!) or dorm rooms, which cater for 6 or 8 people, in either a mixed or female only.

Bathrooms are clean and showers are hot, with a shared kitchen for guests to use. Cat lovers will be in their element with lots of feline friends to play with!

If you’re looking for a calm peaceful atmosphere in a hostel that’s different from others in Chiang Mai, then this hostel could be for you! Check out nearby bar, Riverside, for great live music, especially at the weekend! Check availability at Mapping Hostel.

20. To Bed Poshtel – *Best Pod-Style Double Beds for Backpacking Couples!

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

This hostel gets exceptional reviews and it’s easy to understand why. The common area of this hostel is designed to replicate nature, complete with astroturf, so even if you’re close to the city centre, you can get a taste of the countryside. 

This is a modern style hostel, so everything, once you’re inside the bedrooms, is sleek and contemporary in design. The dorm rooms either have single beds or double beds, which are great for backpacking couples (cost is $16 US)! 

The hostel has a large and pleasant garden and patio area, and there is an on-site restaurant, serving a free and delicious breakfast every morning. True to its name, this hostel is ‘posh’ and ideal for flashpackers or couples! Check availability at To Bed Poshtel.

To Bed Poshtel double dorm bed
The pod style doubles are great for couples!

21. Sherloft Home and Hostel*Best Option for Backpackers Wanting to Relax!

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

Feeling more hotel than hostel because of the quality of the accommodation, Sherloft Home and Hostel is a popular option for travellers looking to relax and enjoy a taste of luxury. There are both private rooms and dorms, starting at around $10US. A delicious breakfast is included in the room rate. 

This hostel has everything that a traveller could need from a hostel, including a communal kitchen complete with juice blender and microwave, free WiFi and a prepaid washing machine. The bunks come with privacy curtains, their own safety deposit boxes and individual reading lights. Tea, coffee and Netflix are free! 

It is close to the Saturday and Sunday walking streets which makes it a good base from which to explore the city. Free bikes are available and the staff can give good recommendations about the best places to go. Check availability at Sherloft Home and Hostel.

22. Jeune Hostel – *Top Pick for Cheap Hostel with Great Location!

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates
  • Costs Starting From: $5
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: Yes
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes

Formerly known as Your Space Hostel, this small and modern place is just 300 m of the Chang Puak Gate, which is a great area for street food, and close to the many markets and nightlife areas within the city. Dorms at this hostel start at a very cheap $5 US for a bed in a mixed dorm. The beds are large and comfortable with privacy curtains on each bed. 

The hostel has a comfortable, shared lounge area, where you can relax and enjoy the free WIFI. A buffet breakfast is served every morning and there are free tea, coffee and bread available all day! 

The communal kitchen means that guests can easily cook their own meals if they don’t fancy venturing out. A solid, cheap choice in a great location! Check availability at Jeune Hostel!

Jeune Hostel - dorm room
The dorm beds at Jeune Hostel have privacy curtains.

23. The August Hostel – *Best Hostel in Chiang Mai for Couples!

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates
  • Costs Starting From: $8
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No
  • Breakfast Included: Yes
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes

This is a sleek and modern hostel, which is set right in the heart of the Old City of Chiang Mai. It is within walking distance of everything you could possibly need and just steps away from the Sunday Walking Market. 

Free toiletries and slippers are given to guests on arrival, and complimentary breakfast of toast cereal and fruit is served daily, in a buffet style. Water refills are free. There is also a shared kitchen and washing machine that you can use. 

Rooms are mixed dorms and feature comfortable bunk beds with privacy curtains and reading lights. Rooms cater for 8, 6, or 4 people, with plenty of space for everyone. There are also lovely double rooms with balconies starting at $27USD, ideal for couples.  Check availability at The August Hostel!

August Hostel, Chiang Mai.
August Hostel, Chiang Mai- voted the best hostel for couples!

24. Stay Here Hostel – *Super Clean Hostel in Chiang Mai! 

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

The location of Stay Here Hostel is very convenient for travellers looking to explore the Old City. It’s very modern in design and gets extra points for just how clean it is. They offer both private rooms and dorms and you can grab breakfast on top for $3US per person. 

Many liken this hostel to a hotel and it is easy to understand why. The hosts at Stay Here Hostel pride themselves on quality and do everything they can to make their guest’s stay memorable. The downstairs coffee bar is a great addition and provides a good place to catch up with other backpackers or reply to a few emails. 

The reception desk is super helpful and can help you arrange tours and also recommend local bars and restaurants. Check availability at Stay Here Hostel.

25. Haus Hostel – *Voted Most Beautifully Designed Hostel in Chiang Mai!

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms only 
  • Costs Starting From: $8
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: Yes
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes

The extremely beautiful Haus Hostel with its glass greenhouse design and modern furnishings really ups the standard of backpacker hostel! Everything is perfect at this hostel, from the shared lounge area to the trendy rooftop terrace and the spacious dorm rooms. 

You can enjoy a continental breakfast free of charge on the terrace daily, making you feel more like you’re in a boutique hotel than a backpacker hostel! 

The rooftop terrace with a great view of Doi Suthep Mountain is a great place to hang out, grab a beer and meet fellow travellers. You’ll find many different types of travellers staying at this hostel, from all over the world and there’s a nice sociable atmosphere. 

Dorm beds are large and comfortable with privacy curtains and lockers underneath the bed. Check availability at Haus!

Haus Hostel, Chiang Mai.
The beautifully designed Haus Hostel.

26. Na La Da Hostel*Best Hostel Perks! 

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

Travellers looking for a clean and comfortable stay should head to Na La Da Hostel. This hostel gets rave reviews and for good reason – not only do the staff do all they can to make you feel at home but they also offer round the clock, free water refills, tea, coffee and biscuits! 

Breakfast is included in the room rate and the dorms are spacious. You can choose between a 16, 8 or 6 bed dorm. All rooms have AC a or fan and lockers. Each bed has a bedside reading light and also a power socket. Towels are provided for guests without any extra charge. 

Tours are easy to arrange from the hostel and they often run promotions for travellers who book through them. At the time of writing, book a tour through them and you can receive a free Thai massage, who would say no to that?! Check availability at Na La Da Hostel here. 

‘Rooftop that you can chill out on, second floor is cosy with big flatscreen and Netflix, ground floor held a cute kitchen and seating. Loved it there and would definitely go back if I went to Chiang Mai. Really clean and a few different bathrooms/showers so never had to wait!’ – Ellisha.

27. Green Sleep Hostel – *Top Pick for a Solo Female Traveller!

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms only 
  • Costs Starting From: $10
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes
  • Breakfast Included: Yes
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes

From the minute you walk through the doors of this hostel, you’ll feel relaxed and calm due to the peaceful design and homely surroundings. The hostel is bright, tasteful and immaculately clean.  Lockers and clean towels are provided for each guest. 

If you choose to stay at the Green Sleep Hostel, you also get bicycle hire free of charge as part of your booking! The hostel itself is very centrally located, and its the perfect place from which to explore the city. 

The hostel offers a complimentary breakfast free of charge every day, and there are many social areas to hang out and meet fellow travellers. Many solo female travellers love this hostel because of its super safe location, friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere and pretty design. There are also female only dorms. Check availability at Green Sleep.

Green Sleep Hostel kitchen
The immaculately clean kitchen at Green Sleep Hostel.

With soooo many hostel options available in Chiang Mai, you’re truly spoilt for choice! Tell us! What’s your favourite hostel in Chiang Mai?

Also check out: Best Hostels in Bangkok, Best Hostels in Koh Tao, Best Hostels in Phuket

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