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 many likeminded 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 lairs, 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!

How much do hostels in Chiang Mai Thailand cost?

All of the hostels on our Best Hostels List below are under $15 US for a bed in a dorm room. While it is possible to get a bed in a dorm room for just $3 US in Chiang Mai, the average cost of a bed in a decent hostel is around $8 USD.

The posher hostels that have extra facilities, swimming pools, gardens, trendy design or ‘pod-style’ beds charge $11 US and up. (Which is still very reasonable in my book!) Almost all of the hostels in Chiang Mai include free breakfast in the price, and many of them offer free water, tea, coffee and even biscuits all day long! And if you’re looking for more privacy, many of the hostels have private rooms too, that start around $20 USD.

Once you see the standard of hostel in Chiang Mai, you’ll understand why travellers come back again and again to this city in order to recharge their batteries, have a massage, grab some cheap street food and enjoy some of the country’s best hostels!

More about Chiang Mai…

Located in the mountainous north of Thailand, around 440 miles from Bangkok. Chiang Mai has a regional airport, so you can easily connect from countless other destinations around Southeast Asia, or you can fly into Bangkok, experience the capital, and then catch an overnight train or bus from there.

Surrounded by valleys and hills, the city sits on the banks of the Ping River, and was formally the capital fo the Lanna Kingdom, far back in history. These days, you’ll find modern day fun, alongside culture, history, and religious temples.

It truly is a blend of old versus new, and despite the increasingly tourist nature of the city these days, the old part of the city is a must visit for everyone. Learn how to cook authentic Thai cuisine, learn about the history, culture, religion, and enjoy Thai massages for next to nothing, every single day. Bliss!

How to choose where to stay in Chiang Mai?

Think of the city like a square. (This square marks the area that is known as the old city.) The square has a north, south, east and west edge. (These are the city walls.) The Ping River runs along the East side of the city and Doi Suthep mountain and its national park dominates the Western side.

When travellers visit Chiang Mai, most of them want to stay within the Old City walls (the square), the place where you’ll find the cute smaller streets with cafés, massage parlours, restaurants and bars.

However, staying just outside of the Old City walls is perfect too. Despite being a busy city, Chiang Mai is a small place and you’ll discover that pretty much everything is within walking distance!

All of the hostels in our ‘Best Hostels List’ below are located within the Old City or just outside. They are within walking distance to all of the city’s famous attractions, from Tha Phae Gate to the Sunday Walking Street Market and Chiang Mai’s famous temples… And, wherever you stay, it’s easy to catch a 20 baht (or sow baht as the locals say) red taxi (known as a songthaew in Thai) to anywhere else in the city.

Read more about Chiang Mai in our travel guide here.

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 readers told us, which we managed to break down into a shortlist (or not so short list!) 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!

  • Price: From $8 US dorm bed.
  • Great location. Close to everything. Just outside the eastern wall of the Old City, close to Thapae Gate.

“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 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. SpicyThai Backpackers – *Picked for its Down to Earth, Homely Atmosphere!

  • Price: From $7 US dorm bed.
  • Great location. Just outside the Northern wall of the Old City.

You’ll feel right at home at this hostel, which has a friendly, welcoming vibe from the get-go. The hostel has a large garden and terrace, where you can enjoy the wonderful Chiang Mai weather and get to know your fellow guests, with BBQ facilities, and a large, shared lounge area. Free wifi is available throughout. Beds are within dorms, and either mixed, or female only. The hostel is located in just outside the northern wall of the Old City, which is only about five minutes walk away. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés around and the nearby expat favourite of Northgate Jazz Bar is a great place to sample live music in the city! Check availability at SpicyThai here!

3. Hug Hostel Rooftop *Top Pick for Value For Money! 

  • Price: From $4 US dorm bed.
  • Great location. Just outside the Northern wall of the Old City.

This 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, which is a great place to grab street food in the evening. If you’re feeling lazy, there is a restaurant within the hostel, and 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. Check availability at Hug Hostel Rooftop.

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

4. Hostel by BED – *Top Flashpacker Choice!

  • Price: From $13 US dorm bed.
  • Great location. Located in the Old City near to the famous temple, Wat Pra Singh.

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 basics There is a lovely open-air on-site restaurant and café, and the shared common room has a microwave and vending machines, with free tea, coffee and water no matter what the time! The breakfast 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! Check availability at Hostel by BED.

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

  • Price: From $13 US dorm bed.
  • Great location. Located in the Old City near the nightlife hotspot of Zoe in Yellow and other backpacker bars.

This is the ideal hostel for those who want to meet new people and party as much as possible! (Not the best for those who want to sleep well at night!) 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 (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 is a private bathroom 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! Check availability at Bodega Chiang Mai here! (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!)

For a bit of Chiang Mai madness, book Bodega Hostel’s legendary Chiang Mai pub crawl here!

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

6. Stranger House – *Friendly Hostel Close to Chiang Mai University.

  • Price: From $8 US dorm bed.
  • Central location. The hostel is located outside the Old City on the Western side of the city, close to Chiang Mai University, Doi Suthep Mountain and Chiang Mai Zoo. It’s a more local location – but still convenient.

This hostel is set in a quieter area, close to Chiang Mai University, but still very central and within walking distance of everything. The student market, just a few minutes away, is a fun place to go for cheap food at night and pick up some bargain vintage clothes! The property is large and friendly, with dorm rooms, catering for either mixed parties or female only. A delicious buffet style breakfast is served as part of your booking every single morning, and there are several smaller restaurants, cafes and cheap and awesome street food just outside of the hostel. As the saying goes – “a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet” – so goes the vibe at this friendly hostel. Check availability at Stranger House.

Stranger Hostel, Chiang Mai.
Stranger House Hostel, Chiang Mai.

7. Tanwa Hostel – *Relaxing Hostel set within a garden on outskirts of the city.

  • Price: From $8 US dorm bed.
  • Located a little way out of the Old City. Further out of the city than most of the hostels on this list, south of the city walls. A 15-minute walk to the Old City.

Located a little way outside of the Old City, south of the city walls, this chic and comfortable hostel is ideal for those who want to chill right out! The large garden and glass-fronted coffee shop filled with tropical plants makes you feel like you are completely enclosed by nature wherever you are in this hostel. The rooms have seating areas, desks, and a private bathroom, and beds are bunk style, catering for four people. You can opt for a private room, and some even have balconies, to let you take in that natural view even more. Previous visitors all mention how welcoming the vibe was and the staff are super friendly. Free hot drinks, water and biscuits all day too! Check availability at Tanwa Hostel.

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

  • Price: From $12 US dorm bed.
  • Central location. Located outside the city walls on the east side of the city near to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

A super clean, modern, 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!

  • Price: From $8 US dorm bed.
  • Central location. The hostel is located off Loi Kroh Road, famous for bars and nightlife. Close to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

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 bars and clubs, this is nevertheless a fun area to stay and very close to all of the city’s main attractions. Rooms are either private, with private bathrooms, or dorm style, catering for 12, 8, or 4 people, all mixed – AC and fast WIFI of course. Beds are bunk style and each person has their own locker and reading light. Check availability at Brick House here!

Brickhouse Hostel Chiang mai

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

  • Price: From $11 US dorm bed.
  • Great central location. Located just outside the city walls, just a few minutes walk to Tha Phae Gate. Close to everything.

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. 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.

  • Price: From $12 US dorm bed.
  • Very central location. Located in the heart of the city very close to Tha Phae Gate.

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 at $15 US per night, this hostel 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.

  • Price: From $3 US dorm bed.
  • A little out of the Old City. Located south of the city walls, a 10-15 minute walk from the Old City.

Located a little way out of the city, 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 on its value for money.  There is a free continental breakfast served every morning, out on the terrace, 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 then if you’re saving your pennies, it’s a solid choice! Check availability at Hug Glur.

13. The Pause Hostel – *Best Flashpacker Hostel in Chiang Mai!

  • Price: From $9 US dorm bed.
  • Alternative Location. This 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. 10-minute drive into the Old City. 10-minutes from the student night market.

This is a fashionable hostel located on the trendy Nimman Haemin Road, which is a famous street full of quirky cafés and restaurants, popular with University students and expats alike. 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.

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

  • Price: From $14 US dorm bed.
  • Couldn’t be more centrally located. Right in the heart of the Old City.

This particular hostel is one of the most central you will find in Chiang Mai and is a modern and chic option decoration-wise. Located around 200m away from Chedi Luang Temple. A buffet and continental breakfast is 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. Dorm rooms are mixed or female only, with bunk beds, personal reading lights, lockers and zebra-print privacy curtains! Due to its very central location, this is one of the more expensive hostels on our list. Check availability at Hostel Lullaby.

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

  • Price: From $6 US dorm bed.
  • Good location. Just south of the city walls, five minutes walk to the Old City.

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 $18 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 guest house in the Old City!

  • Price: From $6 US dorm bed.
  • Very central location. In the heart of the Old City.

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 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. Monkey Toe Chiang Mai Guest House – *Cheap, friendly and fun guest house on North walls of the city!

  • Price: From $5 US dorm bed.
  • Good location. Just outside of the Old City, near to the popular Northgate Jazz Bar.

Interestingly named, the Monkey Toe Guesthouse is a cosy and friendly hostel which is located just outside the northern walls of the city. With a shared lounge area, a pool table and a chill-out zone, Monkey Toe is a sociable, laid-back kind of place. The staff are very friendly and kind and there’s free tea, coffee, water and crackers available all day, as well as breakfast 24-hours – perfect for those lazy backpackers! Rooms are dorm style, and either 10-bed mixed, or 10-bed female only, and are pod-style for extra privacy. All in all, a cheap and friendly place to stay – book here and you won’t be disappointed! Check availability at Monkey Toe!

Monkey Toe Guest House Chiang Mai
Monkey Toe Guest House Chiang Mai.

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

  • Price: From $12 US dorm bed.
  • Alternative Location. Located just off Nimman Haemin Road close to Maya Mall and loads of restaurants and bars.

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 Mac Books. Of course it makes sense that you’ll find super fast WIFI throughout the hostel, as well as AC in all indoor areas. Another perk is that you have access to free chilled water as a guest, and the delicious breakfast is complimentary, served from 7am until 10.30am every day. There are dorm rooms from $12 US or private rooms which start at $35 US. Every guest has plenty of space within the dorms, as well as a private light and a curtain for privacy. The hostel is a sociable place to stay, particular for travel bloggers and freelancers, and they have live music twice a week (every Thursday and Friday) in their popular café, Nimman Social*. All in all, 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. To Bed Poshtel – *Best Pod-Style Double Beds for Backpacking Couples!

  • Price: From $9 US dorm bed.
  • Good Location. Located just outside the Old City, five minutes walk from the southern walls.

This hostel gets exceptional reviews and it’s easy to understand why. The common area of this hostel is designed to look like nature, complete with astro-turf, 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.

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

  • Price: From $3 US dorm bed or bungalow with fan!
  • Unique Location. Situated on the banks of the Ping River in a unique, natural setting, about a 20-minute walk from the Old City.

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 800m 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 any other in Chiang Mai, then this hostel could be for you! Check out nearby bar, Riverside, for a great live music, especially at the weekend! Check availability at Mapping Hostel.

21. Plearn Hostel – *Friendly and cheap hostel with free bicycle hire!

  • Price: From $6 US dorm bed.
  • Good Location. Not far from the Night Bazaar. On the Eastern side of the city close to Tha Phae Gate and a short walk to the Old City.

Located just outside the Old City, Plearn Hostel is an increasingly popular choice amongst backpackers. Many travellers mention the friendly staff who go out of their way to help you with anything you may need whilst you’re in Chiang Mai, and help with your onward travel plans. The hostel is located down a little street near a food night market and there are plenty of bars and restaurants near by. If you want to buy food and bring it back to the hostel there’s a shared kitchen. There’s also free breakfast every morning with fresh fruits and eggs. Dorm rooms start at just $6 USD for a bed in a 6-bed mixed dorm and the beds are comfy, with big lockers. The best thing about this hostel is that they have free bicycles for guests to use and take around town. Scooter hire is also available. Check availability at Plearn Hostel.

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

  • Price: From $4 US dorm bed.
  • Good Location. Located just outside the Old City, a five-minute walk from the northern walls, close to street food and bars.

This small and modern hostel is just 300m 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 $4 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’s free tea coffee and bread available all day! A solid, cheap choice in a great location. Check availability at Your Space Hostel!

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

  • Price: From $11 US dorm bed.
  • Good Location. Located just outside the Old City, a five-minute walk from the northern walls, close to street food and bars.

This is a sleek and modern hostel, which is set right in the heart of the Old City of Chiang Mai, within walking distance of everything you could possibly need and just steps away from the Sunday Walking Market. Free toiletries and slippers are also given to guests on arrival, and complimentary breakfast of toast cereal and fruit is served daily, in a buffet style. 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 $27 USD, ideal for couples. Check availability at The August Hostel!

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

24. CM City Hostel – *Cheap and cheerful!

  • Price: From $4 US dorm bed.
  • Good Location. Outside the Old City, south-east of the city walls. Walking distance to city sights.

A small and cute hostel located in a quiet location south-east of the Old City, in an area that is within walking distance to many of the city’s major sights. Beds (with privacy curtains) here are cheap, starting at just $4 US and a basic breakfast of toast, jam, tea, coffee and a piece of fruit is included in the price. There’s also a washing machine for guests to use. The staff, especially the owner, Noi, is on hand all day to provide you with free biscuits and help you book any trips or tours in Chiang Mai. There are also bicycles for guests to hire to explore the Old City. All in all, a cheap, cheerful choice! Check availability at CM City Hostel here.

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

  • Price: From $8 US dorm bed.
  • Great Location. Just outside the south-east of the city walls. Close to everything.

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!

26. Hub Hostel – *Best Hostel on Nimman Haemin Road. 

  • Price: From $11 US dorm bed.
  • Alternative Location. Situated on a small street (soi) just off the popular Nimman Haemin Road.

Located just a few minutes’ walk from the popular Nimman Haemin Road, the Hub Hostel offers a great base for those looking to enjoy this alternative area of the city, popular with expats, digital nomads and University students. The hostel is large, beautifully designed with a large restaurant and bar area. There are plenty of areas to chill out, chat with fellow travellers or get on with some work on your laptop and enjoy the super fast wifi. The comfortable beds with sumptuous duvets are pod-style and make you feel like you have your own cosy private room! Bathrooms are large and spacious and most importantly, spotlessly clean. Couples or those wanting even more privacy can also opt for a double room with TV and a shared bathroom. Check availability at Hub Hostel!

The pod-style beds at Hub Hostel, Chiang Mai.
The cosy pod-style beds at Hub Hostel, Chiang Mai.

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

  • Price: From $8 US dorm bed.
  • Very Central Location. Located smack bang in the middle of the Old City.

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.  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.

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?

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