Yim Huai Khwang, Bangkok’s smiling 5 Star Hostel

We are proud and excited to award the Yim Huai Khwang Hostel in Bangkok as the only 5 Star Hostel in town. The excellent design of the hostel receives all the attention in the first place, and thanks to the unique welcoming vibes, the Yim Huai Khwang Hostel travelers around the world fall in love with Yim Huai Khwang, called just “Yim”.

Yim means “smile” in Thai

and that’s what we did all the time while staying there.

The famous hostel lounge at Yim Huai Khwang, right at the entrance

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This family-run hostel will make you feel at home the minute you arrive in their bubblegum-coloured lobby. Being travelers themselves, the owners teamed up with a local designer to create a place, that will make you feel like you’re staying at a friend’s place, while providing all the comfort you could ask for in a hostel.

Yim Huai Khwang, and this is their popular hostel building

Let’s jump into the details of the 5 Star Hostel award, and see why Yim Huai Khwang is an outstanding hostel.

Yim Huai Khwang in Bangkok is a 5 Star Hostel because …

1. Avoiding Plastic and use of Local Products

With a sustainable attitude right from the beginning, the team kept as much from the previous tenants as possible and then added local materials such as bamboo or vintage tiles. Today, the family-run hostel provides glass bottles to refill with water and try to go without plastic in general.

For your breakfast, they will only serve products bought from local shops right in Huai Khwang.

ReUsing City Maps, a smart idea by Yim Huai Khwang Hostel

Located right next to the MRT, you can easily go without taxis and simply jump on a train during your stay. It is the perfect spot to start exploring Bangkok. They also encourage cycling by offering ramp and a room to store your bike in. Just ask the friendly staff where to get your bike – they will send you over to their local partner! Together with locals artists they also organize different exhibitions in the lobby.

The Hostel lounge at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel, Bangkok

Welcome! The entrance at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel, 5 Star Hostel in Bangkok

2. Designed to smile: YIM!

While from the outside the building looks very stylish and plain, the inside is fun and friendly. Every floor is painted in a different colour and they are all coming together in the lobby. There is a massive clock decorated with toys in all colours and a wall papered with pages from fashion and design magazines, creating a rainbow colour scheme for the room.

My favorite smile? Yours! A beautiful travel quote at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel

Combined with modern design furniture and their black and white logo, this space still feels surprisingly calm and relaxing. The open plan common areas provide a welcoming atmosphere, inviting everyone to join at the massive breakfast table or the smaller lounge area on the first floor.

A Double room with private balcony at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel

The rooms are kept in more neutral colors to make sure the guests will have a good night’s sleep. The beds for the dorms are especially designed in a pod-style, each creating a small room itself.

The colorful corridor at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel

3. Feeling Home and Welcome – A unique team

Although you might expect to mention here the design and style, the uniqueness comes from something different. The team here at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel is absolutely welcoming from the very first second! The owner’s nephews are playing in the lobby, the cook will know how you like your eggs for breakfast after the first day and there are always nice people hanging out in the café.

Your hostel slippers at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Bangkok

The hostel is run by the owner’s family and by locals, who became part of the family as well. Everyone is treated the same and you can feel their team spirit right away.

Once you set foot in the lobby, they will welcome you like a friend and it’s gonna be hard to leave after that! This feeling is truly unique and you will appreciate it right away!

The colorful corridor at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel

4. Family vibes – local vibes

Apart from the lovely team, you will meet new friends at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel every day. The common areas are welcoming and visited by locals as well as by travelers. This combination can be real fun, and shows the local character.

There is the lobby to have coffee in, the breakfast area, a lounge with a balcony and a small garden to relax in with your new friends.

Double Room with ensuite facilities at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel, Bangkok

While there is no real kitchen, there is still a shared fridge and microwave in the common area and to be honest: you will be eating at one of the surrounding markets anyways. Why? It’s Bangkok. It is cheaper to eat out than staying in.

5. “your friends in Bangkok” – the motto

As mentioned in Star 3, the uniqueness comes from the wonderful staff at the end. What’s is the best-looking hostel without a soul? These guys will take care of you, making sure you don’t miss the best parts of Bangkok.

A design hostel dorm at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel, BangkokCamera, ready, go!

They will have the best insider tips and are happy to help you to make plans for the day or invite you to join them on their night out. The Yim Huai Khwang Hostel Bangkok receives the last star for its outstanding customer care. It is not a coincidence when travelers on booking platforms mention the cool design and the lovely team members.

Are you planning a family trip to Bangkok and Thailand? Yim Huai Khwang is a family-friendly hostel. Check out as well the Thailand guide for families by the World Travel Family.

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All Room Types at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel

Private Room Types available, all with Ensuite Facilities: Double Room, Twin Room, Junior Suite, Friends/Family Room 4 Beds, Friends room 4 persons - 3+ nights

Shared Room Types available, all with Ensuite Facilities: 6-Bed Mixed Dorm, 4-Bed Female Dorm, 4-Bed Mixed Dorm

Not sure what rooms to expect? Here is our overview to the different room types at hostels.

Location Advantage and Neighborhood

As the name already claims, the hostel is located in the district of Huai Khwang, one of the 50 districts of Bangkok. The location is great! Only 50 meters away from the MRT Station huai khwang, it is easy to get around. In this area you will find many street food opportunities as well as massage shops. As Huai Khwang is not the classic touristic area, Yim Huai Khwang Hostel is the perfect starting point to mingle with the locals. Last but not least, you are only 200m away from the Huai Khwang Night Market. Here you can find foods stalls, fruits and vegetable vendors, fish and more. Traveling around the country? Here you find a cool 2 weeks itinerary for Thailand.

How to get to Yim Huai Khwang Design Hostel:

The 5 Star Hostel Yim Huai Khwang is located only 50meters away from the MRT - this makes it easy to get here. For specific details how to get here from any airport via train, bus, taxi, please visit the official website of Yim Bangkok Hostel.

Check out the exact location of Yim Huai Khwang Hostel directly on Google Maps.

Full address: 70 Pracharat Bamphen Road, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310

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