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Quick Introduction to Bangkok Hostels
Average price for a bed: A dorm bed can be as cheap as 6€ – 15€ per night. You see, Bangkok Hostels are really affordable. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Scams: In Thailand and Bangkok you will have the typical taxi-driver scam: your hotel is full/ closed/ doesn’t exist. Do not fall for it. It is a common traveller scam to bring you to a different hostel or hotel and charge you more; plus the cab driver gets a cut from your payment. Do not fall for it!
Thai Beds vs Western Beds: in Thailand you will find many hostels, hotels and resorts offering rooms with the so-called Thai-mattress. The Thai mattress is seriously hard and in the beginning it feels like sleeping on a rock.
If you want cozy mattresses, keep an eye for hostels with western-style mattresses.
Leave your shoes outside: In Thai Culture shoes have to remain outside. This goes for accommodations as well as many shops, temples, and other places too.
We seriously enjoyed this, because it makes the place automatically cleaner, and it gives you a feeling of home. Just be aware that is a thing.
Quality of hostels in Bangkok: A couple of the most stunning Hostels in the world are home in Bangkok. The quality here is insanely high. There is more than 530 hostels in Bangkok. And more than 140 have a higher rating than 9/10 stars.
For fun: The Thai name for Bangkok is Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. Now you know.
Airport transfer: The taxi drivers tend to give you a higher price on the airport. Consider booking a hassle free airport transfer to/from Suvarnabhumi. We always do this.
Important Update: Once Again have been closed temporarily since 2020. They do plan to re-open but they are waiting for government guidelines to do so safely. We will keep this guide upto date as soon as we have more information.
Our absolute best hostel Bangkok is this one: ONCE AGAIN HOSTEL!
If you’re seeking an authentic Thai local experience, look no further. Once Again Hostel is in the heart of local Bangkok communities.
Once Again is the best located of all the recommended places on that list.
You know you’ve hit the jackpot when the building design is as beautiful as this one.
Step through the doors and you’re welcomed by smiling staff, spacious social spaces and incredibly cosy rooms.
We’d say this is possibly the best backpacker hostel in Bangkok!
If you are looking for something between a quiet place and a party hostel, then go with Holy Sheet Hostel. It is a great place to mingle, to join activities and relax at the same time.
Both female and male solo travelers love to stay here.
Remember, they even organize pool parties outside the hostel.
Best Guesthouse in Bangkok
If you are looking for a guesthouse and not a hostel, we have also you covered.
Bed and Bike is a genuine accomodation and one of the most loved places to stay in Bangkok for many backpackers while visiting the capital city.
With its unique vibe and cool design, it is a great place to meet other travelers, as they do also have common areas.
We have to say, the diffrence between guesthouse and hostel in Thailand is basically the type of licence the accommodation gets. You can find many guesthouses with dorms, as well as some hostels with only private rooms… We know, it is a bit confusing. But as William Shakespeare says
A rose by another name would smell as sweet
There is just a factor you should pay attention on: the social vibes. Some guesthouses could be also as crazy as a party hostel. Or have no vibes at all.
If you are looking for a cute, well-design guesthouse, where you can meet other travelers and join activities, Bed and Bike is your place.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. And certainly there is cheaper hostels than the ones we listed here.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out in the Thai capital. Don’t settle for just a good hostel Bangkok, settle for a great one!
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport.
Good to know: The difference in quality for 1€-2€ more (or less) is actually insane. Paying 1€ less per night in a cheap hostel in Bangkok could easy come with cockroaches, dodgy location, unclean sheets, etc.
Rule of Thumb: Never go with the cheapest hostels in South East Asia or cheap hotels in Bangkok. Always pay a tiny bit more, and you won’t have any issues with bed bugs or anything.
Still asking that burning question: Where is the best place to stay in Bangkok for a cheap price?
There are ways to find the cheapest places to stay in Bangkok.
Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Bangkok
Order the listing by price
Here you go. It is simple. Yet again, we recommend to “invest” 1-2€ more per night. That goes a long way and you will feel and see the difference in hostel quality.
Things to know before you go
If this is your first time travelling to Bangkok in Thailand there are a few useful and important things to know and consider before you arrive.
Here is a list of what we think will be helpful for your planning.
Best areas to Stay in Bangkok
Choosing an area to stay in somewhere you’ve never been before can be seriously overwhelming. We’ve been there!
All of the best hostels in this guide offer great locations close to transport, main attractions and nightlife.
Of course, it completely depends on your travelling style, age, what you enjoy etc.
Here is a quick run down to make planning easier for you:
Khao San Road – party, party & more party!
Sukhumvit area – shops, theatre & food
Bangkok Riverside (Old Town) – many must-see attractions
Chinatown – great for day and night life for all traveller types
How long to Visit Bangkok?
It’s quite possible that you may feel completely overwhelmed in Bangkok. It’s super crowded, smelly and a serious attack on your senses 24 hours a day.
Not only that, but it is a huge city that’s spread out across many districts.
Having said all of that, we still think it is an awesome city! Just we aware that it can be tiring.
2-3 full days in Bangkok is more than enough to get a feel for the city and see the main sights.
When is the best time to visit Bangkok?
It doesn’t make too much of a difference what time of the year you visit. The climate is always hot!
September and October tend to be the wettest months of the year.
November and December is best as it’s when the city is experiencing a bit of a colder front after all the rain.