Believe us when we say that this vibrant city has stunning hostels that offer something for solo travellers, groups and couples alike. There’s actually something for every kind of traveller here!
The streets of Bangkok can get a little overwhelming, so it’s important to have a safe, friendly and comfortable hostel to return to at the end of the day.
Take that in combination of more than 530 hostels in Bangkok – and you are freakin’ overwhelmed for sure.
We’ve worked hard to create this list of the absolute BEST Bangkok hostels.
We did the leg work for you, so you can spend your time otherwise like training your taste buds for spicy food…
This guide is perfect for those that are:
- tired of bad hostels
- overwhelmed by the hostels choice anyways
- happy to spend 1-2€ for an improved experience
- looking for a social environment
- worried about cleanliness
This is your absolute ultimate guide to hosteling in Bangkok.
We cover EVERYTHING from the basics, to the 3 coolest hostels in Bangkok, to scams, and even a map with all major sights.
Basically, this guide is what we would have loved when we were first-timers visiting Bangkok.
It’s time to get excited about:
- 3 top Bangkok hostels
- More epic hostels in Bangkok (you should know)
- Best hostels in Bangkok for solo travellers
- Best hostels in Bangkok for groups
- Party Hostels in Bangkok
- Cheapest Hostels in Bangkok
- Promo Codes
- Handy map with all sights and hostels
- Flights to Bangkok
If you’re not sure about Bangkok but want to discover more of Asia; we have plenty of hostel reviews and 5 star hostels in Asia for you to check out.
Quick Introduction to Bangkok Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 6€ up to 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 prefer hostels with western-style mattresses, keep an eye out for that.
Leave your shoes outside: In Thai Culture shoes have to remain outside. This goes for accommodations as well as many shops 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 BEST Hostels in the world are home in Bangkok. The quality here is insanely high. There is more than 530 hostels here. And more than 140 have a higher rating than 9/10 stars.
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.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- How to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
3 Awesome Hostels in Bangkok
Let’s speed things up to the pace of Bangkok city and get straight to it.
The 3 best hostels in Bangkok are…
- Yim Huai Khwang Hostel – great for female solo travellers
- Barn & Bed Hostel – top choice for solo travellers
- Once Again Hostel – best hostel for digital nomads
1. Yim Huai Khwang Hostel (modern, clean design hostel)
Let’s kick start with a funky design hostel that’s the perfect place to relax; Yim Huai Khwang Hostel.
Yim means “smile” in Thai and no doubt there’ll be one plastered on your face during your stay at the only 5 star hostel in Bangkok.
The motto here is ‘your friends in Bangkok’ and it’s the staff that really brings the words to life. They’re at hand 24/7 to help!
Did you already see the striking photographs?
Not only are there two large common areas and an outdoor balcony, but they’re beautifully designed too.
Read: 25 Beautiful Hostels through the Instagram filter
To kick start the relaxing process; let’s have a look at the rooms. Choose from:
- 4-bed (female) + 6-bed mixed dorms
- Twin bed w/ balcony
- Double private w/ balcony
- Double private w/ garden
To top it off all rooms have their very own en-suite and the dorms have cosy POD style beds.
Alongside comfortable mattresses, there is a lovely little ledge next to the bed which is perfect for storing smaller items.
This is certainly a super duper clean hostel which the ladies out there will appreciate.
Check out these little extras that go a long way:
- Free luggage storage for up to two months!
- Security key card access
- Free shampoo + shower gel
- Breakfast included
Wonderful nightlife is just a 3 minute walk and the closest MRT is a mere 50 metres away.
Yim Huai Khwang is the best hostel in Bangkok for:
- Female solo travellers
2. Barn & Bed Hostel (large dorms, great staff)
Prepare as you’re about to step foot into a giant wooden barn decorated with hanging plants and minimalist decor. Let’s introduce Barn & Bed Hostel.
This is a great option for those looking to enjoy Bangkok’s urban lifestyle from dawn until dusk.
Easily done when you’re just steps away from the main BTS station, restaurants and street food vendors.
At this hostel, affordable shared rooms get priority. There are in fact no private rooms here.
A lot of effort has gone into the unique design of the 4, 5 and 10-bed dorms and each includes:
- Cosy wooden bunk w/ curtain
- Personal reading light
- USB charger + power socket
- Linen + towel
Tip: opt for the 4-bed and enjoy a barn-style pod bed for added privacy and cosiness.
Although there aren’t many social spaces, there is a lovely garden and a small common room to enjoy.
If you’re a keen cook; there is a kitchen available. This is where you’ll find the free breakfast every morning, too.
Read: 7 Types of Hostels – Boutique, Party, 5 Star + more
The staff gets constant mention on their helpful, friendly personalities so make sure test their local knowledge.
Barn & Bed Hostel is the best hostel in Bangkok for:
- Solo travellers
3. Once Again Hostel (clean, safe + private)
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 has the best location 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!
The wide capsule beds and sturdy bunk frames may have you giggling with joy.
Opt for a 6-bed dorm (female only available) if you like your privacy, and a 12-bed if you’re looking to socialise.
Tip: book the 8-bed superior dorm for amazing temple views.
By now you’ve surely had a sneaky peek at the photos. Did you spot the awesome rooftop?!
Not only that, but you can happily relax and enjoy a coffee in the in-house cafe and restaurant.
What’s great is the restaurant has been designed with guests in mind. There’s no pressure to buy – just find a spot and chill out if you wish.
Read: 46 Things that tell you: this hostel is gonna to be awesome!
- Free breakfast
- Bike rental + tours
- Pool table + world sharing map
- Free water, coffee + tea
- Book exchange
For those that appreciate some serious downtime, you will be happy to hear there is an obligatory TV room.
Everyday activities are arranged to help bring people together. Ask the staff what’s happening whilst you’re around.
Once Again Hostel is the best hostel in Bangkok for:
- Digital Nomads
Other Amazing Hostels in Bangkok
Alright, alright, we have already covered the most epic Bangkok hostels. We think you will love these already.
However, this list would not be complete without the following budget accommodations.
You can imagine with more than 140 hostels having a rating of 9/10 and more, there has to be some unique hostels in Bangkok for sure.
What if we tell you there is more gorgeous hostels in Bangkok with following amenities:
- Swimmin gpool
- Playstation 4
- Billiard Table
- Terrace with a river view
So, here you go.
4. Here Hostel (swimming Pool and slide)
When was the last time you saw an actual slide inside a hostel?
Well, here you go: HERE Hostel comes with an in-house slide and swimming pool.
It does not stop there. They also have a big garden, perfect for games and hang out.
Here Hostel is a fantastic hostel for solo-travellers, especially backpackers.
5. Sleep Owl Hostel (walking distance to Don Muang International Airport)
In case you need to catch a super early flight from Don Muang International Airport, you can stay in a cool hostel.
Sleep Owl Hostel is just in walking distance. It takes you around 8 minutes to get to the Airport.
It is an easy-going, beautiful place, designed to hang-out, relax, and obviously get to the airport super easy.
If you are about to explore Bangkok city center, it might not be the best choice though.
Yet again, for arriving late to Bangkok or for catching an early flight, Sleep Owl is perfect.
Good to know: The beds in the dorms come with curtains. However, these curtains are a bit transparent. A bit annoying in our opinion.
6. The Posh Phayathai (billiards and Jacuzzi)
We cannot call this an epic guide to the coolest hostels in Bangkok without The Posh Phayathai.
If you are into Jacuzzi and billiard pool, this is your place. I am more a fan of foosball, but billiard is super fun too, right?!
7. Hostel Urby (Terrace with river view)
Hostel Urby is more a family-friendly hostel, so it is perfect to unwind.
The top spot to do so is the terrace with the river view.
8. The Cocoon Hostel (Cinema + Work Space)
Let’s continue this journey of super cool hostels in Bangkok with a cinema.
The Cocoon Hostel has a cute and neat cinema. It is great to watch a few episodes of games of Thrones or the classic “The Hangover” movie playing Bangkok.
After all, your need some inspiration for the night out.
The Cocoon Hostel is also the best hostel in Bangkok for digital nomads.
They have a community table with lots of space. Many digital nomads stay here and get some work done at these tables.
9. Holy Sheet Hostel (with Playstation 4)
A cute, little hostel with a big heart and lots of activities. In their own words they claim to be the “best hostel in Bangkok for solo travellers”!
Holy Sheet Hostel is one of the hostels with a playstation 4 and plenty of games to play.
Now, obviously we recommend you to get out there and explore the city. Yet, it is not a race, and playstation can be fun; we get it.
Another super cool thing about Holy Sheet Hostels (besides the fun hostel name…) is their “pool parties“.
While Holy Sheet Hostel does not have an own swimming pool, they team up with other hotels and bring their guests there for an epic pool party. Super cool!
Check their black board and ask the staff, so you won’t miss it.
On that note: You should obviously pack your bikini and swim suit when travelling to Thailand!
Fun Fact: the dorm names here are super fun. If you feel adventurous, go for the “The Holy Orgy” Room. No worries, it’s nothing weird, just a fun name.
10. Heyyyy Bangkok – The Boutique Hostels in Bangkok
Another hostel right from the category “are you freakin’ kidding me?” – hostel.
Yes, that bad boy is another one of the epic boutique hostels in Bangkok out there.
Heyyyy Bangkok a perfect hostel as well for families. It is a quiet, easy-going hostel in style.
The breakfast here is included. Yet, as in most hostels, very basic.
Best Hostels in Bangkok for Solo Travellers
It was quite easy to find suitable hostels in Bangkok for solo travellers.
Perhaps you’re in search of the best hostels to meet people Bangkok?
Don’t worry, we realise the term ‘solo traveller’ can mean many things. This is why we’ve chosen a few great options for you.
As already mentioned, Holy Sheet Hostel is a wonderful choice for both male and female solo travellers.
Barn & Bed Hostel is a top choice for the solo traveller that seeks some privacy and downtime.
For an all-rounder choice which is ideal for solo travelling women and men that love cleanliness; opt for The Cube Hostel.
This hostel has cube-style beds so the privacy is there if you need it.
When you want some company, head on down to the common area and mingle.
Looking for a home-like place that’s sociable and friendly? Solo travellers will love Udee Bangkok.
The staff here is highly rated for their off-the-beaten-track knowledge and for creating a real go-with-the-flow atmosphere.
As there are no curtains on the beds, it’s easier to get chatting to your new room mates.
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 Hostels in Bangkok for Groups?
For those travelling as a small group, it can sometimes be tricky finding a hostel that will host you.
In general, larger hostels are more than happy to accept groups because they have a lot more room and are less affected by last minute cancellations.
After searching high and low we found The Yard Hostel which is great for groups.
There are 6-bed mixed and female dorms – great for any type of travelling group.
Occasional events are arranged and it’s situated close-by to restaurants, street good vendors and sky train stations.
Party Hostels in Bangkok
Alright, so you want to party hard in Bangkok? Well, you have come to the right place. There is quite a few epic party hostels in Bangkok.
And obviously you should not miss ping-pong shows and the Khao San Road.
The coolest fun party hostels in Bangkok are:
Go ahead and press the play button. A super cool video giving you an idea what to expect from Mad Monkey Backpackers.
Cheapest Hostels in Bangkok
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.
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, dodgy place could easy come with cockroaches and unclean sheets etc.
Rule of Thumb: Never go with the cheapest hostels in South East Asia. Always pay a tiny bit more, and you won’t have any issues with bed bugs or anything.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, 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.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Bangkok, Thailand.
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We do also have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Map of Best Bangkok Hostels and TOP Sights
The next step is to find your chosen hostel on a map so planning can commence. We’ve already done it for you!
There’s so much to see and do in this eclectic city. Here are the top sights put on the map:
- Khaosan Road
- Wat Arun
- The Grand Palace
- Temple of the Emerald Buddha
- Chatuchak Weekend Market
- Asiatique The Riverfront
- Lumphini Park
Again, there is so much to do in Bangkok! Here is a list of excursions we think you’ll love during your visit:
- Ayutthaya Day Tour by bus and boat
- Explore the most famous floating market in Thailand: Damnoen Saduak
- Learn something new at the Thai Cooking Class
- Enjoy a night tour of Bangkok by Tuk Tuk
- Go crazy on the Bangkok Bar Crawl
Top tip: Avoid hassle to/from Suvarnabhumi airport and book a private airport transfer.
Flights to Bangkok
When you are starting your Thailand adventure, Bangkok will be most likely your starting point. There is many cheap flights directly to Bangkok.
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights at all times across the world, including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and others.
Kiwi is a new website with super cool features like the so-called radius search. Again, just draw a circle over Thailand or Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our full review of Kiwi.
Over to you
By now you’re more aware of the awesome hostels in Bangkok. It’s going to be hard to choose, that’s for sure!
Do you have any questions, doubts?
Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Bangkok hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.
Your question(s) will help me to understand what I have missed to mention. You will have your questions answered and help both Hostelgeeks and fellow travellers in their quest for an awesome trip.
Therefore, do not be shy, drop us a comment, we are always keen to help and connect with our readers!
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.
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How to book the Best Hostels in Bangkok?
We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Bangkok, Thailand!
For every hostel introduced, we gave you the best ways to book them online. Please scroll back up to the hostel you are interested in to find the direct links.
Here you can find
Hostel Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries