3 Best Hostels in Pai, Thailand
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3 Best Hostels in Pai, Thailand – Balanced Chill and Party Hostel Life for Solo Travellers

We’re not surprised you’re here to suss out the best hostels in Pai. With nearby gorges, hot springs and gorgeous waterfalls to discover, Pai is a top adventurous traveller destination!

Our collection of hostels will suit solo travellers, couples and anyone looking to wind down and chill.

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  1. Juno Hostel – top pick for older travellers
  2. UP2U Guesthouse – perfect for female solo travellers
  3. Common Grounds Pai – great for backpackers

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Quick Introduction to Pai

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Pai cost 3€ – 9€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 8€ up to 25€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

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.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Pai

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Pai.

  1. Juno Hostel
  2. UP2U Guesthouse
  3. Common Grounds Pai

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Common Grounds Pai
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: UP2U Guesthouse
🥳 Party Hostel:Purple Monkey Hostel Pai
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Juno Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Juno Hostel
🎒 For Backpackers: Common Grounds Pai
🧘 Cozy Hostel: UP2U Guesthouse

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. Juno Hostel

Intimate and cosy are the two words to best describe Juno Hostel.

This is a nice hostel best suited to travellers looking for a relaxed, homely place to put their feet up.

It’s thanks to the small number of rooms that give Juno that warm feeling. There are in fact a total of 18 beds spread over 3 dorm rooms here.

Either keep it small with a 4-bed dorm, or widen your social options with a 6 or 8-bed dorm. All of the dorms are mixed and come with that all important air-conditioning.

Some of them have bunks, and others single beds on the floor – check which is which before you book.

So yes, couples will need to keep scrolling in order to discover great private rooms.

Do you know what we love? The fact these dorms come with 2 pillows each!

Reading in bed just got a whole lot easier.

If you’re feeling an inside day coming on, take advantage of:

  • Free bread, jam + snacks
  • Free water top ups + coffee
  • Complimentary towel + toiletries

Near reception you will find an attached hangout area. This too is quaint but offers a nice space to meet other people.

The hosts are wonderfully sociable and always up for a chat so no worries if the hostel is quiet.

Location: Just around the corner you’ll find the main walking street in Pai. Great food and shops are at your disposal.

This is one of the best hostels in Pai for

  • Older travellers
  • Peace seekers
Book Juno Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. UP2U Guesthouse

Coming in at a close second is the absolutely gorgeous UP2U Guesthouse.

It’s obvious why they use the word ‘guesthouse’ instead of hostel – it’s so homely here and it still offers shared accommodation for the travellers that like to meet others.

How do you like the sound of an outdoor swimming pool, hammocks and beds made from bamboo?! YES PLEASE!

The entire property is set up as a open-plan house to encourage the social atmosphere and homely feel of the place.

It also means that the staff are always around and able to help out or answer any questions, if needed.

Some other things we just love about this hostel:

  • Spacious gardens
  • Delicious, healthy food menu
  • Drinks & coffee available
  • Oh and again…. a swimming pool!

The photos say it all, really – take a look below!

If you prefer to cook there is also a shared kitchen onsite.

You won’t be disappointed when it comes to room choices, either.

There’s a great mix of female and male dorms, plus separate chalets which a perfect for couples and older travellers looking for a bit more privacy.

The overall atmosphere here is quiet and laid-back, so do not expect party vibes or organised activities. It’s more like a retreat place for relaxation and a chance to get back to nature.

Location: It’s an easy and safe short walk to town from here. That means Pai Night Market and Pai Bus Station are easily accessible. It’s possible to rent motorbikes and bicycles at one of the many shops in town if you don’t fancy exploring on foot.

This is one of the coolest hostels in Pai for

  • Female solo travellers
Book UP2U Guesthouse here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

UP2U Guesthouse is one of the best hostels in Pai, Thailand

UP2U Guesthouse is one of the best hostels in Pai, Thailand
UP2U Guesthouse

UP2U Guesthouse is one of the best hostels in Pai, Thailand UP2U Guesthouse is one of the best hostels in Pai, Thailand

3. Common Grounds Pai

Welcome to the coolest backpacker hostel with the best location in Pai. Common Grounds Pai is all about the social vibes and is the perfect hangout.

Though strictly NOT a party hostel, Common Grounds offers:

  • Social day trips
  • Nightly events
  • Great communal area w/ pool table
  • Cosy 6-bed dorms & 3-bed privates

Join the gang and head out to the streets of Pai for a great night out, and then return to a quiet, comfortable accommodation to enjoy a good nights sleep.

Isn’t that just the perfect balance?

Events include everything from a local pub crawl, to quizzes and dance parties. Whatever is happening, it all kick starts in the communal area and ends there at 9pm.

This is where you’ll also find hammocks and cushions aplenty in a fresh, outside setting.

A few other perks include free water refills, tea & coffee and that all important Wi-Fi.

Location: a mere 50 metres from the main walking street, close enough to all that you could possibly need outside of Common Grounds hostel.

This is one of the coolest hostels in Pai for

  • Backpackers
  • Solo travellers
Book Common Grounds Pai Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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What about cheapest hostels in Pai?

If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Pai.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Pai
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

Best Hostels in Pai for Solo Travellers?

Easily the top choice here has to go to Common Grounds Pai.

It’s a great place to meet people and ever so easy to do by joining one of the many day and night activities on offer.

There is also plenty of chance to wind down with yourself in one of the hammocks and well kitted out beds.

For the female solo travellers we highly recommend opting for UP2U Guesthouse.

It’s a lovely low-key hostel with ample air-conditioning and a safe, friendly environment that will ease any solo lady in to Pai graciously and without pressure.

Party Hostels in Pai

What we really enjoy about many of the Pai hostels is the seemingly shared respect for both party animals and travellers looking to sleep soundly.

At Common Grounds Pai the staff encourage social gatherings in their communal lounge, but ask that everyone heads out in to town after 9pm to let sloths sleep soundly.

Though not technically a party hostel in Pai, it offer great options for a good time because of their handy location close to cool bars. The communal areas are super, too!

However, if you’re looking for that real crazy full on party hostel you’re probably going to love Purple Monkey Hostel Pai.

This one has its very own on-site bar and no fun cut-off time, woohoo!

Kick start the fun with a game of basketball in the huge backyard, and continue by joining one of the many weekly activies including beer pong, pub crawls and themed parties.

The rooms range from budget backpackers to fancy flash packers so everyone can join in the good vibes.

Book Purple Monkey Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Purple Monkey Backpackers is one of the best party hostels in Pai, Thailand

More Hostels Worth a Mention

Still thinking where to stay in Pai?

We suggest that if you found the place for you, it is time to check availability right away and book it now!

We have given you our personal favorites and we wish that you won’t need to look to other sites. But if our provided places to stay in Pai are not good enough for you, we have more hostels in Pai Thailand listed for you.

In this list, you will see other hostels that we think you might consider. So, check it out.

  • Baan Mai Sak
  • Famous Pai Circus Hostel
  • Slow Life Sabaidee Pai Bed & Breakfast
  • Happy House Backpackers
  • Suandoi Backpacker Resort

Baan Mai Sak

There’s more hostel in Pai we’d like to put on the radar.

It’s a lovely quiet hostel that has more of a home-stay feel to it thanks to the friendly staff and homely decor.

The chill lounge has hammocks and they kindly ask for quiet after 11pm.

Baan Mai Sak deserves respect and we think older travellers that enjoy having the option to socialise will absolutely love it here.

Perks at Baan Mai Sak:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Security Lockers

Location: Located in Pai, 300 m from Pai Bus station. The property is around 8 km from Pai Canyon, 10 km from The World War 2 bridge and 3.8 km from Wat Nam Hoo. The property is 8 km from Tha Pai Hot Spring and 9 km from Mor Paeng Waterfall.

Book Baan Mai Sak here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Baan Mai Sak is one of the coolest hostels in Pai, Thailand

Famous Pai Circus Hostel

Famous Pai Circus Hostel will give you a unique experience. The beds are in a hut and the view of the mountain is breathtaking. Just incredible!

Fire dancing, swimming and yoga are some of the activities you should try while staying in the hostel. The vibe and atmosphere is absolutely perfect for meeting new souls.

Scooter rental is available so you can go explore the place. The buffet is also worth it! It is cheap but  so tasty.

Perks at Famous Pai Circus Hostel:

  • Swimming pool
  • Free parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Bar
  • Good breakfast

Location: Pai circus hostel is a convenient 10 minute walk to Pai Nordthailand night market. The resort is a 10-minute drive to Pai Airport. It is a 15-minute ride to Wat Phra That Mae Yen and Mo Paeng Waterfall. It is 4 km away from Pai Backpacker Meeting Place.

GOOD TO KNOW: We have a detailed guide for the best yoga retreats in Thailand

Book Famous Pai Circus Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Famous Pai Circus Hostel

Slow Life Sabaidee Pai Bed & Breakfast

Slow Life Sabaidee Pai Bed & Breakfast is amazing! It is like a little paradise. Rooms are spacious and beds are comfortable.

Food on site is cheap but delicious. So, instead of preparing your meals, it is best to just order it and you’ll have more time exploring Pai.

The staff are super friendly and will help with anything you need.

What else? You can also enjoy its pool. Perfect location to just chill out an relax!

Perks at Slow Life Sabaidee Pai Bed & Breakfast:

  • Swimming pool
  • Motorbike rental
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free parking
  • Room service
  • Free Wifi
  • Bar
  • Good breakfast

Location: Pai Night Market is 1.2 km from the accommodation, while Wat Phra That Mae Yen is 2.8 km from the property. It is 1.4 km away from Pai bus station.

Book Slow Life Sabaidee Pai Bed & Breakfast here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Slow Life Sabaidee Pai Bed and Breakfast

Happy House Backpackers

Here is another Pai backpackers hostel!

You will never get bored in Happy House Backpackers because aside from having a swimming pool where you can chill, they also have ping pong and billiards in the bar area for you to enjoy.

Meeting new friends is easy in this hostel because their common areas are comfy and large. You can even play cards and drinking games with other guests.

Perks at Happy House Backpackers:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Good breakfast

Location: The property is 2.5 km from Wat Phra That Mae Yen and 8 km from Pai Canyon.

Book Happy House Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

 Happy House Backpackers


Suandoi Backpacker Resort

Suandoi Backpacker Resort has a relaxing atmosphere. The bungalow that they have will allow you to experience the one of a kind accommodation in Pai Thailand.

Their bungalow has balcony and the beds are comfortable. The staff are amazing and they can help you whenever you have questions about Pai tourist map and other things. They can also arrange tours for you to explore the beautiful Pai attractions.

They have plenty of activities that you can try like yoga, badminton, billiards and more.

Perks at Suandoi Backpacker Resort:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free parking

Location: Around 1.5 km from Pai Bus station, the property is also 1.5 km away from Pai Night Market.Wat Phra That Mae Yen is 2 km from the accommodation, while Pai Canyon is 9 km away.

Book Suandoi Backpacker Resort here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Suandoi Backpacker Resort

How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. Juno Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. UP2U Guesthouse: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Common Grounds Pai: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Pai best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Pai. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Pai hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Pai Walking Street
  • Santichon Village
  • Pai Canyon
  • Pai Historical Village
  • Pai Hotsprings
  • Mor Pang Waterfall


Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the Pai Thailand hostel for solo travellers?

The best place to stay in Pai Thailand for solo travellers is Common Grounds Pai.

Are hostels in Pai safe?

Not all hostels in Pai are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.

So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Pai. We are not just your ordinary Pai travel blog because we truly care. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

Please note that there is no Mad Monkey Pai yet.

If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!

What are the best hostels in Pai?

You can find the best Pai hostels in this article!

1. Juno Hostel – top pick for older travellers
2. UP2U Guesthouse – ideal for female solo travellers
3. Common Grounds Pai – great for backpackers

What to do in Pai?

So, what to do in Pai? Well, the best way to spend your time there is to check out the tourist attractions. Check out our list:

  • Pai Walking Street
  • Santichon Village
  • Pai Canyon
  • Pai Historical Village
  • Pai Hotsprings
  • Mor Pang Waterfall

How much are hostels in Pai?

According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in Pai costs $5 per night.

Prices may vary depending on season.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best hostel website to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com. We promise to show you the best hostels Pai has to offer.

We are doing our best to deliver the best hostels to you. Check out the best hostels in the world guides; for best hostels in Paris to Tokyo.

You can also have a look at Hostelworld.

Flights to Pai?

We enjoy Skyscanner, Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Pai.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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Over to you

Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Pai hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question will help me to understand what I have missed to mention.

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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!

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The complete guide and overview to the 3 Best Hostels in Pai, Thailand

CLOSED: Hummingbird Hostel

Update: Our former #3 hostel has permanently closed its doors.

Come as you are and Hummingbird Hostel will welcome you with open arms. This is the place to be your ultimate self in a home-away-from-home setting.

This is truly a cute hostel and one of the best hostels in Pai for female solo travellers.

Why, do we hear you ask? Well, there’s…

  • An air-conditioned living room
  • Fun day tours on offer
  • Free breakfast
  • Free, safe drinking water

The dorms come with 8 ready-made and sturdy beds, yet if you fancy some privacy, there is a double with en-suite available at a great price.

Note: this hostel requires a minimum of 2 nights stay.

We really like the little courtyard round the back – a nifty little hidden space ideal for sunbathing.

From 10pm onwards there is a Quiet Time rule.

Instead of upsetting your fellow travellers, head out to the nearby pubs and enjoy your night with the reassuring knowledge that you can look forward to a lovely, quiet sleep when you get back.

Location: if you can manage a 4-minute stroll you can enjoy the popular walking street of Pai along with the nearby restaurants, bars and street food.

This is one of the top hostels in Pai for

  • Female solo traveller
  • Couples

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