57 Best Hostels in Thailand – Full Backpacking Guide from North to South
mAre you looking to discover the absolute best hostels in Thailand? Well, we’ve collected over 50 top Thailand hostels to bring you the ultimate hostel list, plus a super handy map.
There is a wide range of Thai hostels; some of them are perfect for solo-travelers, and couples, others for the party and moon-light festival. Thailand is vast, culturally rich and packed full of good vibes.
Honestly, the longer you spend exploring this part of the world, the better.
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From pristine coastline, floating hostels to unique design – it’s all here. Female solo travellers, backpackers, couples, friends and families will find something to suit them, there’s absolutely no doubt about it.
Important: You need a visa to enter Thailand. You can check with iVisa.com which visa you need and how to get it.
We are Hostelgeeks and we discover the world’s greatest hostels, including the absolute best backpacker hostel in Thailand.
This list will help you to choose well. We’ve collected a bunch of awesome 5 Star Hostels in different destinations across the country and SE Asia. Go on, have a look!
About this guide: We organized this guide by destination, in this case cities and islands. We will take you from Bangkok to the North and then to the island regions around.
Does Chiang Rai ring a bell? It will when we mention the famous White Temple you surely want to visit. So, then you have to come to Chiang Rai. It is around 2 hours bus ride from Chiang Mai. We recommend staying here for 2 nights.
Good to know: if you feel like Pizza and want to spoil yourself, then head to Chef Sasa; incredible Italian-authentic Pizza!
In Chiang Rai you’ll be overwhelmed with good food and beautiful budget accommodation options.
It’s certainly a great place to experience rich culture, and the temple architecture is very impressive!
Backpackers and solo-traveller that prefer a smaller hostel will really like it here, no doubt.
There are a total of 10 rooms, including both dorm and private en-suite options. It is a really stylish hostel, although facilities could be better maintained.
Happynest Hostel has a really homely vibe to it that supports a relaxing atmosphere and sociable interaction between friends and strangers.
Happynest Hostel is a wonderful hostel for couples and solo-travellers alike. The White Temple is a bit outside the center. So we recommend renting your scooter with Happynest and take a ride to the Temple.
Good to know: There is MANY tourists visiting the temple. Come here 1 hour before the temple opens. Then you can enjoy it’s real glory! AMAZING!
Extra: Nolo Hub Pai – best for Backpacker (age limit 18 to 35)
We highly recommend picking one of the hostels we recommend here. We checked a few others, and it was just a weird feeling, especially as a solo-traveler. In a few instances, I run into other travelers who were just rude but at the same time tried to be this spriritual person. In all honesty, these few people felt more like they were still seeking their own personality and life.
Nolo Hub Pai – Fun for Backpacker
Nolo Hub Pai is a social, activity based hostel made for outgoing, adventurous and social solo and group travelers aged between 18 and 35 years old. The hostel has a great social vibe and it is a nice place to meet people. The hostel does a good job arranging tours with transportation for everyone during the day which is helpful to not have to plan activities.
This is one of the best hostels in Pai for Backpacker!
This one has its very own on-site bar and no fun cut-off time, woohoo!
Kick start the fun with a dip in the pool, 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.
However: This is a REAL Party Hostel! Do not except exceptionally clean rooms and easy-going vibes to relax and sleep.
Phuket has every type of hostel available, including epic crazy party hostels, quiet hostels, and those with a bit more ‘posh’ thrown in. All at an affordable price! It’s a great destination if you’d like to take a cooking class, meet Elephants and visit a stunning beach or two.
Lub d Phuket Patong is the perfect hostel for socialites and introverts alike, with a range of daily and nightly activities to join in on or quiet areas to relax. With a pool and terrace exclusively for partygoers and a restful atmosphere elsewhere, everyone’s covered.
Digital nomads will love the dedicated coworking spaces and reliable Wi-Fi, while foodies can indulge in all-day breakfast and craft cocktails from the in-house mixologists. And with the 7/11 nearby, no one will go hungry.
This is one of the best hostels in Thailand (Phuket), and here’s a quick summary of its facilities:
With options for rooms directly on the beach or in the back with either AC or fans, this hostel is an excellent choice for backpacking couples or solo travelers seeking a peaceful escape. Just a short, ten-minute stroll from Phi Phi’s bustling main area, it’s the perfect place to retreat to after a day out.
Well known for its beaches, Pattaya used to be a quiet fishing village until shopping malls, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs took over.
So yes, this is a good spot for people in search of good nightlife and modern, spacious hostels.
We have also found the best party hostels in Pattaya.
Good to know: Pattaya is known for this crazy nightlife, but also prostit**** and some other hick-ups, let’s call it. If you are looking for party, then come here. If not,then better hop on some other island.
Thailand is a very safe country to travel. We had zero issues. Even for female solo-travellers, Thailand is super safe. Of course there are the typical tourist scams and pick-pockets, especially in Bangkok and bigger, more busy places.
Is food expensive in Thailand?
Food is very cheap! A coconut is around $1 and a Pad Thai as well. Remember, the more touristy places are more pricey than rural areas. This goes for anywhere in the world really.
Western Products like Pizza and Coffee is around the same price as in Europe. So you can spoil yourself once i a while. But it’s better to go with the local food to stay on a budget. Plus, the food here is amazing anyways!
The North around CHiang Mai is also cheaper than the South around the Islands. Especially Koh Lipe is expensive, but still very cheap compared to European Islands.
How much money do you need per day in Thailand?
When Backpacking Thailand, you should have a great time with around $30-$40 – easily.
This means staying in fun hostels, having a few drinks over the week and go with the local cuisine. Of course if you join a tour everyday and eat pizza everyday, your budget should be adapted.
What should I pack for 2 weeks in Thailand?
Chances are you are packing way too much stuff anyways. Make sure you pack light. You need much less than you think.
We know so many hostels in Asia, we actually stayed in so so many hostels across the world. We are traveling since 2007, staying in the coolest places around. Therefore, we decided to put together this list of great Asian Hostels.
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Hostel Packing List
Okay, after finding all these super cool places, it’s 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.
This list of the best Asian Hostels, the 5 Star Hostels, will always stay up to date.
We will keep adding all the greatest budget accommodations across the world. Whether it is a Design Hostel, Boutique Hostel, Eco or Green Hostel – we will have a close look on these backpacker accommodations.
Update: Cha Cha Cha has permanently closed its doors to travellers.
You may well do a little dance when you walk in and see the vintage style of Cha Cha Cha.
Central Festival Pattaya beach is a mere 1.5 km away, and Pattaya beer garden is only 200m away from the property. There’s a lovely little bistro on the ground floor here and ample common space, including a terrace.
Rooms come in mixed and female-only size. And yes, your beds will be readymade on arrival.
Lanta Hostel has teamed up with a nearby 4 star resort so their guests can use the facilities. What does this include, exactly?
Luxury swimming pool
Beach front resort
Bar + restaurant with seafood BBQ
Check out the onsite tour desk for daily tours to Phi Phi islands, scuba diving and cooking courses.
The rooms are very modern and Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. There are also two communal areas if you’re feeling chatty.
CLOSED: Pai Poshtel (Pai)
We’ve been informed that Pai Poshtel is no longer accepting guests at the following property. The owners at Pai Poshtel are very much involved and care for each of their guests.
It’s the private rooms that really stand out here with their big windows and lovely garden views. Start your day with a continental breakfast, ask for tips from owners Ronnie and Gavin and chillout by the pool during a hot afternoon.