57 Best Hostels in Thailand - Full Backpacking Guide from North to South
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57 Best Hostels in Thailand – Full Backpacking Guide from North to South

Are 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.

Are these the best places to stay in Thailand?

Oh YES!

If you are into social, unique and design accommodations, this is your place to be!

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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.

Please refer to the map.

Here we included all backpacker accommodations. It will help you planning your backpacking in Thailand alone.

If you want to skip directly to a specific location, here you have the city/ town list.

Cities and Islands we cover:

Really helpful for your planning would be to check out our hostel map. I added all hostels, sights and cities I enjoyed.

What else we cover in this guide:

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🛕 Best Hostel in Bangkok:Once Again Hostel
🐘 Best Hostel in Chiang Mai:Oxotel Hostel
🏖️ Best Hostel in Phuket:Book a Bed Poshtel
🥳 Best Party Hostel:Mad Monkey Hostel
🌕 Best Hostel for Moon-Light Festival:Na-Tub Hostel
👩‍💻 Best for Digital Nomads: The Common Hostel
😍 Best Design Hostel:The Bedrooms Hostel
📖 Best Hostel for Relaxing: Happynest Hostel

Best Hostels in Bangkok, Thailand

Did you know that Bangkok has over 530 hostels?! This could be a little overwhelming, but never fear; Hostelgeeks are here! We’ve collected the very best hostels so you can kick back and relax.

The coolest hostels in Bangkok are:

  1. Barn & Bed Hostel
  2. Once Again Hostel
  3. NapPark Hostel
  4. Mad Monkey Hostel

Check out our more in depth article to the 3 Best Hostels in Bangkok here. We also wrote a special guide to most epic party hostels in Bangkok.

Here’s our guide to 23 fun things to do in Bangkok.

1. Barn & Bed Hostel (Bangkok)

This beautifully modern hostel is located in Bangkok’s most happening neighbourhood; Phrompong station.

Forget private rooms for a second as you won’t find them here. Opt instead for dorms ranging from 4-10 beds.

There’s a free breakfast to kick-start your day and a coffee shop if all you want to do is chill. Sometimes it’s just necessary.

Book Barn & Bed Hostel here

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Barn & Bed Hostel one of the best hostels in Bangkok, Thailand
Barn & Bed Hostel

2. Once Again Hostel (Bangkok)

Once Again Hostel is where art and culture come together to take you on a journey of a lifetime.

Check out these awesome inclusions to see what we mean:

  • Rooftop Terrace with cool view
  • Free cooking, Thai lessons + walking tours
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Bicycle rental

Whether you choose a female-only or 12-bed dorm, you won’t be disappointed. The beds are wider than normal here!

Book Once Again Hostel here

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Once Again Hostel one of the best hostels in Bangkok, Thailand

3. NapPark Hostel (Bangkok)

Want to get a sense of authentic Thai Culture, NapPark Hostel embodies this concept perfectly. With amazing decoration, chilled vibes this hostels knows how to make you feel at home.

And they offer great and tasty food at the Thai style.

One of the best hostels in Thailand for couples too.

Book NapPark Hostel here

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Nappark, great hostel in Thailand for couples. Nappark, great hostel in Thailand for couples.

4. Mad Monkey Hostel (Bangkok)

Explore the best party hostels in Bangkok, at the Mad Monkey Hostel.

But don’t worry if you are not a party person you can also enjoy the monkey vibes by booking your place on the top of the hostel (most quiet area).

Visitors can choose from female-only dorms, mix dorms and private rooms for couples.

There are always some great activities at this Mad Monkey Hostel so we see you all there.

Important: You can purchase a so-called Golden Ticket by Mad Monkey. Stay 30, 60 or 90 days in their hostels at a super low rate and one-time payment.  Check more info about Golden Ticket here.

Book Mad Monkey Hostel here

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Mad Monkey Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand. Mad Monkey Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand.

5. Bed Station Hostel Ratchthewi (Bangkok)

Bed Station Hostel Ratchthewi is great place for female solo travellers, offering great luxurious goodies from hairdryer, shampoo, soap and free storage and free breakfast just to name a few.

Check out the beautiful and cozy chilling areas you will love them from bottom to top.

This hostel’s staff also know how to make you feel homie and welcome.

Book Bed Station Hostel Ratchthewi here

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Bed Station Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand. Bed Station Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand.

Best Hostels in Chiang Mai, North Thailand

Once again Chiang Mai has literally hundreds of hostels on offer – the hostel game is huge.

We spent 2 months exploring here, partially to find you the very best hostels to make your planning easier. We reckon you’ll love what we discovered!

The best hostels in Chiang Mai are:

  1. The Common Hostel
  2. The Entaneer Poshtel
  3. Oxotel Hostel5 star hostel

Check out our full guide to the 3 Best Hostels in Chiang Mai here.

Best Hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand - A FULL List

1. The Common Hostel (Chiang Mai)

Spend a night at this contemporary traveller’s hostel and wake up feeling fresh. Afterall, the pillows are plump and linen is included.

The private rooms are bright and spacious and some of the dorms have queen sized beds!

It’s like staying in a hotel, but with hostel prices.

It’s a great option for digital nomads in search of a decent working space – use the common area, garden and tables.

Book The Common Hostel here

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The Common Hostel one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand

2. The Entaneer Poshtel (Chiang Mai)

Posh in style, but without the stiff upper lip; the family at Entaneer Poshtel will really make you feel at home.

There’s a lovely bar to hang out in and a decent kitchen to prepare dinner.

It’s a clean design hostel that boasts large dorms – 28 beds! – And deluxe double options.

Book The Entaneer Poshtel here

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The Entaneer Poshtel one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand

3. Oxotel Hostel (Chiang Mai)

Known as one of the absolute BEST hostel in Chiang Mai, Oxotel has it all!

This squeaky-clean 5 star design hostel opened its door in 2015 and has made an awesome impression ever since.

It’s all about the freebies with…

  • Free toiletries in shared bathrooms
  • Free tea, coffee + breakfast
  • Linen + towel included
  • Air conditioned rooms

Oxotel Hostel is located on Wualai Road where the Saturday Walking Street Market takes places. A very cool experience so bear this in mind when booking.

If you are looking for Yoga Hostels in Thailand check out Lullaby Hostel, read more about this hostel and more in our guide best hostels in Chiang Mai.

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

You will discover the best of Thailand for sure.

Book Oxotel Hostel here

Compare rates at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full review

Oxotel Hostel one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Best Hostels in Chiang Rai

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!

The coolest hostels in Chiang Rai are:

  1. Connect Hostel
  2. Busket Hostel
  3. Happynest Hostel

If you’re keen for more COOL hostels, check out our full guide to the best hostels in Chiang Rai.

1. Connect Hostel (Chiang Rai)

If you’re looking for a central location, Connect Hostel is the one for you. The main bus station, Night Bazaar and clock tower a few minutes’ walk.

For a welcome change you’ll find a bathroom en-suite in EVERY room here!

Check out the common area: it’s big and packed with lots of stuff to keep you entertained. Staff are also rated as super friendly by many past guests.

Book Connect Hostel here

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Connect Hostel one of the best hostels in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Connect Hostel one of the best hostels in Chiang Rai, Thailand

2. Busket Hostel (Chiang Rai)

We love Busket Hostel because it is simple in design, yet doesn’t miss a trick when it comes to creating a wonderful traveller retreat.

There’s an open terrace to enjoy free coffee and socialise, but other than that it’s suited for solo travellers seeking peace and quiet.

If you fancy a bit of atmosphere, head to the nearby night market.

Book Busket Hostel here

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Busket Hostel one of the best hostels in Chiang Rai, Thailand

3. Happynest Hostel (Chiang Rai)

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!

Book Happynest Hostel here

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Happynest Hostel one of the best hostels in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Happynest Hostel one of the best hostels in Chiang Rai, Thailand

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Best Hostels in Pai

Pai is a landlocked town that sits in a valley on the banks of Pai River.

The nearby gorges, waterfalls and hot springs will surely give you that ‘ahhhhh’ feeling.

Downtown is full of yummy food stalls and handicraft shops – perfect for the creative traveller.

We’ve put togeter a guide to the best hostels in Pai here.

Our chosen hostels in Pai are:

  1. Juno Hostel
  2. Common Grounds Pai
  3. Hummingbird Hostel (closed)

1. Juno Hostel (Pai)

Juno Hostel is made up of only 3 dorm rooms with a total of 18 beds. A nice cosy option for travellers seeking a more intimate experience.

There is a small hangout area, otherwise there is plenty to explore nearby including a fresh market and restaurants.

If you stay inside take advantage of:

  • Free water + coffee
  • Free bread, jam + snacks
  • Free towel + toiletries
Book Juno Hostel here

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Juno Hostel one of the best hostels in Pai, Thailand

2. Common Grounds Pai (Pai)

Common Grounds Pai is a backpacker hostel that offers a sociable space, yet not a party hostel.

Opt for one of the 6-bed dorms or treat yourself to the spacious private room with added sofa bed.

What makes this hostel super cool?

  • 50 metres from the Walking Street
  • Free coffee, tea + water
  • Day trips + evening events organised
  • Pool table

One rule here: party all night long in Pai and return back to the hostel to get a good night’s sleep.

Book Common Grounds Pai here

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Common Grounds Pai one of the best hostels in Thailand

3. Hummingbird Hostel (Pai)

Update: Hummingbird has permanently closed. Check out our guide to the best hostels in Pai for a brand new 3rd hostel recommendation.

Let us quote the hostel directly, as we couldn’t put it better:

The Hummingbird spirit animal symbolizes the enjoyment of life, and lightness of being. It is a clear canvas that needs your love, art, music and happiness to fill it with colour.

This traditional Thai House has 19 beds and is in the middle of Pai town.

It’s a wonderful choice for female solo travellers.

Hummingbird Hostel one of the best hostels in Pai, Thailand

Best Hostels in Phuket

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.

The most awesome hostels in Phuket are:

  1. Book a Bed Poshtel
  2. Borbaboom Poshtel
  3. Hugger Hostel

Check out are complete guide to the 3 Best Hostels in Phuket here.

1. Book a Bed Poshtel (Phuket)

Slide your way to fancy decor, huge beds and a sparkling pool at Book a Bed Poshtel.

Yes, there is an actual slide inside!

Female solo travellers will love the ladies dorm and strict attention to detail here.

Many local shops, restaurants and bars are right on the doorstep if you get sick of relaxing in the pool. Pfft, as if.

Book Book a Bed Poshtel here

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Book a Bed Poshtel one of the Best Hostels in Phuket, Thailand
Book a Bed Poshtel

2. Borbaboom Poshtel (Phuket)

Here we have yet another ‘posh’ hostel to tempt you.

Perfect for those travellers seeking an added bit of comfort, because travelling is tiring, right?

This one not only has a pool, but a rooftop pool!

Calling all men: there are male-only dorms at Borbaboom Poshtel. No privacy discrimination here.

The common areas here are fit with a kitchen, bar, dining area, pool table and board games.

Best social hostel in Phuket.

Book Borbaboom Poshtel here

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Borbaboom Poshtel one of the best hostel in Phuket, Thailand
Borbaboom Poshtel

3. Hugger Guest House (Phuket)

Cool design, friendly staff and a hostel cat. Need we say more?

Well just a couple more things to add…

  • Choice of 8-10 bed dorms + private options
  • Curtain, light + plug for each bed
  • 24-hour reception

Oh and the cherry on top is that Patong Beach is only 8 miles away.

Book Hugger Guest House here

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Hugger Hostel one of the best hostels in Phuket, Thailand

Best Hostels in Krabi

The province of Krabi has to be one of the most beautiful in Thailand. Go here if you love idyllic beaches, offshore islands and mangrove forests.

Who doesn’t?

Not only that but Krabi hosts a female-only hostel and three more hostels we think you’ll love.

Our chosen hostels in Krabi are:

  1. TAN Hostel x Cafe
  2. Pop-In Hostel Aonang
  3. Pak-Up Hostel

Read: full, up-to-date guide to best hostels in Krabi

1. TAN Hostel x Cafe

TAN offers accommodation for a maximum of 50 people, making this a cosy and comfortable choice.

Fill up your belly at the onsite cafe, stretch out on your yoga mat and finally relax on the sundeck.

The dorms are kept small with 4, 6 and 8-bed options. A privacy curtain and added comforts such as a towel and reading light make for a seriously delightful sleep.

Book TAN Hostel x Cafe here

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TAN Hostel x Cafe is one of the best hostels in Krabi, Thailand TAN Hostel x Cafe is one of the best hostels in Krabi, Thailand

2. Pop-In Hostel Aonang

Pop-In is a classy hostel and 5 star PADI Dive Resort all rolled into one!

The huge communal area, regular excursions and hostel bar make this an easy place to socialise and have a good time.

Everything about the dorm rooms is oversized… oversized beds, oversized lockers, oversized room – you won’t feel overcrowded here!

Their selection of standard, deluxe and superior private rooms are also impressive. Ideal for travelling couples.

Book Pop-In Hostel Aonang here

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Pop-In Hostel Aonang is one of the best hostels in Krabi, Thailand Pop-In Hostel Aonang is one of the best hostels in Krabi, Thailand

3. Pak-Up Hostel

Pak-Up Hostel remains to be a highly popular hostel for backpackers and party animals alike.

It’s got some seriously cool amenities, including:

  • Playground Bar
  • Gym w/ free full body training
  • Cooking classes
  • Epic pub crawl
  • Free breakfast

You’ll likely feel like a big kid during your stay here. Let yourself go and enjoy it!

Book Pak-Up Hostel here

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Pak-In Hostel Aonang is one of the best hostels in Krabi, Thailand Pak-In Hostel Aonang is one of the best hostels in Krabi, Thailand

Best Hostels in Koh Phi Phi

Part of the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Phi Phi is a little paradise. Just be aware that it is a tourist trap so can easily feel overcrowded.

This is where Maya Bay, made famous by ‘The Beach’ is located, after all.

Our top pick hostels in Koh Phi Phi are:

  1. Dormsin
  2. Voyagers Hostel
  3. Blanco Beach Bar Hostel

Read our full, detailed guide to best hostels in Koh Phi Phi.

1. Dormsin (Koh Phi Phi)

This little gem is ran by two blokes that go by the names of Frank and Jason.

They’ve created a very unique hostel that has just ONE room containing 18 pod-style beds. So cool!

What else do they have up their sleeve?

  • BIG storage lockers (don’t forget your padlock)
  • Free water, tea +coffee all day
  • Quality book swap

Hint: have a thorough read of their Hostelworld description to find a delightful reward up for grabs.

Book Dormsin here

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Dormsin one of the best hostels in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

2. Voyagers Hostel

If you’re feeling more in a social mood then we highly suggest Voyagers Hostel.

Once again, there is only one shared dorm here with 10 beds… which makes it super easy to get friendly with all the other travellers staying there!

What’s more each bed comes with a charging socket and there is air conditioning to keep you cool.

In the communal area you’ll find free snacks and drinks to enjoy whilst you enjoy a good natter.

Book Voyagers Hostel here

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Voyagers Hostel is one of the best hostels in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

3. Blanco Beach Bar Hostel

Who’s up for a party?! Head on over to Blanco and you will NOT be disappointed.

Picture this; located right on the beach, surrounded by great parties and and awesome range of dorm rooms (from 4 to 12 beds).

There’s no doubt you’ll be able to hear loud music until about 1am most nights, so make sure you’re up for the crazy atmosphere of this party hostel.

Book Blanco Beach Bar Hostel here

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Blanco Beach Bar is one of the best hostels in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Best Hostels at Koh Phangan

Surely you already know that this is home to the famous Full Moon Party. There’s no werewolf problem here, that’s for sure!

Our chosen hostels have quirky decor, great locations and even a pool overlooking the ocean.

The hottest hostels in Koh Phangan are:

  1. Na-Tub Hostel
  2. Sarana Bungalows
  3. Eclipse Hostel

Read: detailed guide to best hostels in Koh Phangan + even more hostels.

1. Na-Tub Hostel (Koh Phangan)

Na-Tub is wonderfully located in Na Tub village which is close by to numerous parties such as Full Moon and Black Moon.

After a big night out, collapse in either a 4 or 6-bed dorm that are both safe and clean.

The property boasts a beautiful outside pool and garden area, too.

Book Na-Tub Hostel here

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Na-Tub Hostel one of the best hostels in Koh Phangan, Thailand

2. Sarana Bungalows (Koh Phangan)

Outdoor pool overlooking the ocean, hammocks, seaview bungalows… all of this and more at Sarana Bungalows!

This is a stunning location right on the beach and just 10-minutes from the biggest parties on the island.

Ideal whether you’re a travelling couple or solo travellers – there is a dorm room alongside the amazing bungalows (including a budget option).

Book Sarana Bungalows here

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Sarana Bungalows is one of the best hostels in Koh Phangan, Thailand
Sarana Bungalows

Sarana Bungalows is one of the best hostels in Koh Phangan, Thailand

3. Eclipse Hostel (Koh Phangan)

Eclipse has a real range of rooms that each has their own unique design.

Important: This hostel used to be called Roadtrip Phangan.

Perhaps you’ll opt for an 18-bed dorm, or a 3-bed galaxy themed room. The choice is yours!

This is possibly the closest you can get to the Full Moon Party, a mere 1 minute walk away from Haad Rin Pier.

Note: the music cannot be heard inside the hostel if you’re looking for a party and a good night’s sleep.

Book Eclipse Hostel here

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Roadtrip Phangan one of the best hostels in Koh Phangan, Thailand

Best Hostels in Koh Samui

Although Koh Samui is known for its posh spas and luxury resorts, there are some great affordable hostels for the money conscious traveller.

Being a small, paradisaical island, everything is pretty accessible. That includes palm fringed beaches and mountainous forest. Yes please!

The best hostels in Koh Samui are:

  1. Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach 
  2. Us Hostel
  3. P168 Hostel

Read: detailed guide to best hostels in Koh Samui + even MORE hostels

1. Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach 

Did someone say outdoor swimming pool overlooking the beach?! Definitely the main attraction at Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach.

Not to mention the onsite bar, beanbags deck chairs and pod beds with privacy curtains…

Seriously guys, you’re up for an excellent time at this Lub D hostel.

Book Lub D Koh Samui here

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Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand
Lub D Chaweng Beach

Lub D Koh Samui Chaweng Beach is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand

2. Us Hostel

Quiet, tranquil and close to Fisherman’y village, Us Hostel is a top choice for couples and families.

This open-plan hostel is ideal for relaxing and getting to know people in a chilled way that’s not forced.

For sure the best place to hang out on a hot day is in the pool. The wooden deck area and ample seating is ideal for sunbathing, too.

Grab a drink from the bar and unwind. You deserve it.

Book Us Hostel here

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Us Hostel is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand
Us Hostel

Us Hostel is one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand

3. P168 Hostel (Koh Samui)

This is a wonderful example of pod-style beds done right. If you like to socialise but appreciate privacy in a dorm choose P168 Hostel.

You’ll enjoy all the usual amenities such as plug and light, and added bonuses including your own personal air conditioning and TV!

Grab a bite at the hostel cafe and walk 15-minutes to reach the bar scene.

Book P168 Hostel here

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P168 Hostel one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand

P168 Hostel one of the best hostels in Koh Samui, Thailand

Best Hostels in Koh Tao

This beautiful island is a whopping 21 square kilometers which makes it perfect for an intimate adventure.

It’s a fantastic choice for lovers of scuba diving, where whale sharks, rays and turtles are often spotted.

So, what are the best hostels in Koh Tao?

  1. Savage Hostel – 5 Star hostel in Koh Tao
  2. The Dearly
  3. Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant

Wanna a comparison? Read our full review about the 3 best hostels in Koh Tao.

1. Savage Hostel (Best Hostel Koh Tao)

The absolute best best best best best for female solo-travellers and everyone that loves a GRET hostel (and is happy to pay a bit more for a much better experience!)

Savage is a design hostel in the heart of Sairee.

It’s amongst the buzz of restaurants, bars and diving schools, sat directly next to the lush tropical beach.

Read: Our Full review of Savage Hostel Koh Tao

Sounds pretty great, right?!

Not only that but there’s a…

  • Rooftop swimming pool + bar
  • Yummy restaurant
  • Stunning view over the island and ocean
  • Choice between pod dorms, private rooms + sexy Savage suites
Book Savage Hostel here

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Savage Hostel in Koh Tao - Luxury Backpacker Experience Savage Hostel one of the best hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand

2. The Dearly (Koh Tao)

A beautiful eco friendly option away from the Sairee beach scene.

It’s quiet, cosy and affordable.

The Dearly is run by locals that arrange activities for their guests and are always keen for a chat.

It’s perfect for solo travellers looking to relax. This is made easy thanks to the pool, rooftop terrace, bar, cafe AND restaurant.

Why would you need leave the premises?

Note: this is a new hostel and construction is still taking place.

Book The Dearly here

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The Dearly one of the best hostel in Koh Tao, Thailand

The Dearly one of the best hostel in Koh Tao, Thailand

Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant

A wonderful option for solo travellers and social butterflies that want to meet new people in a relaxed, well-located hostel.

Welcome to Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant!

By day you can enjoy sunset views on the terrace, and by night there are cheap drinks and fun games to join in and get the good vibes flowing.

There’s even an onsite restaurant offering seriously yummy Mexican food with an island twist.

The dorm rooms are pretty basic, but we doubt you’ll be wanting to spend much time in there aside from sleeping.

Book Taco Shack Diving Hostel here

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Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant is one of the best hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand

Taco Shack Diving Hostel & Restaurant is one of the best hostels in Koh Tao, Thailand
Taco Shack Diving Hostel

Best Hostels in Koh Lanta

We hope you’re not bored of palm trees, gorgeous beaches and mangroves, because Koh Lanta offers all of this and more.

If you have time we recommend visiting the Ko Lanta Yai island where semi-nomadic sea people know as the Chao Leh live.

Backpacking Koh Lanta; the beaches are not the absolute best ones in Thailand, but one of the most virgin ones!
Backpacking Koh Lanta; the beaches are not the absolute best ones in Thailand, but one of the most virgin ones!

Ready for the best hostels in Koh Lanta? Let’s go:

  1. Best Stay Hostel At Lanta
  2. Asleep Hostel
  3. Lanta Hostel (closed)

New: best hostels in Koh Lanta – a complete guide + party hostels.

1. Best Stay Hostel At Lanta (Koh Lanta)

Receive a warm welcome to this modern hostel with a drink and smile from friendly staff.

Backpackers will appreciate the spacious dorms and big lockers here. There a 4 or 8-bed female only dorms, too!

There is a beach 5-minutes from Best Stay which is great for swimming. But if you feel like exploring further afield, take advantage of the scooter and bicycle hire.

Book Best Stay Hostel At Lanta here

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Best Stay Hostel At Lanta one of the best hostels in Koh Lanta, Thailand

2. Asleep Hostel (Koh Lanta)

Asleep Hostel is a simple, chilled and affordable option for solo travellers and couples in Koh Lanta.

It’s located 8km from Lanta Old Town, and a few minutes from the beach. Just across the road there is a scooter rental which is a great option for exploring.

There is a cute little common area kitted out with fridge, microwave and free coffee and toast.

Note: all bookings must be a minimum of 2 nights.

Book Asleep Hostel here

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Asleep Hostel one of the best hostels in Koh Lanta, Thailand

3. Lanta Hostel (Koh Lanta)

Update: This hostel has now closed. We keep this content here for your information.

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.

Lanta Hostel one of the best hostels in Koh Lanta, Thailand

Best Hostels in Pattaya

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.

The coolest hostels in Pattaya are:

  1. Nonze Hostel – best for solo travellers
  2. Happy Hostel – best for solo female travellers
  3. Sindy’s Hostel – best for family and group
  4. The Bedrooms Hostel – best for solo female travellers

We also have a detailed guide about the best hostels in Pattaya

1. Nonze Hostel

If you are going to Pattaya and considering backpacking, then you should look into staying at the Nonze Hostel since it is the best option for solo travellers.

The interior of the hostel will wow you the moment you step foot inside; wooden accents can be found all over the room, and vibrant details can be seen on the walls and in the many décor.

You may even make your way down to the lower floors of the hostel by using the slide that’s provided for your use.

There’s even a slide for you to go on to get to the lower levels of the hostel!

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Have fun with friends at Nonze Hostel

2. Happy Hostel

Another entry on our list of the best hostels in Pattaya is the Happy Hostel and we think it’s quite appropriately named!

In addition, there are many shops in the area, so you could get some fine Thai handiwork and decor.

We’ve chosen this hostel as the best one for solo female travellers, as the surrounding area is really safe!

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Happy Hostel Swimming Pool

3. Sindy’s Hostel 

Sindy’s Hostel is the best choice for backpackers that require a bit of space and element of luxury (at an affordable price!)

The dorm rooms look down onto the city and come with a sofa, safe and DVD player. The room space is great for digital nomads, too.

The infamous Pattaya beach is a 15-minute walk.

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Sindy's Hostel one of the best hostels in Pattaya, Thailand

4. The Bedrooms Hostel (Pattaya)

The location of this hostel is spot on, just 1km from the city centre and must see attractions.

All of the 23 rooms are of modern design with all of the comforts including personal TV and ready-made beds. Lovely!

There’s 24 hour security and female only dorms which makes it a great option for female solo travellers.

Book The Bedrooms Hostel here

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The Bedrooms Hostel one of the best hostels in Pattaya, Thailand The Bedrooms Hostel one of the best hostels in Pattaya, Thailand

Best Hostels in Ayutthaya

If you’re not sure where to head after Bangkok, Ayutthaya is a good option as its only 80km North.

We’ve found some truly stunning hostels that offer sparkling female-only dorms and awesome exterior design. But don’t take out word for it, keep scrolling!

The top hostels in Ayutthaya are:

  1. Plus Hostel
  2. Early Bird Hostel
  3. 11:11 Hostel

Read: Full guide to the 3 best hostels in Ayutthaya – more indepth information for each hostel.

1. Plus Hostel

Family run, social, small and intimate – the best ways to describe Plus Hostel in a nutshell.

Enjoy a family dinner every night for free, plus a yummy breakfast to start your day right.

Awesome amenities include a quiet working space, outdoor patio and indoor living area. There are even fruits available throughout the day!

Choose between a mixed or female dorm. There are no private rooms here which is why we recommend this hostel for solo travellers.

Book Plus Hostel here

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Plus Hostel is one of the best hostels in Ayutthaya, Thailand

2. Early Bird Hostel

Early Bird Hostel is also small and homely. Travellers enjoy getting together to enjoy food out on the lovely terrace.

Rent a bicycle and explore the area in a fun way – all of the top sights are easily accessible from Early Bird.

There is a choice of shared dorms and a family room which sleeps up to 6 people (this is also a good option for groups).

The best part? A continental can be enjoyed daily for FREE. Yesss.

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Early Bird Hostel is one of the best hostels in Ayutthaya, Thailand

3. 11:11 Hostel

The decor at 11:11 Hostel is old-fashioned and full of character. If you enjoy being surrounded by living plants you’re going to love it here!

This hostel has a really lovely onsite cafe. You just have to try their homemade pastries and coffee!

We love the dorm rooms here. Each bed has a privacy curtain and little screen to separate each bed.

11:11 is a top choice if you’re mainly interested in having a comfortable place to stay but want to spend most of your time exploring the city.

Book 11:11 Hostel here

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11:11 Hostel is one of the best hostels in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Best Hostels in Suratthani

Before you jet off to either of the following hostels, we’d like to mention some transport and day trip tips.

It’s highly likely that you’ll hear a different price for each person you ask. This will leave you feeling confused and frustrated.

Compare prices with local agencies and always, always try to bargain!

Our chosen hostels in Suratthani are:

  1. Chang Bed and Bar Hostel
  2. The Port Hostel

1. Chang Bed and Bar Hostel (Suratthani)

Forget big, commercialised hostels; this one is family run by passionate people that really care.

It’s a great choice for solo travellers as the rooms consist of single and mixed dorms.

Wonderful inclusions are:

  • Restaurant w/ free breakfast
  • Terrace w/ bar
  • Free fruit, water + coffee
  • Airport shuttle (30km away)
Book Chang Bed and Bar Hostel here

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Chang Bar and Bed Hostel one of the best hostels in Suratthani, Thailand

2. The Port Hostel (Suratthani)

Built in 2016, you can expect super modern and clean but basic rooms here at The Port Hostel.

English speaking staff is at hand 24-hours a day so there’s no worries about arriving too early/late.

It’s within easy reach of the Bandon area. The pier bus station and airport shuttle are all very close by which makes getting from A to B so much easier.

There is a room with 6 mattresses on the floor which is pretty tiny – choose the pods instead.

Once you’re done exploring, relax on the terrace or in the shared lounge.

Book The Port Hostel here

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The Port Hostel one of the best hostels in Suratthani, Thailand

Best Hostels in Koh Lipe

You made it all the way to Koh Lipe Hostels. We are really proud of you and want to encourage you to visit Koh Lipe. It is our favorite Thai Island.

Koh Lipe is a small, island paradise. Simple as that. Picture your perfect beach paradise and it will look like Koh Lipe, no doubt.

It can be a hassle to get here. The easiest way to get here is from Koh Lanta by speed boat. Ask your hostel in Koh Lanta for details, they’ll know more.

Time to check out the hottest hostels in Koh Lipe:

  1. Bloom Cafe & Hostel
  2. A Plus Hotel

1. Bloom Cafe & Hostel (Koh Lipe)

Get ready for the nicest accommodation and best coffee in town.

Bloom Cafe & Hostel offers both dorm and private rooms, all with a shared bathroom. We love the sturdy wooden bunks with stair access!

The ground floor cafe is right in the middle of the city centre, just minutes from the beach.

Book Bloom Cafe & Hostel here

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Bloom Cafe and Hostel one of the best hostels in Ko Lipe, Thailand Bloom Cafe and Hostel one of the best hostels in Ko Lipe, Thailand

2. A Plus Hotel (Koh Lipe)

Fancy staying at one of the first design hostels on the island?

A Plus has gorgeous hotel-style private rooms and cosy little pods in dorms. Some of them are designed for two!

We feel this is a little over-priced for the quality on offer, but the central location and free snacks help make up for it.

Book A Plus Hotel here

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A Plus Hostel one of the best hostels in Ko Lipe, Thailand

Best Hostels in Koh Chang

This is the largest island in the Gulf of Thailand and perfectly suits outdoor enthusiasts wishing to take on some awesome hiking.

Mu Ko Chang National Park is filled with gorgeous waterfalls and hiking routes. Head to the coast for offshore coral reefs, cute villages and of course, beaches.

Let’s check out the best hostels in Koh Chang:

  1. Pajamas
  2. The Habitat Hostel

1. Pajamas (Koh Chang)

Choose Pajamas and you won’t be disappointed by the…

  • 2 minute walk to Klong Prao Bead hostch
  • Ultra modern mixed + female dorms
  • Sparkling swimming pool
  • Amazing staff
  • Included breakfast

Be aware that this is a Green Hostel and so air conditioning is turned off between 11:30 and 18:00 hrs. You’ll have to chill by the pool instead, damn!

Book Pajamas here

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Pajamas one of the best hostels in Ko Chang, Thailand Pajamas one of the best hostels in Ko Chang, Thailand

2. The Habitat Hostel (Koh Chang)

The Habitat Hostel is a newbie situated in the shopping area of Klong Prao.

This is certainly a top pick for travellers seeking a quiet, relaxed experience away from the hustle and bustle.

For this reason, we recommend Habitat for couples and travelling friends.

Book The Habitat Hostel here

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The Habitat Hostel one of the best hostels in Ko Chang, Thailand

Best Hostels in Kanchanaburi

Ever heard of the Death Railway built in WW2? It’s doesn’t have the nicest history, but it’s a great chance to learn and is what Kanchanaburi is known for.

Other than history-driven sights, this town is also good for nearby waterfalls and cave systems.

Hostels in Kanchanaburi you’ll love:

  1. T&T Hostel
  2. OPPA House

1. T&T Hostel (Kanchanaburi)

Another high contender with river bank rooms is T&T Hostel. In fact, the hostel literally floats on the river!

The private rooms are particularly good with lots of space and a private balcony. Definitely one of the best hostels in Thailand for couples.

Reception is open 24-hours which is a bonus. The Kanachanaburi railway station is around 700m from the property.

Book T&T Hostel here

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T&T Hostel one of the best hostels in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

2. OPPA House (Kanchanaburi)

It’s the staff that really makes OPPA House stand out from the crowd. They care, genuinely!

We recommend enjoying a drink at the bar before exploring the nearby night market. Either that or relax in the common area in front of the TV.

There’s only shared dorms available here and each bed comes with a curtain, socket and storage space.

Book OPPA House here

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OPPA House Hostel one of the best hostels in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Best Hostels in Khao Lak

Khao Lak literally means ‘Lak Mountain’ which is the prominent peak in this mountainous region of Thailand.

It’s made up of a series of gorgeous little villages definitely worth exploring. You certainly won’t be disappointed by the hostels, either.

Check out these super cool hostels in Khao Lak:

  1. Monkey Dive Hostel
  2. DKaYA Hostel

1. Monkey Dive Hostel (Khao Lak)

Welcome to the super awesome up-cycled Monkey Dive Hostel!

Furniture has been made from old wood and tin to model new, unique pieces across the hostel.

All travellers are welcome here and this is evident from the rooms on offer: choose from family, private and dorms.

Be sure to spend some time in the Space Bar coffeehouse and quiz the staff on their tour knowledge.

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Monkey Dive one of the best hostels in Khao Lak, Thailand Monkey Dive one of the best hostels in Khao Lak, Thailand

2. DKaYA Hostel (Khao Lak)

DKaYA Hostel is a great base for travellers that are seeking a budget option close by to top sights including the Tsunami Memorial Museum.

There is free parking on site for those that wish to rent.

It’s a safe option with staff at hand 24-hours a day – arrive any time and be greeted with a smile.

Book DKaYA Hostel here

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DKaYA Hostel one of the best hostels in Khao Lak, Thailand

Best Hostels in Hat Yai

Any traveller that enjoys a good old shopping spree with love Hat Yai. There is a super awesome floating market here selling local foods and handicrafts, too!

Let’s dive in and discover the best hostels in Hat Yai:

  1. Siam Mansion – SHA
  2. La Pause

1. Siam Mansion – SHA (Hat Yai)

Siam Mansion – SHA had a face-lift in May 2018, and has a brand new modern look and relaxed vibe.

It’s certainly a quiet, affordable option which would be best suited to travelling friends and female solo travellers.

There’s 24-hour security system and Wi-Fi around the entire property. And yes, there’s air-conditioning, too!

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Siam Mansion one of the best hostels in Hat Yai, Thailand Siam Mansion one of the best hostels in Hat Yai, Thailand

2. La Pause (Hat Yai)

Calling all couples, we have found a superb option for you close to several well known attractions.

This gorgeous boutique hostel boasts a relaxing cafe and cosy little common spaces, all beautifully decorated.

Note: there are in fact no shared dorms here.

Splash out and enjoy spacious, bright and crystal clean private rooms instead. You deserve it.

Definitely one of best place to stay in Thailand for couples, rrr!

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La Pause one of the best hostels in Hat Yai, Thailand

Best Hostels in Hua Hin

Get ready for beautiful hostels with pod-style beds and rustic design.

Hua Hin itself is a popular seaside resort so you can expect all of the luxuries including beautiful beaches, nice bars and coffee shops.

The coolest hostels in Hua Hin are:

  1. Pulley Hostel

1. Pulley Hostel (Hua Hin)

Pulley Hostel is a rustic, industrial design hostel perfect for groups, couples and female solo travellers.

Whilst the focus is primarily on the rooms, there is a cute ‘coffee corner’ to enjoy, an inviting lounge and small kitchenette to use.

It’s located 5-minutes from a white sand beach. What are you waiting for?!

Book Pulley Hostel here

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Pulley Hostel one of the best hostels in Hua Hin, Thailand

UPDATE: Pai Poshtel (Pai) is CLOSED

We’ve been informed that Pai Poshtel is no longer accepting guests at the following property.

Pai Poshtel (Pai)

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.

Absolute bliss – we’ll see you there.

All Hostels on a Map

Below we have put ALL of the hostels mentioned in this article on a map.

We want to make your planning as hassle-free as possible! This includes all recommended hostels from Bangkok and Chiang Mai to Phuket.

We marked them as follows:

  • 5 Star Hostels: Black with White Star
  • Design Hostels: Blue
  • Backpacker-Type Hostel: Orange
  • Other recommendations: Red

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FAQ

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

Are hostels safe in Thailand?

Yes, generally speaking hostels in Thailand are safe. Remember to always lock your belongings and bring your padlock.

Read a guide: How safe are hostels?

Is Thailand dangerous to travel?

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.

Here is our packing list for staying in hostels.

What is the best itinerary for 3 weeks in Thailand?

There is many many options! Best way to start is by reading this blog post about 3 weeks in Thailand. It is a suggested itinerary, taken by two experienced travelers and bloggers.

How much are hostels in Thailand?

Very, very cheap! You can sleep for as little as $3 up to $15. if really depends on the destination, the island or city. In Chiang Mai and Bangkok a fantastic hostel is around $5.

Read: best hostels in Bangkok

Read: best hostels in Chiang Mai

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You can find awesome hostels all around the Asian continent.

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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.

Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you need to pack.

The main things to pack are:

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CLOSED – Cha Cha Cha (Pattaya)

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.

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Cha Cha Cha one of the best hostels in Pattaya, Thailand

Cha Cha Cha one of the best hostels in Pattaya, Thailand

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