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 Hostels in Thailand?
If you are into social, unique and design accommodations, this is your place to be!
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.
We are Hostelgeeks and we discover the world’s greatest hostels, including the absolute best backpacker hostels 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.
Refer to the map.
Here we included all backpacker accommodations. It will help you planning your backpacking Thailand.
If you want to skip directly to a specific location, here you have the city/ town list.
Cities and Islands we cover:
- Chiang Mai (North Thailand)
- Chiang Rai (North Thailand)
- Pai (North Thailand)
- Koh Phi Phi
- Koh Phangan
- Koh Samui
- Koh Tao
- Koh Lanta
- Koh Lipe
- Koh Chang
- Khao Lak
- Hat Yai
- Hua Hin
Really helpful for your planning would be to check out our hostel map. I added all hostels, sights and cities I enjoyed.
Best Hostels in Bangkok
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:
Check out our more in depth article to the 3 Best Hostels in Bangkok here.
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1. Yim Huai Khwang Hostel (Bangkok)
This stunning 5 star design hostel offers true Bangkok experiences for the adventurous traveller.
With an MRT just next door, accessing night markets and 24 hour street food is easy. The nearby sky-train allows further connections if you fancy.
Enjoy the awesome rooftop and backyard garden when you fancy some downtime.
Then all there is left to do is collapse in comfy deluxe dorms or a superior double if that’s more your thing.
2. 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.
3. 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!
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:
Check out our full guide to the 3 Best Hostels in Chiang Mai here.
1. HOSTEL by BED (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.
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.
3. Oxotel Hostel (Chiang Mai)
Known as one of the absolute BEST hostels in Thailand, 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.
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 (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.
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.
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!
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 (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
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.
3. Hummingbird Hostel (Pai)
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.
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:
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.
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.
3. Hugger Hostel (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.
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.
Not only that but Krabi hosts a female-only 5 star hostel and three more hostels we think you’ll love.
Our chosen hostels in Krabi are:
Read: full guide to best hostels in Krabi
1. Mini Boxtel (Ao Nang, near Krabi)
You may want to sit down before we tell you that Mini Boxtel is a female-only hostel – how cool is that!
This fresh approach offers first time solo female travellers a safe haven in a social setting, and there are many reason this is a 5 star hostel in AoNang, Krabi.
- ‘Lion & Shark’ in-house cafe is open to everyone
- Pod beds come with light, plug + privacy curtain
- The hostel design is chic and welcoming
Please note that Mini Boxtel is lcoated in AoNang, not Krabi. Personally, we enjoyed AoNang much more. They have a nice beach and a better vibe here. AoNang is only 10km from Krabi.
2. Link Hostel (Krabi)
No, that one is not a typo, it is the actual hostel name.
Get ready for mountain backdrops and stunning beaches less than 15 minutes by foot at Link Hostel!
There are no private rooms here. Instead, solo travellers, backpackers and friends can enjoy the 6-bed dorms.
The pod style beds may be hard to get out of, but you must peel yourself away to enjoy the outdoor pool. I mean, look at it!
3. Surf Hostel (Krabi)
This is a brand new hostel that has started with a real bang.
It’s located away from the hustle and bustle, including the beaches, so bare this in mind.
It’s a top choice for travellers looking for genuine staff and a simplistic, yet modern dorm room. Female solo travellers can opt for the female only version.
4. Talardkao Balcony (Krabi)
If your focus is on family-run hostels rather than big chains, Talardkao Balcony will surely entice you.
This ‘Earth Friendly’ hostel focuses on tasteful decor and fabulous service that always comes with a smile.
The rooms come in standard and deluxe form, and there’s even a spacious option for small families.
Good to know: It’s in a quiet neighbourhood away from the main attractions.
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:
Read our full guide to best hostels in Koh Phi Phi.
1. @The Pier 519 Hostel (Koh Phi Phi)
Welcome to a warm and sincere atmosphere @The Pier 519 Hostel.
Put your stuff in the under-bed locker, draw your curtain and head on down to the terrace and shared lounge.
Here you’ll be situated in central Phi Phi Don, but far away from the party scene. That means you’ll get a great night’s sleep for sure!
Ask the friendly staff about help with booking tours if you’re travelling on from Koh Phi Phi.
2. 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.
3. Hangover Hostel (Koh Phi Phi)
Here we have a very basic hostel ran by a lovely man called Mr Singh. Word on the street says he leaves bottled water by your pillow every night!
The name is a little deceiving as this isn’t technically a party hostel.
Instead, head to the nearby pier and beach which is 30 seconds away. Here you’ll meet lots of people and plenty of bars.
As long as you expect basic dorm rooms and facilities at a budget rate, you’ll like it at Hangover Hostel.
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 (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.
2. iL Mare (Koh Phangan)
Our second competitor in Koh Phangan offers much of the same deal: 24 hour pool, a garden and great location.
Il Mare is in the Bantai area, close to the Black Moon and Half Moon parties. The Full Moon party is around 15-minutes away. It’s in a great spot for sunset.
To add a little more spice, there is also an ocean view here and food and drinks sold on-site!
Couples should definitely opt for the private room with ocean views and an en-suite.
There is also an 8-bed dorm that has it’s own private toilet.
Compare prices at: Booking.com
3. Roadtrip Phangan (Koh Phangan)
Roadtrip has a real range of rooms that each has their own unique design.
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.
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 include palm fringed beaches and mountainous forest. Yes please!
The best hostels in Koh Samui are:
Read: detailed guide to best hostels in Koh Samui
1. At Hostel (Koh Samui)
At Hostel is in a fabulous location in the heart of Chaweng Beach. From here you can easily access various restaurants, famous bars and Central Festival.
The rooms are super modern in their crisp white design. Dorm rooms range from 6-18 beds.
And guess what? There’s an outdoor red swimming pool with a bar! Yay for refreshments and a swim!
2. 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.
3. Samui Hostel (Koh Samui)
Whilst not the most fancy or creative hostel, Samui is run by lovely staff that will make you feel welcome.
This is a basic hostel made up of 12 dorm and 12 private rooms.
The free Wi-Fi is accessible across the property and it’s a mere 5-minute walk to the nearest beach.
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?
Wanna a comparison? Read our full review about the 3 best hostels in Koh Tao.
1. Savage Hostel (5 Star 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
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.
3. Oasis Hotel-Pods (Koh Tao)
Fancy waking up to sea views and a swimming pool with direct access to the beach? Well you’re in luck!
Oasis Hotel-Pods offers mixed dorms only, with private pods and spacious, well equipped rooms.
We love the modern design here that we feel is suitable for friends and small groups.
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.
Ready for the best hostel in Koh Lanta? Let’s go:
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.
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.
3. Lanta Hostel (Koh Lanta)
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.
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.
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. 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.
2. Cha Cha Cha (Pattaya)
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.
Compare prices at: Booking.com
3. Sindy’s Hostel (Pattaya)
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.
Compare prices at: Booking.com
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. Busaba (Ayutthaya)
Ok now seriously, have you seen the outside of this hostel? It’s absolutely fabulous!
Step inside and you’ll meet great staff, pristine contemporary design and super duper rooms.
Families, solo female travellers and backpackers – there is an option for everyone here.
There is a Thai restaurant onsite as well as a shared kitchen. Make use of the free bikes and relax with a coffee on the terrace whilst marvelling at the exterior hostel design.
2. Sleepaholic (Ayutthaya)
This is more of a simplistic, budget accommodation a short distance from all the major attractions.
Dorm rooms range between 4-11 beds. The 11-bed mixed has one bed suitable for two people, great for sociable couples!
Read: Sex in Hostels? 10 dos and don’ts to always remember.
Make use of the chill out area and bar once you’ve explored nearby Pattaya. There’s free tea, coffee and snacks just waiting to be enjoyed.
3. Fun Dee Hostel and Cafe (Ayutthaya)
Fun Dee is a fun, safe, quiet and affordable place to stay and is located near many of the top sights of Ayutthaya.
- 6-bed mixed dorm w/ shared bathroom
- 4-bed female only w/ shared bathroom
- 1 tiny private w/ shared bathroom
- 2 private rooms w/ balcony
The highlight of this hostel has to be the cafe. Previous guests claim it’s the best coffee in Asia! Treat yourself to a freshly baked dessert whilst you chat with new friends.
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 (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)
Compare prices at: Booking.com
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.
Compare prices at: Booking.com
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 (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.
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.
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 (Koh Chang)
Choose Pajamas and you won’t be disappointed by the…
- 2 minute walk to Klong Prao Beach
- 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!
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.
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. D Hostel (Kanchanaburi)
The coolest thing about D Hostel has to be the river views enjoyed from the spacious rooms and outside hammocks.
Female only dorms come with 4 and 6-bed options. Either that or treat yourself to a single room with a lake view!
Although not close to the centre it’s possible to rent a scooter or walk 20-minutes to get there.
2. 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. Great for couples.
Reception is open 24-hours which is a bonus. The Kanachanaburi railway station is around 700m from the property.
Compare prices at: Booking.com
3. 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.
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 (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.
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.
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 (Hat Yai)
Siam Mansion 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!
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.
Compare prices at: Booking.com
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. Buathai Loft Hostel (Hua Hin)
Here we have an affordable and stylish accommodation close to the centre of Hua Hin.
Some perks of being a guest here include:
- Pod-style beds w/ real mattresses (no foam)
- Free water, coffee, cookies + fruits
- Free high speed Wi-Fi
The 6-bed dorm is a great option – it comes with a private terrace to chill out on.
Enjoy 24-hour security, shared kitchen and lovely staff.
2. 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?!
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
(View full sized map here)
FAW about Thailand Hostels
Are hostels safe in Thailand?
Yes, generally speaking hostels in Thailand are safe. Remember to always lock your belongings and bring your padlock.
Read: How safe are hostels? A guide
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.
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
More hostels around Asia
You can find awesome hostels all around the Asian continent.
Find all the best hostels in Asia here.
We created big hostel guides for you. Find…
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Hostel Guide – Understanding Hostels
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.
And not just that.
We also created a big guide to Hostels.
We will show you how to book your hostel in a smart way, what to take into account and more smart tips.
Here you find ALL our articles about hostels.
The most important articles to read are:
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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.
Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you need to pack.
The main things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 40 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries
- The hostel address – written down
Read the full packing list here.
Staying up to date
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Your Smart 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