Welcome to Happynest Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Chiang Rai, Thailand. This boutique-styled loft Hostel with the full name of Happynest Inspiring Hostel is located in the small city of Chiang Rai, but surely you will have seen their most famous sight ever: The White Temple! Although many travelers come here, not a lot choose to stay overnight.
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Center and everything is in walking distance. Don't worry about the location in Chiang Rai, it is quite small. Happynest has a great location to get everywhere in no time. You are in max 5 at the famous night bazaar, and there is well the famous clock tower in walking distance.
The White Temple is actually located outside the city center, and you have to get a taxi, tuck tuck or motorbike to go there. We would not recommend staying close to the White Temple as it would be far away from the actual city center. In a nutshell: Happynest's location is great, you can visit the White Temple, and explore Chiang Rai the rest of the day.
Happynest Hostel, Phaholyothin Rd, Wiang, เชียงราย Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
All room types at Happynest Hostel
Private Room Types available: Family Room, Double Room, Ensuite Twin Room, 2-Bed Bunkroom
Shared Room Types available: 4-Bed Bunkroom, 6-Bed Bunkroom, 3-Bed Single Mattress Room, 4-Bed Single Mattress Room
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When walking into the stylish building of Happynest Hostel, you will be welcomed by lovely staff and an impressive loft-styled lobby.
No doubt this is where you will spend most of your time during your stay. It is the social heart, where people get together to play board games, have a drink, and plan their next trips and tours together.
The stairs lead you up to the sleeping area, separated from the common areas.
This is important for the traveler looking for some sleep after a big day of travel or exploring Chiang Rai.
Happynest Hostel in Chiang Rai in review
Besides this lovely design of the accommodation, there are more things we would like to introduce you to.
Let’s jump into the details.
1. Local Passion and Experience
The accommodation opened its doors back in December 2013, and can host up to 33 people. Happynest was founded by three friends with a passion for traveling.
Two of the owners are architects while the third one is a graphic designer.
This is a great combination for starting a design-driven hostel.
When the building was newly renovated, the owners decided to create a unique feel-good space with the use of local material such as bamboo, teak wood, brick floors and more. The high-ceiling lamps run with LED lightning which, as you know, are the most eco-friendly lamps available at this time.
In point 4 we will talk about the local tour providers the hostel has teamed up with.
It is a very important goal for the team to provide their travelers and guests with a unique local experience – and not only the White Temple experience.
What about a guest kitchen?
There is a staff kitchen, and guests are invited to use the space if needed.
But same as with Hualien Wow Hostel in Hualien, Taiwan, travelers usually prefer to eat out, as it is very affordable in these countries. However, it is great to have a choice, right?! So if you want to spend time cooking for yourself, you have the option to do so.
This is usually the first reaction when guests enter the wide-space lounge and main common area at Happynest Hostel.
This inspiring hostel is located in a three-story building. In order to archive a special ambiance for the lounge area, the owners decided to combine the first and second floor. Now, the tall ceilings and open space give this place an industrial vibe.
The three founders have been friends since high-school.
They wanted to create a project altogether, combining their passion for travel, their own city and architectural interests.
They created the property like we know it today, and designed this accommodation from the bottom-up. The building was abandoned and a complete renovation was necessary, taking out walls, floors, windows and everything to create something unique.
When decorating the space, the goal was to use as many local materials as they could find.
They combined bamboo furniture with brick floors, teak wood, and modern elements like high-ceiling lamps.
The result, as you can see and will see with your stay, is amazing.
That remembers us at CCASA Hostel , the 5 Star Hostel in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Ccasa Hostel combines also Vietnamese decoration elements with modern upcycled shipping containers in red, yellow and blue, turned into lively homes.
3. Boutique Design in Loft Style
We especially love the boutique style with it’s intimate atmosphere.
It is not a big place to stay; instead it feels like an exclusive, smallish place to really calm down, mingle with some friends, and enjoy a good hostel experience.
And then the travelers go out together for a drink at the bar around the corner.
The social life here happens very dynamically, and we think one reason is the inviting big lobby and the atmosphere brought by the very ambitious staff.
Of course you could always join several tours and classes now that the hostel has teamed up with local tour providers and cooking classes. There are different guided treks and walking tours that will show you around Chiang Rai and surroundings. And the cooking classes are tailor made for the food lovers around us.
The cooking guide (or guiding cook?) will pick you up at the hostel, and you will buy the ingredients for your cooking class directly form the local market. Choose whatever you like, fancy and wanna try – you will learn how to cook traditional Thai food.
Pretty cool, right?!
The tour starts in the morning and lasts around 4 hours.
Talking about food, Beimen Wow Poshtel in Taipei, Taiwan, also lets you get involved in making delicious iced moon cakes – a kind of cookie typical from mid-autumn Taiwanese festival. Food is always a nice and yummy way to learn about the culture!
5. Top rated staff (we are big fans!)
Let’s talk about the staff, another important criteria for the 5 Star Hostels.
Here you do not have to worry about a language barrier, as every single member of the staff speaks English.
English is a basic requirement for workers at Happynest, and some of them also speak Swedish, Japanese, and French.
All major booking platforms attest the team hits a whole new level for making guests feel comfortable around the hostel.
The staff is from Chiang Rai itself and they love to share their best tips for the city with you.
Make sure you pick their brains for some real cool recommendations!
Another lovely detail: It is Thai tradition to give a small present for New Years Eve and a jasmine flower for Mother’s day (12th of August). This means when you are staying here during those two dates, you will receive a present from the team. We love this detail!
We would recommend to stay at least 2 nights. This gives you enough time to visit the clock, the white temple, and experience the authenticity of Chiang Rai itself. If you are into sunrises, then consider renting a scooter and driving the 100km to Puh Chi Fa.
This is where you can admire a stunning sun rise over Laos.
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