The large Thai province of Nakhon Ratchasima has many places of interest, including national parks, unusual temples, themed adventure parks, and bustling markets. The province’s backpacker hostels help independent explorers to keep costs down and meet new people. Here are some of the top hostels and other backpacker-friendly accommodations in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Hello Hostel Pakchong has dorms for four and six. The dormitories are clean and spacious with air conditioning and bunk beds. Bathrooms are shared. Lockers are available, though they are outside of the dorms. There’s a communal dining room, great for sharing a range of goodies from the local markets. Stay connected with ease, thanks to the free WiFi, and keep on top of the essentials with the laundry facilities. You can rent bicycles to explore the area and conveniently book a range of trips and tours on-site to help you make the most of your time in Northeast Thailand.
Kun Hostel welcomes travellers to the heart of the provincial capital. Close to Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, the nearby area has a youthful vibe. The hostel has 40 no-frills rooms, with a choice of standard single or double rooms and superior double rooms. It’s great for backpacking couples and BFFs. Rooms can accommodate up to three if you’re travelling as an intrepid trio or with a child. All rooms have a private bathroom, full-sized fridge, TV, and desk. The lobby area – complete with comfy sofas, drinks-making facilities, a TV, and a fish tank – helps you to meet other travellers. There’s an on-site restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and WiFi can be accessed around the hostel.
At Home Hostel is located in Pak Chong, close to Khao Yai National Park and a variety of other outdoor attractions. An adults-only accommodation, it has mixed dorms for six. You’ll find free toiletries in the communal bathrooms, and a fridge and microwave in the common room. You can also relax and socialise on the bright and cheerful terrace. A book exchange, free WiFi, lockers, free luggage storage, and laundry facilities make your stay even more comfortable. Trips can be booked on-site and breakfast is available for an additional fee.
The three-star Smart Hostel is more like a well-equipped and attractive budget hotel than a hostel. The beautiful and spacious deluxe double rooms can sleep up to three people. Rooms have a private bathroom, complete with free toiletries, and a separate seating area. Plenty of natural light flows in through the large windows and the living area has a sofa, desk, fridge, microwave, kettle, and TV. You have everything you need to feel comfortable and make yourself at home. The terrace is a pleasant place to unwind. The hostel has parking and there are bicycles for rent.
The Seat Hostel, located in Nakhon Ratchasima’s city centre, is a cosy and comfortable place to stay. With just eight guest rooms, the vibe is intimate and relaxed. It’s a fabulous place for solo travellers to get away from the world for a few days and for couples to enjoy a little romance. The on-site restaurant serves an assortment of typical Thai dishes and is a popular hangout spot for locals. Rooms come with a private bathroom, TV, fridge, and desk, and can sleep up to two people. The hostel has laundry facilities and offers tour and ticket booking services.
Narisa Place is a great accommodation option for groups of friends who want to enjoy nature and the great outdoors. Whether you’re travelling with your best buddies or you met a group of cool backpackers to continue your adventures with, the diverse sleeping options here are sure to please. Pets are permitted too. There are comfy rooms for three, four, five, and six, three-bedroom houses for six people, and a large four-bedroom house that can accommodate up to 17 guests. Want to really get back to nature? There are tents for two as well. The peaceful and verdant grounds complement the natural surroundings of lovely Wang Nam Khiao, with a pond, lawns, trees, flowers, and various outdoor seating areas. Kids are sure to love the play area.
Hips Hostel Pakchong is an adult-only hostel. Perfect for solo adventurers who want to hit up Pak Chong’s highlights, there are clean and spacious dorms with bunk beds. The shared bathrooms provide plenty of space to get ready in the mornings and there are hair dryers too. There are indoor and outdoor common areas where you can mingle with other guests. Facilities and amenities include a communal fridge, on-site cafe, free WiFi, washing machines, and lockers. The friendly members of staff have a wealth of local knowledge, with handy tips and tricks to make the most of your time in the area.
Although not a hostel, Sappradoo Hut is a terrific budget accommodation for backpacking solos, friends, families, and couples. Basic but charming huts and bungalows are scattered throughout the leafy grounds, letting you enjoy nature right at your doorstep. Throughout the garden you’ll find picnic benches and BBQs, great for some al fresco dining. Located in the district of Sikhio, the resort-cum-lodge has huts and bungalows for two and four, two-bedroom houses for six, and four-bedroom houses for eight.
Urban Bamboo is a sociable and welcoming hostel in Nakhon Ratchasima city centre. Ideal for budget travellers, the inexpensive rooms have either two single beds or a double bed, a private bathroom, and a TV. There are quirky touches throughout that are sure to catch your eye. There are indoor and outdoor spaces where you can chill out and chat with friends old and new, and the rooftop area provides great views of the surroundings. You can also use the kitchen to prepare your own basic meals. Breakfast is offered for an additional charge and bikes are available to rent.
Khaoyai Nature Retreat is a secluded haven in Pak Chong. Set back from the main road in beautiful surroundings, yet still close enough to natural and cultural attractions, the basic resort has rooms, huts, and tents to suit different budgets, group sizes, and preferences. The resort’s restaurant serves Thai and international dishes. You can unwind on the terrace or in the garden, and WiFi access is available in the main areas. Exploring Isan by car? The resort has ample parking.