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The 10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Thailand

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Updated: 22 December 2017

Thailand is one of the top backpacker destinations in the world. Along with its amazing food, beaches, and people, Thailand also has fantastic accommodation options. Check out our top 10 backpacker hostels in the Land of Smiles.

Koon Cha Learn Backpackers

Chiang Rai

Koon Cha Learn Backpackers is a small trendy hostel located in a local Chiang Rai neighbourhood. Tastefully decorated, this hostel includes two mixed dorm rooms and plenty of space to mingle. If you are travelling alone, this is a great place to make new friends.

The Like View Guesthouse

Mae Hong Son

The Like View Guesthouse is a great budget-friendly option in Mae Hong Son. Close to the action and with stunning views from its lakeside location, this guesthouse offers simple rooms with private bathrooms. The balconies make for the ideal location for a few cheeky sundowners overlooking the lake.

Bunk Boutique Hostel Chiangmai

Chiang Mai

Bunk Boutique Hostel offers its guests ‘loft’-style lodging. This sleek hipster joint is close to Chiang Mai’s popular restaurants and sightseeing attractions. Bunk Boutique is located just outside the old city in between Santitham and Nimmanhaemin.

Pong Phen Guesthouse


Located on the dreamy banks of the Kawai River this place has comfortable rooms and a large beautiful swimming pool. Pong Phen Guesthouse in Kanchanaburi is a great place to meet and connect with fellow travellers. Pong Phen Guesthouse also has larger, colourful Thai-style bungalows fitted with fridges and televisions for a slightly higher price.

ETZzz Hostel Bangkok


Affordable, clean, and comfortable – the three main things that ETZzz Hostel Bangkok brings to the accommodation table. They have a variety of rooms available, including dormitory rooms, an all-female dorm room, and private rooms. Its 360-degree rooftop patio is the cherry on top and the perfect place to meet and mingle with fellow travellers. In addition to the rooftop, ETZzz Hostel has a 24-hour reception, cable television, free internet access, lockers and, of course, a bar. The closest MRT station is Lumpini Station, which is about a two-minute walk from the hostel.


ETZzz Hostel | © Courtesy of ETZzz Hostel

NapPark Hostel @ Khao San


NapPark Hostel @ Khao San has the best of both worlds: a party atmosphere at a very low price. Budget-minded travellers flock to this hostel, located in one of the most notorious areas for an insane night out. In addition to Khao San Road, this area is also home to some of the best sights and attractions in the city, such as Wat Phra Kaw (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), just to name a few. The hostel has been recently renovated, combining Thai décor with an environment perfect for fostering relationships while travelling abroad. Travellers can enjoy the library, free magazines, and games available to them, and the helpful staff make the stay a memorable one.

Hangover Hostel

Koh Phi Phi

A good host and friendly staff can make or break a hostel, and that’s what makes the Hangover Hostel so great. The manager truly cares about the enjoyment of his guests, encouraging them to socialise where possible and also providing expert advice free of charge. Just 10 minutes from the ferry pier and a stone’s throw from the beach, it’s a great location at a great price, as well as a home away from home on one of the world’s most beautiful islands.

Hangover Hostel is a great place to make new friends | © Hangover Hostel

Slumber Party Hostel and Bar

Ao Nang, Krabi

Situated in Ao Nang, Krabi province’s premier mainland beach destination, Slumber Party is a perfect hostel for those who wish to enjoy the beach and the revelry that comes along with it. With its own bar as well as island tours and bar crawls available, it’s perfect for those who came to Krabi to let their hair down. Though it’s not all partying – it has long organised a weekend beach clean-up in Ao Nang, helping those who pass through to become ethical and responsible travellers and rewarding them with a beer for their efforts.

Slumber Party guests enjoying another night in paradise | © Slumber Party

Stones Bar

Koh Phi Phi

Stones Bar is your archetypal party hostel located right on Loh Dalam beach – one of the raucous beaches on the island. With that in mind, you can’t expect a comfortable or peaceful night of sleep here – but you can count on having a great time with plenty of other travellers. The bar attached to the hostel serves cheap drinks all night and even has its own fire show. Its beachfront location provides the ideal spot in which to recover from the previous night’s antics.

Lazy House Shenanigans

Koh Phangan

Heading to the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan? Look no further than the Lazy House Shenanigans. Located in Haad Rin this is a one-stop shop for all your party needs. The Lazy House Shenanigans has an awesome pool, barbecue facilities, communal areas, music legend-inspired dorms and private rooms, a restaurant, and a bar. A free ‘warm-up bucket’ is offered on Full Moon Party nights and the ideal hangover breakfast will be waiting for you the next morning.