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Mae Kok River, Chiang Rai | © Francisco Anzola/Flickr
Mae Kok River, Chiang Rai | © Francisco Anzola/Flickr
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The 10 Coolest (And Most Affordable) Hostels in Chiang Rai, Thailand

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Updated: 2 August 2018
Chiang Rai has plenty of affordable accommodation options. We’ve selected 10 of the city’s coolest hostels that won’t break the bank. If you are looking for a trendy guest house, a great place to meet other travellers or you are looking for a quiet sanctuary, we’ve got your back.

Norn Nung Len Cafe & Hostel

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Norn Nung Len Cafe & Hostel is a hipster favourite located in the heart of Chiang Rai, a short 400-meter stroll from the clock tower. The hostel includes a common area to socialise in and also has an in-house cafe serving up delicious dishes.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Non smoking
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Pan Kled Villa eco hill resort

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For those looking for an enchanting oasis, look no further than Pan Kled Villa eco hill resort. Cute and comfortable bungalows are dotted around a lush green garden located in a quiet area. This hidden gem is a beautiful and tranquil place to stay that will have you coming back time and time again.
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Ben Guesthouse

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For a Lanna experience, stay at Ben Guesthouse. The traditional large teak wood house offers rooms which are not only great value but also clean and comfortable. The staff here provides great service, and the bonus is they have a swimming pool to cool off in.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Swimming pool
Non smoking
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Lek House

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This no-frills establishment is only a short walk to the Chiang Rai clock tower. Not only does the place have a lovely courtyard to relax in, the staff is also super friendly. Lek House is also one of the cheapest options in town.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Non smoking
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Nok's Garden Resort

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Nok’s Garden Resort is a home away from home. Enjoy pure nature, organic food and quaint bungalows by an idyllic pond. Nok’s Garden Resort is more like a traditional homestay where you can immerse yourself in local Thai culture. This peaceful sanctuary is not to be missed.
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Koon Cha Learn Backpackers

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Koon Cha Learn Backpackers is a small trendy hostel located in a local 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.
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Mercy Hostel

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Only 600 meters from the iconic clock tower, Mercy Hostel is right in the middle of the action. Close to restaurants and bars, Mercy also offers its guests a large terrace, a small swimming pool and sun loungers. There is also a billiard table, cable TV, a guitar and board games. This hostel also offers female only dorms as well as the use of a communal kitchen.
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Meesuk Residence

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Meesuk Residence is close to the river and is within walking distance to the centre of Chiang Rai. The rooms are comfortable, clean and modern. Local food vendors and restaurants can be found a short distance away at the river.
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Free Wifi
Airport transfers
Non smoking
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SOOK Cafe and Hostel

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SOOK Cafe and Hostel has a cosy, homelike atmosphere. The staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable as possible. There are plenty of common spaces including the use of a kitchen and activities like Thai cooking classes are easily arranged. Bicycle hire is also available for a small cost.
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