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Where To Stay In Bangkok On A Budget
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Where To Stay In Bangkok On A Budget

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Bangkok is one of the only cities in the world where visitors can survive (and thrive) on some pretty low budgets. From meals and booze starting at $1, and sometimes less, it’s no wonder that travelers who love bargains are making their way to Bangkok. It’s also possible to save big on accommodation in the city. While hotels with their rooftop pools and swanky bars are certainly alluring, they’re not always feasible options for those of us who are penny pinching our way through Asia. Here are the top six budget accommodation and hostels.
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De Talak Hostel

De Talak Hostel gives you loads of free services, including coffee, tea, luggage storage, city maps, and our favorite free item on the list, coconut ice cream. This ice cream is a must-try dessert in Thailand, and De Talak Hostel dishes it out every day, free of charge. The deluxe dorm rooms are their most budget-friendly option, of which there are three, all with their very own balconies. Prices start as low as ฿240 (about $7). The closest MRT Subway station is Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, which is about a ten minute walk from De Talak Hostel.

De Talak Hostel, 14-33 Soi Paisingtoh Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, +66 02 663 8421

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HQ Hostel

HQ Hostel Silom is located in one of the most trendy areas of the city. You’ll find it just a five minute walk away from the BTS Skytrain stop Sala Daeng. This is one area of Bangkok travelers don’t normally explore, in comparison to Sukhumvit Road. Silom, however, is rising in popularity. More and more travelers are headed to this clubbing area for a night out for some interesting crowds and clubs. At HQ Hostel Silom, there are a number of free amenities, such as an American breakfast (which is a luxury in Thailand), internet access, individual lockers, travel advice, satellite television, a towel, and other toiletries. Free is always good. According to their website, HQ Hostel Silom also includes love, hugs, and smiles during your stay.

HQ Hostel, Silom Road, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, +66 02 233 1598

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Superior Double Room | © Courtesy of HQ Hostel

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Take a Nap Hostel

Take a Nap Hostel is a family business located in central Bangkok. Each room has been individually designed, with varying colors, graphics, and more to make your stay a unique one. It’s located only a few minutes walk from both the BTS Skytrain station Sala Daeng and the MRT Subway station Si Lom. Take A Nap offers its guests free internet, complementary coffee, tea, and bottled water, and an electronic safe to use. The dorm room starts at about ฿350 a night (about $10). The mixed dorm rooms have five to seven beds.

Take a Nap Hostel, 920-926 ถนน พระรามที่ 4 Si Phraya, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, +66 02 637 0015

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Lub D Siam Square

Lub D Siam Square is perfect for those wanting to explore the city and those who are looking to save some money at the same time. The hostel is walking distance from the BTS Skytrain stations National Stadium and Siam, which is considered by many as the center of Bangkok. Lub D Siam Square has a number of different rooms available, depending on your preference. The ladies and mixed dorm room are the cheapest by far, starting at $11 per night. Lub D has a few other locations, including a hostel in Silom as well as Patong. Lub D Silom’s mixed dorms start at $9 a night, which is a pretty good deal. Some of their amenities include a 24 hour reception desk, daily housekeeping, and, our favorite feature, two month free luggage storage.

Lub D Siam Square, 925/9 Rama 1 Rd. Wangmai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, +66 26 357 373 Ext. 3

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Lobby and Bar at Lub D Siam Square | © Courtesy of Lub D

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Smile Society Boutique Hostel

Feel at home at one of Bangkok’s only green boutique hostels, Smile Society Boutique Hostel. This is no chain hostel, and it’s certainly no luxury hotel. But what it lacks in notoriety it makes up for in charm, with trees and other greenery surrounding the facility as well as a welcoming reception area, where you can go relax, nap, or make friends with the like-minded travelers who stay here. A fresh, complementary continental breakfast is served every morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Smile Society Boutique Hostel has a number of rooms available, but their cheapest ones are their dormitories, which start at ฿390 per night (about $11) if you book online. Otherwise, rooms start at ฿450 (about $13).

Smile Society Boutique Hostel, Silom Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand, +66 95 2282 415

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Deluxe Private Room at Smile Society Boutique Hostel | © Courtesy of Smile Society Boutique Hostel

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Sivalai Place

Sivalai Place is a family run business that opened in June 2007. The hostel aims to be travelers’ home away from home. With clean rooms, a friendly reception, and a great location, it’s little wonder this makes our list of top hostels in Bangkok. This is one of the only hostels on our list with some pretty nice amenities as well, such as a swimming pool, fitness center, outdoor tennis court and even a sauna. If you don’t feel like taking on the city of Bangkok for a night out, Sivalai Place has karaoke, a rooftop you can hang out on, a restaurant, and a game room equipped with a pool table, foosball table, and more. The hostel is not as close to the BTS Skytrain as some of the other options on our list, but you can get there via taxi.

Sivalai Place, 168 Isaraphab Soi 33 Isaraphab Road, Thra Pra, Bangkok-Yai, Bangkok 10600, +66 02 412 4000