The Best Backpacker Hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai | © Dennis Javis/Flickr
Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai | © Dennis Javis/Flickr
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16 May 2018

Travelling on a budget? We’ve compiled a list of the best backpacker hostels in Chiang Mai that won’t break the bank. Whether you’re looking for a quiet sanctuary or a party mecca, we’ve got something for everyone.

Bunk Boutique Hostel Chiangmai

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Bunk Boutique Hostel offers its guests “loft” style lodging. This sleek and hipster joint is close to restaurants and popular sightseeing attractions. Bunk Boutique is located just outside the old city in between Santhitham and Nimmanhaemin.

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Green Tiger Vegetarian House

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If you are looking for a peaceful, vegetarian-friendly place to stay you’ve come to the perfect place. The comfortable dorm rooms have ensuite bathrooms and lockers to store your valuables. Green Tiger Vegetarian House has a small swimming pool, shared lounge area and a vegetarian café!

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Pakinai Guesthouse

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Located close to Wat Chiang Man, Pakinai Guesthouse is a cheap and cheerful option for both long and short-term term stays. Choose a room with stunning views of Doi Suthep mountain and enjoy being close to all the old town action. Pakinai Guesthouse also has a number of fantastic local and health food restaurants within a few minutes walking distance.

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  • Santitham Guest House

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    Santitham Guest House is located in Santitham, a vibrant Thai neighbourhood. This guest house is the ideal place for long or short term stays and offers a home away from home atmosphere. The traditional wooden houses are beautifully decorated and sit in a tranquil green garden. A small gym/yoga studio is available and Thai food is served.

    The Gallery 24, Art Cafe Guesthouse

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    The Gallery 24, Art Cafe Guesthouse is great value for money. This budget-friendly guesthouse offers private and dorm rooms, with aircon and a good breakfast. There is also a fridge and microwave in the common area. The onsite cafe is ideal for relaxing and meeting new people. The Gallery 24, Art Cafe Guesthouse is located close to all the action and has become a very popular place to stay.

    Cassette Hostel

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    Cassette Hostel is a trendy centrally located hostel in the Old Town. Clean and tidy dorm and private rooms are on offer. A basic Thai breakfast is available each morning as well as juices, tea and coffee. An added bonus of Cassette Hostel is that it has a terrace which overlooks a green neighbourhood and is perfect for a few sundowners with new friends.

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