No backpacking trip to Asia is complete without a stopover in Bangkok. From world-class street food and Thai massages to temple hopping and tailored suits, this city is a must-visit. Enjoy the Thai capital on a budget with this list of the best hostels in Bangkok, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Bangkok is one city that definitely doesn’t sleep so save those bucks to splurge on the Thai capital’s sizzling cultural and social scenes. While luxury hotels may dominate the skyline, there are a number of unique hostels ready to make their mark on the city’s vibrant accommodation scene.
The hostel with a hotel vibe. Big on supporting local brands, the team encourages you to discover local stars such as the famous goggle-wearing chef Jay Fai. But if you need a break from sightseeing, you can take a seat at The Living Kafe and enjoy a cappuccino brewed from beans grown in northern Thailand. Or you can chill out on the rooftop terrace to see the Golden Mountain Temple sparkling in the distance.
While this hostel may be away from the more famous locales, it was still awarded the best hostel in Thailand in 2019. The light and bright lobby opens out onto a leafy terrace complete with a hammock. The hostel offers dormitories and generous private rooms, so your choice really will depend on just how much shopping you’ve done at the nearby Chatuchak weekend market. If you missed the fluffy pancakes and fresh watermelon at breakfast, you can sign up for a cooking class and master tastebud-tingling Pad Thai.
The elegant exterior of this 150-year-old shophouse hides an award-winning hostel. Flashpackers will love the Orient Express-inspired dorms or bare-brick walled doubles. The retro Petit Peyton cafe is another Insta-worthy spot thanks to the dried flowers and copper pans that hang from the ceiling. Bangkok locals are also fans of the Petit Peyton, which is why you’ll find them tucking into its signature crispy paninis or sipping a Thai milk tea turbocharged with a shot of espresso.
You had us at beer garden. This lively hostel in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district is as fun as its surroundings. The Pumphouse bar is open 24/7 so whether you’re hungering for its egg, bacon and croissant Giant Breakfast Set in the morning or a plate of smokey barbecue – they can help you quash those hunger pangs. Digital nomads might be pleased to know that the mixed and female-only dorms – as well as suites – come with an essential power socket, whilst the hostel also has a workspace.
If you are looking for a little pampering, book into Refill Now. Not only does it come with the Reform spa offering traditional Thai massage, but there is also a palm-fringed pool. Choose from a sleek and chic dorm, a private suite, or an airy loft decorated in vintage Thai furniture. If you can tear yourself away from the room, you can tuck into Thai shrimp and tempura vegetables at Recommend restaurant or go for a whiz around town in the hostel’s very own tuk-tuk.
A 150-year-old tamarind tree takes centre-stage at this stylish city hideaway. From the birdcage lights at the entrance to the low-level Thai sofas in the lobby, the NapPark Hostel near the famed Khao San Road has a homely feel. Apart from mixed and female-only dorms, you’ll find the Tamarind Tree Café, an internet lounge and a media room. But as you’ll soon discover when you join the team for one of their tours, all the entertainment you need is right on the doorstep.
Step inside this heritage house in Bangkok Old Town and you’ll find a playful space for the latest generation of travellers. Wooden panels upcycled from traditional houses line the corridors while there is a sweeping slide that you can ride down into reception. The art and fairy light-filled courtyard of the There Cafe & Bar is also the perfect place to swap tales of your travels while enjoying a chilled craft beer.
The mosaic-covered walls of the entrance of the Mad Monkey Bangkok Hostel offer just a hint of the fun that is happening on the inside. From pool parties to karaoke nights, the hostel team will work hard to make sure that you have a memorable time. If you’re keen to catch up with some sleep, you can ask for a quiet floor. The hostel offers both dormitories and private rooms, but there are no children allowed.
This light and bright hostel-meets-cafe decorated with tropical murals is sure to put you in the holiday mood. Choose a bunk room or a suite to rest your head, then catch a boat down the river to Wat Arun or stock up on souvenirs at the malls. After a day of sightseeing, take a trip up to the rooftop terrace to be treated to a picture-perfect panorama of Bangkok.