Last Updated: 9/13/2023 | September 13th, 2023
Bangkok is a wonderful city full of history, gorgeous temples, and excitement. It’s an excellent place for travelers, as there is a lot to do and see here. It is one of my favorite cities in the entire world, and I can never get enough of it! Stick me in a Thai market surrounded by food stalls and I’m a happy man!
Bangkok is the hub for travel in Southeast Asia, and chances are you’re likely to pass through it on your travels around the region.
The city has thousands of guesthouses and hostels. There are so many that it can take hours to narrow down your choices when looking online.
Luckily, I’ve been visiting Bangkok for a decade and have stayed in dozens upon dozens of places. There are a lot of things to consider when selecting a hostel. The top four when picking the best hostel in Bangkok are:
- Location – Bangkok is huge and it can take some time to get around. Pick a place that is central to the sites and nightlife you want to see. All the hostels listed here are in central locations.
- Price – In Bangkok, you really get what you pay for, so if you go with a really cheap one, you’re probably going to get a hostel that is small, cramped, and doesn’t offer great service.
- Amenities – Every hostel in the city offers free Wi-Fi, though virtually none include free breakfast. If you want more than that, be sure to do your research to find the hostel that best meets your needs!
- Staff – All the hostels listed here have amazing staff! They are super friendly and knowledgeable. Even if you don’t end up staying at one of the places listed below, be sure to look up reviews to ensure you end up somewhere where the staff is helpful and friendly! They can make or break a hostel!
To help you plan your trip, here is my list of the hostels in Bangkok that I like the most. If you don’t want to read the longer list below, the following hostels are the best in each category:
Want the specifics of each hostel? Here’s my comprehensive list of the best hostels in Bangkok:
Price Legend (per night)
- $ = Under 400 THB
- $$ = 400-600 THB
- $$$ = Over 600 THB
1. Lub d Bangkok Siam
Lub d Siam is a very popular spot for backpackers looking to stay somewhere other than Khao San Road. The hostel is kept in good condition, the rooms are spacious and have electronic key locks, the staff speaks fluent English, and there are plenty of group activities. It’s a more European-style hostel than a traditional Asian guesthouse.
Lub d Bangkok Siam at a glance:
- Safe and secure (they use electronic locks)
- Organizes lots of activities so it’s easy to meet people
- Many common areas including its own bar/cafe
Beds from 377 THB, private rooms from 1,166 THB (discounts for booking ahead and longer stays).
2. Mad Monkey Hostel
A backpacker institution near Khao San Road, this is probably the best hostel in Bangkok if you want to party. It has a restaurant, pool, and tour desk with some of the cheapest and most competitive prices in town. Additionally, you’ll get comfy beds, a cozy blanket, and your own outlets and lamps! All the rooms have air-conditioning. Even though it’s slightly more expensive than other places in the area, you’re making up for it with one of the best social scenes! If you’re looking to meet backpackers, it’s easy to do here!
Mad Monkey Hostel at a glance:
- Party atmosphere makes it easy to meet people
- Organizes tons of budget-friendly tours
- Pool and restaurant on-site (super convenient)
Beds from 420 THB, rooms from 1,000 THB (book through their own website for the cheapest rates)
3. @Hua Lamphong Hostel
This hostel is pretty straightforward, with six-bed mixed-gender dorms, huge lockers, and en-suite bathrooms. It’s slightly more expensive than others in the area, but the private rooms are hotel quality. This is the best hostel for travelers taking the train, as Bangkok’s train station is right across the street.
@Hua Lamphong at a glance:
- Big lockers for extra security
- Convenient location near the train station
- AC to help you beat the heat
Beds from 500 THB. Private rooms from 690 THB.
4. New Siam Guesthouse III
This place isn’t great. The beds are kind of hard, and the rooms a bit dull under the fluorescent lights, so why is it on a list of the best hostels in Bangkok? Because it offers some of the cheapest private rooms in the Khao San/Rambuttri area. The rooms come with water, a desk, A/C, and hot water. Most of the rooms in the area with those kinds of amenities cost over 1,000 THB! If you’re looking to save money on a private room, you should stay here!
New Siam Guesthouse III at a glance:
- Cheapest private rooms in the Khao San Road area
- Convenient location (near Khao San Road and the main attractions)
Double rooms from 1,130 THB.
5. D&D Inn
D&D Inn is an institution on Khao San Road (it’s been around for decades) and perfect for those with last-minute travel plans. There are always rooms available, and reception is open 24 hours. There’s a bar and a pool on the rooftop that gets packed with travelers. They also upgraded the facilities and rooms in recent years. The rooms are cleaned often, some have fridges and hairdryers, the water pressure is great, the beds are soft, and the rooms have beautiful wood furnishings.
D&D Inn at a glance:
- Great for last-minute arrivals
- Bar and pool make it easy to socialize and meet people
- Rooftop patio for relaxing and hanging out
Double rooms from 925 THB.
6. Baan Kachitpan
This home-turned-guesthouse makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time. There are fresh flowers all over, and the light switches look like they’re from the 1920s. The owner, Jam, and her mother (who grew up in this house) live right next door. You can tell that Jam put her heart into making this guesthouse feel like a home, too. The beds are not the softest, but the water is hot, and the place is pristinely decorated and very clean. It is only a six-minute walk to Victory Monument and a 20-minute walk to the Grand Palace.
Baan Kachitpan at a glance:
- Cozy atmosphere makes the hostel feel like home
- Owners are super friendly and helpful
- Convenient location near the Grand Palace
Single rooms from 960 THB, double rooms from 1,500 THB.
7. Bangkok Tree House
Located just south of town along the river, this eco-friendly guesthouse is a wonderful place to get away from the concrete jungle of Bangkok. The floors, walls, and ceilings are all made of reclaimed wood and local bamboo, juice cartons provide the insulation, and renewable energy provides electricity. The accommodations are basic, but you get to wander one of the more pristine parts of town. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, it’s probably the most unique accommodation in Bangkok. They have lots of land to ride bikes on too!
Bangkok Tree House at a glance:
- Eco-friendly design (the hostel is powered by renewables and made from reclaimed materials)
- Bicycles available to help you explore
- Quiet and laid back atmosphere (it’s far from the chaos of the city center)
Private double rooms from 3,600 THB.
8. The Yard
The Yard is a hostel with an environmental focus, using eco-friendly practices like recycled paper as insulation, providing water bottle refilling stations, and even reusing shipping containers to build the hostel. This is a fun and social hostel, with a large backyard complete with a bar, yoga classes, and barbecues over which to cook and share a meal with new friends. Other perks include free luggage storage for up to two months, and free bicycles to use while touring the city.
The Yard at a glance:
- Backyard for BBQing and socializing
- Environmentally friendly practices
- Free bicycles for guests to use
Beds from 515 THB, private rooms from 1,300 THB.
9. Siamaze Hostel
Though this hostel is in a quiet neighborhood, it has plenty of social events and lounge areas to help you meet other travelers. Weekly events include Thai cooking classes and Friday night BBQs. Every room has artwork painted by local artists, and the entire hostel is decorated and designed in a contemporary Thai style. They’ve really thought of everything you need here, with helpful amenities like privacy curtains on all bunks and large personal lockers with charging sockets for your electronics.
All en-suite rooms have private balconies, and there are even family rooms that can accommodate up to four people. It’s a great place to stay if you want to be social but not in the center of Khaosan Road.
Siamaze Hostel at a glance
- Weekly social events
- Large individual lockers with charging sockets
- Shared kitchenette
Beds from 345 THB, private rooms from 960 THB.
Bangkok is a huge city with a lot of accommodation options, but if you stay in one of these amazing and unique hostels, you’re going to be centrally located, comfortable, and able to save money and meet people! Win-win!
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Book Your Trip to Bangkok: Logistical Tips and Tricks
Book Your Flight
Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. They are my favorite search engine because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned!
Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the biggest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.
If you’re wondering what part of town to stay in, here’s my neighborhood breakdown of Bangkok!
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- Safety Wing (for everyone below 70)
- Insure My Trip (for those over 70)
- Medjet (for additional repatriation coverage)
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