Bangkok is a popular city for backpackers to travel to because of its rich culture, affordable accommodations, and amazing food markets. The wave of backpackers mainly heads to Khao San Road with its plentiful backpacker accommodations and facilities, and there are many other hostels popping up here and there around the city. The recent trend has been cheap yet aesthetically pleasing lodgings, of which hostels all over the city have been picking up on. Whether you’re backpacking around Asia or just on a budget trip, comfort and style shouldn’t have to take a backseat. So, here is a list of the top cheap, hipster, and Insta-worthy hostels in Bangkok that are not only comfortable but trés chic too!
Take yourself off to Bed Station Hostel and you’ll be in for a treat. The neat rooms give you ample space on the floor and in your bunk with your own light, charging point, and privacy curtain that really makes you feel like you have the whole place to yourself.
The place has a great vibe and really encourages backpackers to get to know each other and socialise with people usually hanging around the communal table and lounge area. There is even a PlayStation you can use! The hostel provides free breakfast and Wi-Fi too.
Bed Station Hostel is right next to a metro station and you can easily take a water taxi close by to get straight to the city centre.
Just a stone’s throw away from Wat Pho Temple, the Grand Palace, and even the flower market, Bangkok Bed and Bike is the place for you if you’re looking to stay closer to Bangkok’s popular attractions. The modern hostel is also a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road, bringing you close to the usual backpacker joints and watering holes.
The clean, stylish rooms are spacious and really tie in with the woody, contemporary designs of the place. The bathrooms are amazingly wide and quirky with plants along the windows and metal basins as sinks. You can enjoy great Wi-Fi and free breakfast here too.
Bangkok Bed and Bike prepares night bike tours where you can see more of the city and get to know new areas with the help of a local guide, which is a great way to get out and explore and know that you’ll be brought back safely with a group.
The D-Box Hostel Bangkok is perfectly located near one of Bangkok’s biggest shopping districts, Pratunam. This lovely hostel is just walking distance from Pratunam and 10 minutes from Ratchathewi Skytrain station.
The dorms are modern too, and give you great personal space with a reading light, power point, and privacy curtain. You can even bring down a flap from the separator that works as a table for you too.
The private rooms give off a bit more of the hotel feel, with decently decorated rooms and beds, and a balcony for every room. D-Box Hostel Bangkok is still relatively new so it’s still in the works to create a backpacker’s community vibe with vibrant common areas for everyone to mingle and get to know each other.
Overall, this is still a chic and stylish hostel that you should consider staying at for its comfort and convenience.
D-Box Hostel Bangkok
Address: 88/2 Petchburi soi 13 Petchburi Road, Phayathai, Pathumwan, 10400 Bangkok, Thailand
Price: from 39 USD
Access: 10 minutes from Ratchathewi Skytrain station
Contact: +66 2 653 6881
Grungy chic, novel, and quirky, Here Hostel Bangkok is just that. The 100-year-old building that houses the quaint yet endearing hostel helps send one-of-a-kind vibes to anyone who comes across the place.
At Here Hostel Bangkok, the rooms are spacious and clean with great air-conditioning all day long. The dorms give you great privacy with opaque curtains to help you shut out from everything around you. Within you own space, you get a reading light and power point. The lockers provided for you are huge too so you can easily stuff your whole bag in. Shared bathrooms are as expected, however they are well kept and have all you need including shampoo and soap.
Start your day with a little bit of fun by sliding down to the first floor for free breakfast. Yes, slide down. The hostel has a nifty slide that swiftly brings you from the second floor to the first!
Here Hostel Bangkok is located on a quiet street, which makes it a great sanctuary for you to rest in, while being just 10 minutes away from Khao San Road. Yay to having the best of both worlds! There are also ATMs, shops, and eateries just a 5-minute walk away.
Pick a cosy, spacious pod to call your own. With your own light, power socket, and even a privacy curtain, you can easily forget that you’re in a room with 7 other people. The rooms of 3Howw Hostel, Sukhumvit 21 are bright and modern with tall windows and chic shades of black and grey throughout.
The chic hostel has its own cafe on the ground floor that speaks for the rest of the place: hipster. The clean accommodation is well-designed and gives the place a very tasteful feel, setting it apart from the other usual hostels. The hostel also provides free Wi-Fi and a great breakfast for you for free.
Situated just around the corner from Khao San Road, this is one of the best hostels in Bangkok in terms of location, as it’s close to Asoke Skytrain station and has plenty of cheap food nearby. You can be sure to have the nightlife and backpackers lifestyle but with the privacy and quiet you need.
One thing important to note is that the air-conditioning only operates after 5 pm until 11 am the next day. So if you would like to escape from the city life during the day, maybe pop by a Starbucks instead as it can get pretty stuffy in the rooms with the air-conditioning switched off.
Wake up to the warm touch of the sun’s rays as it peeks through your curtains to say hello, starting your mornings with a great green view of the lovely big backyard right outside your room.
At The Yard Hostel Bangkok, the place feels private and like your own home in the city with a great open space at the back that makes the place truly one of a kind. It also works as a great place to hold activities to get to know the other backpackers in the hostel.
The location of the hostel may seem off the beaten track, however, getting around is easy with Ari Skytrain station close by. You can easily head to town from there and even reach Chaktuchak Weekend Market in just two stops! There is a handful of eateries and coffee shops around the area that answers the “where do we go for dinner?” question. Next door, there is also a cheap local market that’s definitely one to check out.
The rooms at The Yard Hostel Bangkok are simplistic yet beautifully decorated, matching the chill, easy-going vibe that is transmitted throughout the place. The bathrooms are shared whether you stay in a private room or in a dorm, but are always kept spotless and as good as new. The on-site bar out back is great, so you can easily get yourself an ice-cold beer on a hot afternoon.
The added luxury of a complimentary breakfast really gets you sold on this place, not to mention the free speedy Wi-Fi!
Another great hostel with a stylish interior is Monomer Hostel Bangkok. The hostel is conveniently located just 1 minute from Ratchathewi Skytrain station, from where you can reach any part of Bangkok easily. Around the area you will also find dinner locations and a 7-11.
The rooms are comfortable and you are given privacy in your bunk with your own light and curtain. There are lockers to keep your belongings safe. The bathroom is super clean and well designed, and you’ll be presently surprised to find free toiletries there too, even a hairdryer! Apart from the free Wi-Fi, the hostel offers a free breakfast every day, if not, you can always find something great to eat along the way.
Within the busy district of Ratchathewi sits a quiet hostel that has everything you can ask for in an affordable yet modern hostel. The Good Day Hostel is located near to Siam and the Skytrain,and also close to Pratunam Market. The hostel instantly becomes a great location to stay at if you’re into the shopping life of Bangkok.
The dorms are simple but provide you with a great space whether it’s within your pod or bunk or private room. You can expect awesome air-conditioning throughout too! The lockers given to those in the dorms are big and perfect for storing even your whole backpack safely. The bathrooms are all shared but are some of the best among the hostels in terms of space and cleanliness.
Breakfast is served and will continue all day, along with superb coffee at the chic in-house cafe at the front. There is also a lounge area where you can enjoy some TV time. If you’re on a budget, this cheap hostel in Bangkok is highly recommended!
9. Luz Hostel
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Step into the lovely Luz Hostel and be promised an enjoyable stay where you will feel well taken care of. This cosy hotel offers you a wonderful bed in their dorms with two power points, great for you video / photo junkies, and sufficient space within your bunk to really enjoy your stay.
One thing to note though: the bathrooms are quite limited for the number of guests they can accommodate, so you might want to plan your shower time wisely and keep note of the “peak” periods. Overall, the bathrooms are well-kept and comfortable.
Apart from that slight downside, Luz Hostel makes you feel right at home with its welcoming staff and great ambience in general. There is a breakfast buffet for you every day, with a good range of cereals to go with milk. The hostel even sells clothes at reasonable prices, which is an adorable touch.
There is free Wi-Fi too and you can get tea, coffee, or water at any time, 24/7.
Address: 200 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Price: from 14 USD
Access: 600 metres (1,969 feet) from Nana Skytrain station
Contact: +66 2 655 1486
10. Pod Hostel & Designshop
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Stay near the Chatuchak area where you can conveniently get around, with Victory Monument that helps landmark the area making it easy to find. You are also a 10-minute walk from Sanam Pao Skytrain station if you stay at Pod Hostel & Designshop, so you have no worries getting around.
At Pod Hostel & Designshop, the capsule dormitories have a rather narrow entry, but the bunks are really spacious with big beds that could actually fit two people. The bunk is designed so that you can really shut out and relax, and feel like the space is all yours. Unfortunately, there are no curtains to really close up your personal space, but you have a locker, personal light, and power point, along with a clean, huge space to call yours, so there isn’t much to complain about.
Pod Hostel & Designshop really takes design seriously, with their cafe space that is modern and neat, adding loads to the chill, friendly vibes it gives. What a great find!
Pod Hostel & Designshop
Address: 156/3 Phahonyothin Rd, Samsennai, Phayathai, 10400 Bangkok, Thailand
Price: from 7 USD
Access: 7 minutes from Sanam Pao BTS Skytrain Station and Victory Monument station
Contact: +66 95 449 8698
11. Suk11 Hostel
This Hostel is Permanently Closed as of this update [5/28/2020]
For a more grungy experience, Suk11 Hostel’s style will definitely give you a more rustic, contemporary, close-to-nature type of accommodation. There are no bunk beds and the space between the beds may seem small, but you can be sure of a clean bed and a good night’s rest.
The traditional hostel isn’t 5 star but the rooms are well-managed and clean with strong air-conditioning, which is a great factor. The rooms are basic but that is really all you need. The hostel’s restaurant serves a great, fresh breakfast for free and delicious inexpensive Thai food throughout the rest of the day. The accommodation is safe and it is a nice little sanctuary in the midst of the Nana nightlife. The hostel offers free Wi-Fi that works best in the common area.
You can find Nana Skytrain station just a 5-minute walk away and easily travel throughout the city. Suk11 Hostel can be a little tricky to find so a tip would be to either tell your cab driver to head to Nana station and walk from there, or look out for a Suk 11 sign after the 7-11 on Soi 11 and drive into the alley on the left, which should lead you straight into the hostel lobby.
Address: 1/33 Sukhumvit 11 Klongteoy Nua Wattana, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand
Price: from 16 USD
Access: 5 minutes from Nana Skytrain station
Contact: +66 2 253 5927
12. Saphaipae Hostel
Editor’s Note: Since this article was first published, the Saphaipae Hostel has permanently closed. Please refer to the options listed above for alternatives.
Find yourself comfortably nestled on a comfy bed in your own space; it’s so good you’ll forget you’re in a dorm with nine other people. The modern, upbeat Sapaipae hostel has a pop-art theme going on, with bright primary colours and a great pool table for you to play with friends.
The dorms can fit up to 10 people, some with bunk beds and some with single beds. Dorms are available for mixed gender or just for women, whichever you are most comfortable with. The bathrooms are shared but are always kept clean. You can ensure your belongings are safe, with your very own locker provided to store your valuables. You can also opt for a private room, where you get your own spacious bathroom and freedom. There is also free Wi-Fi available.
The Sapaipae hostel is convenient to get around from, with Surasak Skytrain station just a 4-minute walk away, where you can easily and affordably get around the city. There are also convenient stores and supermarkets nearby where you can go to get food or snacks to stock up. The hostel itself provides free breakfast in the morning at the in-house cafe that is open all day. There is also a bar where you can chill over drinks in the night without worrying about how to get back later.
At the hostel’s TV lounge you’ll find an array of movies that you can rent to watch. The laid-back rooftop terrace is great too, with lounge chairs where you can unwind while enjoying the night sky and cool evening breeze.
Address: Silom Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Price: from 10 USD
Access: 4 minutes from Surasak Skytrain station
Contact: +66 2 238 2322
Whether those in your party prefer to be close to town or simply wish to enjoy a peaceful setting, Issara by D Hostel offers the best of both worlds. Situated in the central district of Bangkok, it is within easy reach of a range of attractions, including Wat Pho, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Bangkok City Pillar, but is also encompassed by a number of urban parks.
An airy and elegant style pervades the indoor spaces, where earth colors balance well with a combination of modern home comforts. Aside from the usual package of amenities, the hostel also boasts a lovely coffee shop, Alice Cafe, that serves delectable local cuisine for brunch and lunch. The rates are inclusive of a continental breakfast. When you are ready to explore the surrounding region and are looking to explore Bangkok like a local, just approach any of the friendly staff at the 24-hour front desk to draw up an itinerary of the best places to visit.
The boutique-style hostel is a luxury for the avid backpacker. Lub d Bangkok Siam Square, as it name suggests, is very central with its location in Siam Square. Not only is the National Stadium Skytrain station seconds away, you can also walk to popular malls and the best shopping spots without worries.
The rooms are clean and everything is well kept. The only problem with the hostel being in the city is that the sounds of the happening streets might keep you up if you’re a light sleeper (bring earplugs). You can choose between mixed or all-female dorms, or a private room. The dorms have bunk beds or double single beds. Either way, you’ll be comfortable and have all you need as every bed has its own charging station and cute speech bubble shelving unit. Everyone staying in the dorms gets their own secure locker too!
Lub d Bangkok Siam Square is great to hang out with free popcorn and a spacious TV room where you can pig out and be a couch potato if you’re not feeling adventurous that day. The hostel also has free Wi-Fi and computers for you to use in the lobby.
Matchbox Bangkok Hostel is a cute, pop art-ish accommodation that promises to give you more than just a comfy bed. No, really. If you stay in the dorms, each pod has its own safe, charging port, strong Wi-Fi, and even a TV. That’s right, you can draw the curtains and binge watch TV in the comfort and privacy of your own cave.
The beds are luxurious too, a pleasant surprise when you book yourself a bed at a hostel. The sheets are clean and the pod is spacious, with cooling air-conditioning to really lull you off to dreamland.
Not only that, the hostel is within walking distance from Phrom Phong Skytrain station, yet secluded enough to bring you away from the city madness. The convenience doesn’t stop there with a 7-11 just next door and a variety of food along the street.
Matchbox Bangkok Hostel has its own kitchen that is open to all guests to use. It’s on the top floor with a simple eating area that leads up to the rooftop terrace outside. You can bring your cooked meal up to the terrace and enjoy the food on the bean bags or even the lounge chairs and just watch the day go by.
At Khao San Road, you can easily find yourself a hostel to stay at. However, if you’re looking for something more picture-worthy with an interesting Thai touch, Nappark Hostel is one to check out, or check-in!
Nappark Hostel @ Khao San is one of the best hostels near Bangkok’s Khao San road - it’s not right smack in the middle of it, but rather a couple streets away, which is great because you get the proximity and not the noise. You can easily get to famous tourist spots like the Grand Palace or Wat Pho temple, both just 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) away.
The rooms have a traditional Thai feel with colourful and golden touches. The bunk rooms are clean and bright with all-white beds and sheets with tasteful golden wall decals that really make the room classy. The shared bathrooms are spacious and there are all-female dorms too. The lockers are huge and great for storage for both long and short stays.
Nappark Hostel @ Khao San switches their air conditioning off from noon to 6 pm, but that shouldn’t be a worry if you’ll be out most of the day.
Being within the Khao San district, the hostel is great as you can travel just two roads down to the nightlife and easily walk back for a good night’s rest.
The quiet hostel is situated just 5 minutes from Phrom Phong Skytrain station with convenient stores and street food scattered near by. Analog Hostel is a great gem, just a little pricier than other hostels. Here, they provide you with spotless rooms with comfortable beds in whatever dorm you get. In each bunk, you get your own lamp, privacy curtain, and even a hairdryer! The shared bathrooms are super clean and well designed to make you feel like you’re at a resort.
Analog Hostel has a nice palette of greys and earthy browns, and there are many plants throughout the building, even in the toilets. The amount of natural sunlight that comes in during the day really helps to brighten the place and make it more friendly.
The open space on the ground floor is wide and welcoming, not only to new guests but current ones too, because they feel more compelled to hang around and chill, which is what a good accommodation does. A special mention to dog-lovers: there are French bulldogs at the lobby too! Could there be anything more homely than that?! There is also free coffee or tea, and Wi-Fi.
Address: 3/17-18 Swadee soi 1, Sukhumvit 31, Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Toei Nua, Wattana
Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Vending machine (drinks) Shared kitchen Internet services Terrace Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Garden Thermometers for guests provided by property
Does your favourite colour happen to be either yellow, red, blue or green? Do you love all four of them? If so, you’re in for a sweet treat when you choose to stay at ETZzz Hostel Bangkok! The hostel is adorably coloured in these colours, with different sections of the place completely adopting any one of the colours. The colours are a direct translation of the friendly atmosphere that is built by the ever-accommodating staff and the different folk from all around the world.
The dorms and private rooms are tidy and really give you good personal space. Each bunk has its own reading light and each guest gets a secured locker. Guests have the freedom to lounge in the common areas to watch TV or surf the net, or hang out on the lovely, cosy rooftop.
The trendy ETZzz Hostel Bangkok is just a 5-minute walk away from Lumpini station. There are street food stalls near the hostel too, so you have authentic Thai street food right at your doorstep.
Oneday Hostel is a perfect example of a makeover done right. The re-purposed warehouse now has comfortable rooms, a working space, a restaurant, and a florist, making this beautiful hostel a great space and truly one of a kind.
The rooms are trendy and well designed. The bunks are big and provide great comfort, with privacy curtains, reading lights, and a charging point. The bathrooms are shared for the dorms and en suite for private rooms. The hostel has also a TV room and a comfortable lounge with PCs for you to use. Enjoy the free Wi-Fi too even in your room!
A delicious breakfast awaits you every day so you can fully charge before heading out for the day. Oneday Hostel is situated just 5 minutes from Phrom Phong MRT station so you can get around easily. Emporium Mall is also just an 8-minute walk away. There are two 7-11s nearby too so you can get a convenient late night snack if needed.
Oneday Hostel also provides yoga session every day and you can request for their bicycle tour if you aren’t sure how to spend your day.
Oneday Hostel Sukhumvit 26
Address: 51 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Sukhumvit, Bangkok
The chic HQ Hostel Silom is, as the name shows, located in Silom. It is easily accessible with Sala Daeng Skytrain station just 5 minutes away, and Silom station not too far too.
The hostel is definitely a home away from home with the comfort of hot drinks and biscuits that are free and available all day in the common room. You can meet new faces from all over the world and bond over board games, movies, or even cooking in the fully-equipped kitchen. There is also an in-house noodle restaurant serving up delicious food for you on days when you don’t feel like thinking about where to eat. HQ Hostel Silom provides a free breakfast for you too, which really helps if you’re budget travelling.
The modern, clean rooms are either mixed or all-female and bathrooms are shared. For private rooms, you get your own bathroom. There is free Wi-Fi for you throughout and there are plenty of lockers there for your use at no extra cost.
HQ Hostel Silom
Address: 5/3-4, Silom Soi 3, Silom Road
Bar Non-smoking rooms Laundry Internet services Express check-in/check-out Tour desk Fax/photocopying Luggage storage
If there could be such a thing as a hotel dormitory, Once Again Hostel would be just it. The chic, modern hostel really sets the bar high for even boutique hotels.
The amazing hostel is an oasis in Bangkok, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a great place for you to relax and return to and recharge after a long day out. Chill out at their posh cafe with a great cup of coffee.
The dorms are neat and really give you your own space and privacy with your locker within your own bunk. The sunrise view from the rooftop is definitely a great selling point of this accommodation too.
Enjoy popular tourist attractions a nice stroll away, so you can save on transport and take a cab when you need to (just remember to ask for meter pricing). There is also a free breakfast available and free Wi-Fi.
Once Again Hostel
Address: 22 Soi Samranrat, Mahachai Road, Phranakhon District
Sleep in style in Bangkok
Bangkok is really starting a trend within the city in setting up chic, well-designed hostels that not only makes the city more welcoming to budget travellers, but also provides them with luxury that is worth every buck. With all this in mind, you can throw aside the worry when planning your trip on a tight budget because, in Bangkok, your bedroom is never just restricted to a small pod.
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