Aug 26 2011

Hostels in Bangkok

Published by at 10:55 am under Accommodation

In the past couple of years, Bangkok has seen a bit of an explosion of hostels dotted around the metropolis. Not conforming to the dreary northern European sports-hall style of shared accommodation, these new hostels feature interesting design elements, internet connectivity, lounges and a bit of luxury. Some might ask why one would pay two-thirds of the price of an inexpensive hotel room to sleep in bunk beds with strangers, but hostels are a great way to meet travellers, and most are pretty good value for money as long as what you value isn’t your own bathroom or the ability to walk around naked. Here’s a selection of the new breed of hostels in Bangkok, with pros and cons of each.

Cool and breezy restaurant and workspace at RefillNow.

Refill Now
This pioneer of the design hostel movement is awesome — the creative use of space and the great ground floor restaurant/lounge/workspace make this a winner.
Great design and well thought out public space.
A bit of a trek from most of the city.
Dorms from 480 baht.
191 Soi Predi Bhanomyong 42 Yak 5
T: (02) 713 2044-5

Etzzz Hostel
Tucked right off Rama 4, this hostel has a communal kitchen, cool upstairs lounge, and small roof top hang out area.
Pros: Close to MRT, close to Soi Ngam Dupli (the neighbourhood for backpackers before Khao San took over).
Cons: A bit cramped (also many, many stairs).
Dorms from 200 baht.

Lub.D Siam.

Siam/Silom The reigning queen of the design hostel scene, Lub D’s two locations are both convenient to transport and entertainment. The Silom location has better public spaces.
Pros: great management.
Cons: quite large (which might not be a con, but neither are what one could consider intimate).
Dorms from 350 baht.
Siam Square

925/9 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan
T: (02) 612 4999
4 Decho Road, Suriyawong, Bangrak
T: (02) 634 7999

Bed Bangkok Hostel

This new entry to the scene is located right off of Sukhumvit Soi 1, right in the thick of things.
Pros: Location is pretty amazing for going out on Sukhumvit.
Cons: Some of the dorm rooms are pretty cramped.
Dorms from 390 baht.
11/20 Sukhumvit 1,
Sukhumvit Rd,Klongtoey Neua, Wattana
T:(02) 655 7604

Located only two streets over from Khao San Road, this hostel has great public spaces to meet fellow travellers in over a twilight beer.
Pros: Close to Khao San Road.
Cons: Close to Khao San Road (which isn’t close to much else)
Dorms from 359 baht.
5 Tani Rd, Taladyod, Phranakorn
T: (02) 282 2324

HQ Hostel
This place has a great location, right off Silom Road.
Pros: Location, and cool chill out area.
Cons: Might be too close to Patpong for people who have no willpower or are offended by what Patpong offers.
Dorms from 380 baht.
5/3-4, Silom Soi 3, Silom Road, Bangrak
T: (02) 233 1598

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  1. soi1davidon 26 Apr 2012 at 10:35 am

    Before the explosion, there was us.
    After the explosion there will still be us.
    I can see how you might of left us off your list. As an Independent Proper hostel “Word of mouth” is our strength. We don’t just sell beds, Interaction in a social environment is what we have consistently supplied our family of guest and we excel in Location, Easily understood information for any inquiries concerning S.E.Asia, and Fully Air-con Sleeping Comfort. As long time travelers we know the needed perks.(Real western mattresses are just so rare over here.) for over 7 yrs now.

    Do the research, soi1guesthouse, we are easy to find and fast to answer.

    Do remember one thing… Travel is the most education you can pack into a moment.

  2. STravelleron 26 Jun 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve stayed three times now in hostels in Bangkok, but I didn’t try one of the hostels you are writing about. I will try one of them next time. LubD at Siam/Silom sounds interesting. :-)

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