Great hostels in Bangkok

Great hostels in Bangkok

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Bangkok’s hostel scene has come a long way since the days when a “dorm” usually meant a dingy mattress, if that, on a flophouse floor. The number of hostels began to increase at an incredible rate starting around 2010, and you’ll now find hundreds of choices ranging from bare bones to downright swanky.

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We perpetually navigate Bangkok’s sea of hostels, updating this article after every fresh round of accommodation research. To make this list, hostels must pass muster on comfort, service, location and value. When it comes to “scene”, we spotlight different types of hostels that will appeal to different travellers, from party animals on gap year to flashpackers willing to pay more for maximum comfort. Read on to find a great hostel that fits your personality.

Bodega Hostel

Memorable. : David Luekens.
Memorable. Photo: David Luekens

This hangout off a prime stretch of Sukhumvit Road boasts one of the most happening bars of any Bangkok hostel. It’s a terrific spot to sip mojitos while getting to know travellers who you’d more likely find at a music festival than a frat house. Notably comfortable mattresses in dorms placed far away from the bar join wall murals by talented street artists to set the place apart from similar options. The value is solid in one of the priciest parts of the city.
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Born Free Hostel

Yes there is a hostel in there. : David Luekens.
Yes there is a hostel in there. Photo: David Luekens

If you’re looking for a really cheap bunk without sacrificing cleanliness, a social scene and a five-minute walk to Khao San Road, Born Free is a top pick. Mellow out on floor cushions in a couple of chill spaces or hop over to the cafe to grab a meal and chat up guests who tend to be artistic and respectful. The Indian, Swiss and Thai staffers run the place smoothly, and the chubby house cat always makes us want to stick around for a cuddle.
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Fu House

Looks great! : David Luekens.
Looks great! Photo: David Luekens

Set in an attractive heritage house off lower Sukhumvit, Fu House might be the ultimate homely hostel in Bangkok. Polished wood floors join an almost Zen-like minimalist design in common spaces, and dorms with only a handful of cushy bunks are ideal for a quiet night’s sleep. The laid-back staffers like to hang out with guests, making the place feel almost more like a homestay.
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Here Hostel

A very spacious common area. : David Luekens.
A very spacious common area. Photo: David Luekens

The young Thais behind this spot took a crumbling building in the historic district and turned it into one of the coolest and comfiest hostels in the city. Guests can shoot from the upper floor down to the lobby via a nifty slide, but there’s no need for gimmicks with such a high level of privacy in cushy dorms, a spacious back garden and a common room where you can meet your bunkmates around the vintage arcade games and Star Wars figurines.
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Khaosan Immjai

A flourish of green. : David Luekens.
A flourish of green. Photo: David Luekens

A short walk from Khao San Road yet easily overlooked on a side street, Immjai offers high-quality bunks and a relaxing atmosphere at very reasonable rates. A design employing lots of bright pink, orange and green to go with pictures of bunnies may not be the right fit if you’re into the sleek and edgy, but we like the common room that’s conducive to conversation. The cheerful manager lives up to the hostel’s name, which means “Full Heart”.
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Lub d Silom

Full house. : David Luekens.
Full house. Photo: David Luekens

Going strong for nearly a decade, the original Lub d property was one of the first to get the flashy hostel trend off and running in Bangkok. Though bunks could use some privacy curtains to keep pace with newer options, the large hostel excels with generous common spaces, a prime location just off Silom Road and a bar where meeting other travellers is a breeze. The Lub d crew runs a sister hostel in the Siam Square area, but we’d choose the Silom spot.
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Mad Monkey Bangkok

Escape the heat. : David Luekens.
Escape the heat. Photo: David Luekens

After starting with several successful branches in Cambodia, the monkey madness finally swung to Thailand with the opening of this party hostel in 2016. Clean dorms and privates get the job done, but many of the young guests don’t remember them well after socialising and beer pong around the bar and swimming pool—a very atypical extra. And when the beer stops flowing at midnight, Khao San Road is a five-minute stumble away.
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Nitan Hostel

A good find. : David Luekens.
A good find. Photo: David Luekens

Speaking of Khao San Road, you’ll find very few proper hostels directly on or within a few steps of this famous traveller party strip. If you want a quiet night’s sleep and don’t want to stay at one of the many hostels found a little further away, Nitan is a top-notch small hostel down an alley just off the main drag. Those who don’t mind keeping the party outside will find helpful staff, a tasteful design and cushy dorms.
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Oldtown Hostel

A spacious heritage setting. : David Luekens.
A spacious heritage setting. Photo: David Luekens

Travellers who are passionate about art, history and culture should look no further than this classy spot occupying a restored early 20th-century building between Chinatown and the old European quarter. With guitars, TVs and billiards tables in common areas to go with quality dorms and privates, the heritage theme doesn’t translate into a lack of comfort or services. But the best part might be the location in the heart of the Charoen Krung art district.
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Once Again Hostel

Stylish modern interior. : David Luekens.
Stylish modern interior. Photo: David Luekens

A top pick for those who prefer coffee rather than beer (no alcohol is served here) and more of a keep-to-yourself vibe, Once Again offers thick mattresses in wider-than-usual bunks with privacy curtains and in-bunk lockers. The sleek cafe, bicycle rental, free tours to interesting neighbourhoods and approachable staff are all great too, though it was the rooftop common area with a vista of three twinkling temples that really stuck in our memories.
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The Yard Hostel

Plenty of greenery at The Yard. : David Luekens.
Plenty of greenery at The Yard. Photo: David Luekens

Set in the trendy Ari hood and drawing folks who seek something out of the ordinary, The Yard has clean and comfy dorms and privates set in converted shipping containers. The accommodation, common rooms and associated burger joint all overlook a central lawn, where travellers and locals gather around the bar after dark. The word yard means “relative” in Thai, and staffers with positive attitudes might make you feel like a long-lost cousin.
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Yim Huai Khwang

Fancy pants foyer. : David Luekens.
Fancy pants foyer. Photo: David Luekens

If you’re tired of the traveller ghettos and keen to glimpse what life is like for many regular Bangkokians, make your way to Huai Khwang and check in to this slick hostel with a name that means “smile”. Staffers were sweet and patient while showing us the pod-style dorms and inviting chill areas. You’ll find street food galore at the nearby Huai Khwang night market, and a neighbouring MRT station makes it easy to reach more popular points.
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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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