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Bangkok. The name of the city is enough for any veteran backpacker to take a big trip down memory lane. But backpackers aren’t alone. With nearly 20 million visitors a year, Forbes recently named Bangkok the world’s most travelled-to city, edging out London, Paris and Singapore.

With that sort of tourism-volume, the amount of accommodation options in Bangkok is nothing short of overwhelming (nearly 400 registered hostels!).

Having spent ample time travelling through Thailand, this is exactly why I made this list of the best hostels in Bangkok, so you can see the highest reviewed properties, based on YOUR needs.

I’ve broken down the hostels, category by category, so you can confidently pick your hostel and get to what matters – experiencing the craziness of Bangkok!

So first things first. Before you drink a few Thai buckets. Before you eat a cricket on the street. Let’s look at the 20 best hostels in Bangkok.


In a hurry? Here’s my top choice:

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Diff Hostel
Diff Hostel is my top choice because it is located right in the heart of Bangkok and its location lets you get around quite easily.
  • Free Breakfast
  • Security Lockers
  • Great Working Staff


Quick answer: The best hostels in Bangkok

Best Hostel in Bangkok


What to look for to find the best hostels in Bangkok

Obviously, the ‘best’ anything is 100% up for debate, but when I travel in hostels, there are a few things I like to keep an eye out for. But having spent plenty of time in Bangkok, I’ve got a pretty good idea of what to look for.

  1. LocationBangkok is f**king huge, and the public transport is OK at best. Be it the nightlife, the temples, or the food, try and figure out the parts of the city you are interested in seeing and get close-ish to it.
  2. Price – By international standards, Bangkok is cheap, and by Thai standards, it’s sliiigghhtly expensive. Price of Travel puts Bangkok at $25 a day, but if you don’t drink you can certainly do it for less. If you want to splurge, options are available, but you should never NEED to spend more than $10 on a hostel (and you can spend much less).
  3. Amenities – Free Wifi is universal – the only thing that will fluctuate is the quality of the connection. Aside from that keep an eye out for #70 on my list of travel lessons – if they serve ‘free breakfast’!
Psst! Heading to a hostel? Don’t forget to pack a padlock! It’s well worth having one so you can secure your locker and protect your stuff!

The Best Hostels in Bangkok

Finding a good hostel in Bangkok isn’t that tough since it is literally a backpacker ghetto – the challenge is finding a GOOD one. So, here is a list of some of the best hostels in Bangkok based on what they offer, so you find at least one (or maybe 4) that suits you and makes your travel planning easy.


Overall Best Hostel in Bangkok – Diff Hostel

Diff Hostel best hostel in Bangkok

Great vibes, gorgeous design at a decent price – Diff hostel is our top hostel in Bangkok for 2019

– $$

– Free Breakfast

– Security Lockers

This one’s definitely a great catch (though maybe slightly on the higher end of your budget). Diff Hostel is located right in the heart of Bangkok and its location lets you get around quite easily. The working staff are great and the hostel itself is pretty cozy. In particular the design of the hostel is gorgeous, and with free breakfast and free towels, Diff Hosteel gives you a lot of bang for your buck and is clearly one of the best hostels in Bangkok. 

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Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Bangkok –

Mad Monkey Bangkok

Mad Monkey Bangkok best hostel in Bangkok

Mad Monkey is one of the best hostel chains in Asia

– $

– Wheelchair Friendly

– Bar and Restaurant

– Outdoor Swimming Pool

No matter if you are traveling solo, with a partner, with friends, as a digital nomad, or just in search for the craziest parties in town, Mad Monkey Bangkok is your answer to all the above. Just a few minutes from Khao San, Mad Monkey is among the best Bangkok backpackers hostel – it’s cheap, it’s fun, and it has a great swimming pool!

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Best Cheap Hostel in Bangkok – Revolution Hostel Asoke

Revolution Hostel Asoke best hostel in Bangkok

Brand new with two bars, Revolution is another one of the best cheap hostels in Bangkok for the budget category.

– $

– Outdoor Terrace

– Bar and Café

This one is new and probably here to stay. With all the colourful bean bags scattered around their lounge area and the amazing deals they give you for a couple of bucks, it could easily be rated as the best hostel in Bangkok in 2019. Like one café and bar isn’t enough already, they have TWO, so grab all the Changs you want and eat all the Papaya Salad and Pad Thai you can eat.

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Best Hostel for Couples in Bangkok – ROOM@Vipa

ROOM@Vipa best hostel in Bangkok

Affordable private rooms make ROOM@Vipa one of the best hostels for couples in Bangkok

– $$

– Free Breakfast

It’s not technically a hostel and it may be a little expensive for one person, but if you are travelling in a pair, ROOM@Vipa is one of the best hostels in Bangkok for couples. You and your partner can hang out with other travellers on a Friday evening or you both could spend the Saturday night in front of the TV in your private room after having a crazy time navigating through the alleys of Chatuchak Weekend Market.

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Best Party Hostel in Bangkok – Playground Hostel

Playground Hostel best hostel in Bangkok

Playground knows how to party. One of top party hostels in Thailand

– $

– BBQ and Drinking games

– Café

What do you say about spending a night (or three) at the coolest hostel in Bangkok? Highly reviewed and affordable, Playground is the best party hostel in Bangkok! Apart from their extremely budgeted rooms and solid deals, Playground has a fully-stocked bar and an amazing party vibe. Think beer pong, flip-cup, drinking Jenga. And, what do they say – friends who deal with hangovers together, stay together… or something like that…

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Bangkok – Once Again Hostel


– $$

– Free Breakfast

– Tons of workspaces

Are you in need of a workspace to get a some work done? Once Again is our pick for the best hostel for Digital Nomads in Bangkok. With a well-reviewed restaurant on site and TONS of working spaces – this is literally a Digital Nomads dream hostel! On top of it, Once Again prides itself on the experience it gives its guests as they give free tailored tours around Bangkok. 

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Best Hostel with a Private Room in Bangkok – Here Hostel

Here Hostel could be the best hostel in ALL of Bangkok, and has some great private rooms

– $$$

– On site pool

– Free Breakfast

– A slide!

Here Hostel is gorgeous, and could actually be the best hostel in Bangkok – period! No matter what you are looking for, whether it be a chill night in a private room, or a social evening in a dorm – Here Hostel has got you covered. There’s also a garden bar, tons of social areas, and a well-reviewed cafe that serves free breakfast every morning… oh, and there’s a pool.

If you are looking for a great private room in a hostel that doesn’t sacrifice on good vibe/amenities, it doesn’t get any better than this.

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More of the Top Hostels in Bangkok

Pixellar Hostel

Pixellar Hostel best hostel in Bangkok

Well designed and affordable, Pixellar is a great youth hostel in Bangkok

– $

– Common Room

– Great décor

Photographer by any change? If so, Pixellar will keep you busy for a while. It’s funky, it’s colourful, and it’s definitely fun to be at this cool little youth hostel in Bangkok. And, knowing that they offer all this and a lot more for just a few bucks, we say this Bangkok backpackers hostel is a great deal.

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The Yard Hostel Bangkok

The Yard Hostel best hostel in Bangkok

The Yard is pricey, but worth it if you are looking for something different

– $$$

– 24/7 check-in and check-out

– Free Bicycle Hire

A tad bit pricey but totally worth it, the Yard Hostel Bangkok is all about eco-living. Imagine staying at hostel rooms made of old ship containers and recycled materials yet getting to enjoy a brilliant time. Oh! And, feel free to drop your luggage at this amazing youth hostel in Bangkok for free while you hop around Thailand.

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Hom Hostel & Cooking Club

Hom Hostel & Cooking Club best hostel in Bangkok

On site Thai Cooking classes make Hom Hostel one of the coolest hostels in Bangkok

– $

– Free Breakfast

– Common Kitchen

What makes Hom Hostel rank among the top hostels in Bangkok is its wonderful home-like vibe and the great price. If you aren’t hanging out at the rooftop café or busy checking out a night market, give Thai cooking a try and then show off your MasterChef skills. If you’re not vibing with the hostel cooking class, consider checking out another one of the best cooking schools in Bangkok

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Udee Bangkok

Udee best hostel in Bangkok

With a ton of freebies, Udee is one of the top hostels in Bangkok for 2019

– $$

– Free City Maps

– Free Breakfast

A hostel and a hotel, Udee Bangkok offers a lot of freebies (free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free city maps, free advice on off-the-beaten-path locations around) which makes the slightly overpriced stay actually save you a lot of money. And, if you don’t feel like hanging out in the sun, watch some TV and catch up on a book at the lounge area.

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Baan Gaysorn Hostel

Baan Gaysorn Hostel best hostel in Bangkok

Great location and super cheap, Baan Gaysorn is one of the best cheap hostels in Bangkok.

– $

– Free City Maps

– 1 minute walk to closest BTS Station

Don’t let the elaborate interiors of this 100-year-old traditional Thai home turned hostel fool you! It’s among the best budget hostels in Bangkok and as cozy as they get. Plus, it’s within perfect distance from the loud streets and nightlife, so you can take a quick Skytrain to wherever you want to go or enjoy some peace and quiet.

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Bed To Bangkok

Bed To Bangkok best hostel in Bangkok

Bed to Bangkok is a great Bangkok hostel near the airport

– $

– Free Breakfast

– 24-hour restaurant

Perhaps one of the coolest hostels in Bangkok, Bed To Bangkok is just a few steps away from the famous Chatuchak Weekend market and Mo Chit Skytrain station. It’s also among the few Bangkok hostels near the airport which don’t charge you through the roof. The hostel has a 24-hour restaurant so don’t worry about returning from that late-night party and going to bed hungry.

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Bed Station Hostel

Bed Station Hostel best hostel in Bangkok

Bed Station is highly recommended for Solo Travelers and Digital Nomads

– $$

– Travel Desk

– Free Breakfast

Awarded with TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017), Bed Station Hostel is definitely on its way to be rated the best hostel in Bangkok in 2019 as well. Great for solo backpackers (if you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks that is) and digital nomads, Bed Station is only a tuk-tuk ride away from the party streets of Khao San.

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Barn & Bed Breakfast

Barn & Bed Breakfast best hostel in Bangkok

Barn and Bed gives a European feel in an Asian metropolis

– $

– Free Breakfast

– Late Check-out

Wattana is one of the most happening districts in Bangkok and Barn & Bed Breakfast is right in the middle of it. It’s fancy, it’s almost European by looks, and it gives you all the things you need for a great stay. Plus, the staff at the travel desk are your go-to-guys for travel recommendations.

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Bodega Bangkok Party Hostel

Slumber Party Hostel by Bodega best hostel in Bangkok

Bodega Bangkok Party Hostel is one of the craziest and best party hostels in Bangkok

– $

– Free Linens and Towels

– Walking and Bike Tours

If you are in Bangkok with party on your mind, perhaps Bodega Bangkok Party Hostel is where you need to be. Bodega Bangkok has all modern features and it also has a well-stocked bar (they make some pretty mean cocktails by the way). And, if that’s not enough, Soi 11, the club hub of Bangkok, is just a few steps away.

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M Gray Hostel

M Gray Hostel bests hostel in Bangkok

On the quieter side, M Gray is a great hostel for Digital Nomads

– $

– Free Breakfast

– Coin-Operated Washing Machine

If you are looking for a nice, peaceful hostel which is close to the main areas in Bangkok, M Gray Hostel might be what you need. A great place to meet other travellers, M Gray is highly recommended if you like enjoying the basic luxuries of life even when you backpack and stick to a budget. Do your laundry, finish your work, grab a beer, and then head out for an evening in Bangkok city.

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Pho Hostel

Pho best hostels in Bangkok

Great views and a great location, Pho is highly reviewed

– $

– Barbeque

– Amazing rooftop terrace overlooking Chao Phraya River

Perfect for sunset lovers and backpacking yogis, Pho Hostel gives you the best rooftop view of Bangkok from its terrace garden that overlooks the Chao Phraya River. Also included – free toiletries, and free city maps.

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Good’ uck Hostel at Silom Bangkok

With a great location and on-site bar, Good ‘uck hostel is one of the best hostels in Thailand

– $

– Rooftop Terrace

– Café and Bar

If you can ride a scooter (the cheapest way to get around in Thailand), great for you. If not, you want to be at a place which is just always 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city. Good’ uck is! And, if you want to spend a crazy night (is there any other kind?), get a couple of beers at the hostel bar and then head straight to the forbidden streets of Patpong, Good’ uck is the best hostel in Bangkok for solo travelers.

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Why you should travel in Bangkok

Have your pick! Whether traveling solo, as a couple, a digital nomad or a dirty broke backpacker, this list of the 20 best hostels in Bangkok has got you covered. There is a Bangkok itinerary for all tastes.

If you are still overwhelmed and can’t choose your favorite, check out Diff Hostel’s great vibes.

Diff Hostel best hostel in Bangkok


Travel Safety Tips for Bangkok

Don’t forget to sort your travel insurance! We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads now, our favourite travel insurance provider.


If want to learn more about staying safe in Bangkok, check out our separate safety guide for insider tips and stories.


More Epic Hostels in Thailand and Southeast Asia

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Bangkok.

Planning an epic trip all across Thailand or even Southeast Asia itself?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

For more cool hostel guides around Southeast Asia, check out:


Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Bangkok has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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