Bangkok. The name of the city is enough for any veteran backpacker to take a big trip down memory lane. 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.
Having spent too much time travelling Thailand, I made this list of the best hostels in Bangkok to find the best hostel for YOU.
I’ve broken down the Bangkok hostels into categories so you can confidently pick your hostel and get to what matters – experiencing the craziness of Bangkok! Let’s look at the 20 best hostels in Bangkok.
In a hurry? Here’s my top choice:
Quick answer: The best hostels in Bangkok
- Overall Best Hostel in Bangkok – Diff Hostel
- Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Bangkok – Mad Monkey Bangkok
- Best Cheap Hostel in Bangkok – Revolution Hostel Asoke
- Best Hostel for Couples in Bangkok – [email protected]
- Best Party Hostel in Bangkok – Playground Hostel
- Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Bangkok – Once Again Hostel
- Best Hostel with a Private Room in Bangkok – Here Hostel
How To Find The Best Hostels in Bangkok
There are loads of backpacker places to stay in Bangkok so how to sort the wheat from the chaff? 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 backpacking around Bangkok, I’ve got a pretty good idea of what to look for in a hostel:
- Location – Bangkok is f**king huge and there are so many amazing things to see in Bangkok, but public transport is OK at best. Try to work out exactly what it is you want to see and do in BK – be it the nightlife, the temples, or the food – and try to stay nearby to it.
- Price – By international standards, Bangkok is cheap, and by Thai standards, it’s sliiigghhtly expensive. Price of Travel puts Bangkok at $25 a day, ALL IN. 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).
- 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 and see if your hostel serves ‘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 hostel in Thailand isn’t that tough since it is literally a backpacker ghetto – the challenge is finding a GOOD one as so many of them are sub-standard. So, here is a list of some of the best hostels in Bangkok Thailand 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
- Free Breakfast
- Security Lockers
This one’s definitely a great catch (though maybe on the higher end of your budget). Diff Hostel is located 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 Hostel gives you a lot of bang for your buck and is clearly one of the best hostels in Bangkok. Defo one of the best hostels Bangkok has to offer.
Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Bangkok – Mad Monkey Bangkok
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Bar and Restaurant
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
The first of the Koh San road hostel on our list! 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 one of the best Bangkok hostels. 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! There are plenty of hostels near Khao San Road but this one is amongst the best.
Best Cheap Hostel in Bangkok – Revolution Hostel Asoke
- Outdoor Terrace
- Bar and Café
This one is new but already amongst the best hostels in Bangkok. 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 2021. 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.
Best Hostel for Couples in Bangkok – [email protected]
- 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, [email protected] 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.
Best Party Hostel in Bangkok – Playground Hostel
- BBQ and Drinking games
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…
This one is possibly our favourite Thai hostel and certainly a pick of the many party hostels Bangkok has to offer.
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.
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Bangkok – Here Hostel
- On site pool
- Free Breakfast
- A slide!
Here Hostel is yet another one of the best hostels in Bangkok. It’s 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.
More of the Top Hostels in Bangkok
- Common Room
- Great décor
Photographer by any chance? 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 2021 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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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
What to Pack for your Bangkok Hostel
Pants, socks, underwear… Here are some other items you might not have thought to pack.
1. Active Roots Water Bottle: Hostels are increasingly meeting backpackers’ demands for potable (drinkable) water. Now is better than ever to start traveling with a reusable water bottle! Aside from cutting down single-use plastic, The Active Roots stainless steel water bottle will also keep your favorite beverage hot or cold all day long and it’s sized perfectly to fit an entire bottle of wine. ‘Nuff said.
2. Playing Cards: Name your ideal night: I’m for a few cheap beers and some card games. Oh, and you don’t even have to be drinking to enjoy a game – having cards with you traveling definitely helps out on those long airplane or beach days! Make sure to snag a waterproof deck to protect from the pool, ocean or Chang.
3. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: The Active Roots Toiletry bag keeps all of your bathroom essential items organized instead of flowing around your backpack. Having everything handy and accessible in one water-resistant bag is a bathroom lifesaver. This toiletry bag also helps from being that embarrassed person walking back to the dorm room, in a towel, to grab forgotten shampoo.
4. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: The Sea to Summit multipurpose soap leaves are the perfect hygiene travel companion. The individual, Leave-no-Trace-certified strips are great for keeping your hands clean before you eat in that dodgy but delicious restaurant. There are also little strip packs for laundry, shampoo and shaving.
5. Headphone Splitter: Don’t be those awkward people sharing one earbud on the bus, as you show off your in-depth music knowledge to your new friend. A headphone splitter is a great item to bring traveling, it works fantastic on those long bus rides or easy dorm Netflix nights when you want to relax and connect with someone.
6. Padlock: Keep your stuff safe, guys. Unfortunately not all dorm lockers share the same security standard. You’ll want a lightweight lock that can fit all the various dorm lockers you’ll clip it to. Having a padlock that is flexible and can fit a variety of locker styles is the best way to make sure none of your belongings wander away while you are out.
Why you should travel to 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 an itinerary for Bangkok for all travel tastes.
Travel Safety Tips for Bangkok
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If want to learn more about staying safe in Bangkok, check out our separate safety guide for insider tips and stories.
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Final Thoughts on Hostels in Bangkok
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’re still undecided, we have loads of other great posts. Whether you need the best hostel on Khao San road, a fancy hotel, or the best guesthouse in town, check out our epic accommodation and area guide and find out where to stay in Bangkok!
If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!
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