20 INCREDIBLE Hostels in Chiang Mai (2019 • Insider Guide!)

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Chiang Mai can be many different things to many different people. To some, it’s the center of the Digital-Nomad universe.

To others, it’s just a pitstop stop on the way to an epic land trip to Laos or Myanmar, or just a part of the loop when backpacking Thailand.

But whatever your reason for visiting Chiang Mai, one thing is certain – it’s a fun city with tons to see, that comes at a very, very low price.

But with hundreds of hostels and hotels, it can be difficult to know where to stay, which is exactly why I made this list of the 20 best hostels in Chiang Mai.

I’ve broken down the best hostels in Chiang Mai by different travel-categories, so you can easily identify which hostel best suits your needs, so you can book with ease and get back to eating Pad Thai and drinking a few Chang beers!

 

Quick Answer – The Best Hostels in Chiang Mai

 

How to Choose the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai

While Bangkok might be the world’s most visited city, Chiang Mai is an epic destination in itself and is noticeably cheaper than it’s big brother to the south. Chiang Mai has developed rapidly over the past few decades and is really unique in its ability to bring Western amenities, at a high quality, while still being at a bargain price.

Some things, in particular, I took into consideration…

  • Price – But not too much. As mentioned, Chiang Mai is so affordable, that if you are feeling in need of splurging, you can do so here without breaking the bank. Price of Travel puts Chiang Mai at just under $20 a day, which is about as cheap as you’ll get it (but note; given the low prices of everything, it is easy to unknowingly spend much more).
  • Location – Chiang Mai is very spread out and their public transit is limited to buses and tuk-tuks. So if you are looking to see something, in particular, it might be best to stay close. Fun fact – Uber is a well oiled machine in Chiang Mai and my personal favorite way to get around. Cheap and recommended.
  • Amenities – While there are free breakfasts, the truth is that many of them aren’t much to brag about, and given the cheap nature of Chiang Mai, you might be better off just finding your own grub.


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tbb2-table__image Overall Best Hostel in Chiang MaiOverall Best Hostel in Chiang MaiS*Trips The Poshtel

  • $$
  • 5 minutes from Sunday Walking Street
  • Free Breakfast
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  • 5 minutes from Sunday Walking Street
  • Free Breakfast
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Chiang MaiBest Hostel for Solo Travelers in Chiang MaiStamps Backpackers

  • $
  • Semi-private sleeping pods
  • Group activities
  • $
  • Semi-private sleeping pods
  • Group activities
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tbb2-table__image Best Cheap Hostel in Chiang MaiBest Cheap Hostel in Chiang MaiBaan Heart Thai

  • $
  • Large lounge space
  • Free drinking water refill
  • $
  • Large lounge space
  • Free drinking water refill
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Couples in Chiang MaiBest Hostel for Couples in Chiang MaiOxotel Hostel

  • $$
  • Right next to Saturday Walking Street
  • 2 km from Chiang Mai Airport
  • $$
  • Right next to Saturday Walking Street
  • 2 km from Chiang Mai Airport
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tbb2-table__image Best Party Hostel in Chiang MaiBest Party Hostel in Chiang MaiBodega Chiang Mai Party Hostel

  • $
  • 10 minutes from the party district
  • Nightly parties and beer pong tournament
  • $
  • 10 minutes from the party district
  • Nightly parties and beer pong tournament
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Chiang MaiBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in Chiang MaiThe Pause Hostel

  • $
  • 24-hour free access to internet-PCs
  • Rooftop lounge with Mountain View
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  • 24-hour free access to internet-PCs
  • Rooftop lounge with Mountain View
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel with a Private Room in Chiang MaiBest Hostel with a Private Room in Chiang MaiBunk Boutique Hostel Chiang Mai

  • $
  • Free Tea and Coffee
  • Rentals and Tour Organizing
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  • Free Tea and Coffee
  • Rentals and Tour Organizing
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The 20 Best Hostels in Chiang Mai

 

Overall Best Hostel in Chiang Mai – S*Trips The Poshtel

S*Trips The Poshtel best hostels in Chiang Mai

S*Trips The Poshtel is our pick for overall best hostel in Chiang Mai

– $$

– 5 minutes from Sunday Walking Street

– Free Breakfast

– No Curfew

Literally just 5-minutes walking from all the cool hangout places in the old city centre, S*Trips The Poshtel gets an A+ for its location. It may feel slightly overpriced at first, especially for private rooms, but once you get to feel the positive vibe and know of all the freebies that S*Trips The Poshtel gives you, you have to agree hands down that this is one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai. The Wi-Fi is super-fast, the staff are amazing and you must not leave without trying the sticky rice – it’s awesome!

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Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Chiang Mai – Stamps Backpackers

Stamps Backpackers best hostels in Chiang Mai

Stamps Backpackers is our top pick for best hostel for solo travelers

– $

– Semi-private sleeping pods

– Group activities

– Takeaway breakfast

Stamps Backpackers is the most recommended hostel in Chiang Mai, especially for solo travellers. It’s just around the corner from most important parts of the city like Tha Pae gate, Walking Street, and even the airport. Stamps Backpackers has group activities every night which gives solo travellers a chance to meet with each other and plan new adventures together making it among the coolest hostels in Chiang Mai. And, they give you takeaway breakfast, so you can fuel up on your way to that adventurous trek you have planned ahead.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Chiang Mai #1 – Baan Heart Thai

Baan Heart Thai best hostels in Chiang Mai

Baan Heart Thai is on of the best cheap hostels in Chiang Mai

– $

– Pod style bunks with foldable desk

– Large lounge space

– Free drinking water refill

Baan Heart Thai is not only one of the best budget hostels in Chiang Mai, but one of the best hostels in Thailand. For as low as $10, you get to sleep in your own pod bunk which has a foldable desk, personal reading light, and power sockets. Plus, the high-speed free Wi-Fi takes care of all your social media needs. Cheap as chips on price but not on quality, Baan Heart Thai’s is one of the most friendly hostels in Chiang Mai.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Chiang Mai #2 – Samsibsan Hostel

Samsibsan Hostel best hostels in Chiang Mai

Samsibsan Hostel is another one of the best cheap hostels in Chiang Mai…

– $

– Free Breakfast

– 1 km from Wat Phra Singa and Wat Chedi Luang

– Tour & Travel Desk

Samsibsan is one of the best backpacker hostels in Chiang Mai and it’s highly affordable. For less than $10, you get to enjoy a lavish, free breakfast, high-speed internet, stay in a comfy bunk, and a chance to make a lot of new friends. A modified Lanna style wooden house, Samsibsan Hostel is definitely one of the coolest hostels in Chiang Mai. The hostel is within walking distance to all major tourist hotspots and the “no curfew” lets you enjoy the whole Chiang Mai Pub Crawl scene and come in as late as you want.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Chiang Mai #3 – Stranger House

Stranger House best hostels in Chiang Mai

Stranger House tops my list of best cheap hostels in Chiang Mai!

– $

– Free Breakfast, snacks, and tea

– Book exchange

– No curfew

Don’t go by its name for the Stranger House is not just one of the top hostels in Chiang Mai, it is also one of the friendliest hostels too. The steampunk design of the hostel is proper cool and its warm and funny staff makes sure you have a great time. And, if you are a digital nomad, you’re in extreme luck since Stranger House is located just 5 minutes from Nimmanhaemin Road – the spot where the cool kids hang out and expats live!

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Best Hostel for Couples in Chiang Mai – Oxotel Hostel

Oxotel Hostel best hostels in Chiang Mai

Oxotel Hostel is the best hostel for couples in Chiang Mai

– $$

– Free Breakfast

– Right next to Saturday Walking Street

– 2 km from Chiang Mai Airport

Oxotel Hotel is among the top hostels in Chiang Mai and even though it is slightly overpriced, the resort-style hostel has onsite facilities help rationalize the extra baht spent. Whether you wish to stay at one of their cozy private rooms or try something different and stay in one of the modified trailers, Oxotel Hostel is definitely one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai. One step away from the local stores and ATM and two steps away from the old city centre, Oxotel Hotel makes for a perfect base to explore the incredible city of Chiang Mai.

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Best Party Hostel in Chiang Mai – Bodega Chiang Mai Party Hostel

Slumber Party Chiang Mai (aka Bodega) best hostels in Chiang Mai

This is the best party hostel in Chiang Mai

– $

– 10 minutes from the party district

– Café and Bar

– Nightly parties and beer pong tournament

If you are in the mood to party, it can’t get better than at Bodega Chiang Mai Party Hostel. The name speaks for itself, but just so you know, it is one of the best backpacker hostels in Chiang Mai and definitely the centre of all party events. Bodega Chiang Mai Party Hostel is the place where you need to be if a raging party is what’s on your mind. Down a few shots at the in-house bar and then set the pace for a night of shotgun challenges and beer pong tournaments. They also have a location in Bangkok if you are going to be backpacking there as well.

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Chiang Mai – The Pause Hostel

The Pause Hostel best hostels in Chiang Mai

The Pause Hostel is our pick for best hostel for Digital Nomads in Chiang Mai

– $

– Tour & Travel Desk

-24-hour free access to internet-PCs

– Rooftop lounge with Mountain View

Located in Nimmanhaemin Road (the digital nomad central of Chiang Mai), The Pause Hostel offers superfast Wi-Fi, a rooftop lounge with a view, computers with internet that you can use free of charge throughout the day, co-working spaces nearby and an amazing crowd for networking and socializing – the perfect recipe that makes The Pause Hostel the best hostel for digital nomads in Chiang Mai. The travel desk also helps you make your travel plans so it’s not all work and no play.

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Best Hostel with a Private Room in Chiang Mai – Bunk Boutique Hostel Chiang Mai

Bunk Boutique Hostel best hostels in Chiang Mai

Bunk Boutique is the best hostel with a private room in Chiang Mai…

– $

– Free Tea and Coffee

– Laundry Service

– Rentals and Tour Organizing

At Bunk Boutique Hostel, you are always near the super popular attractions of Chiang Mai, yet you can feel peace and quiet when you need it. The super-friendly staff are always ready to help you with renting motorbikes, bicycles, and cars and they can even help you with planning your adventure tours in and around Chiang Mai. For less than $10, you can get yourself a comfy bunk in an AC dorm and for less than $20, you get yourself a huge private room with AC, hot shower, cable TV, work desk, and maybe a little balcony.

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More best hostels in Chiang Mai

 

The Living Place 2

The Living Place 2 best hostels in Chiang Mai

The Living Place 2 is one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai in 2019

– $

– 1 minute to the Night Bazaar

– Book exchange

– Funky Lounge area

If you and your mates are adrenaline junkies, here’s the good news – The Living Place 2 is one of the best youth hostels in Chiang Mai because of their brilliant adventure travel packages and exciting trips around North Thailand. There are several cafes and restaurants near the hostel, but you can also enjoy the free tea and coffee offered here. For about $15, you can enjoy your stay in a cosy, colourful private double bedroom which also comes with a small work desk and a couch. Want to chill out for the day? Grab a beer from the reception area and laze around on the numerous couches.

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Glur Chiang Mai Hostel

Glur Chiang Mai Hostel best hostels in Chiang Mai

Glur Chiang Mai is one of the coolest hostels in Chiang Mai

– $$

– Swimming Pool and Spa

– On-site restaurant

– Themed guestrooms

Glur Chiang Mai Hostel is a perfect choice for those who wish to spend some relaxing time during their vacation in Chiang Mai. The brightly themed guestrooms, the in-house spa, and the outdoor swimming pool make Glur Chiang Mai Hostel one of the coolest hostels in Chiang Mai. For all the luxuries it offers, you would barely even notice the extra bucks that you pay for your stay here. Right across the Ping River and 5 minutes from Tha Pae Gate, Glur Chiang Mai Hostel is one of the top hostels in Chiang Mai.

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A Little Bird 2 Guest House

A Little Bird 2 Guest House best hostels in Chiang Mai

– $

– Female-only dorms available

– Security lockers

– Tour & Travel Desk

Designed especially for budget travellers, A Little Bird 2 Guest House is one of the top backpacker hostels in Chiang Mai. It is the perfect stay for solo travellers since the strict backpacker vibe of A Little Bird 2 Guest House gives you all the chances to meet new friends and make great memories. Dorms here have decent beds, AC, personal reading lights, and of course, power sockets so your phone never runs out of juice. Oh! And you have to check out their outdoor terrace – it’s awesome!

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Sunday Backpackers

Sunday Backpackers best hostels in Chiang Mai

Sunday Backpackers is one of the top party hostels in Thailand

– $

– 2 minutes from Tha Pae Gate

– 10 minutes from Chiang Mai airport

– Great party and night activities

Sunday Backpackers is located right in the centre of the action and is one of the top youth hostels in Chiang Mai. It has a perfect youngster vibe and organizes the best party activities like pub crawls, boxing shows, and even ladyboy shows – of course, you can’t leave Chiang Mai unless you experience one or all of these! A total no-frills hostel, Sunday Backpackers is definitely one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai. Get loaded on Chang or a cup (or four) of coffee, Sunday Backpackers is the place for you!

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Eco Resort Chiang Mai

Eco Resort Chiang Mai best hostels in Chiang Mai

– $$

– Large Swimming Pool

– Fitness Center

– 15 minutes’ walk from Bus and Railway Station

Eco Resort is one of the top hostels in Chiang Mai, but it isn’t your usual party hostel. This is more for the laid back and relaxed traveller who likes being away from the usual hustle and bustle of dorms. Slightly higher on the budget, Eco Resort Chiang Mai is definitely one to go for quality over quantity. Take a stroll in their lush tropical garden or go for a swim – Eco Resort has it all. It’s also one of the few hostels in Chiang Mai that accepts credit cards.

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PunHug Hostel

PunHug Hostel best hostels in Chiang Mai

– $

– Free Breakfast

– Fully AC

– Private/Regular Tours

PunHug Hostel is one of those brilliant backpacker hostels in Chiang Mai which offer a laidback atmosphere as well as closeness to the major tourist hotspots. For less than $10, you get to enjoy comfy bunk beds, free generous breakfast, free Wi-Fi across the hostel, and access to a spacious communal kitchen where you can try your newfound Thai cooking skills. Got a few extra bucks to spare? Upgrade to a private room and enjoy solitude when necessary.

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Ashi Hostel

Ashi Hostel best hostels in Chiang Mai

Ashi Hostel is one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai for solo travelers

– $

– 2 minutes to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

– 15 minutes’ drive to Chiang Mai Airport

– Free Bicycles

One of the very few hostels in Chiang Mai to offer free bicycles to ride around town, Ashi Hostel is definitely one of the best youth hostels in Chiang Mai. The dorm rooms are cheap as chips and are a great place to meet new travellers. The privates, though slightly overpriced, are spacious and super clean. The travel desk is happy to arrange for tours and offer suggestions. With Ashi Hostel located on the edge of Chiang Mai’s old town, the area is perfect for cycling so grab one of those free bicycles and ride around the old traffic-free lanes!

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Julie Guesthouse Part 2

Julie Guesthouse Part 2 best hostels in Chiang Mai

Julie Guesthouse Part 2 is a top hostel for solo travelers

– $

– Three chill-out areas

– Hammocks

– Tour & Travel Desk

Julie Guesthouse Part 2 is a complete no-frill hostel with basic facilities that suit backpackers on a budget perfectly. For under $5, you get to sleep in a comfy, clean bunk bed, enjoy a hot shower and free Wi-Fi, and meet your future travel gang in one of the three chill-out lounges. 10 minutes’ walk to Tha Pae Gate and 10 minutes’ drive to Chiang Mai airport, Julie Guesthouse Part 2 is easily one of the best cheap hostels in Chiang Mai.

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Baan Jaja

 

– $

– Free Tea and Coffee

– Laundry Facility

– Minimum 2-night Stay Policy

Baan Jaja may feel slightly overpriced for a lone traveller, but if you’re travelling with a partner (or two), getting a double or triple room under $20 is almost nothing to spend on a nice and homely, no-frills hotel. This place is also awesome for digital nomads because it has super-fast Wi-Fi and a peaceful atmosphere. There’s a huge bookshelf, so feel free to dig in and get your dose of wisdom on a quiet Sunday morning and then head straight to the crazy market streets of Sunday Walking Street!

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Deejai Backpacker

Deejai Backpacker best hostels in Chiang Mai

Deejai Backpacker is a great party hostel in Chiang Mai

– $

– Saltwater Swimming Pool

– Currency Exchange

– 24-hour Reception and Tour Desk

Deejai Backpacker is the perfect place for backpackers to stay and hang out for a few days. It’s not a party hostel but it has an amazing laidback vibe that makes you feel right at home. A newly built garden area with pool table, swimming pool, and a restaurant and bar is perfect to chill out all day and all night. Easily one of the best budget hostels in Chiang Mai, Deejai Backpacker has friendly staff that can help you plan your big Thai adventure!

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Plearn Hostel

Plearn Hostel best hostels in Chiang Mai

Plearn Hostel is a great hostel for solo travelers in Chiang Mai

– $

– Free Breakfast

– Free Bicycle

– Tour & Travel Desk

For the solo backpacker, Plearn Hostel is perfect, with a lavish free breakfast, free bicycles to ride around Chiang Mai and plenty of opportunities to mingle with fellow backpackers. With female-only dorms and mixed dorms, Plearn Hostel gives you free safety lockers, Air conditioning, and free toiletries in the shared bathroom. The folks at the hostel can help you arrange for bike rentals as well as plan an adventure trip around Chiang Mai.

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Why you should travel to Chiang Mai

While not the most charming town, if you are looking for authentic Thai culture with high quality Western amenities – Chiang Mai rocks! Given all of these perks, it’s easy to see why it’s become the center of the Digital Nomad universe.

Hopefully this list of the 20 best hostels in Chiang Mai helps ease the burden of of picking a place to stay. If you are still undecided, remember that for its price, vibe and freebies, we recommend  S*Trips The Poshtel. Click below to book and get to exploring Chiang Mai!

S*Trips The Poshtel best hostels in Chiang Mai

S* Trips is amongst the best Chiang Mai hostels

 

Travel Safety Tips for Chiang Mai

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More Epic Hostels in Thailand and Southeast Asia

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

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Chiang Mai 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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