The best hostels in Bangkok find creative ways to stand out from the stereotypical backpacker dives found on every corner. With Bangkok being the beating heart of the Banana Pancake Trail, cheap places to crash abound. There are plenty of good reasons to stay in a hostel instead of a hotel—but choose wisely!
Creative settings and pleasant vibes are essential for making the list. In a city like Bangkok (which sprawls interminably in every direction), location is also a key factor when choosing where to stay. The last thing you want to do is spend your trip in the back of a taxi trapped in gridlock.
Accessibility note: Many of these top hostels don’t have elevators on site. You’ll need to be able to climb stairs with your luggage.
Many backpackers want to be walking distance from the chaos of Khao San Road and Soi Rambuttri without actually staying in the middle of it. Back Home Backpackers is located 10 minutes away in a peaceful—but not isolated—neighborhood just across the canal. Nearby Phra Sumen Fort offers a green respite on the Chao Phraya River for yoga, sunbathing, and updating journals.
The friendly vibe at Back Home Backpackers is what sells the place. Matt and Sophie, the Australian-Thai team behind the hostel, deliver what travelers need in a small-but-comfy space. The open-air common area is artistically decorated and inviting. Yes, there’s a bar.
The Bed Station group of hostels has three iterations in Bangkok. The location near Khao San Road boasts an outdoor pool—but the original hostel in the Ratchathewi district is your best pick if you want to stay near the Sukhumvit area. The Ratchathewi BTS station is only 160 meters (about 525 feet) away, or you can walk directly to Siam Station, the central heart of Bangkok’s Skytrain, in 15 minutes.
Bed Station Hostel offers a lively atmosphere in a clean, industrial setting. The giant beanbags in the common area are perfect for reading, laptop time, and socializing. If you need some space, the bunks have dividers and privacy curtains. The onsite cooking classes are a great way to meet people, and as expected, the free breakfast is better than usual.
Cubic Hostel isn’t necessarily “fancy,” but it’s everything a tired traveler needs: It's clean, friendly, and functional. Not only is it one of the cleanest hostels in town, the staff here are exceptionally helpful. This isn’t a party hostel; the atmosphere is tranquil. If you’re not a fan of sleeping on top bunks, you’ll be happy to hear these have proper steps and safety rails.
This top hostel in Bangkok is located quite a distance east of Khao San Road. The National Stadium BTS station and the MBK shopping mall, a backpacker favorite, are located less than a 15-minute walk away.
If you’re looking for an extremely social, nightlife-oriented place, the Bodega Party Hostel delivers. Nightlife options abound in the Sukhumvit area, and Bodega arranges a pub crawl to help you explore them en masse. Soi Cowboy, Bangkok’s most famous red light strip, is only five minutes away if you're inclined to take a look. There’s always a good chance you’ll end up just indulging in buckets and beer pong late into the night at the hostel bar.
If you’re looking for peace and quiet, don’t choose a hostel with “party” in the name. Instead, go there to enjoy meeting young solo travelers. The Bodega Party Hostel is only a 15-minute walk from the Asok BTS station and Terminal 21 mall’s excellent food court.
If you like what you see, the Bodega Hostel Group has other locations including Chiang Mai and Phuket.
If you work online, or just want a more luxurious environment, it’s hard to beat the Once Again Hostel. This isn’t a social oasis, and that’s the point. The hipster café-style setting is beautifully lit and easy on the eyes. Complementary Thai language lessons and cooking classes attract guests who don’t prefer to drink from plastic buckets.
The pod-style bunks at Once Again Hostel provide plenty of privacy. One of many unique offerings in this hostel are the lockable cages (available in the “superior” room) that secure your pod while you’re away. The trap door storage hatches in each pod are another functional perk.
Once Again Hostel is located directly across the street from Wat Saket, one of the most enjoyable temples in Bangkok.
Just a 15-minute walk from Khao San Road, you’ll find—after a bit of looking—Here Hostel. It’s a "leave shoes outside" type of place with a friendly vibe. This hostel makes the list for top hostels in Bangkok because of its sizable garden and fun, quirky atmosphere (indoor slide included). The brick-and-wood décor evokes memories of the now-defunct Suk11 Hostel, one of Bangkok’s most famous hostels from a different era.
The usual hostel challenges apply at Here Hostel. Thin walls can be an issue, but parties don’t go too late at the bar. If the dorms begin to feel cramped or you’re a traveling pair, the private rooms on offer are exceptionally cute.
The small pool is useful for surviving Thailand’s hottest months, and free breakfast is available.
The VM1 Hostel is one of many options for a chic, modern-industrial hostel in Ari, one of Bangkok’s hippest neighborhoods. It’s a long jaunt to Khao San Road, but maybe that’s a good thing. The VM1 Hostel is only a 10-minute walk from the Sanam Pao BTS station and 20 minutes from the Ari station.
The cool, concrete décor at VM1 Hostel gives the place a chilled-out, basement ambiance. The typical clientele are social but not likely to pile up glass mountains of Chang and Leo bottles as in other hostels. Chances are you’ll meet some friendly Southeast Asian travelers. There’s even ping-pong and a Playstation for waiting out afternoon thunderstorms during monsoon season.
For security, it’s hard to beat Analog Hostel. Internal keycard access protects separate dormitories, and CCTV cameras have been set up. This clean-and-comfortable hostel is located at Sukhumvit 31, where plenty of upscale hotels compete for space. The side-street setting is just removed enough to cut down on noise, and the Asok BTS station and Terminal 21 are only a 10-minute walk away. As a bonus, the dorms at Analog Hostel are more spacious than expected in Sukhumvit.
Fortunately, the Wi-Fi isn't as dated as the vintage televisions, typewriters, and clocks deployed as decoration. The best part? You get complimentary access to the pair of French bulldogs who live there.
The Yard Hostel seems a little on the pricey side—particularly the private rooms—but dorm rates are reasonable for an eco hostel in Ari. To get around, the BTS Skytrain is conveniently close for avoiding Bangkok’s dreadful traffic. Plus, there are more than enough hipster eateries and cafés located nearby.
Because it was built from upcycled shipping containers, sound can travel easily through the Yard Hostel compound when it’s busy. Thanks to other environmentally-friendly touches, though, it's never short of mindful travelers. The vibe in the yard is social and affable; no need to hang around the small dorms other than when sleeping. Regular cookouts encourage like-minded travelers to loiter and chat. There’s even a yoga room.
- Boxpackers Hostel: Another entry in the pod-style hostel list, Boxpackers may not be an especially social place, but the sleeping “boxes” are a great value for getting a good night’s rest. The location is only a 15-minute walk from Phaya Thai Station; getting there from Suvarnabhumi Airport by train is a snap.
- Suneta Hostel Khaosan: This mostly mellow hostel is located just three blocks stumbling distance from Khao San Road. The wooden-compartment bunks can be closed and locked up while you are away exploring the area.