Where you choose to stay in Bangkok matters more than you might think!
If you’re going to travel around Thailand, or if Bangkok is your starting point to go backpacking in Southeast Asia, then your hostel in Bangkok will be a big factor in how you start off your adventure.
The first time I went to Thailand I stayed in an awful hostel; I didn’t meet any other travelers and felt pretty shitty until I finally got to Chiang Mai. I’ve also had some of my most memorable travel moments in Bangkok thanks to some amazing hostels I stayed in.
Not everyone loves Bangkok at first sight, as it certainly can be noisy, smelly, and chaotic. But that’s far less of an issue when your hostel is like a happy oasis. Luckily, Bangkok has some of the world’s best (and best value!) backpacker hostels.
While hotels in Bangkok are good value, you can’t beat hostels for their price or fun atmosphere!
The following 5 hostels in Bangkok are ones I recommend, whether you are a backpacker, solo traveler, or nomad.
Suneta Hostel Khaosan
Close to the crazy backpacker district of Khao San
Cozy, friendly space with clean, high-quality facilities
This is my personal favorite in central Bangkok. It’s just a 5-minute walk from Khao San Road, but it’s far enough not to get bothered by any traffic or party noise. This nice medium-size boutique hostel has wide capsule-style beds with curtains. The washing rooms and amenities are of hotel quality while offering the charm of a hostel.
With its large beds and private capsules, I think Suneta Hostel is perfect for getting through your jetlag while still being close to the action of legendary Khao San. The common room serves free breakfast and is very homely, with two resident guinea pigs oinking around while I stayed there.
The Yard Hostel
Chilled out vibe with garden courtyard
In a more local, non-touristy part of Bangkok
Not to toot my own horn here, but I may have had something to do with this hostel becoming such a success.
I stayed here a few years ago just after it opened, saw its amazing potential, and recommended it on my blog. Despite being in a totally non-tourist area, it’s now one of the most popular hostels in Bangkok.
And with good reasons. Most importantly: the vibe is really chilled out. It has a wonderful peaceful courtyard that will make you almost forget you are in Bangkok — squint your eyes and you might think you’re in a garden in Chiang Mai! The Yard Hostel is also in the Aree neighborhood, a hip under-the-radar part of town that’s popular with expats and nomads, with many bars and a non-touristy food market nearby.
The only downside is you have to travel by metro for 15 to 20 minutes or so to get to the center, but I think it’s worth it.
All We Need Is Hostel
The most strategic location! (short metro ride to all the sights)
Social and lively, great for solo travelers
While many backpackers stay mostly in Khao San area, it actually isn’t the best base for exploring Bangkok at large. Silom is much better located, close to all the sights and the metro station. This hostel is located in a quiet street in Silom, next to Thailand’s largest Hindu Temple (Wat Khaek).
All We Need Is Hostel is a newer hostel in this area that has really focused on creating an awesome atmosphere. This is a lively and social hostel with a nightly BBQ party and a rooftop with bar and hammocks.
Our Secret Base
In Chinatown, Bangkok’s traditional area brimming with street life
Homely hostel with hospitable hosts
This hostel is in Chinatown, which is one of my favorite areas of Bangkok to explore. There you can get lost in seemingly neverending alleyways filled with sellers and artisans doing their thing. You can find some of the best street food in Bangkok in this area too!
Out Secret Base is known for its super hospitable hosts and its convenient location, which is just a 5-minute walk from Bangkok’s main train station. (It connects to the airport as well as onwards to Chiang Mai). The hostel has comfy pod-style beds and the AC will help you beat the heat.
Jam Hostel Bangkok
Close to Khao San, with social/party vibe on the rooftop
Loads of activities make this perfect for solo travelers
This hostel is just a 5 minutes’ walk from the many LED lights and wild nightly entertainment of Khao San Road, yet located in a quiet spot along the river.
This clean and organized hostel is all about creating an amazing atmosphere, with many shared activities and excursions throughout the week (including meditation in Wat Arun, wakeboarding, and secret rooftop crawls). Thanks to its lively atmosphere, this is the perfect hostel for solo travelers. Jam Hostel has both dorms and private rooms.
P.S. Don’t miss my in-depth guide to backpacking in Thailand!