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Hotel prices can be Thai (sky) high in Chiang Mai, making staying at a hostel a must for some budget travelers. With that being said, there are so many great hostels in Chiang Mai to choose from, and even the nicer and newer accommodation options won’t break your bank. Whether you are looking for a party, a good night’s rest, or a great space to socialize, Chiang Mai’s hostel scene has got you covered. Here, the best hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

Best Hostel in Chiang Mai with a Pool: Mad Monkey Hostel Chiang Mai

Mad Monkey Hostel Chiang Mai has 207 beds, a pool, on-site restaurant, bar, gym, and the laid-back yet ready to party atmosphere Mad Monkey is renowned for. This affordable accommodation option will surely feel like your home away from home, all the while giving you plenty of opportunities to meet your fellow travelers, interact with the local staff, and maybe have a drink or two all the while. There are both mixed and all female dormitories available as well as private rooms with ensuites. If you do decide to stay in a dorm, you will have a large locker at your disposal (big enough for even the largest of backpacks), and each one is equipped with a power outlet so that you can safely charge your electronics overnight or during the day while you explore this incredible city. If you want to party while being socially responsible, this is one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai to stay in.

 

Best Hostel in Chiang Mai with a Pool: Mad Monkey Hostel Chiang Mai
Mad Monkey Hostel Chiang Mai © Courtesy of Mad Monkey

 

Location: 7/2 Soi 2 Kamphaeng Din Road, Chang Klan 
Contact: WebsiteFacebook
Hours: 24-hour reception
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Best Hostel in Chiang Mai with a Pool: Mad Monkey Hostel Chiang Mai
Mad Monkey Hostel Chiang Mai © Courtesy of Mad Monkey

 

New Hostel in Chiang Mai: ALEXA Hostel

ALEXA hostel is one of the newer establishments in Chiang Mai. Amenities include luggage storage, air-conditioning in every room, 24-hour reception, and free Wi-Fi. They offer six different room types, with everything from mixed dormitories to double rooms to choose from, so feel free to make a selection based on your budget. The large garden is perfect for socializing as well as the main common area, which is equipped with both a bar and coffee shop.

 

New Hostel in Chiang Mai: ALEXA Hostel
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Location: 2/8 Soi 3 Nimmanhaemin Road, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200 — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 (0) 53 227 272 | [email protected] | Facebook
Hours: 24-hour reception
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New Hostel in Chiang Mai: ALEXA Hostel
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Cozy Hostel in Chiang Mai: Baan Heart Thai

Clean, comfortable, cozy: Baan Heart Thai encompasses all of these things and will impress all who pass through the Thai-style doors. Baan means home, which definitely explains why this hostel has such an intimate feel to it. Baan Heart Thai is a modern yet homely hostel found near Old City. It is but 50 meters from the main square that surrounds the heart of Chiang Mai. The hostel has pod-style bunk beds as well as queen-sized beds in mixed dormitories. Amenities include air-conditioning and Wi-Fi throughout the entire accommodation option. Each bed is equipped with a Thai-style curtain to provide you with some privacy while you catch some z’s, as well.

 

Cozy Hostel in Chiang Mai: Baan Heart Thai
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Location: Thailand, Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chaiyapoom Soi 1, 1/8  — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 80 591 2185 | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Cozy Hostel in Chiang Mai: Baan Heart Thai
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Quiet Hostel in Chiang Mai: Fun Wahn

Fun Wahn is a friendly hostel and coffee shop duo that is perfect for travelers in need of some privacy. The pod-style dorms here are cozy and equipped with visitors’ very own personal shelf, plug-in, and huge lockers. It is but a stone’s throw away from The North Gate Jazz Co-Op, which is one of the best places to be in the city on a night out. Comfortable rooms are accompanied by super clean and shared bathrooms, and the staff is incredibly friendly, as well. Feel free to ask them any questions you may have about the city, whether it be recommendations on where to get a massage or where to eat on a budget, they have definitely got you covered.

 

Quiet Hostel in Chiang Mai: Fun Wahn
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Location: Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 62 545 5963 | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
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Quiet Hostel in Chiang Mai: Fun Wahn
Fun Wahn © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey

 

Tech-Savvy Hostel in Chiang Mai: The Pause Hostel

Found in the cool area of Nimman and one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai is The Pause Hostel. The shared lounge and television area is super conducive for meeting your fellow travelers. Challenge them to a game of pool or pull up a chair at the ample amount of seating arrangements this hostel is equipped with. Amenities at The Pause Hostel include free and speedy fast Wi-Fi, air-conditioning in all of the rooms, luggage storage, lockers, and more. There is even a tour desk, should you want to book some memorable day trips during your stay. The Pause Hostel has four, six, and eight mixed dormitories as well as private rooms.

 

Tech-Savvy Hostel in Chiang Mai: The Pause Hostel
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Location: 10/6 Nimmanhaemin Road Soi 17, Amphoe Muang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 85 029 7540 | Facebook
Hours: 24-hour reception

 

Tech-Savvy Hostel in Chiang Mai: The Pause Hostel
The Pause Hostel © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey

 

One of the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai: S*Trips The Poshtel

Oftentimes, hostels get a certain reputation for being watering holes for broke backpackers trying to save as much baht as possible during their travels in Thailand. While some hostels do offer incredibly low prices with average aesthetic and amenities to boot, this is certainly not the case at S*Trips The Poshtel. As its name suggests, this is no ordinary hostel. Situated in downtown Chiang Mai, guests at this high-end hostel are only a short walking distance from some of the coolest attractions in town, including Pantip Plaza and the renowned Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. In addition to its incredible location, S*Trips The Poshtel has a number of different room types to choose from, including ensuite rooms, dormitory rooms, all-female rooms, and more. All are air-conditioned, clean, and the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration in Chiang Mai. There is not one but multiple common areas that are perfect for hanging out and relaxing in, all the while socializing with your fellow backpackers, making it one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai.

 

One of the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai: S*Trips The Poshtel
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Location: 84/2 Sridonchai Rd., Chang Klan, Chiang Mai City, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 92 369 5624 | Facebook
Hours: 24-hour reception

 

One of the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai: S*Trips The Poshtel
S*Trips The Poshtel © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey

 

Best Party Hostel in Chiang Mai: Slumber Party

If you are looking for a party, look no further than Slumber Party in Chiang Mai. The hostel is equipped with a large common area, beer pong table, and a fully-stocked bar, so you can mingle while getting your buzz on. It is definitely one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai for partiers.

 

Best Party Hostel in Chiang Mai: Bodega
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Location: 23 ซอย ราชมรรคา 3 ตำบล พระสิงห์ อำเภอ เมืองเชียงใหม่ Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 97 256 1458 | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

 

Social Hostel in Chiang Mai: Stamps Backpackers

At Stamps Backpackers, you can look forward to a laid-back atmosphere and cheery staff at the ready to help you plan an epic trip in Chiang Mai. There are both air-conditioned and fan rooms available (if you are on a super tight budget). The air-conditioned private pod concept beds are ฿350 (about $10.90), while the fan dorm beds are ฿290 (about $9). The hostel has everything from single bed to shared bunk bed dormitories available. You can look forward to speedy Wi-Fi, a large common area equipped with a bar, and a restaurant serving up delicious Western dishes. The hostel also has group activities every evening and is great for socializing, making it the perfect spot for backpackers taking on the city alone. Its prime location will make for a very good happy hour, with bars just steps from this hostel’s entrance. Spicy, Chiang Mai’s premier after-hours club, is located but a short walk from this hostel, as well, so you do not have to worry about getting a tuk-tuk home later in the evening.

 

Social Hostel in Chiang Mai: Stamps Backpackers
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Location: 1/11 Chaiyapoom Road Soi 1, Chiang Mai, Thailand VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 90 318 8867 | Facebook
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Social Hostel in Chiang Mai: Stamps Backpackers
Stamps Backpackers © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey

 

Hostel for Solo Backpackers in Chiang Mai: Thailand Wow 2 Hostel

Located almost right across the street from Stamps Backers is Thailand Wow 2 Hostel. It is equipped with one of the largest hangout spots of all the hostels on our list, with everything from couches to hammocks and more to chill out on. It encompasses an open-air design concept, with the entirety of the front of the hostel opening out into the city. Play pool with strangers, grab some delicious spring rolls from their on-site restaurant, or simply enjoy the atmosphere. It is one of the cheapest hostels on our list. What this hostel lacks in modern amenities, however, it makes up for with affordable prices, a friendly and local staff, as well as an incredible location. For example, it is but a five-minute walk from the Sunday Night Walking Street. Long story short, this hostel will certainly wow you ;).

 

Hostel for Solo Backpackers in Chiang Mai: Thailand Wow 2 Hostel
Thailand Wow 2 Hostel © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey

 

Location: 2 Chaiyaphoom lane1, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 87 447 3848

 

Hostel for Solo Backpackers in Chiang Mai: Thailand Wow 2 Hostel
Thailand Wow 2 Hostel © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey

 

Affordable Hostel in Chiang Mai: Sunday Backpackers

Found right outside of the gated walls of the Old City is Sunday Backpackers. The staff here is overtly friendly and kind, and they are at the ready to help you make your trip in Chiang Mai a memorable one. The rooms are basic but you get what you pay for, as this accommodation option is certainly easy on the wallet. Dorms start at ฿200 (about $6.20) a night. There is a quaint hangout spot on the rooftop terrace and a small communal area on the first floor, as well.

 

Affordable Hostel in Chiang Mai: Sunday Backpackers
Sunday Backpackers © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey

 

Location: 56 Chaiyapoom Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 87 727 5749 | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (owners live on site so usually open later)

 

Affordable Hostel in Chiang Mai: Sunday Backpackers
Sunday Backpackers © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey

 

Great Location in Chiang Mai: Thai Time Hostel

Thai Time is a simple hostel found near the Old City. This hostel is super centrally located in the hustle and bustle of this incredible city. Every Saturday, you can walk out the front doors of this hostel and be greeted by the Saturday Night Market Walking Street. It is also within walking distance of Wat Sri Suphan, otherwise known as the Silver Temple. After exploring these, unwind at the nearby Lila Thai Massage, a massage parlor and social enterprise duo that employs female ex-inmates. The options of cool and nearby attractions are endless! After exploring all of these incredible finds, feel free to lounge in the cool common area at Thai Time Hostel or instead get some sleep in one of their comfortable beds. Rooms start at ฿300 (about $9.40) a person for a dormitory and ฿800 (about $25) a room for a double private room.

 

Great Location in Chiang Mai: Thai Time Hostel
Thai Time Hostel © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey

 

Location:  34 Wualai Road, Hai-Ya, Chiang Mai, Thailand VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 95 453 8696 | Facebook
Hours: 24-hour reception

 

Great Location in Chiang Mai: Thai Time Hostel
Thai Time Hostel © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey

 

Best Hostel in Chiang Mai for Solo Travelers: Ombra House 21-24

Ombra House Chiang Mai is located right behind Artisan, one of the best coffee shops in Chiang Mai. This hostel is one of the most modern of them all (it even uses electric keycards) and is equipped with an abundance of communal areas, making it a top choice for solo travelers. These areas are complemented by a large garden and the cool artwork found throughout the hip accommodation option. There is also a kitchen should you need it, though we are sure you will not because of the many street food options found nearby.

 

Location:  149-153 Wualai Road Hai-Ya Muang, Chiang Mai City Chiang Mai, Thailand VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 52 085 334 | Facebook
Hours: 24-hour reception
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Oxotel Hostel Chiang Mai
Ombra House Chiang Mai © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson/Mad Monkey

 

 

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