9 of The Best Hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand – Discover The Ideal Places To Stay

Are you looking for a far and away exotic place to visit? Somewhere brimming with new sights, interesting people, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences?

Would you like to visit a place with unique shopping opportunities and a daily nightlife?

If you answered yes to either or both of those questions, Chiang Mai, Thailand is an excellent travel destination for you to visit.

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Visiting Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a culturally rich city with lots of things to see and experience. Boasting an average of slightly more than nine million tourists a year, Chiang Mai is one of the most popular places to visit in all of Thailand.

With many activities that range from seemingly ordinary to extraordinary, Chiang Mai is sure to be an interesting place to visit. To say the least, there is more than enough in this Thai-gem to keep foreigners in awe for days (or weeks).

Visit the Sunday Night Market a market hosted once a week in the city’s center filled with food vendors, local artists, low-cost massages, souvenirs and much more. Chiang Mai also offers a zip lining course through the jungle is you’re brave enough and not too scared of heights, it’s the perfect way to view jungle life without stumbling through a trail.

You’re in Thailand so why not try a Thai massage, or maybe a Thai cooking lesson? Both are offered for relatively cheap prices around the city and at many hostels as well. Maybe you’d like a more relaxed activity during your visit with an elephant tour. Or perhaps you’d like to tap into the extreme end of tourism and go cliff diving at Hang Dong Quarry, otherwise known as Chiang Mai’s Grand Canyon.

Best Hostels In Chiang Mai

No matter what type of activity you choose to participate in during your visit to Chiang Mai you are sure to need a place to sleep at night. That said, Chiang Mai offers some pretty amazing lodging options, especially in the hostel department. This includes both cutting-edge modern facilities as well as impressively low-priced facilities.

We took a look at dozens of hostels and compared them in price, amenities, location, and more. What we came up with is a list of nothing but the best hostels in the entire city.

Here’s our list:

1. Na La Da Hostel

Rated 9.4 / 10 on HostelWorld Na La Da Hostel provides a variety of room options to choose from. Private rooms, mixed and female-only dorms ensure that each and every visitor has the perfect sleeping arrangements for their needs. With air-conditioned rooms Na La Da Hostel provides each bed checked out with a locker, a bedside reading lamp, and a power socket.

Each person gets a free towel at check in to use for the duration of their stay. Also offered is a discounted Thai massage, foot massage or oil massage.

With a variety of free services including WiFi, 24/7 snack, and 24/7 drinks ( certain beverages only ), this hostel has many other great things to offer. Among those things are a living room with a couch and widescreen TV connected to Netflix, A free map available at check-in, and the possibility of a book exchange. A short 2 minutes walk from Chiang Mai’s night bazaar this hostel has plenty to offer.

With a 48-hour cancellation policy in effect, you should be checked in at or after 2 pm and you must be checked out by noon. To book a room you must be of at least 18 years of age. However, there is no curfew and there is a 24-hour front desk service.

2. Bodega Chiang Mai Thapae

Located just a 10 minutes walk from the Chiang Mai night bazaar, Bodega Chiang Mai Thapae rated 9.1 / 10 on HostelWorld is Thailand’s largest party brand hostel. With pool parties, pub crawls, market crawls, waterfall and grand canyon tours, and nightly drinking games offered this hostel is the number 1 hotspot for visiting party-goers.

If you choose to stay at this hostel be prepared for rowdy, fun, outgoing, drunk, and possibly naked patrons to be having a blast downing the free cocktail shots offered every night.

While breakfast may not be included in your stay, fun is guaranteed. With a 48-hour cancellation policy you must be checked in from 2 pm on and checked out before noon. You will be required to leave your passport at the front desk as a security deposit, however, it will be returned to you upon check out. You may pay with a credit card but there will be a fee, so it’s better to have the cash handy as it’s not very expensive at all.

3. The Islander Chiang Mai

The Islander Chiang Mai rates 9.7 / 10 on HostelWorld and has many benefits available when you check-in. A short 2 minutes from the Saturday Night Market The Islander Chiang Mai is a modern Thai style hostel with 3 floors of air-conditioned dorms, private rooms, and common areas.

As a fully licensed tour agent, employees at this hostel are more than capable of helping you plan and execute your touring needs. With a 72-hour cancellation fee, you must be 18 or older to check out a room at this hostel. Boasting individually controlled air conditioning, hot showers, cable and NetFlix, and free wifi who wouldn’t want to stay here?

This hostel does offer luggage storage and airport transfer, each for a separate fee that is not included in the price of booking the bed/room. Reception hours are 9 am to 10 pm, and check-in is from 2 pm through 10 pm paying in cash or with a credit card, and be sure to check out by 11 am on your predetermined day.

4. Family Home Chiang Mai

With a rating of 9.6 / 10 on HostelWorld, Family Home Chiang Mai has a fully English speaking staff, air conditioning throughout, and each bed is equipped with a locker, bedside lamp and power outlets to accommodate the tech-savvy traveler. You are allowed to bring in outside guests but they must not go to the dorms and must leave by 10 pm.

The Family Home Chiang Mai is NOT a party hostel. However, it focuses on enhancing the social experience of traveling to Thailand. This is a non-smoking hostel that requires it’s guests to be of at least 18 years of age. A common area with a bar and a self serve breakfast from 7:30 to 11 am proves that this hostel offers many extras as well as free wifi.

Check-in is from 2-10 pm and check out is before noon, with a 72-hour cancellation policy. This is the perfect place for you to stay if you are interested in the social aspect of travel and meet other travelers like yourself with an interest in new cultures and countries abroad.

5. Suneta Hostel Chiang Mai

The Suneta Hostel Chiang Mai has earned a rating of 9.4 / 10 on HostelWorld, and it’s no wonder why. Sanitary bathrooms, free wifi, free soap, shampoo, and a towel at check-in, and even 2 delightful cats to play within the main lobby, the Suneta Hostel Chiang Mai boasts a variety of features that entice the traveler to come to check it out.

Within a few minutes, walking distance of the Sunday Night Market and a 10-minute drive from the Chiang Mai International Airport this hostel has a prime location for many travelers. With check-in from 2-11 pm and check out before 1 pm, the reception hours of this hostel are 7 am through 11 pm. You can pay with cash or card at your arrival, and if something pops up they have a 48-hour cancellation fee for free cancellation.

6. Stamps Backpackers

At Stamps Backpackers many visitors find an experience of a lifetime. This hostel rated 9.6 / 10 on HostelWorld provides a unique stay with the option of semi-private sleeping pod concept dormitories. Offering single bed pod dorms and shared bunk bed dorms, each bed even comes with a locker to keep your personal belongings, a personal bedside lamp, as well as 2 wall power outlets

Stamps Backpackers is not a party hostel but it is a place that focuses on the socialization aspect of traveling, even providing nightly group activities,  a perfect place to go if you are interested in meeting like-minded individuals and groups. However, Stamps Backpackers is a youth hostel and is not a suitable place for young children, pets, or the elderly.

Offering free wifi, clean western-style bathrooms, common areas with a bar, English speaking staff, and 24-hour cancellation policy, even air conditioning from 6 pm to 11 am, there are many things to like about this hostel. Not included in the price of your stay is the required key deposit and optional towel rental.

The reception desk is open from 8 am through 10 pm, expected check-in time is 1:30-10 pm and check out must be before 11 am. At check-in you are expected to pay in cash, cards will not be accepted at this place of business.  There are designated smoking areas as well as a rule about not smoking in the dormitories.

7. D-Well Hostel

D-Well Hostel maintains a ranking of 9.3 / 10 on HostelWorld and was even awarded the Hoscar 2018 for “The most popular hostel in Chiang Mai” by HostelWorld. With a 24/7 reception desk and staff knowledgeable about the immediate and surrounding areas, even if you only have a vague sense of what you want to do during your stay in Chiang Mai they can help you to plan and arrange it.

Located a short 5-minute walk from Chiang Mai’s night market, and an   walk in the opposite direction to reach the Thapae Gate, there are many local attractions nearby. Offering free breakfast from 7:30-10:30 am, as well as free high-speed wifi and big common and kitchen areas, this hostel is a very promising place to stay.

Cash and credit cards are accepted at check-in from 3 pm – 11 pm, with checkout anytime before 11 am. Also offered at this hostel is a 72-hour cancellation policy, an on-site cafe open from 7 am through 7 pm, as well as happy hour from 6-9 pm. With no curfew to speak of feel free to enjoy your night as you please.

8. 84 Gallery

84 Gallery is a sleek and modern hostel in Chiang Mai rated at 9.4 / 10 on HostelWorld. A short walk or drive from all that Chiang Mai has to offer including the airport puts this hostel in a prime location. Close to many popular restaurants and cafes, as well as Central Airport Mall, there are many places for travelers to visit nearby.

There are 3 dorm rooms with air conditioning and separate bathrooms, complimentary tea and coffee from 8-11 am, as well as an electronic lock on the front door requiring a small deposit returned to you upon checkout. Reception is open from 8 am through 10 pm, with check-in expected between 2-10 pm with a payment made in cash only and check out from 8 am to noon. Regardless of your length of stay, you must be 18 or older to check-in at this hostel, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

9. Stay Thapae Hostel

Located in the heart of Chiang Mai, Stay Thapae Hostel offers a female-only floor option as well as mixed dorms. Feel safe with 24-hour security monitoring by CCTV, as well as a locked main door after 10 pm accessible only by keycard.

This hostel offers all their guests free computer access in common areas, free wifi, and free hygiene supplies such as shampoo, shower gel, and a hairdryer.

Upon arrival, you must present a valid ID or passport as well as your payment in cash or with a credit card including your deposit for a key and towel at check-in from 2-10 pm. You must be checked out by 10 am on your scheduled date. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy should anything go wrong and you have to cancel your trip.

There are several ATMs around the hostel as well as an information center with the ability to exchange currency so you will never have to worry about not being able to do something because they don’t accept your card. While there is no curfew there are a few rules that must be followed such as no smoking within the building and no food in the dormitories, only water is allowed.

Final Thoughts About The Hostels In Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has many incredible and highly rated hostels available to be booked. Before you take your trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand, spend some time considering which hostel best suits your needs as a traveler.

Ask yourself, are you looking for a full-blown party experience from sundown to sun-up or a more relaxed place to rest and enjoy the social aspects of traveling abroad?

Whatever the case, be sure that Chiang Mai has a hostel that meets or exceeds all of your needs.

Whatever hostel you choose to stay in please leave a comment letting us know how your stay was. Feel free to comment below if you have experience at one of these or another hostel in Chiang Mai, and how your overall stay was.

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