Chiang Mai is a must-visit city in Thailand and even all of Southeast Asia. It has so much to offer from beautiful temples to some of the best food in the country and nature is just outside the city limits.
This is a big city though and there are plenty of places to stay in Chiang Mai which can make things a little overwhelming and difficult to choose where to stay in Chiang Mai. To help you decide which backpacker hostels are worth your time or even looking at I’m sharing the top 10 hostels in Chiang Mai and have included highlights to help you do a quick search.
All prices in this article are quoted in USD.
Tips for Choosing the Best Chiang Mai Hostel
When it comes to picking a hostel is all comes down to what you want and need. Some key things to keep in mind that will help you have the best stay are the following:
How Much to Budget
Hostel prices in Chiang Mai vary and generally it is a more expensive city that others in SE Asia but you can still find a number of cheap hostels in Chiang Mai for under $5 but most will be around $10.
Where to Stay in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is quite large so it’s best to find out what attractions you want to be closest to or opt to have public transit close to you. I personally liked being within walking distance of the Night Bazaar and was there every night for food!
When picking a hostel atmosphere is huge. Do you want a party hostel, somewhere you can chill out or somewhere that is super social? Chiang Mai has all of these options and you can find a hostel that is social without the crazy parties.
Always read the most recent reviews on Chiang Mai hostels. These are the best way to find out if a hostel is really for you. Hostelworld has reviews for every hostel and I highly encourage you to check them out.
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S*Trips the Poshtel
Price: Dorms from $11.70
S*Trips the Poshtel competes for the best hostel in Chiang Mai as it’s ideally located in downtown Chiang Mai and is only a 5-minute walk to the Night Bazzar (trust me you’ll be spending a lot of time here). Sunday Walking Street, Tha Phae Gates, Pantip Plaza and plenty of restaurants are very close by. All dorm rooms are ensuite and are 10 beds. It’s also possible to book a private room.
Price: Dorms from $12.80
This hostel in Chiang Mai is in the perfect spot that is close to all of the action from the biggest market in the city (Warorot Market), the night market, and the Sunday market. All are within less than a 10-minute walk. Dorms are available from 4 to 6 beds with high-speed Wi-Fi available throughout. Private rooms are available.
Slumber Party Chiang Mai
Price: Dorms from $12.80
Slumber Party Chiang Mai (formerly known as Bodega) is the sister hostel of one of the best hostels in Bangkok, of which there are now multiple locations throughout the country. This is the ultimate Chiang Mai backpackers hostel for parties. I mean their hashtag is #AdventureHardPartyHarder. This party hostel in Chiang Mai has the comfiest beds, it does not allow guests over 35 and has an awesome location in the middle of the old city.
Price: Dorms from $12.80
One of the top backpacker hostels in Chaing Mai, Stamps Backpackers does not focus on the party but is still a very social hostel. There are group activities every night, a common area with a bar and there is fast Wi-Fi. Each room is designed with pod beds that are semi-private and are available in single pod rooms and dorms.
Chiang Mai Gate Capsule Hostel
Price: Dorms start from $4.16
This hostel in Chiang Mai may not have the most flattering pictures but you can’t judge it based on that! It has an excellent location with a red minibus stop practically on the doorstep and majority of the main temples are within walking distance. It’s only a quick walk to Chiang Mai gate where you can find street food, the Saturday market at night is also close and the airport is only 2.75km away.
Price: Dorms from $5.76
This hostel in Chiang Mai is a bargain for Chiang Mai, a city that can be more expensive for backpackers. Hug Hostel has an on-site there is a cafe so you can grab food for breakfast or there are plenty of local food options and western food close by. It’s easy to catch public transit from the doorstep of the hostel and local markets including the famous Sunday market and the best clubs are within walking distance. Private rooms are available and dorms range from 4 to 12 beds. I personally think this is the best place to stay in Chiang Mai for location and price!
Price: Dorms start at $4.80
Deejai Backpacker is one of the more highly rated hostels in Chiang Mai and has opened a garden complex that is a 2-minute walk from the hostel for all backpackers in Chiang Mai. A great hostel for solo travellers and digital nomads, the pool there is free for guests to use (not many hostels in Chaing Mai have a swimming pool!) and it’s a great area to socialize. The hostel is set in a quiet area but the main bars and Thapae Gate are only a 15-minute walk away.
Price: Dorms from $11.04
I think the best part of Haus Hostel is how cozy it is and with all the natural light coming in you can’t help but feel at home. The next best thing is the multiple lounge/common areas that include reading nooks, a rooftop lounge and a greenhouse lounge. This hostel is situated in a historic building and the staff is known for being very helpful and friendly.
Mad Monkey Hostel Chiang Mai
Price: Dorms from $12.42
Mad Monkey Hostel Chiang Mai is pricer but that’s because it’s the first 5-star party hostel in Chiang Mai, making it a top contender for best hostel in Chiang mai. You can’t go wrong here with fabulous rooms and access to a pool. Plus the location is outstanding, it’s close to Warorot Market, Thapae Gate, Sunday Walking Street and Flower Market. Restaurants and temples are only a couple of minutes away and the Night Bazaar is a 5-minute walk away. Each private room had a queen-sized bed and dorms range from 4 to 12 beds.
Price: Dorms from $7
One of the best hostels, Spicythai Backpackers has become a popular name for hostels in Thailand with a number of locations across the country that travellers love. This hostel is located in a quiet neighbourfood and is close to the Myanmar embassy if you wish to travel there afterwards. Everything you could need is within walking distance from temples to 7-11, Chiang Mai sights and shopping. Fibre-optic Wi-Fi is included.
Enjoy your stay in Chiang Mai!