8 AWESOME Hostels in Chiang Mai For Solo Travelers

Chiang Mai is one of the finest destinations that every backpacker should go. It’s located in the heart of Thailand and has an amazing climate.

It’s still a city, but it is the direct opposite of wild Bangkok. This conurbation is flourishing with culture, art, and history. Furthermore, some of the most sumptuous foodstuffs in Thailand are offered here. 

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However, the best thing that you can probably do in Chiang Mai is backpacking. You can take a break from your erratic life here, especially if you are going to surround yourself with its sprawling historic treasures and scenic sites. The place is never dull. It is a reflection of what a tourist site should be. In fact, I can always claim that is one of the top havens for backpackers in Southeast Asia.

Fortunately, Chiang Mai is not lacking when it comes to essential backpacker amenities and it’s also an ideal destination for backpacking beginners!

If you are looking for hostels that can provide the perfect food, accommodations, and ambiance, check out the following recommendations that we have prepared:

Hostel Lullaby

Best Hostel in Thailand & Most Popular Hostel in Chiang Mai

Booking.com (*9.2) HostelWorld (*9.5) Starts at ($14) for 6 bed-dorm Map 

**prices are shown for weekdays in MID-season (NOV.)

Wanna stay right in the heart of the Chiang Mai old town? In that case, we would recommend Hostel Lullaby. Not only you will be a walking distance of all the attractions, such as Chedi Luang Temple and the Chiang Mai Gate, but you will also be able to enjoy the amazing amenities of one of the best hostels in the whole of Thailand.

This calm hostel features plenty of cozy common areas and comfortable private rooms and dorms equipped with power outlets, reading lights, AC, and large under-bed lockers. There is also a washer, a dryer, and a 24-hour CCTV.

Breakfasts are included in the price and so are weekly cooking classes and yoga and Thai boxing lessons. Moving around the city will also be easy for you thanks to the free bike rentals.

Slumber Party Chiang Mai

Best Party Hostel in Chiang Mai

Booking.com (*8.8) HostelWorld (*9.0) Starts at ($11) for 4 bed-dorm Map 

**prices are shown for weekdays in MID-season (NOV.)

A hostel that can provide you with a minute’s walk to the party regions of Chiang Mai is the Slumber Party. It’s a must-go place for backpackers who want to revel in the life of the party in the old city.

We have to admit that the shindigs here are not as crazy as the ones that take place in Bangkok. However, for simple fun and celebration, Chiang Mai is a good place to go. Fortunately, you can always hop to these bars and clubs if you are temporarily residing in the Slumber Party hostel.

Slumber Party also hosts parties of its own. It can induce adrenaline-pumping energy with its electro beats. Shotgun challenges and beer pong competitions also happen in the hostel every night. Not a single lonely night can be felt here.

Stamps Backpackers

Best Hostel in Chiang Mai for Solo Travelers 

Booking.com (*9.2) HostelWorld (*9.7) Starts at ($7) for 8 bed-dorm Map

**prices are shown for weekdays in MID-season (NOV.)

The Stamp Backpackers is another hostel in Chiang Mai that you should go to. Although I have never been to this rendezvous before, a lot of my friends told many good experiences while they are there. It features a cozy common area in which you can socialize with other travelers.

But despite the constant flow of people, the place’s cleanliness is still properly maintained. Also, it is a good thing to know that Stamps offers semi-private rooms. Other unique services like giant lockers are provided here, too.

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Pink x station (formerly known as Na La Da Hostel)

HostelWorld (*9.3) Map Starts at ($6) for 6 bed-dorm 

The Pink x station just might be the Shangri-La of Chiang Mai hostels. Located only a two-minute walk from the Night Bazaar and a 15-minute walk from the Saturday/Sunday Night Markets, this hostel has something for everyone.

Hundreds of satisfied tourists have remarked on the superb atmosphere and service at the Pink x. Unlike other hostels, this one offers a variety of 24/7 services, including 24 front desk service and a continuous supply of free snacks (pineapple biscuits and breadsticks) and beverages (coffee, tea, and hot and cold water). A breakfast of fruit, cereal, and toast is provided each morning before you head out to explore the markets and temples. Additional amenities include strong Wi-Fi, a book exchange, and laundry facilities.

Another fabulous feature of the Pink x station is the tour information and recommendation service the hostel staff offers. Guests have visited elephant sanctuaries and national parks thanks to the service, and you can be picked up and dropped off at the hostel’s front door by the tour providers.

Employees can also help facilitate scooter, motorbike, and car rentals for those who want to venture off on their own (a map is even provided to help you navigate around the city!). The best part, though, is that when you book a tour through the hostel, you receive a free massage! Given on-site, the massages are frequently referred to as “amazing” by contented recipients.

This truly is a backpacker’s paradise!

Oxotel Hostel

Booking.com (*8.7) HostelWorld (*9.4) Starts at ($14) for 6 bed-dorm Map 

**prices are shown for weekdays in MID-season (NOV.)

If you are backpacking with your partner, the Oxotel Hostel can become your instant haven. Just like the S*Trips The Poshtel, the Oxotel is quite pricey because of its high-class provisions and amenities. Specifically, the facilities here are patterned from resort-type of structures. Just by staying in this place, you can already feel that your payment has been thoroughly justified.

Private rooms are widely available in this hostel. However, I recommend that you should try their impeccably designed trailer spaces. The Oxotel Hostel is also close to other nearby stores and tourist destinations.    

Backpackers will love the Oxotel Hostel because of their friendly customer service. I was able to stay here together with my travel buddy last 2015. All their service crews and personnel are polite and courteous. They try their best to speak your language, which is already a plus factor for me. Nothing beats a hostel like this.

Chiangmai Gate Capsule Hostel

Cheapest Hostel in Chiang Mai

Booking.com (*8.8) HostelWorld (*9.0) Starts at ($4) for 12 bed-dorm Map

Backpackers who desire some rest and relaxation during their travels will adore staying at the Chiangmai Gate Capsule Hostel. This charming hostel has less of a “party” and more of a “self-care” vibe, and travelers often report having plenty of time and space to themselves when staying here.

Located less than 3 kilometers from the airport, this mellow and accommodating space will provide you with all the amenities you need to fully recharge before heading back out on the road. Each of the sleeping “capsules” comes complete with its own power socket, reading lamp, privacy curtains, hangers, and a clothes rack. Hot showers are provided, although it should be noted that there is only one bathroom per floor. For a small surcharge, towels and laundry service are available.

Much to the delight and relief of countless guests, the rooms are air-conditioned, and complimentary chilled water is offered. There is a communal sitting room if you feel like being social, with free Wi-Fi and desktop computers.

In terms of location, the Chiangmai Gate Capsule Hostel is in a superb spot. Many visitors love its proximity to the city center, which allows them to easily explore the city. From the hostel, you can walk to the Chiangmai Gate fresh market, home of delicious local food stalls that are open until 23.00. Two temples, Wat Phesing and Wat Jedi Leang are also within walking distance. After a good night’s sleep, an exciting day of exploration is at your doorstep!

THAI THAI Hostel

Booking.com (*9.2) HostelWorld (*9.5) Starts at ($14) for 6 bed-dorm Map

**prices are shown for weekdays in MID-season (NOV.)

It is definitely one of the coziest hostels in the area and as soon as you enter you will feel at home. The furniture is made out of Thai artisan wood, which was carved by skilled local craftsmen. Some of the furniture dates more than 20 years, which tells you a lot about the quality of the local craftsmanship, especially because it survived the hostel life, which we know can be quite rough on certain nights.

All of the rooms are air-conditioned (thank god!) and the common areas are always a good place to make friends or play a board game. Drinks are available 24/7 (yay!) which makes this hostel a perfect place to have a fun chat with other travelers or just to unwind and relax.

Beside every bed, there is a lamp which really makes things easier if you are the type that likes to read on your travels and for all your electronic devices there is a socket as well. Unlike other hostels you even get a towel for free, how awesome is that, right?

Breakfast is hearty and will provide you with enough energy to see all the important sights and conquer the whole day. It is only a 10 min walk from the old town and the night bazaar + only a 15 min walk from the Sunday/Saturday night market. We could call it a prime location. The staff is crazy but in a good way so we definitely recommend you to stay in this hostel on your next voyage!

Deejai Backpacker

Starts at ($7) for 4 bed-dorm HostelWorld (*7.6) Map 

**prices are shown for weekdays in MID-season (NOV.)

The Deejai Backpacker is another favorite hostel of backpackers in Chiang Mai. It has been in the old city for quite a time already, which proves its quality delivery of services and amenities. It has a soothing ambiance that is perfect for socializing and relaxation.

However, the best thing that you can get from staying in this hostel is their swimming pool. Since Thailand is a tropical region, the climate there can get hot. A refreshing pool can neutralize all the humid feeling! What’s better after all day walking around than a nice swim and chill time in the hammock by the pool?

Sleeping in Deejai is not a problem either. Each of the dorms only contains four bedrooms, which impedes the chances of overcrowding. For those aloof backpackers, this hostel also offers spacious private rooms.

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