Chiang Mai is one of the finest destinations that every backpackers can go. This place is situated in the heart of Thailand. It is still a city, but it is the direct opposite of the wild Bangkok. This conurbation is flourishing with culture, art, and history. Furthermore, some of the most sumptuous foodstuff in Thailand is 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 the essential backpacker amenities. If you are looking for hostels that can provide the perfect food, accommodations, and ambiance, check out the following recommendations that I have made.

Slumber Party Chiang Mai

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

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

A hostel that can provide you a minute 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. I 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 Slumber Party hostel.

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

Oxotel Hostel

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

**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.

THAI THAI Hostel

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

**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 craftsman. 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!

Stamps Backpackers

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

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

The Stamp Backpackers is another hostel in Chiang Mai that you should go. Although I have never been on 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 cleanliness of the place 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.

The Pause Hostel

Booking.com (*8.7) HostelWorld (*9.4) Map Starts at ($12) for 8 bed-dorm

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

Are you a techy backpacker? Then you should try checking into The Pause Hostel. This particular hostel is situated within the Nimmanhaemin Road, which is notoriously known as the digital hub of the Old City. Most tech-savvy nomads that I know prefer to this stay in this hostel. Bullet-speed Wi-Fi connections are widely available throughout the place. A good view deck with a set of computers that you can use throughout the day are also offered here. There are also common spaces where you can post all your stories on social media pages with your newly-found friends in this hostel!

But don’t think that the people stay at The Pause are bummers. For now, it is quite hard to separate our lives with the perks of modern technology. We still like to travel!

Deejai Backpacker

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

**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 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.

D-Well

Booking.com (*9.2) HostelWorld (*9.3) Map Starts at ($15) for 4 bed-dorm

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

D-Well is the talk-of-the-town, especially for backpackers. Most of the happiest trippers in Bangkok were able to step foot on this hostel. Well, I can attest that they are not cheap. However, the money that you will pay them can go an extra mile. D-Well is exceptionally prim and proper. No unattractive and repulsive sightings can be seen here.

If you miss the taste of your coffee from your coffee thermos, don’t worry. This place got you covered. D-Well serves perfectly brewed coffee 24 hours a week!

But the real deal-sealer of this hostel is their aesthetically appealing interiors. It is simple but never lost the touch of the authentic Thailand ambiance. The place is also surrounded by evening markets, bazaars, and ancient temples.

Hug Hostel

 HostelWorld (*9) Map Starts at ($6) for 12 bed-dorm

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

Chiang Mai is incomplete without the Hug Hostel. It is an exceptional place in where you can get to meet and mingle other backpackers and locals. It is within the center of the city. Therefore, you can find other bars, restaurants, and other attractions around here. Of course, temples and other historical sites are just a walking distance to the Hug Hostel.

On the other hand, their personnel is very courteous and friendly, especially to foreign travelers! All of the rooms here are clean and properly maintained. Comfort rooms are also kept tidy at all times.

S*Trips The Poshtel

Booking.com (*8.7) HostelWorld (*8.9) Map Starts at ($13) for 10 bed-dorm

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

Quality is the best selling point of the S*Trips The Poshtel. I find this hostel as the ideal choice for backpackers who want to explore all the finest places to hang out in Chiang Mai. Because of its close vicinity to these wonderful recreational destinations, the S*Trips The Poshtel is always considered a premium hostel.

Perhaps, the only downside of this hostel is its price. As far as I know, it is one of the most expensive hostels in the old city. But I cannot complain about it. From the services down to its location, it is hard not to claim that the S*Trips is one of the best hostels in Chiang Mai. Take note: their WiFi here is insanely fast.

Spicythai Backpackers

Booking.com (*8.3) HostelWorld (*8.9) Map Starts at ($7) for 8 bed-dorm

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

You can always trust Spicythai as a hostel. It has been around in Chiang Mai for a couple of years already. It has received a lot of good recommendations from many backpackers, which further solidified its reputation. Notably, the Spicythai is actually present in various areas of Thailand. Not all will agree with me that this hostel is a good looking one. But definitely, all the backpackers that have been here can testify their quality amenities and accommodation.

Baan Heart Thai

Booking.com (*8.8) HostelWorld (*9.8) Map Starts at ($13) for 12 bed-dorm

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

The Baan Heart Thai is the direct opposite of the S*Trips The Poshtel when it comes to price. This hostel is one of the most affordable options that a backpacker can have while on Chiang Mai. But surprisingly, the ambiance of the Baan Heart Thai is elegant and captivating. It is like you are residing in a three to four style hotel while you are here. Your $10 has a long way to go here. It can already give you a good sleeping bunk that comes with an ergonomic desk and power sockets. The common lounge space is quite a sight to behold. Of course, Wi-Fi is strong here!

Final Thoughts

While you are in the old city of Chiang Mai for a short backpacking experience, these hostels can provide you with the repose and extra amenities that you need. They provide great services and facilities, without curtailing the reasonability of price. You don’t have to spend much just experiencing the best out of these hostels. There are a lot of hostels that can be included in this list, but for me, these are the rendezvous that you should go first.

Check out some cheap hotels alternatives in Chian Mai in case you would like to take a break from backpacker spots.

Before we end, let me remind you that you should pack all the essential items and gears before you fly overseas. The overall success of your trip is never dependent on the hostels you stay. Instead, it will be in the preparations you made. If you come prepared, you can fully enjoy each of your backpacking excursions.

What do you think? What other hostels in Chiang Mai that deserve the limelight? Tell me your answers in the comment section below!


Author Bio: I am Nora D.King – a contributor of RainyAdventures.com. I am a nature lover. I believe that it is important for people to connect with mother nature’s gift of the great outdoors. I also write for several websites that focus on traveling and backpacking. I’ve also ghosted for other famous personalities who are known to be active in exploring nature and survival enthusiasts.


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