6 unique hostels in Bangkok and beyond every traveler should know about

Whether you’re a Bangkok resident with friends and family visiting (seems like our guest room is never empty) or an avid traveler who wants to explore more of our fair Kingdom, you need to get know these hostels.

Each destination is a unique experience in its own, which adds so much to any vacation (or staycation). Stay at any of these locations and your room will become more than just a place to crash at night – it becomes one more memorable experience to add to your trip. These hostels each offer a different perspective of Thailand with their unique locations, vibrant decor, high quality services and friendly atmosphere.

 

The laid back hostel in the hippest hood.

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The Yard Hostel is located in Ari, one of the hippest neighborhoods in all of Bangkok. Don’t expect crowds of tourists like at Khaosan Road. Instead, this hipster area is filled with little boutiques, stylish coffee shops and small local eateries. And it’s within easy reach of the all the major sights of the city.

So what does The Yard mean? In Thai ‘yard’ means relative, and once you’ve stayed at The Yard, that’s exactly what you’ll be. Hanging out in the backyard picnic tables, joining in on a Thai food class or lounging on the grassy lawn feels just like being at a friend or relative’s house for the summer. As soon as you grab a cold beer and lie back on one of the swinging hammocks, you’ll feel just like a part of the family.

Be sure to check out their freshly opened vegetarian café, Lilou, a tiny new eatery located right next the burger joint, Paper Butter. This way, you’ll never really have to leave this friendly neighborhood of theirs.

Choose from dorms or private rooms looking out onto the garden. The good quality mattresses are perfect after a long day of exploring Bangkok. Discover the local shops and restaurants around Ari, or walk 7 minutes to the BTS sky train Ari Station and explore all that Bangkok has to offer.

What’s the style? Down home comfort with a hipster vibe.

Who should stay here? Anyone who feels youthful, stylish and laid back.

More info: http://www.theyardhostel.com/

 

The hostel within a stylish hotel.

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Chao Hostel might just win the prize for unique location and story. You’ll find this cheery home-away-from-home on the 8th floor of the swanky Siam@Siam Design Hotel. But just because it’s ensconced in a high-rise urban resort doesn’t mean you won’t get a down to earth Thai experience.

The design concept comes from the way Bangkokians lived, worked, traveled and socialized along the banks of the Chao Phraya River hundreds of years ago. Design details, from reclaimed wood decor to local Thai fabric, come together to bring the Thai riverside to life in each of the 26 rooms.

The common area is a relaxing space to sip craft beer and swap stories with other travelers. Don’t forget to ask Chao Hostel’s staff for their hidden gems and Bangkok tips. The English-speaking hostel managers are incredibly passionate about travel and eager to share their knowledge of the city.

Chao Hostel is just a few minutes walk from MBK and National Stadium BTS, which connects you to everything from parties in Thonglor to shopping in Chatuchak. If you’re looking to stay somewhere that’s urban, rustic, and chic, this one’s for you.

What’s the style? Modern and creative with a retrospective twist.

Who should stay here? Anyone who’s looking for a traditional, cultural experience but doesn’t want to miss out on all the fun that downtown Bangkok has to offer.

More info: http://chaohostel.com/

 

The hi-tech hostel in the middle of vibrant Patong.

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Lub d pioneered the “modern cool” hostel concept in Thailand with their first branch in Silom, catering to everyone from flash packers and urban weekenders to digital nomads from all corners of the world. Next came the Siam branch opposite MBK, followed by Lub d Patong in Phuket in July 2016.  Be sure to also look out for Lub d in Makati, Philippines and Siem Riep, Cambodia in 2017.

Lub d has been super-social and tech-savvy since the very first millennial traveler flopped down on their ultra-comfy beds. Now, they’re bringing the same high standards to Phuket’s busiest beachfront neighborhood.

Lub d Patong features a see-through swimming pool, Muay Thai boxing ring, Splash Restaurant & Bar and co-working space, perfect for all those travel bloggers who need to be productive and hold a Skype meeting or two.

Expect the best in-room comfort, sleek design, first rate facilities and service, exciting activity programs happening all day and a chill out room complete with Netflix. The best part? It’s just a 3 minute stroll to Patong Beach.

Rooms are comfortable and spotless. Choose from co-ed or female-only dorms, or savor your privacy in double or twin rooms. The Patong location is right in the heart of the Phuket’s most adventurous beach, and Lub d is a safe, relaxing oasis in the midst of the action.

Whats the style? Sleek lux-for-less in prime locations in Bangkok and Phuket.

Who should stay here? Modern travelers who want the most bang for their baht.

More info: https://www.lubd.com/patong/

 

The hostel that feels like a 4-star hotel.

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“D” means good in Thai, and this hostel has more than earned the title, especially when it comes to cleanliness. D Hostel takes pride (rightfully so!) in its spotless spaces and clean crisp beds.

After returning from a day of sightseeing, you’ll be happy to come back to D Hostel’s hotel-like quality. Plush beds and bedlinens, fast wifi and spotless rooms all combine to make you feel like you’re staying in a 4-star hotel.

When it comes to style, this hostel doesn’t disappoint either. The retro vibes start at the lobby. Classic mid-century modern furniture compliments the colorful tiles, which have certainly been tagged #ihavethisthingwithfloors a few times. No really guys, just look at their style!

D Hostel is located in an old shophouse with Sino-Portuguese style architecture in the middle of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Bangkok. The hostel takes inspiration from the streets and shophouses of the area, adding vintage touches to a modern layout.

Half the fun of staying here is walking around and basking in the historic vibes of the old neighborhood. The stunning chedis of the Grand Palace are a short 15 minute walk away. Khaosan Road, in all it’s phad thai and dreadlocked glory, is also just a 6 minute walk from the hostel.

What’s the style? Comforting modernity in Old Bangkok.

Who should stay here? Anyone who wants to be immersed in historic Bangkok, but come home each night to the comforts of 2016.

More info: http://www.dhostelbkk.com/

 

The chic hostel created by passionate travelers.

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The “Oh”, a chic new hostel near Khaosan Road, is made for travelers by your fellow travelers. That means you’ll get exactly what you need and what you want, starting with the location.

Oh Bangkok is in the heart of the historic Bangkok neighborhood Banglamphu. Here, you’ll find Banglamphu Market, where locals shop for clothes and household goods, as well as streetfood vendors, 100-year old shophouses and glimmering temples.

It’s truly a beautiful place to stroll around, just make sure you duck into a café to take a break during hottest time of day! Then, as evening hits and the moon rises, so does the tempo in the streets.

Khaosan Road comes alive each night with music, shopping, eating, and drinking. Grab a drink at a rooftop bar, listen to a live band then head into one of the clubs and dance all night.

Oh Bangkok’s philosophy is that budget travel doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort. When you get home each night you’ll be so thankful for the clean comfort of your bed, you might just be tempted to shout “OH Bangkok, I love you!” (Sorry, we couldn’t resist!)

With three more locations in the works, Oh Bangkok is set to be the destination for the “digital nomad” community. Affordable accommodations, state of the art internet and co-working facilities all provide a constant connection for seamless work, whether it’s freelance writing, bootstrapping a start-up or posting on a fashion blog. You know, those cool jobs we wish we all had!

What’s the style? Natural, relaxing and comfy. Case in point, the outdoor bamboo lounge.

Who should stay here? Adventure minded travelers who want to make new friends.

More info: www.ohbangkok.com

 

The unique hostel with history.

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This traditional Thai home turned hostel is located near the end of Sukhumvit Soi 8. It feels far from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, but truthfully, it’s just a five-minute walk from Nana BTS station. It’s a gem of a find that’s located close enough to everything that the soi has to offer (colorful nightlife, tons of shopping, every type of cuisine you can imagine, we could go on) and provides the rare opportunity to enjoy a peaceful night’s rest in the center of the city.

FU House is one of the only original Thai style wooden homes left in the area. The unique house is over 50 years old, with the historic architecture promising an unforgettable personalized experience at FU House Hostel. Although it feels (and is!) old, FU House is renovated to incorporate environmental sustainability and all the modern amenities you can think of.

At FU House you’ll feel as comfortable as if you’re in your own home, thanks to the welcoming atmosphere. Kick back on the sunny drenched outdoor terrace and shady patio, or walk just a few steps from home for beautiful greenery and countless cafes and restaurants.

Choose from a Private Thai Suite or a Dorm Bed and get ready to experience Bangkok like a local. (Or if you are a local and feel like experiencing Bangkok like a carefree tourist, well, that can be arranged too!)

What’s the style? A warm home for travelers in the middle of modern Sukhumvit.

Who should stay here? Anyone who appreciates a peaceful stay in the heart of Bangkok.

More info: http://www.fuhousehostel.com/

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