Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand. You can choose from 130 Chiang Mai hostels. In total, there are 298 cheap places to stay in Chiang Mai such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $3 for a dorm.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Chiang Mai, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Most Chiang Mai hostels are located in
Mueang Chiang Mai District, Phra Singh, City Centre
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Chiang Mai? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Chiang Mai alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Chiang Mai. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Chiang Mai. To help you make friends with Chiang Mai before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand, is rich in culture and traditions, markets, and festivals. There's a great choice of Chiang Mai hostels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts available all around the area. If you can, try to stay within the old city walls -- you are close to everything, and the evening traffic is quite light.
Getting around is easy and not expansive. You have many options for transport to and from your Chiang Mai hostel -- rent a motorbike or a bike, take a taxi, or, for a cheap ride, choose a tuk tuk (remember to negotiate the price for your destination in advance).
Shopping is great -- the city is home to ten shopping malls, at least fifteen markets, and many boutiques and stores selling handicrafts. For shoppers, the Night Bazaar is absolutely appealing, but the Sunday Market is even better -- here you can find an incredible range of products.
Eating out is a pleasure -- cheap stalls and restaurants are everywhere and certainly near Chiang Mai hostels. The Loi Kroh and Thaphae Gate area are famous among backpackers for the simple, good, and inexpensive food.
You may want to avoid Chiang Mai and this region of Northern Thailand during the "burning season" of February, March, and April. Farmers clearing fields with fire and other pollution sources tend to create a yellow smoky haze in the air during these months. The campfire-like smell may not bother everyone, and the hostels in Chiang Mai will likely be less full during this time, but you may want to avoid the area during this time especially if you have breathing problems.
There is plenty of sightseeing to be done here. Leave your Chiang Mai hostel -- start from the old city, full of lanes dotted with old temples; trek to hilltribe villages; ride an elephant at the elephants camp; relax at the botanical garden; and visit Doi Suithep National Park. At the end of the day, enjoy an invigorating Thai massage or try a relaxing oil massage.
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Chiang Mai. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Chiang Mai. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Chiang Mai costs on average $9 for a dorm. A hostel in Chiang Mai with private rooms costs on average $12.
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Hostel Lullaby is the best hostel in Chiang Mai for couples.
Gongkaew Chiangmai Home is the best hostel in Chiang Mai for families.
Hobnob Hostel is the best hostel in Chiang Mai for groups.
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Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Chiang Mai. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Chiang Mai. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
Try a village trek, easily arranged through many hostels. However, if you are heading to neighbouring Laos, wait till then.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Chiang Mai and Thailand.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.