Hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Get to know Chiang Mai (no more "I wish I knew this before")

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.

FAQ about Chiang Mai Hostels

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 $13 for a dorm. A hostel in Chiang Mai with private rooms costs on average $25. shows all 129 Hostels in Chiang Mai. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Hostel Lullaby is the best hostel in Chiang Mai for couples.
Hobnob Hostel is the best hostel in Chiang Mai for groups. compares prices for 129 hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Chiang Mai such as
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Bodega Chiang Mai Thapae is the best rated hostel for partying in Chiang Mai.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Chiang Mai

Your Packing List for Chiang Mai

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.

Get your full Packing List here

Chiang Mai Hostel Cheatsheet

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.
129 Total number of hostels
$13 Average dorm price
$25 Average private room price
$3 Cheapest hostel in Chiang Mai
Just Chill Inn is the cheapest
25 Party hostels in Chiang Mai
Bodega Chiang Mai Thapae is the best rated
Most Chiang Mai hostels are located in
Mueang Chiang Mai District, Phra Singh, City Centre
6.3 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Hang Dong (13 Km / 8 mi.)
San Kamphaeng (15 Km / 9 mi.)
Lamphun (23 Km / 15 mi.)
Chiang Dao (64 Km / 40 mi.)
Lampang (77 Km / 48 mi.)
Pai (86 Km / 53 mi.)
Phayao (104 Km / 65 mi.)

Travel Tips for Chiang Mai - from the Community

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.


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