Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Chiang Rai, Thailand. You can choose from 24 Chiang Rai hostels. In total, there are 40 cheap places to stay in Chiang Rai such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $9 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 Rai, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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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 Rai? 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 Rai alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Chiang Rai. 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 Rai. To help you make friends with Chiang Rai before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Chiang Rai is a small city in the north of Thailand and it's best known for being the main city near the golden triangle (known as one of the main illicit opium-producing areas in Asia), although Thailand uses Chiang Rai as the entrance for tourists to see where the Mekong and Ruak rivers join and it is possible to see three countries -- Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar (Burma).
The region surrounding Chiang Rai is rich in natural attractions and cultural sites revealing the past and present of Thailand. Take a few treks and use some knowledge from the locals to guide you. Most of the treks are not dangerous or too rough, but the paths aren't always marked. The culture in the north of Thailand is a little bit different from the south and you'll easily find hill tribes (short drive to the long neck tribe, for example) and a lot of handicrafts, different dresses, and ornaments. Don't miss the White Temple -- it is one of the best in all of Thailand!
Chiang Rai is easily accessible by airplane -- there are really cheap flights from Bangkok if you book in advance -- or by bus if you are coming from Chiang Mai. Chiang Rai is also a great spot to travel to Laos through the Mekong river.
If you stay in any of the Chiang Rai hostels, try to get in touch with local culture, asking advice from the staff. Most hostels in Chiang Rai have English-speaking staff, which means that they speak just enough to give you what you need or to sell you something. Don't expect too much from the hostels in Chiang Rai, most of the times you'll get a bed in a dorm with a fan and a wonderful breakfast with pancakes, bananas, and chocolate -- but usually there are no common kitchens, although they have really cheap and tasty Thai meals.
Written by local enthusiast for Chiang Rai hostels CoffeeMarks
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Chiang Rai. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Chiang Rai. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
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Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Chiang Rai 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.