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  • 5 Coolest Bangkok Hostels

    Cheap and Cool Places to Stay in Bangkok

    Booking a cheap hostel in Bangkok doesn’t mean you have to put up with cold showers, stained bedding and cockroach infested hallways – no matter what The Beach or The Hangover II movies taught you.

    Catering for the ever-growing number of ‘boutique backpackers’ Southeast Asia draws in every year, these 5 hip hostels in Bangkok go big on style – with bold and bright colours, standout artistic concepts and plenty of comfort, even for the fussiest of travelers. All these choices specialise in dorm sleeping arrangements, which in most cases means sharing (but saving your baht at the same time).

  • Dark, sleek and sexy, ONEDAY hostel oozes a certain air of sophistication found only in some of Bangkok’s top boutique hotels, where the price of a cocktail is almost as much as a nights’ stay here. ONEDAY’s Sukhumvit Soi 26 location means you’re walking distance from the BTS skytrain and a stone’s throw away from the some of the capital’s most happening nightlife and restaurants. Design wise, think rustic exposed brick walls, Ikea-esque plywood bunk beds, polished concrete floors and a snazzy communal area complete with leather sofas, computer stations and a cool conservatory-like breakfast room.

    Four, six and eight bed mixed and female-only dorms are available from around the 500 baht mark, as well as a selection a private rooms. Read More...

    The whole pod/capsule-hostel craze that swept across Asia for the last few years hasn’t skipped Bangkok, far from it. For some, the idea of bedding down for the night with four walls inches from your face might feel a little claustrophobic, for others, it’s an ingenious solution to bagging what feels like a ‘private’ room on the cheap. Pod Hostel Café Designshop has a nice industrial, workshop vibe, delivering a range of clean and trendy pod-style dorms rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The café downstairs is undeniably hip, with fixed gear bikes hanging from the walls (which you can buy if you want), computer work stations, and a comfy sofa area for chilling out - just meters away from the craziness of Victory Monument outside.

    Pod Hostel Café Designshop offers mixed sleep pod dorms with shared bathrooms (from 400 baht) alongside select private single and doubles. Read More...

    This Old City stay presents some of the most elegant dorm rooms we’ve ever laid eyes on in the capital. There’s a distinct Art Deco theme throughout, with chrome ladders and support beams fronting the bunk beds, expensive-looking hardwood flooring, and you can snug up tight in the luxuriously soft mauve-on-white bedding. Location is also key here, minutes’ away from Bangkok’s famous Golden Mountain Temple (hence the name) and a short tuk-tuk drive across town to other go-to places such as Khao San Road, the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

    Golden Mountain Hostel has super-flexible range of sleeping options, including mixed and female-only shared dorms, three-bed and five-bed family rooms, with prices starting from around 400 baht. Read More...

    Perfectly suited to the boutique backpacker, Boxpacker Hostel certainly looks the part, featuring wooden floors, wooden bunk beds and wooden sliding doors. Wooden everything basically. Just like the price, individual sleeping spaces are small, but you do get free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, personal reading lights, safety deposit boxes and a curtain for that extra privacy. You’ll be paying a few hundred more baht per night here compared to others, but that does include an excellent cooked breakfast (not just your measly D.I.Y toast and cereal station here). You can also walk to Central World and Pratunam Market, so you know that their claim of being ‘in the center of Bangkok’ isn’t an exaggeration.

    Four, Six, ten and 12-person shared dorm rooms start at Boxpackers Hostel for 650 baht. Read More...


    One of the very cheapest hostels in Bangkok happens to be one of the city’s most colourful; step inside Glur Bangkok (conveniently located at Sapan Taksin BTS by the river) and you might just need to keep your sunglasses on. The place is awash with bold primary colours throughout the lobby, kitchen and various communal areas, which, by the way, prove ideal for meeting other backpackers new to the city. Rooms are kept more minimalistic in design, with white linens, comfy (but quite small) mattresses and private curtains for all. There’s also 24-hour check-in, always great for those late night stragglers.

    Glur Bangkok has a range of mixed and female-only bunk bed dorm rooms, with one night starting from a little over 300 baht. Read More...

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