The What’s Up Guide to the Best Backpacker Hostels in Chiang Mai – Top 10

The Hub is one of the top recommended hostels in Nimmanhaemin Area.

Chiang Mai has been the destination of choice for travellers on a shoestring and backpackers since the 1970s. Fast forward to the 21st century and the choices of accommodation cover all genres from the traditional Heuan Pak Dee Hostel to the ultra-modern Plearn HostelMost hosteks are close to the Old City and are right on the doorsteps of key attractions and zones for wining and dining.

Chiang Mai’s hostels for backpackers mostly have dorms for up to 10 people. Some offer female only dorms as well as single and double occupancy private rooms. Kitchens, communal lounges, ticket and tour reservation services, luggage storage and cafés or bars are among the amenities typically provided. The What’s Up recommendations for top 10 backpacker hostels in Chiang Mai follows.

Last Updated: June 2019

  Old City & Nearby:  @Box Hostel | Eden Hostel | Great Hostel | Green Sleep | Heuan Pak Dee | Stamps
  Night Bazaar:  Plearn Hostel 
  Nimmanhaemin & Nearby:  Rimnim Hostel | Spicythai Backpackers | Hub Hostel Chiang Mai Further Reading


Centrally located in Chiang Mai Old City, Chedi Luang Temple and the famous Sunday Walking Street Market are right on the doorstep of the Green Sleep Hostel. This hostel features double rooms, and mixed and segregated dormitories with shared bathroom facilities. Bonuses include free WiFi, free bicycle use, lockers, a washing machine, electronic keycard access and left luggage…more info & booking     


Eden Walking Street Hostel is a top choice in the heart of the Old City. It is near Phra Singh Temple and the west end of the legendary Sunday Walking Street Market. Chedi Luang Temple is just 400 metres along the Walking Street route. The Eden Hostel provides different sized bunk-bed dorms for between four and ten occupants. All dorms are WiFi connected and have air-conditioning…more info & booking      

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The @ Box Hostel is 200 metres north of the Chang Phuak Gate to the Old City and five kilometres from Chiang Mai International Airport. The @ Box Hostel offers the choice of bunk-beds in four-bed mixed or women only dormitories. A flat-screen satellite TV, free WiFi, a shared kitchen, safety deposit and air-conditioning are among the features also provided…more info & booking     


The Great Chiang Mai Hostel is 150 metres along the Old City moat road from Chang Phuak Gate and the North Gate Jazz Co-Op. It is a four kilometre trip from Chiang Mai International Airport. The hostel offers a selection of spacious air-conditioned dormitories. Added extras are clean shared bathrooms, free WiFi, a kitchen, a café and laundry facilities…more info & booking   


Housed in a converted villa, the Heuan Pak-Dee Chiang Mai is sited in the Old City and a couple of minutes’ walk from Wat Phra Singh Temple. It is three kilometres from Chiang Mai International Airport. This hostel boasts deluxe rooms with private bathrooms as well as six and eight person dormitories. Location plus free WiFi, air-conditioning and complimentary toiletries ensure the Heuan Pak-Dee is a firm favourite among discerning travellers…more info & booking     


Plearn Hostel is one block from Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and only 400 metres away from Warorot Market. This contemporary hostel offers dormitory accommodation with an emphasis on comfort. Extras such as the choice of female, male or mixed dormitories, free bicycle hire, good-sized lockers, high-quality bedding and night lights have made the Plearn a popular hostel…more info & booking     


Located on a side soi off Nimmanhaemin Road, the Hub Hostel Chiang Mai is approximately three kilometres from Chiang Mai International Airport. This plush hostel offers 10-bed dormitories and single rooms with private bathrooms. An onsite bar-café and bike rental service are also available…more info & booking     


The Rimnim Hostel is located on Sirimangkalajarn Road and just down from the vibrant dining and nightlife quarter on Nimmanhaemin Road. It is three kilometres from Chiang Mai International Airport. This hostel offers bunk-beds in dorms, free WiFi, air-conditioning, lockers, a lounge and a shared kitchen…more info & booking     


Billed as Chiang Mai’s premier hostel, Stamps can’t be bettered on location. The moat, the Old City, Sompet Market and Thapae Gate are within a few minutes’ walk. Self-contained pod dorm rooms, air-conditioned six-bed dorms and eight-bed, fan-cooled dorms cater to all budgets. Lockers, European-style bathrooms, tour reservations services and a hospitable bar serving cheap drinks are the definitive bonuses at Stamps…more info & booking     


A converted residential villa, Spicythai is in the Chang Phuak area of Chiang Mai. The northwest corner of the moat and Kad Suan Kaew are a few minutes away on foot. Spicythai offers budget priced bunk beds in mixed or female air-conditioned dormitories. The house has a shared kitchen, clean communal bathrooms, free WiFi and individual security lockers…more info & booking