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The 8 Best Hostels in Chiang Mai (Updated 2024)

A view overlooking the Old City moat from a small bridge in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Posted: 2/20/24 | February 20th, 2024

Chiang Mai is the most popular destination in northern Thailand. It’s a hub for travelers looking to go trekking in the jungle or visit the nearby elephant sanctuaries. I love it here. I was there recently and glad to see that, even post-COVID, the vibe the city has remained the same (it’s one of the best places for food in the country).

As a popular travel hub, the city is awash in hostels. There’s something for every travel type and budget.

To help you pick out of the hundreds of options available, below is my list of the best hostels in Chiang Mai.

If you don’t want to read the longer list, the following are the best in each category:

Best Hostel for Budget Travelers:

Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers:

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads:

Best Hostel for Partying:

Want the specifics? Here’s my breakdown of the best hostels in Chiang Mai and why I love them:

Price legend (per night):

  • $: Under 350 THB
  • $$: 350-500 THB
  • $$$: Over 500 THB


1. Stamps Backpackers

A lone traveler working at a desk at Stamps Hostel in Chiang Mai, ThailandA lone traveler working at a desk at Stamps Hostel in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Right on the outskirts of the Old City, this is a super social hostel. They organize events every single night and there’s a bar on-site that’s open to the public so you can mingle with locals and travelers alike (they have a great happy hour). They also have a tour desk and they organize day trips from the city. What I especially found helpful was their blackboard where travelers can post their plans.

While the dorm beds in the larger rooms are basic (simple bunks with no curtains), the mattresses are thick and quite comfortable. The smaller dorms also only have single beds so there are no bunks. You also get your own little alcove so it feels much more private than the standard dorm. (Note: while the smaller dorms have AC, the larger eight-person dorms only have a fan (it’s a personal fan though).)

This is the best hostel in the city. If you can find a room, stay here!

Stamps at a glance:

  • $$
  • Super easy to meet people
  • Shared activity board
  • Tour desk on-site

Beds from 450 THB.

Book here!


2. Hidden Garden Hostel

The cool lobby and common area of the Hidden Garden Hostel in Chiang Mai, ThailandThe cool lobby and common area of the Hidden Garden Hostel in Chiang Mai, Thailand
This hostel is incredibly charming, with beautiful architecture and a minimalist design that features lots of exposed wood. It has a boutique feel to it, with large and spacious dorms that don’t feel crowded. The dorm beds are super comfortable and feature individual lights, outlets, and curtains so you can get a good sleep. It’s a social hostel, but not party centric.

The hostel also has a pool…

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