Best Hostels in Koh Lanta for Backpackers, Solo Travellers, and Groups of FriendsKoh Lanta is an island destination in Thailand off of the Andaman Coast. It's a popular place to visit if you want to enjoy nice beaches or scuba diving. The area actually has several islands with the largest two being Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai. Most of the tourist amenities and activities are concentrated on Koh Lanta Yai,…Read More
Affordable Hostels for Backpackers in Koh TaoKoh Tao is a small island off the Central Gulf Coast of Southern Thailand. It's part of the Chumphon Archipelago which also includes Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Koh Tao not only attracts backpackers but also scuba divers and nature lovers. The island offers a wide range of accommodation types for visitors, from the most basic bungalows to more luxurious…Read More
Affordable Hostels in Pattaya for BackpackersPattaya is a popular seaside resort area in Thailand. It's popular with both domestic and international travelers and it's close proximity to Bangkok, which is about 150 kilometers away, makes it an easy beach destination. The city is very developed and there is little left of the natural beauty that was once there. The local authorities have tried to clean…Read More
The Best Hostels in Pai, Thailand for Backpackers, Solo Travellers, and Groups of FriendsPai is a small town in the Mae Hong Son Province of Northern Thailand. The town has a beautiful setting in a very picturesque part of the country. Although the town itself is quite small, there has been a tourism boom in recent years and the number of guesthouses, restaurants, and bars has climbed dramatically. The tourists and locals seem…Read More
Quiet, Safe, and Affordable Hostels in Bangkok, ThailandBangkok is the capital of Thailand and the largest city in the country. It's an energetic place to visit with a vibrant, and often scandalous nightlife. It also has a rich history and a beautiful culture. For many visitors it is the point of entry into the country.
Bangkok has a wide variety of accommodation options to choose from. There…Read More
Quiet, Safe, and Affordable Hostels in Chiang MaiChiang Mai is a major tourist destination in Northern Thailand. It's a city with a population of more than 170,000 people in the city proper. The city is surrounded by mountains and beautiful countryside, and many visitors use Chiang Mai as a base for exploring the surrounding areas.
There is no shortage of hostels and budget accommodation in Chiang Mai.…Read More
The Best Hostels In and Around Krabi TownKrabi Province is a popular beach destination at the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand. The administrative capital of the province is Krabi Town which, for many visitors, is also the entry point to the area. The entire province has a lot to offer visitors. There are impressive sandy beaches, clear water, colorful coral reefs, and unique caves and waterfalls. There…Read More
The Best Party Hostels in Ao Nang, Railay Beach, and KrabiKrabi Province is a popular beach destination at the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand. Most visitors to the area stay in either Krabi Town (the province's capital), Ao Nang, or Railay Beach (Rai Leh). Ao Nang is a popular beach area for backpackers and it is the most developed beaches in the province. It has gained popularity with all types…Read More
Party Hostels and Bungalows in Koh Phi Phi for Solo Travellers or Small GroupsKoh Phi Phi is a popular destination with backpackers and budget travelers. The accommodation is more expensive than northern Thailand and the quality can be a bit rough. The cheapest options tend to be hostels and bungalows, and the facilities are usually very basic. Many places on the beach offer poorly built bungalows that provide limited security. Most of the…Read More
Best Hostels in Koh Samui for Solo Travellers, Groups, or Party-goersKoh Samui is an island in Thailand that is part of the Chumphon Archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand. It's an island that has a lot of natural beauty and very nice beaches. Tourism is a major industry here and the high number of tourists is starting to have a detrimental effect on the natural beauty of the area. Still,…Read More
Best Party Hostels for the Full Moon Party in Koh PhanganKoh Phangan is one of the top party destinations in Thailand. Most people head to the island for the famous Full Moon Party. The idea of the Full Moon Party began in the mid 1980s in the Haad Rin area and this area is still at the center of the party today. There are bars that line the beach and…Read More
Best Hostels for Backpackers, Solo Travellers, and Groups in PhuketPhuket has a wide diversity of hostels, guesthouses, and resorts. Like elsewhere in Southern Thailand, the prices can be higher than other parts of the country and the quality can vary. It's usually more affordable to stay in Phuket Town than it is on the beach. Local buses travel between the town and the beaches frequently and it's also possible…Read More
Best Hostels in Bangkok for Solo Travellers, Couples, & GroupsBangkok is the capital and largest city in Thailand. Most travelers begin or end their trip to Thailand in Bangkok, and the city has a lot to offer all types of travelers. Whether you're looking for the best parties or enchanting ancient temples, Bangkok really has something for everyone.
It's an affordable city to visit by western standards, but if…Read More
Best Hostels for Solo Travellers, Couples, & Groups in Chiang MaiMost visitors to Northern Thailand spend at least some time in Chiang Mai. It's a fun city that attracts all types of travelers for it's excellent cuisine, beautiful natural setting, and impressive markets. Many visitors end up spending longer than they expected in Chiang Mai.
There is no shortage of affordable accommodation in Chiang Mai. There are a variety of…Read More
Best Party Hostels in Chiang MaiChiang Mai's nightlife scene is not as famous as other destinations in Thailand such as Bangkok or Koh Phangan, but the city is still at the heart of the tourism industry in Northern Thailand so there are plenty of things to do every night. If you've come to Northern Thailand to party, then Chiang Mai is a popular stop. It's…Read More
Best Party Hostels in ThailandWith beautiful beaches and enchanted jungles, not to mention cheap prices, Thailand makes an ideal tropical destination for excitement, romance, and music. Visitors from around the world flock to the land of smiles to take everything in from the hot streets of Bangkok to the cool blue waters of The Beach. Each of Thailand's islands may have something unique to…Read More
Cheap Hostels in ThailandThailand has become a world class destination for its beaches, mountains, jungle, food, and friendly people. And there's one more reason why people flock to this tropical nation: it's cheap. The affordability of Thailand, even for the stunning tropical beaches, is a major draw of tourists to the region from all over the world. Younger travelers in particular, looking to…Read More
A Backpacker's Oasis
Thailand is the land of backpackers, but it's also filled with resorts and high end accommodation for people who are looking to escape it all. Thailand is easily the most touristy country in Southeast Asia and it's easy to see why. The beautiful, blue beaches are the main draw. For this reason you'll find hotels and hostels are far more expensive in the south than they are in the north. Even so, it's still Southeast Asia, and costs remain quite low.
The diversity of the Thai landscape means that you will likely want to visit more than just the beaches. If you choose to take a trek you may find yourself staying in some rustic accommodation in the jungle. These prices are typically built into any package that you book. Confirm ahead of time so that you understand what is included in the price and what is not.
Beyond the Beaches
It is possible to get some incredible deals on accommodations in Thailand. If you're a scuba diver, you can usually get some hefty discounts if you book your accommodations through your dive company. If you're getting certified, it's possible to even get free accommodation.
Similarly in Chiang Mai, if you plan to do a multi-day trek you can likely get your accommodation free at the guesthouse you go through. If you're not doing a trek, it can even be a little tricky to find accommodation at all, as many of the guesthouses, reserve rooms for the travelers who book treks.
It's possible in many places to show up without reservations and negotiate a good deal, but in some of the popular beach resort towns, you might find accommodation full by the time you arrive. Do a little research and plan ahead. Even if you make reservations ahead of time though, remember to negotiate the price. Everything in Thailand is negotiable.
If you plan to stay in an area for a lengthy amount of time, ask if you can get a discount. Sometimes you can negotiate the price down based on the length of time you plan on staying.
Hostels, Guesthouse, and Resorts
Accommodation in Thailand can range from the most luxurious resort catering to the rich and famous to the most rundown shack that sits on a sandy beach. If you're a budget traveler, you'll find that most of the cheapest accommodation is in the north, while hostels in the southern beach areas are far more expensive and of a much lower quality. Don't be surprised to find yourself in a half collapsed wooden shelter packed amid rows of similar quality huts. If you want better accommodation, you're going to have to pay more for it, and even then, the quality likely won't be what you find in the north.
If you're looking for the most diversity and bang for your buck, consider splitting your time between the north and the south. You'll see the cultural side of Thailand and save a few dollars in the northern jungle areas, and then you can relax on the beautiful beaches and splurge a little in the south.
You'll inevitably end up spending at least a couple of days in the vibrant capital city of Bangkok. While many travelers find it overwhelming, it is actually a great city to immerse yourself in the culture. There are many markets, museums, and attractions that are well worth the visit if you give Bangkok enough time.
You'll find most of the city's budget accommodation in the Koh San Road area. This is the area that caters to backpackers and party goers and there are countless bars and clubs in this neighborhood. There's also a good amount of cheap street food so if you're looking for a low cost meal, you won't have to search far.
If you want to skip out on some of the partying, and are hoping to experience a more authentic side of the city then you may want to look outside of Koh San Road for accommodation. It is possible to find cheap guesthouses in the other areas in the city that have a more authentic feel. They are often in more residential areas where you can escape some of the tourist crowds. Public transportation is very efficient in Bangkok, so whatever neighborhood you're staying in, it is possible to travel throughout the entire city in a fast and cheap manner.
Bangkok also has several western chain hotels. If you're looking for reliable and are willing to pay for it then this is always an option. They are almost always more expensive than local hotels of the same quality, but with a chain brand you can be assured that you know what you're getting.
Phuket is probably the most famous beach area in Thailand. It's a popular destination for travelers who plan to stay in resorts. Many travelers will arrange tours of the nearby areas through their hotels. This is usually the most expensive option. If you're on a particularly tight budget it is possible to stay in Phuket for a day or two and then take public transportation to explore the surrounding beaches.
Accommodation in Phuket is some of the most expensive in Thailand. You will likely need to make reservations at least a few weeks in advance during the high season and prices are rarely negotiable as rooms do sell out. There are several beach areas two choose from on the island. You could also stay in Phuket Town, which is more affordable, but requires some lengthy public transportation trip to reach the beach.
You will likely find the best prices in Phuket online. Those who do find rooms by walking in often end up paying more than those who reserved several weeks out. Do confirm the quality of your hotel in advance and there is a wide range of quality along the beach front.