Planning a backpacking trip around South East Asia but worried about cockroach-infested hostels, rickety bamboo huts and crowded, noisy dorm rooms? Never fear! Times have certainly changed in South East Asia… and there are a variety of excellent accommodation options to suit every taste and budget.
Are you after the most kicking place in town, or are you backpacking with your partner and after a bit of privacy? Are friendly staff a top priority, or are you just looking for a good value all-rounder? Look no further – we have the results of the HostelBookers Awards for Excellence right here!
Every year, HostelBookers showcases the top hostels available (as judged by their customer ratings and feedback). It includes the best accommodation in categories from ‘atmosphere’ to ‘cleanliness’ – and this year, Thailand has picked up a whopping eight awards!
Make it your mission to stay in one if you’re in the area during your travels…
1. VOTED! Most Popular Hostel
NapPark Hostel @ Khao San, Bangkok, Thailand
There are no dorm beds at NapPark- just ‘NapSpaces’! Including a removable partition between each ‘space’, you’ll get a private TV, adjustable reading lamp, power supplies sockets for personal gadgets, mirror, Wi-Fi internet access… what more could you wish for? With 6 – 18 bed mixed dorms available (including one 8-bed female dorm), the communal areas of NapPark have been decorated like a Thai-home style old house, boasting colourful Thai cushions and handicrafts, and that all-important sociable atmosphere!
2. VOTED! In the Top 3 Accommodations
Smile Society, Bangkok, Thailand
You’ll find Smile Society right in the centre of Bangkok on Silom Road, where you can choose from a choice of beautifully clean dorms or private rooms with air-con – with all prices including breakfast (we particularly like this bit!).
3. VOTED! In the Top 3 Accommodations
Pak-Up Hostel, Krabi, Thailand
Meanwhile, over in Krabi, new boutique hostel Pak-Up picks up the second Thai accolade in this category, with amenities such as hot rain showers, huge under-bed lockers, personal reading light and international plug sockets, 24-hour reception, tour office and funky rooftop terrace with panoramic views.
4. VOTED! Best Atmosphere
SpicyPai Backpackers, Pai, Thailand
Is anyone surprised?! The Spicy Group are pretty famous for being one of the most fun, sociable operations in South East Asia. With four more hostels in Chiang Mai, Koh Tao, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang, it’s the one in Pai that scooped the prize this year. Described by the team as one of their ‘masterpieces’, Spicypai is located on an open rice paddy, and is the place where ‘every good day starts and finishes.’
5. VOTED! Best Staff
Ananas Phuket Hostels, Phuket, Thailand
Arguably the ‘first chic hostel in South East Asia’, this is a great pick for those on a budget, but who still want their creature comforts. As well as free WiFi and towels, you’ll also get a complimentary self-service breakfast, 24-hour security, an air-conditioned cinema room, plus access to the village gym if you do feel like lifting a finger (or a leg). No request too small, it seems! A well-deserved award in the ‘best staff’ category.
6. VOTED! Best Cleanliness
Lub d Bangkok – Silom, Bangkok, Thailand
We love Lub d, so aren’t in the least surprised it won something! This is another newbie hostel chain in Bangkok with ‘trendy & spotlessly clean facilities, friendly staff, bar area, free of charge wi-fi internet & mini theatre’ (all confirmed – we were there not long ago and loved it!). This one’s in Silom – so conveniently located right in the heart of the big bad city.
7. VOTED! Best Hostel for Solo Travellers
Saphaipae Hostel, Bangkok, Thailand
Travelling on your own? Then look no further than the biggest hostel in Bangkok, where, if full, you’ll be in prime position to meet 244 other backpackers (which, incidentally, is exactly what ‘Saphaipae’ means). If you do want a bit of privacy, then opt for a private ensuite (there are three floors of these alone!).
8. VOTED! Best Hostel for Couples
Khaosan Baan Thai, Bangkok, Thailand
This traditional Thai house has only ten (private rooms) and is the perfect place to chill out and unwind with that someone special (or even your best mate!). Superior and deluxe twins and doubles are available in this 60-year old teak wood house. Expect a warm Thai welcome!
So there you have it – a rundown of the Thailand winners! To book and browse through the myriad of other options available throughout Thailand, check out the Thailand accommodation page on HostelBookers.com.
What could be easier?!