A visit to Chiang Mai should include a few things: temples, food, excursions, and for many, an epic party hostel to rest, meet other travelers, and drink your face off. We know that the place you stay at can make or break your trip, but more importantly, your travels are about the people you meet. We’ve compiled the best social hostels in Chiang Mai that are sure to show you an incredible time in this northern city. Not only do these places have great vibes, but they’re affordable and centrally located. Behold, the top party hostels you should stay at where strangers become family!
Best Hostel For A Friendly Social Atmosphere:
Mad Monkey Hostel Chiang Mai
Formerly Brick House, Mad Monkey has recently taken over this Chiang Mai hostel. With over 200 beds, Mad Monkey is more than ready to maintain its party hostel reputation in this northern city. After exploring the nearby temples, grab a beer at the bar and take a dip in the pool with tons of other travelers from around the world. With nightly events and Customer Experience Representatives ready to show you an epic time, Mad Monkey Chiang Mai will be an unforgettable stop on your Southeast Asian trip. Mad Monkey is popular with solo travelers and female groups (check out our female-only dorms!) — here, you’ll find nightly events designed to create a social atmosphere to make your stay in Chiang Mai unforgettable!
Important note – Arriving by night bus? Make sure you book an early check-in, early check-ins from 10 am are offered on pre-booked dorm beds, ideal if you arrive on the red eye from Bangkok.
Best Hostel Rooftop: Hug Hostel + Hug Hostel Rooftop
With two branches within walking distance of each other, Hug Hostel has become one of the top hostels in Chiang Mai, providing comfortable and clean accommodation and a friendly environment. Whichever hostel you decide to stay at, make sure you check out the rooftop terrace at Hug Hostel Rooftop, which offers 360-degree views of Chiang Mai, along with regular events with music and cocktail specials. The rooms and bathrooms are immaculate and both branches even have an entertainment room where you can kick back and watch Netflix, utilize the computers for travel planning, or play board games with new friends. For the adventurous travelers, the staff here can help you book your tours and activities so you can make the most of your trip to Chiang Mai.
Hug Hostel Information:
Hug Hostel Rooftop Information:
Location: 51/1-2 Changphruek Road., Chang Phruek A. Muang Tambon Si Phum, Chiang Mai Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 53 217 566 | Website
Best Tours and Adventures: Stamps Backpackers
Located near the Tha Phae Gate on the east side of the old city, Stamps Backpackers is walking distance to numerous Chiang Mai sights and attractions. Specializing in tours and excursions, there’s no doubt you’ll find something exciting to do while staying at Stamps. Try out some Muay Thai, go whitewater rafting, chase some waterfalls, or take a Thai cooking class. Stamps also has nightly events, which makes meeting new friends super easy. Offering semi-private rooms, Stamps gives travelers both privacy and an easy way to meet new people to make your trip to Chiang Mai memorable.
Location: Chaiyapoom Rd, Chang Moi, Muang, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 90 318 8867 | Website
Most Affordable Hostel in Chiang Mai: Sunday Backpackers
With several common areas, a terrace, and a bar at this hostel, meeting other like-minded travelers has never been easier. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, always getting groups together for nights out on pub crawls. If excessive boozing isn’t your thing, they also bring groups out to watch boxing and ladyboy cabaret shows. This budget hostel is perfect for backpackers looking for a social atmosphere.
Location: 56/6 Chaiyapoom Road, Changmoi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 53 251 294 | Facebook
Best Boozey Party Hostel: Bodega Chiang Mai
Bodega hostels are known across Thailand for their epic parties and pub crawls. The staff here know how to get everybody pumped up and create a welcoming and festive atmosphere. Check out one of their cultural excursions or go on their epic pub crawl of the city. Make sure your beer pong game is on point and your liver is ready — Bodega Chiang Mai is guaranteed to show you the time of your life!
Location: 23 ซอย ราชมรรคา 3 ตำบล พระสิงห์ อำเภอ เมืองเชียงใหม่ Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 52 009 470 | Website
Hostel With the Best Pool Parties: Deejai Backpackers + Deejai Garden
If lounging poolside is your thing, Deejai Backpackers will most definitely hit the spot. Their salt water pool just 150 meters down the road from the hostel is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring Chiang Mai. The chill vibes of this hostel make for a friendly environment to meet other travelers. Make sure to schedule your stay around one of their epic pool parties!
Location: 1-2 Ratchamanka Rd, Thesaban Nakhon Chiang Mai, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 53 814 777 | Facebook
Best Hostel For Solo Travelers: SpicyThai Backpackers
Just north of the old city lies the famous SpicyThai Backpackers hostel. As one of the original backpacker hostels in Chiang Mai, SpicyThai has kept up its reputation for offering a home-away-from-home for travelers. Their common areas are always bustling with backpackers exchanging stories and tips, and their daily excursions are ideal to see the best of Chiang Mai. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and can help arrange your activities and onward travel.
Location: 36 Hassadisewi Rd, Sriphum Muang Chiang Mai Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 83 477 9467 | Facebook
Best Hostel Facilities in Chiang Mai: D-Well Hostel
For backpackers looking for both a social atmosphere and modern facilities, D-Well is perfect. Like many of the other places on this list, the staff are what make this hostel – helping guests with their every need, including booking tours and activities and assisting with the regular problems that arise while backpacking. With plenty of spacious lounge areas, you’re bound to make heaps of friends during your stay here. D-Well is proof that backpackers can enjoy both a social environment and impeccable bathrooms on a budget.
Location: 202 Ta Pae Rd. Amphur Muang Chiang Mai Thailand, Tambon Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 53 234 897 | Facebook
More Information About Hostels in Chiang Mai
Looking for something a bit more relaxed or upscale? Check out these other articles about the best hostels in Chiang Mai:
- The Best Hostels in Chiang Mai: Where to Stay in This Northern City by Kelly Iverson from Mad Monkey
- 20 Best Hostels in Chiang Mai from The Broke Backpacker
- The Best Backpacker hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Iona Proebst from The Culture Trip
- 10 Best Hostels in Chiang Mai for Backpackers in 2018 from Traveling Lifestyle
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