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Whether you’re an avid solo traveller or trying it for your first time, Bangkok is one of the top destinations for anyone travelling alone. I was taken aback by the huge number of other people travelling alone so was never short of any company to explore the city.
Whilst your days will be full to the brim of historic temples and bustling markets, evenings will be a completely different affair with the world famous nightlife that Bangkok has to offer.
As the worlds most visited city and with over 500 hostels, it can be difficult to choose where to stay in Bangkok. In this guide I’ve narrowed down the best hostels in Bangkok for solo travellers to make your decision easier.
- Best OVERALL Hostel: Nap Park @ Koh San Road
- Best Hostel with a POOL: Here Hostel
- Best PARTY Hostel: Mad Monkey Bangkok
- Best CHILLED SOCIAL Hostel: The Yard
- Best for DIGITAL NOMADS: OneDay Hostel
Nap Park @ Koh San Road **Best OVERALL Hostel in Bangkok for Solo Travellers**
- Perfect mix of chilled out mingling with epic nights out
- Common room in main reception areas is always full of other solo travellers
If you’re travelling alone, Nap Park is the number one hostel in Bangkok for your trip. I stayed here right at the beginning of my 4 month journey around Southeast Asia and made friends at the hostel that lasted my entire journey. The hostel attracts a lot of people just starting out on their travels as well as some on a final stop before returning home, making the atmosphere incredibly upbeat, you won’t be friendless for long.
The social area is perfect for lounging around and mingling with other solo travellers. This is not a party hostel but there is a small bar that serves cocktails until around 10pm when the rep takes hostel goers on a bar crawl ending up on nearby Koh San Road. The staff were friendly and offered good rates for tours and transport which made things convenient.
Here Hostel Bangkok **Best Hostel with A POOL**
- Garden with pool and a bar
- Near to main nightlife area for backpackers
- Pod style beds with good level of privacy
If having a pool is an essential part of your visit, the Here Hostel is right up your street. The garden area is the perfect place to chill while you mingle with fellow travellers and maybe have a game of volleyball or two. It also has a bar serving both food and drinks at reasonable prices and they have a cracking free breakfast.
In the dorm rooms, the pod style beds each have a curtain, so you get a nice amount of privacy. The hostel is in a good location, close to Bangkok’s top nightlife spot, Koh San Road, but it’s still quiet and feels safe. This is one of the most popular hostels in Bangkok for those travelling alone or in small groups, so you should find a tribe to explore the city with.
Mad Monkey Bangkok **Best PARTY Hostel for Solo Travellers**
- Liveliest party hostel in Bangkok near Koh San Road
- Daily activities to meet other solo travellers
I must admit there is never a dull moment at a Mad Monkey hostel and this one is no exception. The hostel has a pool for relaxing after days exploring the humid city, but it’s not the facilities that set this one apart, it’s the parties. Activities are held every single night (including a cheeky welcome drink on arrival) and reps do a great job at ensuring everyone is mingling and making new friends.
This hostel is very alcohol-focused and attracts a younger crowd so it’s not for everyone but if you enjoy a drinking game or two, then you’ve come to the right place. The bar is open to the public so even if you don’t stay here, you could always visit for a mad evening.
The Yard Hostel **Best CHILLED SOCIAL Hostel in Bangkok**
- Chilled out environment in a residential area of Bangkok
- Great places to hangout including hammocks and bean bags
- Authentic street food right near hostel
This is easily one of the best hostels in Bangkok for solo travellers looking towards a more relaxed Thai experience. Unlike the previous hostels on this list, it’s located away from the main backpacker area of Koh San Road in the hip residential area of Ari, close to Chatuchak weekend market.
The dorm rooms are made from containers, although you’d never be able to tell from the modern interior. There is a huge courtyard area for relaxing, with bean bag social areas and the odd hammock for lounging around in. The hostel offers yoga each evening and Muay Thai sessions.
The facilities are great too, with some of the best showers you’ll find in a hostel and a top-class free breakfast. The neighbourhood is full of cute cafes and street food stalls, pick up some delish Pad Thai and enjoy it back at the hostel courtyard.
OneDay Hostel **Best for DIGITAL NOMADS**
- Fast WiFi and co-working space within the hostel (extra charge)
- Modern facilities with privacy curtains on each bed
Combined accommodation and co-working space is what makes OneDay one of the best hostels in Bangkok for solo travellers who are also digital nomads. The common area has plenty of social spaces for hanging out, although it’s probably the least sociable out of the hostels on this list as tends to attract an audience of nomads with work to do.
For an affordable night’s stay, the hostel facilities are impressive. The beds are comfy and offer plenty of privacy with curtains on each bed and private changing rooms.
One Day Hostel can be found in Sukhumvit which has easy access to the airport via the nearby Sky Train as well as close proximity to malls, restaurants and great nightlife. The co working space is an additional 350 baht per day which includes a desk in an open plan office, high speed internet and access to kitchen facilities.
How to Keep Safe in Bangkok as a Solo Traveller
Beware of scams – Sometimes tuk tuk drivers will tell you an attraction is closed, this is a major scam. The drivers will offer to take you to an alternative temple, not only will you be paying more for the journey, you could be taken to fake travel agents and duty free shops along the way where you’ll be scammed even more.
Get Grab on your phone – If you’re travelling alone in Bangkok, you may be vulnerable to taxi drivers taking advantage of this and over charging you or taking you to the wrong place. I recommend downloading Grab where you can track your journey and get a fair price.
Dress sensibly – This tip is mainly for solo female travellers in Bangkok. Remember that it’s a Buddhist country and quite conservative so don’t wear anything too revealing else you may attract unwanted attention. Also, remember that temples can have strict dress requirements, especially the Grand Palace.
Kieren is the avid traveller behind the blog. His adventures have included Interrailing through Europe, road tripping the US and backpacking SE Asia.