Almost everyone who likes or understands a little about travel knows that Thailand is a paradise, not only for the beaches but also for the low prices. So it’s not hard to find where to stay in Thailand and pay less than $25 per person per night. Even in super touristy places where costs are expected to be higher, like Koh Phi Phi. And no half-assed accommodation, but good hostels and inns, well located and with the necessary comfort, despite the simple facilities. Some are more sophisticated than others, but they all have one thing in common: they can fit into just about any traveling budget.
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There are only two things you should be aware of when booking your budget accommodation in the country: whether there is hot water for bathing – some inns only offer a freshwater shower, but not an electric one – and whether breakfast is included in the daily rate, as some charge the meal separately. It’s also good to read comments left by other guests on review sites like ‘Booking’ and ‘HostelWorld’ to find out if the accommodations will be what you expect, as there are very basic and simple lodging establishments there. For the rest, just relax and enjoy this incredible corner of the world. Check out suggestions on where to stay in Thailand and pay cheaply in five cities and islands.
Where to Stay in Thailand – Bangkok for $14
The best place to stay in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is around the bustling and famous Khaosan Road and Rambuttri Street. There are many options for hotels, inns and hostels to stay in the area, in addition to shops open day and night, several restaurants, street food stalls, mini markets, nightlife and easy access to the main tourist attractions in the city. All at super attractive prices, as it couldn’t be in Thailand. Our accommodation suggestion is Suneta Hostel Khaosan , a hostel located on the second floor of a building a few meters from both Khaosan and Rambuttri.
Suneta was one of the best hostels that Escolha Viajar has stayed at around the world and the right place to stay in Thailand. Everything is very clean, super organized and the staff are always ready to help. Sightseeing tours and tickets to other regions of the country can be booked at reception. The hostel has a small common area, just a large lobby that serves as a dining room, TV room and a tiny communal kitchen. But there is so much to do in bustling Bangkok that this detail certainly doesn’t affect the quality of the accommodation, since you’ll be on the street most of the time. Tea and coffee are available in the lobby at all times.
Suneta Hostel offers shared dorms for four to 16 people and also private rooms for one to two guests. All have typical Thai wood decor, air conditioning, lockers, individual lights and sockets. The beds are large and comfortable, although the space in the rooms is very limited (so much so that it was difficult to take a photo of the interior of the room, since there was no space to retreat with the camera). All bathrooms are for common use. The daily rate starts at US$ 15 for a bed in a dormitory and US$ 35 for a private room. The hearty and tasty breakfast is included in the price. The use of WiFi internet is free of charge throughout the hostel.
Do you like Suneta Hostel Khaosan? Click here and make your reservation! You do not pay any additional fees. Still in doubt about where to stay in Bangkok? Click here and search for other options through the Booking hotel website.
Where to Stay in Thailand – Koh Lipe for $24
As a small island, Koh Lipe, located on the southern coast of the west coast of Thailand, does not have as many cheap accommodation options as the rest of Thailand. But it is still possible to find interesting prices, as long as you are willing to stay in a place without so much luxury and comfort. Which doesn’t mean staying far from the beach and without a view of the sea. Quite the opposite! Our suggestion of where to stay in Koh Lipe is the Green View Beach Resort , which is located right on the edge of Pattaya Beach, one of three on the island. There’s nothing between the loungers in the front yard and the almost unbelievable blue of the Andaman Sea. More ‘foot of sand’ than that, impossible!
But, as we said, it is a guesthouse with a very simple structure. The reception is only open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and the common area is restricted to a hut where there are picnic tables for meals and some padded mats to lie on the floor. In the garden, facing the beach, there are wooden loungers for free use. The only service that the inn offers is a minibar for the sale of drinks such as water, soda and beer – but we must say that the ONLY place in Koh Lipe where we can find really cold beer! There is no breakfast service or any other meals available, but Green View is within walking distance of several bars and restaurants.
All rooms in the guesthouse are traditionally Thai bamboo huts, which can accommodate from one to four guests. They all have a small balcony, a large bed covered with a mosquito net, very simple furniture – also made of bamboo -, a fan and a private bathroom WITHOUT an electric shower. The bath water is cold, but not brackish, so it’s not a big problem with the heat in Thailand. WiFi internet access is free throughout the inn, but it only works very close to the reception. Rates depend on the size of the room and the view it offers – garden or beach – but start at US$48.
Did you like the Green View Beach Resort? Click here and make your reservation! You do not pay any additional fees. Still in doubt about where to stay in Koh Lipe? Click here and search for other options through the Booking hotel website.
Where to Stay in Thailand – Koh Phi Phi for $12
Although it is the most popular tourist spot in the country, the Koh Phi Phi Archipelago is one of the cheapest places to stay in Thailand. This is because of the huge offer of accommodation options on the main island, called Phi Phi Don. Just walk for a few tens of meters and you will see numerous signs of inns, hotels and hostels advertising prices beyond inviting. But Phi Phi Don is a labyrinth of alleys and slopes, so it’s good that you research exactly where on the island you want to stay before closing the reservation. For those who want to stay almost by the sea and with a view of it, the choice is the Ibiza House Phi Phi .
This hostel/inn mixes private and shared rooms in charming bungalows spread around two pools that are simply providential amidst the heat of Koh Phi Phi. In addition to cooling off in the fresh water, Ibiza House is also located just half a block from Loh Dalam Bay, one of Phi Phi Don’s beautiful beaches. There are all types of shops within a few minutes’ walk, such as bars, restaurants and tourist agencies. You can reach Ton Sai Bay, the island’s main beach, in just 20 minutes. The inn also offers a tour desk, restaurant and bar. For those who like to party, there are ‘pool parties’ at least three times a week – and for those who like silence, just ask for a room away from the action.
Ibiza House has several types of rooms, all recently renovated and with air conditioning, safe (not lockers, really safe) and private bathroom. The shared dorms accommodate eight to 10 people, with daily rates starting at US$ 12. Private accommodations, on the other hand, vary in price according to the type – room or villa – and the view – to the pool or to the sea. Prices start at US$54 for the simplest double room. The breakfast service is charged separately, US$ 8, for all accommodations, except for the villas, when the service is already included. WiFi internet access is free and available throughout the inn.
Do you like Ibiza House Phi Phi? Click here and make your reservation! You do not pay any additional fees. Still in doubt about where to stay in Koh Phi Phi? Click here and search for other options through the Booking hotel website.
Where to Stay in Thailand – Railay Beach for $22
Railay Beach is one of the most expensive places to stay in Thailand. Because of the small size of the place – which is formed by three beaches – there is not much accommodation on offer, which makes prices go up. There are no hostels in Railay, for example, only guesthouses and hotels. The most expensive options are those facing the sea, both in West Beach and in Phra Nang. The cheapest ones are on the third beach, called Railay East, which actually doesn’t have a strip of sand, just a dock for boats to leave. That’s why it’s cheaper to stay in this part than the other two, but everything in Railay is very easy to reach within a maximum 20-minute walk.
If you want to stay on a budget, the choice is the Railay Garden View Resort , a guesthouse located at the bottom of the slope of Railay East. There are a fair amount of steps to climb to reception, but at least luggage can go on a trolley, hehe. Garden View is a simple and comfortable inn, with bamboo bungalows in the best Thai style and a small restaurant. Just a few meters – and a few steps down – away, there are bars, restaurants, shops, pharmacies and everything else you could need. From the Railay East pier, boat trips depart to visit the islands in the region and also the ‘James Bond Island’, a very popular attraction in the region.
All rooms at Garden View are private bungalows for up to two people with a balcony, double bed, mosquito net, fan and basic bamboo furniture. In the bathrooms, the shower is fresh water, but not hot. Some accommodations overlook the garden and others overlook the sea. Rates start at a measly US$22. Breakfast is tasty and included in the price. WiFi internet access is free and available throughout the inn.
Did you like the Railay Garden View Resort? Click here and make your reservation! You do not pay any additional fees. Still in doubt about where to stay in Railay Beach? Click here and search for other options through the Booking hotel website.
Where to stay in Thailand – Chiang Mai for US$9
The small city of Chiang Mai, in the north of the country, is by far the cheapest place to stay in Thailand. Although it is full of tourist attractions – with the temples of Doi Suthep and Wat Phan On, the Tiger Kingdon and numerous elephant recovery centers – it is well removed from the traditional west coast beach route, such as Krabi, Puket and Koh Phi Phi . Therefore, it is easy to find accommodations for prices below US$ 10. Our suggestion is Junior House , an inn that operates in a quiet street inside the wall that demarcates the historic center of the city. You don’t have to walk more than 15 minutes to reach the main shopping streets and also where Chiang Mai’s famous night markets take place.
The structure of the inn is quite simple, but it offers everything you could need. The common area is quite large, and on the ground floor there is a dining area with a restaurant and a fridge, where water, soda and beer are sold – let them know that you want the beer COLD, otherwise they leave the thermometer almost at room temperature. On the terrace, guests can relax after a day of sightseeing on the sun loungers or in the hot tub. The reception schedules taxis, tours and gives you all kinds of information you need, and the service is always prompt and very friendly. If you need transport from the airport to the hostel, just send an e-mail requesting a car (extra charge, but cheaper than a regular taxi).
All Junior House rooms are private, but the price is so low that many people believe they are paying for a bed in a shared dorm. The rooms have antique wooden furniture, but are spacious, with a fan, private bathroom, cable TV and large, comfortable beds. Rates are $9 for fan-only rooms and $15 for air-conditioned rooms. Breakfast service is optional and costs US$4 per person. WiFi internet access is free and works throughout the inn.
Did you like Junior House? Click here and make your reservation! You do not pay any additional fees. Still in doubt about where to stay in Chiang Mai? Click here and search for other options through the Booking hotel website.