Bangkok; the first stop on my first ever backpacking adventure. I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to my journey through South East Asia. I was excited and the adrenaline was pumping. I was also a little anxious and overwhelmed by my new surroundings. Luckily for me, Lub d made me feel right at home.

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

I had been advised to pre-booked my first nights accommodation before I left the UK. I did so with the help of STA Travel. The guys at STA recommended Lub d. Not only was it right in the city centre but it was clean and most importantly of all, cheap at just £6.39 a night. In my books its the best ‘value for money’ Bangkok hostel out there.

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

As I’m sure many of you know, the first night in a new place is pretty important.  Thankfully I couldn’t have chosen a better place to stay. Not only would Lub d be my home for the beginning of my time in Asia but it would also be my first taste of the wonderful Thai people’s hospitality, kindness and generosity.

Location Location Location

Lub d is perfectly placed in the central district of Silom and just a 2 minute walk away from Patpong….one of the more ‘interesting’ parts of Bangkok (Anyone who has visited Patpong will know exactly what I mean). The hostel is also just a short walk to the BTS Skytrain and Metro.

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

During my time in Bangkok I stayed at a number hostels and hotels including a few in the busy and bustling Khao San Road. Lub d in Silom was definitely my favourite spot. Lub d also have a hostel in Siam Square though I didn’t stay here.

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

Not only is Lub d perfectly placed but its funky, quirky and cool decor makes it feel a lot more pricey than it actually is. Remember, just £6.39 a night. 

Lub d – translation? Sleep Well

Its no surprise that Lub d’s english translation is ‘sleep well’. The beds are so comfy and the rooms are immaculate. There are dorms of 4 -8 bunks complete with safe, lockable storage and plug sockets or private rooms with double beds if you fancy something a little more private.

Lub D - The Friendliest Hostel in Bangkok

private double room

The bathrooms won’t disappoint either. Their cleaner than a science lab and have plenty of showers, basins and mirrors for all your morning and evening ablutions.

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

shared bathroom

Don’t believe me, check out their reviews on Trip Advisor.

You don’t have to be a first time traveller to enjoy a stay at this awesome Bangkok hostel. In fact I met so many who return over and over again that it felt more like a home full of friends than it did a hostel full of strangers.

Me, myself and Lub d

In short.. their the best! They’ll make every effort to make you feel right at home, cater for your every need and help with any plans or bookings you wish to make when exploring the city. They are Lub d.

An example of their amazing hospitality was halloween. Halloween is a great night at Lub d with decorations everywhere and the staff in full costume.  There was an amazing band playing and the bar was busy with both residents and locals. Halloween just so happens to be my birthday and without saying a word, the staff called me up to the front, handed my a birthday cake and a free beer as everyone sang Happy Birthday. Later when I asked Niew (the manageress) how they knew. She said they clocked my date of birth on my passport when I checked in. How nice is that!?

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

Me, my friend, Scott and Niew (manageress) on the left.

What an awesome night I had. Needless to say the drinks didn’t stop there and I woke up the next day looking like I was still wearing a halloween mask… Nope. Just my face.

I was due to checkout at 10am but didn’t wake up till gone 11. Without noticing the time, I left my room and headed for the showers. As I returned to my room, my keycard wouldn’t work. It was then I noticed the time and assumed my keycard had expired. Down to reception I went in nothing more than a small towel. The wonderful staff thankfully renewed my keycard (after having a bloody good laugh first of course) and I was able to checkout slightly later.

I checked out and left Lub d to begin my trip round South East Asia. I returned to Bangkok before I left for Australia though and it wouldn’t had felt right to spend my last night anywhere other than Lub d.

Since my stay here, I have kept in touch with a few of the staff and love catching up with them online from time to time.

Lub d will always feel like my Bangkok home. I can’t wait to stay here with Gabby someday and I’m looking forward to recreating lots of fond memories.


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Have you visited Lub d? What did you think? Maybe there are even greater hostels in Bangkok… Let us know if you have any favourites!

Photos courtesy of Lub d

Lub d: The Coolest Bangkok Hostel... Fact!
Lub d is perfectly located and phenomenal value for money. Its a fun place full of friendly staff and a very comfortable stay.
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  • Recently been voted as the 'coolest hostel in Bangkok'
  • Perfect location
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  • Doreen Pendgracs

    Wow! A hostel with such a high rating is a real gem! Thx so much for sharing.

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Thanks, Doreen. Yeah, it was far better than many hotels I’ve stayed in!
      Thanks for reading.

  • Karrie Nodalo,RN

    I’ve never been to Thailand. Hopefully next year!!! Thanks for sharing! 😀

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Hoping you make it next year too. Its such a fantastic country and Bangkok is sheer madness 🙂

  • Marta Grilo

    That pictures are so funny. It really seems an amazing place. Going to keep it in mind for future trips.

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Thanks, Marta. Its a hostel crammed packed full of character 🙂

  • Tamara Wilcox

    I’ve never stayed in a hostel, but your entertaining photos definitely made me interested. I probably don’t fit the typical profile for a hosteler, but you never know!

    • Chris Nash

      We’ve meet all types of all ages in hostels Tamara (such as a 65 y.o South African history professor who’d lost 1 leg and both his feet to a snake bite)! 🙂

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Ah, I hope you stay in one someday, Tamara. This was my first hostel stay and it was a dream come true. Mixing with others seemed daunting in a foreign place but it was such a special experience. Don’t worry, there is no typical hostler style so you’ll be perfect 🙂
      Thanks so much for reading

  • Chris Nash

    Looks like a really cool, funky place!

    I have to disagree that £6.39 is great value however, especially by South-East Asian standards.

    Maybe if it had been $5.00 AU… 😉

  • elizabeth

    It looks like a lot of fun. Good location as well.

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Its in a cool spot. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth.

  • Nikoleta Michalova

    Looks like fun, but not like I place I would go to :/

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Oh thats a shame, Nikoleta. Thanks for stopping by and reading my post though 🙂 It was great fun!

  • Once in a Lifetime Journey

    awesome this looks like a really cool place and the photos are so funny!

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Its so cool. Yeah, their photos really get across the fun and the characters that stay and work there 🙂

  • TheGlobeWanderers

    Cheers, Lisa 🙂

  • TheGlobeWanderers

    Ah so pleased you saw this if visiting next March, Leonie. Really hope you manage to stay here. You won’t regret it 🙂

  • TheGlobeWanderers

    Yeah, Khao San Road is a short Tuk Tuk ride but Lub d is just tucked away nicely so its not too hectic yet not cut off.
    I stayed in a place for $1 in Khao San Road though which didn’t even offer glass in the windows so my experience may not have been the best to compare it too haha
    Thanks for reading, Nathan.

  • Mary Charie – TwoMonkeysTravel

    I love the way you did it, goodbye perfectly folded towels, straight sheets and shinny floors. Welcome, cool crazy photos! 😉

  • Justine Jobelle M. Kimoden

    I’ve never stayed in a hostel but this one actually looks like a hotel.

  • Gemma

    9/10 and £6.39 a night – wowzer. And I can confirm that there are many shady places in Bangkok, our hostel room had no windows!

  • evankristine

    Cool! This hostel looks modern and absolutely good review!

  • sanketdhume

    I love hostels. Have always made it a point to stay at one when one’s available. Lub D looks great – I really loved the choice of pictures here! HA 🙂

  • Cai

    Very timely, I’ll be going to Bangkok next month and haven’t book a hostel yet. I will consider this place thanks for sharing. Do you plan to visit the Philippines too?

  • Himanshu Barsainya

    This is so cool. And i am totally in love with candid photos. Thanks for this.

  • Trisha Velarmino

    James, the pictures are too cool! Especially the one in the toilets!!! Will definitely check this out!

  • Angeli

    Just checked out Lub’d, pity it’s not that cheap anymore! Looks good though.

  • Angeli

    Just checked out Lub’d, pity it’s not that cheap anymore! Looks good though.