The Onion Hostel at the Flower Market in Bangkok: a quiet place to stay in thailand’s capital

In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, Bangkok is a sort of flight hub that I’m always stopping through. On my way from Sri Lanka to England, I stopped off for a few days in back in Bangkok to check out Songkran, visit an airplane graveyard, and peep Wat Samphran in person.

Gorgeous rooms that feel cozy and cool await you inside this vintage building in the heart of old town Bangkok. Here is my full review of both the budget bunks and the posh private rooms offered at The Onion Hostel at the Flower Market {The Onion, for short} in Bangkok, Thailand.


READ ON FOR MY REVIEW OF THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND


FLOWERS AT THE FLOWER MARKET NEXT DOOR TO THE ONION HOSTEL

FLOWERS AT THE FLOWER MARKET NEXT DOOR TO THE ONION HOSTEL

FLOWERS AT THE MARKET NEXT DOOR TO THE ONION HOSTEL

FLOWERS AT THE MARKET NEXT DOOR TO THE ONION HOSTEL

THE NEIGHBOURING FLOWER MARKET

THE NEIGHBOURING FLOWER MARKET

STOP + SMELL THE FLOWERS IN OLD TowN BANGKOK

Staying at The Onion Hostel means you’re located in old town Bangkok. Picking it as your accommodation in Bangkok means you’ll get a true taste of authentic Thai culture and local life. Flower markets, a riverside boardwalk, and local eateries pepper the surrounding area. The Onion Hostel is a piece of history. It once was a storage building for, you guessed it, onions. Along with flower markets, onions and garlic are kept in warehouses all over the alleyway near the river by the hostel.

The Onion Hostel is next to a 7-eleven convenience store, a Starbucks coffee shop, the Yodpiman Flower Market and river boardwalk, and the river taxi system. There are also a bevy of cafés and local eateries in the area. The Onion Hostel is within walking distance of Khao San Road and Wat Pho. You can see Wat Arun from the top floor and get there in a single ferry stop. Ultimately, it is ideally located away from the city noise whilst still being very much “in” the city.

BANGKOK'S ONION HOSTEL

HOW TO GET TO THE ONION HOSTEL at the flower market

The easiest way to get to The Onion Hostel at the Flower Market is, of course, to take a Grab taxi. Of course, that isn’t the cheapest way, but it is cheaper than a regular, metered taxi.

You can also take any of the A buses from DMK Airport to Khao San Road and take a Grab taxi from there! Bus tickets cost you 50 THB and a Grab should set you back no more than 90 THB, which makes this the cheapest way to get there.

THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND
THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

don’t worry! i’ve pinned the hostel’s location on the map!

AMENITIES FOR ALL

Board games, book exchanges, and bicycles for hire— The Onion Hostel offers a lot in terms of activities and amenities. If you just want a quiet night in, there are decks of cards and board games to be used freely for guests. Bicycle rentals are affordable {250 THB/ USD $7.89 per day}, and there are some very cool tours and workshops in the local area that Onion staff can help you organize and book.

Breakfast is included in the price of your stay and, though it’s standard, it is provided in a beautiful little nook on the ground floor. Toast, jams and butter, coffee, tea, cereal and granola options, milk, and juice are served from 7 AM - 10 AM, meaning early birds and late-risers can get the day started right.

THE BREAKFAST + DINING NOOK AT THE ONION HOSTEL

THE BREAKFAST + DINING NOOK AT THE ONION HOSTEL

THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

BUDGET BUNKS BEDS

The last two nights in Bangkok, I was given a bunk bed in the mixed dormitory. The beds were uncharacteristically wide. I felt like I was in a double bed, despite having 11 other bunks in the same large room.

I was easily able to store my belongings in the locker under my bunk and was provided a key and padlock free of charge, something you usually have to pay to rent or leave a deposit for. Bunks come with a shared bathroom with three toilets and four shower stalls. The facilities were clean and the provided towels were soft.

THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND
THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND
THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

POSH PRIVATE ROOMS

Instead of splashing out at a fancy hotel, consider booking the private room at The Onion Hostel! The hostel’s top floor has a beautiful room with a large, double bed and a private bathroom. The desk space was ideal for me to get some work done during the hottest hours of the day. Fresh linens and towels in the room made it feel just as comfortable as any hotel stay. There’s also air-conditioning, which makes a world of difference in your level of comfort after exploring the sticky streets of Bangkok, let me tell you. The room is supplied with drinking water, but it comes in plastic bottles, and I just really hate that complimentary water in plastic bottles is still a thing anywhere. I found a darling wee hairdryer in a canvas bag, two ceramic mugs, and soft yellow throw pillows the perfect little touches for the room. Ultimately, my night in the private room at the Onion was the highlight of my stay at the hostel and I highly recommend it if you’re seeking sanctuary from the city.

PRIVATE ROOMS AT THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

PRIVATE ROOMS AT THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

PRIVATE ROOM DESK SPACE AT THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

PRIVATE ROOM DESK SPACE AT THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

BOOKING YOUR STAY

Ready to book your Bangkok stay at The Onion Hostel?! You can book your stay via Booking.com.


Disclaimer: I was a guest of The Onion Hostel in Bangkok, but all my opinions are my own and my experience is expressed authentically. 


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a full review of The Onion Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand
THE ONION HOSTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND