With a plethora of eco-friendly practices and deep community involvement, The Yard Hostel Bangkok is an ideal accommodation option for environmentally conscious backpackers.
The Yard Hostel, voted the best hostel in Thailand and the third-best hostel in Asia by Hostelworld, has been celebrating sustainability ever since it first opened its doors in 2015.
Tucked away in the trendy Ari neighbourhood among all the hipster cafes, galleries, and boutiques, and only steps away from the famous Chatuchak weekend market, The Yard boasts an unbeatable location in the Thai capital.
The Yard has both mixed and female-only dorms. And for those who prefer not sharing a room with strangers, private rooms with bathrooms are also available. No matter what you choose, you’ll be staying in a comfortable modern space designed with sustainability in mind.
Recycled containers and glass bottles
What makes The Yard stand out among Bangkok’s hostels is the dedication of its owners—a couple of friends both named Som—to finding creative ideas to help them reduce their environmental footprint.
The rooms are nested in what once were old shipping containers, naturally insulated with recycled paper to keep them cool. This simple solution, combined with the use of adjustable inverter air conditioners, reduces the hostel’s energy consumption by almost a half.
All the furniture is made from repurposed and upcycled materials and premises are equipped with energy-saving LED lights controlled by motion sensors and timers. In the bathrooms, guests will find refillable soap and shampoo containers, along with friendly reminders to be mindful of their water usage. Water-saving toilets cut water consumption to about a third.
Upon arrival, all visitors are given reusable glass bottles for water refills. This way the hostel is able to save an estimated 1,000 plastic bottles from landfills every month. The Yard maintains a partnership with several local sustainability and wellness projects, including plastic reduction initiatives.
The organic breakfast served on the patio includes homemade yogurt and jams, milk from the Dairy Farming Promotion Organisation of Thailand that supports sustainable farming, and coffee from organic farms in Northern Thailand.
Convivial vibe and warm service
Set in lush green surroundings, this unique Bangkok hideaway provides a welcome respite from busy urban life. The name of the hostel doesn’t only refer to its delightful garden—“yard” also means family in Thai, and you can expect to find a convivial atmosphere true to its name.
The common area in one of the upper containers provides computers, a PlayStation, games, and books to keep everyone entertained. The hostel organizes plenty of activities that don’t harm the environment, ranging from cooking classes to mindfulness and yoga workshops and guided cultural tours. They will also let you borrow a bike for free to explore the neighbourhood in an eco-conscious way.
Som and Som have been successful in bringing their guests together to share stories, make connections, and learn more about sustainable living. If you wish to travel sustainably and meet other like-minded green travellers in Bangkok, then look no further than The Yard Hostel.
Address: 51 Phahon Yothin 5, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai
Phone: 089 677 4050