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Chiang Rai Hostel: Mercy Hostel review

When choosing accommodations, location is a big priority for me. Because of good location and good reviews, I chose to stay in Mercy Hostel for my two days in Chiang Rai. It was only a 400 m walk from the Old Bus Station and 300 m from the Clock Tower. But what really sold me on this hotel was the swimming pool. It’s not every day that you see a hostel with a pool! 😀

Getting there and checking in

From the Old Bus Terminal, the way to Mercy Hostel was pretty straightforward. I opened my Google maps and followed the directions. What I didn’t expect was that the hostel was in a residential neighborhood and is quite tucked away.

The reception area and the hostel can be reached after the driveway and the separate restaurant. The checking in process was pretty fast and I was instructed with rules and amenities available.

Mercy Hostel Dormitory Room

I stayed in an all-female dormitory room which is equipped with good air conditioning and sturdy double beds attached to the wall. The wooden panel that serves as the headboard also provided a little privacy. Not like the dorm rooms I stayed in before which had open bunk beds. I still prefer a little bit of privacy even if I’m staying in a dormitory room.

The bed was really amazing and cozy as well as the pillows. Near hotel quality, I must say!

mercy hostel female dormitory

Mercy Hostel Facilities

The shared shower (for female use only) was clean and spacious. There is a separate cubicle for every shower and toilet. Hair dryers are also available, which is very very rare for a hostel. The WiFi was fast and available throughout the hostel. There’s also a billiards/snooker table in the common area as well as a shared lounge and kitchen.

There are free water and coffee in the shared kitchen and you are also allowed to cook or use the fridge if you want to. There is also a separate laundry area at the back.

As for the pool, well I can’t technically say it’s a pool because it was so shallow. But when I got there, a few westerners were dipping in it probably because it was so hot and humid that time.

Overall, the facilities are clean and well-maintained. Not surprising that they get high reviews because of it.

mercy hostel chiang rai common area

The reception staff was also very kind to help me with directions and maps are available for free too. Even if I only stayed there for a night, staying in Mercy Hostel was still a good value for money.

Mercy Hostel

1005/22 Jet Yord rd. T.Vieng A. Muang, 57000 Chiang Rai, Thailand

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Darlene is currently on the road again and traveling full-time after being an expat/overseas Filipino worker in Qatar. She's rediscovering what it means to travel solo and in her 30s while working on her blogs.


  • We stayed in Chiang Mai about 6 years ago, but in a blue hostal (can’t remember the name) that was managed by two young French man. It was nice, but your hostal looks just great !!

  • Looks like a lovely place to stay. I’ve been looking for a place to go for a solo trip, might consider this place! 😀

  • Sandy N Vyjay

    Not much into hostels. But this one looks vibrant and comfortable too. I would love to experience the camaraderie spirit of hostels some day.

  • Great stay… have tried the hostel in India once so far but the experience was great… you get to make new friends is what;s more important

  • This hostel looks pretty cools. Haven’t seen a hostel with hair dryers (which is really impressive) and the swimming pool too! Im not sure if you have mentioned it but do they have curfews?

  • it seems that this hostel has all the facilities I usually look for. I appreciate this “little privacy” in the dorms they propose, and the hairdresser!

  • Great post. Never tried hostel option whenever traveled outside. But after going through your post I am getting a feel that I should try this option also which will be pocket friendly. And when I visit Thailand, I am definitely going to consider this option of stay.

  • The ladder to the upper bunk looks nice! Yung hagdan daw talaga ang napansin ko haha… Medyo struggle kasi yung hagdan sa Happy Taipei eh. Anyway, it looks good for a hostel indeed. I don’t think I’ve been to a hostel with a swimming pool so this is something new to me. Did you get to swim naman ba?

  • I too completely agree. Good location is the number 1 thing I look for while booking accommodations. Mercy Hostel sounds like a decent accommodation to try out.

  • Gat a lot of qualities to be rated as a hotel and for the fact that it has a swimming pool even makes it more attracting. Great review!

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