If travelling has taught me one thing, it’s how to spy a good hostel! I’m now an expert at spotting fake reviews on Hostelworld and have stayed in some top notch hostels on my recent Southeast Asia trip which I would like to share with you today!
Before we get into things, be aware that most of the hostels I stay in are not your usual party hostels (I try to avoid those). I don’t stay in the cheapest places either, I’m more into nice hostels with a great atmosphere that are in the mid price range. So with that out of the way, here we go!
1. The Broken Compass Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
It was extremely hard to pick my number one, but The Broken Compass just rocks! Apart from the fact that it is situated on a heavenly island in Indonesia, it’s also run by the friendliest staff, has a great pool, good breakfast and a Sunday Roast!
The rooms are basic with AC and the bathroom is spacious and very clean. It’s a bit more on the expensive side of hostels in Southeast Asia, but it’s so worth it! I met a great bunch of people in this hostel and had an amazing memorable time here! I was recommended this hostel by my friend Vicky who stayed here before. It’s not on any booking platform, you’ll have to email them in advance as it gets really busy!
Luckily, the first hostel I stayed in was an allround winner too! I stayed in the Bed Station hostel an incredible 3 times and a total of 12 nights and I love it! It’s super clean, the showers are massive and the staff is amazing! The manager ordered a taxi for us and since the traffic was crazy it couldn’t stop in front of the hostel so he walked us around the block to the taxi. Talk about good service!
Breakfast is included and the atmosphere is super nice and friendly. The location could not be better for Bangkok. It’s right next to a Skytrain station and next to tons of shopping malls with amazing food courts. I will always go back to this hostel when I’m in Bangkok!
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When thinking about the people I met on my travels, Sac Lo Homestay will always have a special place in my heart Although it is not as fancy as other hostels, the people are what makes this place! Lyna, the girl who runs it is the kind of person that makes everyone feel welcome and part of their family. She runs it with her sisters who don’t speak English but are incredibly lovely and Binh, the cutest baby in the whole of Vietnam!
I met an incredible bunch of people here and we spent lovely days drinking coffee and having the best food in places that Lyna showed us. She also took the whole hostel out for a typical Vietnamese dinner and made us fall in love with Hoi An. If you go to Hoi An, do not stay anywhere else but here!
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After a few awful nights in a really noisy hostel, me and my friend decided to move. We had heard about this hostel before but we couldn’t find it online because it had recently changed it’s name from One Stop Hostel to Onederz.
The location of this hostel is fab as it’s right around the corner from the night market and ideally situated for trips to Angkor Wat! It’s also got a pool on the rooftop with great views of Siem Reap and the travel desk is incredibly helpful!
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Another gem in the Cambodian hostelphere is the Envoy hostel. Located in a quiet neighbourhood in Phnom Penh, this hostel is close to the Aeon Mall and has lots of nice restaurants and cafés nearby. Not that you would need the restaurants as the best thing about this hostel is that it has a massive kitchen! You don’t know how much you’ll appreciate having a kitchen and access to Western food until you’ve lived mainly off rice for 4 months!
The atmosphere in this hostel is very sociable and it’s easy to meet people. There’s also a giant mango tree right outside the house where you can help yourself to fresh mangoes if you’d like!
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Before I headed to Malaysia, literally everyone I met who’d been there told me to stay nowhere else but the Reggae Mansion in KL! As it’s a bit more expensive than other hostels, I stayed in a cheaper hostel before moving there but oh my, it was so worth moving!
It’s a bit more of a party hostel than the other hostels I’ve mentioned and if you get a bed in the upper stories you should know that it can get noisy from the rooftop bar and you need earplugs to sleep. I spent Christmas and New Years at this hostel and it’s a great place to meet people!
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My second to last stop on my travels was the island of Koh Chang in Thailand. I hadn’t actually planned to go there but my friend Danielle who I met whilst travelling convinced me to go there with her before catching my flight home from Bangkok. The Pajamas Hostel is again a bit up there in price but so nice! It’s a minute away from a quiet beach and has a a lovely pool. It’s a bit remote so you do need to get a scooter to get anywhere but that also means that it’s quiet.
It’s a great place if you just want to chill by the pool and relax. There is a bar and lots of people hanging out there in the evening before going out. The rooms are rather small but since you spent most of your time outside anyway, it’s not too bad. The breakfast is included and served in a restaurant next door. It’s probably the biggest buffet I’ve seen in a hostel and really good!
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I hope I was able to help you if you’re looking for fab places to stay in Southeast Asia! And now tell me, what are your favourite hostels in Southeast Asia?