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How do I get the best price on hostels?

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1. Posted by julybeach (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Going with two friends to SEA in about 2 weeks, we are travelling overland from Singapore all the way up to Beijing and none of us have done this type of travelling before, so naturally we have tons of questions. I can see many of ypu are well-experienced in travelling so maybe someone will share their tips with us... First question: When you travel from country to country and don`t know exactly when you are going to get to the different countries, what is the best way to find a nice and cheap place to stay? Is it difficult to find a nice place if you arrive in, say, Kuala Lumpur, and haven`t pre-booked? Also, since we are 3 girls travelling together, is it difficult to find rooms for 3 persons without having to sleep in dorms? Any opinions will be much appreciated.

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 10y

Quoting julybeach

Going with two friends to SEA in about 2 weeks, we are travelling overland from Singapore all the way up to Beijing and none of us have done this type of travelling before, so naturally we have tons of questions. I can see many of ypu are well-experienced in travelling so maybe someone will share their tips with us... First question: When you travel from country to country and don`t know exactly when you are going to get to the different countries, what is the best way to find a nice and cheap place to stay? Is it difficult to find a nice place if you arrive in, say, Kuala Lumpur, and haven`t pre-booked? Also, since we are 3 girls travelling together, is it difficult to find rooms for 3 persons without having to sleep in dorms? Any opinions will be much appreciated.

Plan a budget - know how much you can afford to pay for a room per day. How much you can afford will determine where you will stay.

Buy a Lonely Planet Travel Guide, Shoestring or Rough Guide TG. Read up on your possible destinations. These books will give you some hotels to stay at and how much they will probably cost. Lots of different price ranges one of them ought to fit your budget.

Sometimes a hotel will allow 3 people in a room, sometimes they will supply a roll around bed too. You will probably be asked to pay a little more since you will be using more towels, soap, hot water, shampoo - etc.

Sometimes there are agencies or kiosks at the airport arrival hall with hotels you can book. Usually these are not the cheapest places. Don't be afraid to ask fellow passengers on your plane for recommendations. The Lonely Planet TG is probably your best bet.

Safety - don't do anything stupid. Just today ANOTHER young female tourist in Thailand was found dead of suspicious circumstances. She had only been in Thailand a couple days! Don't fully trust anyone who didn't fly over with you from back home! In other words don't fall in love with the first pretty face that comes by! There are guys out there who make their living off young and stupid visitors. Inform your families by e-mail where you are going and who you are with. Internet shops in Asia are pretty cheap anyway.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

3. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

Amen. You can also check a few websites for ideas.. I use the one at STAtravel to gauge prices on hostels and hotels in many places.

Hope it helps.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

If you are travelling like this for the first time, I'd recommend booking a hostel at least for the first two nights before you leave home. It's easy and painless and will save you some hassle when you get there. Plus, it's nice to have somewhere to head from the airport, rather than just standing around trying to find a place.

Don't get me wrong, there are no huge risks involved with not booking in advance, but you might end up a. with very little availability due to the time of year/day etc. and/or b. paying a lot more than standard since you don't have the time/energy to do some looking around once you arrive.

After that, if you are travelling very flexibly and don't really know when you are going to be where, I wouldn't bother booking something in advance since it will most likely just cause hassles. On the other hand, if you know when you have to be in a certain place there isn't really any harm in pre-booking.

Having a place arranged for the last night is also generally a good idea, but assuming you are flying out from the same city you are flying into, you could book this directly at the hostel after you've arrived.

Rooms for 3 girls aren't super hard to find, but you might end up paying a little bit more if you want it all to yourself since most rooms are based on 'even' numbers, ie. 2/4/6 etc. In a 4 person dorm you always have the option to get lucky and still end up just being the only 3 in there. Another thing to consider when you are staying at hostels is whether they have female only dorms or only mixed dorms. A lot of properties only have mixed dorms if they are smaller, whereas bigger properties can afford to have some male/female only rooms.

Cheers from Oslo :)

Sam

5. Posted by julybeach (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Thanks for your help, we will definitly try to book our first nights in advance... by the way, does anyone know any nice hostels in Singapore? What area would be best to stay in? Chinatown?

6. Posted by kucira (Full Member 61 posts) 10y

Chinatown is quite ok as the transportation is really convenient...

there are lotsa hostel info at hostelworld website.

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Quoting kucira

Chinatown is quite ok as the transportation is really convenient...

there are lotsa hostel info at hostelworld website.

No need to look there when EXACTLY the same information is right here on TP :)

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 10y

Quoting julybeach

Thanks for your help, we will definitly try to book our first nights in advance... by the way, does anyone know any nice hostels in Singapore? What area would be best to stay in? Chinatown?

If given a choice, cost being equal, I would pick the place nearest to the subway (MRT?) for cheap travel.

AL

9. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

you must haggle on the price in places such as vietnam cambodia and lao