Best hostels for solo travellers in South East Asia?

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1. Posted by lyndonb (Budding Member 46 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!


I would like to start a discussion regarding the best hostels in South East Asia for people travelling alone and wanting to meet people.


Names of hostels and why? :)

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jun-2016, at 11:18 by lyndonb ]

2. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1388 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

What might be a good hostel for you might not be a good one for me. Besides where do you draw the line between a hostel and a hotel nowadays?

If I think along the lines of sharing a room with multiple people: I would say Mori Hostel in SIngapore. It is one of the places where you really want a hostel to lower the costs. Nice staff, good rooms, airco, maybe one or two bathroom to few, good breakfast, small terrace outside for meeting people and not too far from the metro.

If you think along the lines of cheap rooms, and enough opportunity to meet other people. I would say Lamphu house, there are actually two nowadays. The one in Bangkok is tucked away from Soi Ram Butri (not far from the tourist hot spots, but with a very nice terrace to sit and talk, eat and drink something. Nice clean room, nothing fancy but the price is good. The Lamphu House in Chiang Mai is much more along the lines of a good hotel, has a pool, as well a nice breakfast and is very near to the center of town.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2203 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Sometimes the price for a room in a hostel is not much different than what you pay in a guest house or private small hotel.

(By the way, Singapore is now the most expensive city in the world with fewer cheap choices than nearby countries.)

I don't use hostels. Too old! Sometimes when you seen older males without families using hostels they might also be interested in sharing urinals and showers with young men. (An opinion.) When someone has been in the work force long enough he should have enough money to pay for a private room. Not everyone needs to buddy up with strangers!

You do meet up with other tourists just walking around. Quite often when I have one of my ball caps on showing my favorite baseball or football teams other tourists say hello and that they are from the same area. Not unusual for someone favoring a rival team smile and say hello "your team sucks!" Besides hotels, you meet tourists on tours and in bars and restaurants too. Some tourists even rent "friends" they meet in bars!

For Bangkok - two places convenient for using city rail service are the Suk 11 Hostel and Lub D Hostels. Suk 11 hostel is popular with women and is in a lively area even late at night. Lub D has two locations in Bangkok. If you arrive during the day or early evening there is cheap rail service from Suvarnabhumi to the city area. But the rail service does not go everywhere in Bangkok. Bangkok is a very big city, no matter where you stay eventually you will be using taxis or other transportation to get to the other side of town.

Hostels are not everywhere in South East Asia but there are many cheap guest houses. Private places where usually you do not have to share showers or toilets or fight over what is seen on a community TV.

You can always ask for hotel/hostel advice for whatever city you plan to visit. Including a price range in the particular country currency is helpful. In open dorms watch your money and other valuables. Have some padlocks with you too.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Jul-2016, at 04:03 by karazyal ]

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2203 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

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