Hostels in South East Asia have come a long way in the past 10 years. Backpacking through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia – you’d generally expect to stay in some pretty dodgy places along the way.
Hot shower? If you’re lucky. Breakfast? A dry piece of toast with a fly stuck to it and powdered coffee. High speed WIFI? Forget it!
We’ve reviewed a lot of hostels in our time!
Nowadays however, it’s a very different story. A wave of luxury hostels is washing over the popular region and turning the world of backpacking around! You no longer have to compromise on adventure and comfort – lucky budget travelers can now have both!
Check out our BEST HOSTELS LIST to see what we’re talking about!
This trend is particularly prominent in some of South East Asia’s big cities. Even some wealthy business travelers, couples and families are choosing hostels as their accommodation choice rather than characterless hotels and bed and breakfasts.
Why? Because hostels are trendy. They’re social, fun and happy places to be. You’ll get expats and locals hanging out at the hostel bars coming to meet people from all over the world. Hostels have social hangout areas, Internet spaces, cinema rooms, swimming pools, breakfast bars and events nights…
Check out our latest review of Bed Station Hostel Bangkok…
Bed Station is a quirky, arty and friendly hostel located in the heart of Bangkok. Now, whilst many travelers believe Khao San Road to be the centre of the city, they mistaken… there is much, much more to this crazy city than that one road! Bed Station is located just 2 minutes walk from Ratchatewi BTS Sky Train Station, which puts you close to the huge technology centre Pantip Plaza, discount fashion shopping mall, Pratunam Plaza and the popular strip of trendy bars and restaurants known as Co-Co Walk and also, it’s only 10minutes walk from SIAM SQUARE!
The hostel has a relaxing area where you can watch TV, DVDs, grab some food, or a tea and coffee from the café (yes, it’s all free of charge!) and hang out with new travel friends. Sometimes when you are traveling, you really miss being able to just relax in comfort – but here you’ll feel right at home!
Drop your backpack and relax…
The hostel bar is also open to everyone, so you’ll have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and, at the same time, feel like a local in bustling Bangkok city.
This looks more like a swanky cafe than a hostel!
The hostel has free WIFI so you can connect with the rest of the world and so mates back home that you’re not slumming it as you travel! There are washing machines and dryers where you can wash all those smelly clothes in your rucksack. There are also large bathrooms with hot power showers where you can spend time sprucing up ready for a classy night in the spectacular city of Bangkok. Hey, sometimes a backpacker needs to put their heels on! (Sorry guys…)
The luxury bathrooms at Bed Station
And when you wake up the next day, just check out the breakfasts…
Do you get this kind of service at home?
So I bet you’re thinking that all of this is going to cost as much as a five star hotel… Can you believe that dorm rooms in this luxury hostel start from 400 baht / night for 8-bed mixed dorm. That’s $10 USD! Female dorms cost 500 baht / night. And if you really feel like some luxury, you can pick yourself up a private room for just 1,200 baht (for two people). Can you imagine how much the same facilities would cost in Europe?
Cozy dorm rooms – 400 baht / night!
Sexy private rooms 1,200 baht / night!
Check out the Bed Station website and Facebook for more info and how to book this boutique backpacker hostel as your first night’s stay in the city! Why not indulge in a little luxury on the first night of your epic adventure…