Hostel Reviews

io-Hotel-Capsule, Kuala Lumpur

Review: iO Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – From $12 USD / Capsule

A brand new hostel located in a unique local neighbourhood of Kuala Lumpur, iO Hotel is a fantastic place for backpackers wanting to get to know a different side to the city. With trendy new capsule beds, as well as modern private rooms, you’ll find a mix of travellers staying here. The friendly owners Kristine and Derek will be happy to give you tips and any advice needed to explore the area!

The bed at Sweet Life Community Guesthouse, Koh Lanta

Review: Sweet Life Community Guesthouse, Koh Lanta, Thailand – From $10 USD / Bed

Sweet Life Community Guesthouse is located in Lanta Old Town, a working fisherman’s village on the quieter east coast of the island. This beautifully designed building, with both dorm beds and private rooms, is less of a guesthouse and more of a ‘shared house’ where you’ll feel right at home as you settle into island life…

The garden area at Thanlwin Guesthouse, Yangon

Review: Thanlwin Guesthouse, Yangon, Myanmar – From $10 USD / Bed.

An escape from the chaos of Yangon, Thanlwin Guest House is a beautiful big house with a very homely atmosphere that attracts guests back again and again. With comfortable rooms, a charming courtyard area, delicious traditional Burmese breakfasts and affable owners, Thanlwin provides the perfect home from home for travellers to Myanmar. 

The dining area at Siamaze Hostel, Bangkok

Review: Siamaze Hostel, Bangkok, Thailand – From $8 USD / Bed

Clean, spacious and well-designed hostel located in an authentic Thai neighbourhood with delicious street food and a buzzing night-scene. The fun and free social events and fantastic facilities will leave you wanting for nothing at this hostel that clearly understands the needs of travellers. 

Capsule bunk beds at Nau Here

Review: Nau Here, Kuta, Indonesia – From $8 USD / Bed

Kuta is the first stop in Bali for many backpackers, fresh off the plane… Nau Here Hostel, just a short walk away from the main streets, offers an escape from the hustle and bustle, a retreat in which you can wind down and relax after a busy day on the chaotic roads of the city.

Restaurant at La Boheme Gili Trawangan

Review: La Boheme, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia – From $11 USD / Bed

The largest of the three Gilis, Gili Trawangan is famed for being the party island and hoards of backpackers head there each and every year to let their hair down. Within walking distance of the bright lights and pumping music (but just far enough away that you don’t hear it all), La Boheme is a quirky and fun hostel that is a great base for your time on the island.

A mushroom-shaped pool seen from above at Begadang Backpackers, Gili Air

Review: Begadang Backpackers: Gili Air, Indonesia – From $12 USD / Bed

Begadang Backpackers is a big hostel located in Gili Air, Indonesia… Although the hostel can host up to 80 people at one time, its luscious lawns and spacious surroundings ensure that it never feels over crowded – but if you’re looking to make friends then it’s the perfect place to stay. There’s always a buzzing atmosphere with people milling about and within minutes you’ll be chatting to new friends about your adventures and future travel plans…

Are Luxury Designer Hostels the New Way to Travel? Review: iSanook Hostel, Bangkok

With the air conditioning up high, you pull the sumptuous fluffy mattress up to your chin and snuggle down for a good night’s sleep at iSanook Hostel in Bangkok. Who would have thought that backpacking could be so comfortable? As you lay your head down on the thick, fluffy pillow you smile as you start to drift off into a relaxing sleep… ‘My friends back home all think I’m roughing it! If only they knew the truth…’

Tents right on the beach at Longson Mui Ne Campground Resort

A Luxury Backpacker Paradise on the Beach in Mui Ne, Vietnam for $3 USD!

Recently, we discovered the amazing Long Son Mui Ne Resort and we can’t believe the value for money and quality of this place! The luxury resort does what not many other fancy resorts do – open their doors to lovely backpackers like you and me! With our flip flops and messy hair most resorts wouldn’t want to see us within a mile of their property – but not this place! The resort give backpackers the chance to share in the all of the amazing facilities by offering them a unique budget accommodation option… Camping!

The Hostel Revolution: Luxury Hostels of South East Asia…

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. 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!

iSanook Hostel Bangkok

Review: iSanook Residence, Bangkok – A Hub for Flashpackers & Digital Nomads

This week we discovered the brand new iSanook Residence in the heart of Bangkok – and we just loved it! With nightly rooms to rent or long-term options, it’s a great place for digital nomads (those who take their career on the road) or travellers in search of a little more luxury than the average hostel.

Review: Bangkok’s Cool Hangout Hostel, Lub d – more than just a bunk bed!

Every now and again, we’re asked to review a hostel in South East Asia, which makes us nervous. Running S.E.A Backpacker Magazine for over three years, we’ve crossed the threshold of countless hostels and dumped our backpacks on more beds than we can remember. There’s a lot of trying and testing been done – WIFI, breakfasts, staff and their local knowledge… After all this time, what can we say? To tell you the truth, we’ve become rather fussy buggers! So will Lub d Hostels in Silom and Siam, Bangkok pass the test?

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