Where We’ve Stayed

Something I find that’s missing a lot on blogs is where people have stayed. Lots of bloggers even talk about their horror stories in hostels, but often don’t tell us the name! Thankfully due to researching, we haven’t had any really terrible experiences, but I’ve compiled short reviews of everywhere we’ve stayed, which will hopefully help a few of you.

Triple-bunk beds?!

Booking a hostel

I almost always book the first night in a new place, even if it’s hours in advance. I’ve seen plenty of people turned away from a great hostel and nowhere else to stay. It almost happened to us twice; both times we got lucky and found nice alternatives but it added hassle that we didn’t really need (in Koh Tao we had to go around 5 different places before we found somewhere!). All part of the adventure of course, but I’d rather get off a 12 hour bus journey to know that I’m going to have a decent night’s sleep or a good time.

I always check hostelbookers.com first, tripadvisor any that catch my eye, and double check the price on agoda (they don’t always list hostels but I’ve made some fab savings through them!).

HostelworldΒ is the most popular hostel booking website – their listings are very comprehensive which makes them the best site for many destinations (plus you can earn cashback with them here!).

Here’s a list of everywhere we’ve stayed on this trip along with prices (prices are per person unless specified, as they are usually dorm beds). All names link to the TripAdvisor reviews.



(for more blogger hostel reviews, check out The Hostel Girl’s fab directory!)

5 thoughts on “Where We’ve Stayed

  1. Hi Clazz,

    James’s friend Lucy (from T Wells) here! :) This is massively helpful to me as I’m off to Vietnam and Cambodia Sept-Nov. By coincidence I’ve already booked the Central Backpackers – OQ hostel in Hanoi as that’s where I fly into, so great to hear you liked it so much! I was wondering though, how far in advance is it generally best to book hostels? Is just rocking up somewhere and taking your chances a very bad idea?

    Thanks so much – glad you and Ash are having such a great time! xx


    1. Ahhh! No way, that’s so awesome!! Central Backpackers was one of our absolute favourite places so I really hope you like it there! ;) Honestly, I’m not sure about Vietnam & Cambodia for booking and I don’t know how busy they’ll be that time of year, I know lots of people just turn up but in Thailand we didn’t book on 3 occasions and 2 of those led to traipsing our stuff around looking for somewhere else. I usually book the first night, even if it’s the day before, and then for example with Central we only had 2 nights booked and just added another night every morning lol and we had no problems with that! And then did the same in Saigon and Siem Reap. :)

      That’s so cool though, I’ll have to have a catch up with you about your plans!! :D Very exciting! Are you going alone?


  2. Yeah when I was looking up places to stay when I first fly in, that hostel seemed like a good option. Got a few days booked there to get over jetlag etc! Thanks very much for the info – I might just try booking a few days ahead then generally, once I’m on the road. :) Really don’t want to over-plan the trip or commit myself to anything too rigidly, but also don’t want to end up with nowhere to stay! Good to know that it probably doesn’t need to be months in advance – although I guess it’ll depend on the season too.

    Yep it’s a solo trip, seven weeks in Vietnam/Cambodia and then two weeks in Japan. Scary but exciting! Where are you guys off to next?


    1. That’s so exciting!! Japan is now top of my list but I want to go with empty suitcases and a lot of money so we will do that separately one day, haha!

      Yeah, that’s the best way to do it, we didn’t want a schedule either. :) Plus you’ll meet so many people you never know if your plans will change! I’m a little jealous, we only did 3 weeks in Vietnam and missed out Dalat and also didn’t make it to Sapa. And I wasn’t sure what to expect from Cambodia so we only had 10 days there before the Thai new year, but we loved it!! Heard many good things about Kampot, Koh Rong and Battambang (I wanted to do the bamboo train!!) which we didn’t have time for so I’d love to go back.

      We are in Australia at the mo, I’m having to go into Macca’s to steal their wifi lol (seriously, Asia had far better wifi than this!!!), we’ve got a year’s visa so we’ll see what happens with jobs. :) Then “swinging by” NZ, USA & Canada on the way home! Eeek!


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