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 then don’t mention the name. Thankfully due to researching, we haven’t had any terrible experiences, but I’ve compiled short reviews of everywhere we’ve stayed, which will hopefully help a few of you.
Here’s a list of everywhere we’ve stayed on this trip along with prices we paid, TripAdvisor reviews and booking links.
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 a few times; most 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 knowing that I’m going to have a decent night’s sleep.
Hostelworld is my go-to booking site now that they seem to have merged with Hostelbookers, and I always 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, particularly in Asia!).
Plus don’t forget that you can earn cashback with Hostelworld, Agoda & many other booking sites here! This is one of my best money-saving tips for accommodation.
(for more blogger hostel reviews, check out The Hostel Girl’s fab directory!)