16 of Our Favorite Hostels in Southeast Asia

Backpacking is practically synonymous with “hostel-hopping.” The alluring combination of cheap dorm beds, sociable roommates, and prime location draws backpackers to hostels like animals to a watering hole. Some hostels also have an in-house bar, making them, quite literally, a watering hole.

But sometimes, you need a little more. Here’s a list of our absolute favorites, cream-of-the-crop, best hostels to stay in. For one reason or another, these hostels stand out above the rest. Exceptionally helpful staff, exciting social scenes, beautiful design, or even just a cozy feeling can really help make you feel at home on the road.

Ostic House - Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  • Helpful friendly staff

  • Beautiful artwork on the walls

  • Big, clean rooms

  • Comfy ass beds

  • Easy to book tours with the help of staff (thanks Saturday!)

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Tipsy Tiger Hostel - Georgetown, Malaysia

  • PARTY HOSTEL, but with a great atmosphere 

  • Incredibly outgoing staff

  • Free bar crawls (and free body shots)

  • Great location for exploring Georgetown

  • Cool mural of a Tiger on the side of the building

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Loro Loco 2 - Koh Lanta, Thailand

  • Awesome outdoor space with a pool

  • Big kitchen

  • Really comfy beds

  • Across the street from the beach

  • Super friendly staff

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Slumber Party Phuket - Phuket, Thailand

  • Best. Beds. Ever.

  • Bar crawls and a party atmosphere every night

  • Some rooms are across the street if you would prefer to sleep quietly away from the partying

  • Friendly, outgoing (peer pressuring) staff 

  • “Housekeeping” brings free shots to your room at 8pm

  • Really clean rooms and bathrooms

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Eighty8 Hostel - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Awesome pool and outdoor bar area

  • Clean rooms and comfy beds

  • Great location for exploring the city

  • They offer a lot of activities and tours - try one of the food tours!

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Bui Vien Hostel - Saigon, Vietnam

  • Perfect location right off of Bui Vien Walking Street

  • Funny, friendly owners

  • Privacy curtains and comfortable beds

  • Cheap lol

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Wolf Pack Hostel - Dalat, Vietnam

  • Big, comfy beds

  • Delicious family dinners and free breakfast

  • Organized adventures

  • Really fun atmosphere

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Trang An River Homestay - Ninh Binh, Vietnam

  • Tam Coc area is a great alternative to downtown Ninh Binh

  • It’s right on a calm winding river with a beautiful valley across the water

  • Amazing outdoor space, including a bamboo bridge and floating dock

  • Free breakfast and cheap food at the restaurant

  • Cheap bikes and scooters to rent

  • Big, comfy rooms and beds

  • Free pool table!

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Babylon Gardens - Hanoi, Vietnam

  • BRAND NEW (April 2018)

  • Killer rooftop bar

  • Amazing beds with privacy curtains

  • Awesome location in the Old Quarter

  • Helpful staff for booking onwards transport

  • Free breakfast!

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Ma Le Homestay - Ha Giang Loop, Vietnam

  • Rural location with beautiful surroundings

  • Incredibly generous hosts

  • Amazing home cooked food and as much rice wine as you can drink

  • Rustic sleeping accommodations - our room had a fire pit inside

  • Welcoming and adventurous atmosphere

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Thunderbird Hostel - Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Relatively new hostel with a fun, modern design

  • Great beds, big rooms, really great bathrooms

  • Helpful and welcoming staff

  • Coffee shop/bar/bakery on the ground floor with great baked treats

  • Amazing playlist

  • Convenient location in the old city near the Sunday Market

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Jikko Harem - Pai, Thailand

  • Free breakfast

  • Really vibrant Moroccan-inspired design

  • Fun atmosphere, easy to meet people

  • Discounts at their bars in town

  • Really helpful staff

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Ostello Bello - Old Bagan, Myanmar

  • Free pasta snack at 1, 7, and 9pm - just like mama makes it

  • Amazing atmosphere

  • Free daily tours

  • Cheap tours to other cool attractions, including a sunset booze cruise

  • Helpful, friendly staff

  • Multiple locations in Bagan, Mandalay, and Inle Lake

  • One of the locations has a pool if you’re into that

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Hop Hostel - Coron, Philippines

  • Incredible rooftop bar with amazing views of the sunset

  • Great, clean rooms with big beds

  • Helpful staff and available tours

  • Great food at the restaurant

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Outpost - El Nido, Philippines

  • Amazing, fun atmosphere

  • Delicious, varied menu available at the restaurant and bar (including beachy drinks!)

  • Oceanfront location overlooking the sunset

  • Organize daily island hopping tours

  • Great beds and cool decorations

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Jungle Vista - Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

  • Remote but convenient location

  • Cheap organized tours of the nearby attractions

  • Friendly, inclusive atmosphere

  • Free breakfast, and cheap, home-cooked dinners

  • Big, comfortable beds - some of them are doubles!

  • Funky, homey, open-air design with plenty of hammocks to chill in


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