It’s been 4 years since I first landed at Beijing Airport and finally visited the continent of Asia. A year later I ended up visiting: Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia all in one day and in that same year I also spent time in Turkey, Iran, UAE, India and Nepal.
I don’t like dividing the Middle East and South Asia out of the whole ASIA picture as it’s still part of the continent of Asia.
I didn’t really start backpacking in Asia until Dec 2014/ Jan 2015 and in that time I revisited: Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and I saw allot more of both Malaysia and Indonesia.
This is how I review the hostels I have stayed in during my time in Asia
East Timor Backpackers Dili Timor Leste
This place needs no explanation or introduction. I stayed here for 3 nights over Christmas 2014 and I had such an amazing time in the best and only hostel in the whole of Timor Leste
Staff: Friendly as usual
Food and Drink: Always cold cans in the fridge and Rita will be happy to share some food with you. Timorese Coffee available.
Bed: I couldn’t care less
Internet: I CAN’T COMPLAIN. Timor is developing itself a bit more.
$12 USD a night for a dorm ned
Six Degree Hostel Jakarta Indonesia
This was my 2nd visit to Indonesia in 2 years but my first visit to Jakarta and my first time ever staying in a hostel in Indonesia. I choose Six Degrees because of its location near the National Monument and just the way the hostel has been designed makes it look so amazing.
I only stayed here for 1 night and I kinda wish I stayed a few more days instead of going to Singapore for NYE 2014.
Staff: They were so amazing. This was my first ever interaction with Javanese people. They just struck a chord with me and left a great impression. They were able to give me first aid after I gashed my Index finger on the tuktuk door and they kept my belonging safe as I explored Central Jakarta.
The handyman fixed up my locker after I jammed my bag inside
Food and Drink: They gave me a light breakfast with fruit and Toast. I paid for some porridge and it was very nice
Beds: Perfect bunk beds with your own nightlight and international adaptors to charge your equipment.
Internet: Very fast Wi-Fi
110,000 Indonesian Rupiah (about $11 USD)
Red Spot Hostel Singapore
In my first 3 visits to Singapore, I didn’t bother staying ANYWHERE reason being I was transiting to another country such as Malaysia, Australia and UK and I couldn’t be stuffed spending a night in a hostel.
I eventually decided I would have NYE 2014 in Singapore as I couldn’t picture myself in KL or Jakarta for the celebrations.
The Red Dot hostel was in walking distance from the Lavender MTR station. I booked via Hostel bookers while I was waiting around Singapore Airport for dawn break after my flight from Jakarta.
When I got to the Hostel I had to open up my netbook to prove that I had booked online. It was all sorted and paid for on the spot.
Staff: They were good but a lack of business cards did let me down
Food and Drink: A fridge full of cans were available for a good price and there was a free breakfast in the morning
Wi-Fi: If I can’t find a stupid internet café in Singapore then a hostel is the only place I can connect online with
Beds: Very good steel bunk beds
Price: 24 SGD
Beds Guesthouse Kuching, Sarawak
I stayed at Beds Guesthouse for a night in January 2014. I had to pay about $25 MYR to get a Taxi there, but the driver knew the location.
The guesthouse is situated in a building that was built in the 1930 during the rubber boom in Sarawak.
Its owners/workers are on hand from 8am till late to check you in.
Its only 30 MYR a night and best of all there is a free self-serve