Hostelworld reveals the “best bang for your buck” hostels

Posted: 23 May 2019 5:18 pm

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Southeast Asia tops the list of bargain holiday destinations.

We're sure you've heard about those hostels that always make it to the top of the best hostels lists. They're the luxurious entries with features like swimming pools, rooftop parties and pod-like beds.

You know they're the best because they often charge as much as a hotel room would.

If you're looking for something that leans more towards the "decent value" side of things instead with just the right balance between quality and affordability then Hostelworld has got the rundown.

To find the bargains out of a world of options, the hostel booking site analysed the cost, rating and user reviews of over 16,500 hostels on their website and the good news is, all of them are very close to home.

No surprises here, Southeast Asia features heavily on the list with Vietnam dominating with seven spots out of ten and Cambodia rounding out the rest.

Cambodian and Vietnamese hostels delivered the highest quality stays at the best prices with a night's stay in a highly rated hostel (8+ out of 10) setting you back as little as $3.17 per night.

With flight sales to Vietnam and Cambodia popping up often for less than $200 each way, Aussie travellers can enjoy a fortnight's stay for a mere $445.

Catriona Flood, chief analytics officer at Hostelworld, said "The low price point of the hostels that made it into our 'Bang For Your Buck List' mean people have more money to spend on what matters - having unique experiences and collecting memories. We're seeing hostels increasingly offer activities, tours and trips so their guests can easily arrange everything from their hostel reception. Whether people are planning gap years, a week's holiday or just a weekend away, hostels are becoming the one-stop-shop for anyone looking for adventure."

Hostelworld's top 10 "bang for your buck" hostels

HostelAverage price per nightHostelworld ratingWhat makes it special?
1) High Tide Kampot, Kampot, Cambodia$4.278.1Ample hammocks to sit back and enjoy a a beautiful riverside sunrise
2) Mui Ne Hills Backpackers, Mui Ne, Vietnam$3.178.7Two swimming pools, a Jacuzzi and it's walking distance to the beach
3) Kiki's House, Ha Giang, Vietnam$5.699Indulge in home-cooked food and relax on the cosy terrace
4) The Siem Reap Chilled Backpacker, Siem Reap, Cambodia$4.278.5Swimming pool with a poolside bar
5) Tigon Dalat Hostel, Da Lat, Vietnam$4.989.5Nestled in the mountains, you can learn how to make a Vietnamese coffee here
6) New Life Homestay, Hue, Vietnam$8.568.9A free beer on arrival with motorbike tour guides to help you explore
7) John & Paul Inn, Quy Nhon, Vietnam$6.509Known for its top-notch music, party atmosphere and amazing staff, you've got the recipe for a good time
8) Ta Van Hostel, Sapa, Vietnam$8.539.3Family run with simple pleasures like waking up to rooster crows and banana pancakes
9) Monkey Republic, Kampot, Cambodia$5.698.9Relax and unwind with free yoga in a beautiful garden setting
10) Chien Hostel, Hanoi, Vietnam$5.699Social spaces include a restaurant and a late-night rooftop bar

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