My Top 5 Hostels Worldwide

Hostel living is something I’ve become very acquainted and even fond of after year of continuos backpacker life over the last few years.

Speak to any traveler though and hostels are a very mixed bag – from cheap and cheerful through to expensive with all the amenities you could ever dream for. For me having a good place to crash can make my adventure as much as the destination itself and finding a hostel with a good vibe, packed full of like minded backpackers is a gem for any weary nomad.

In the last year alone I stayed in over 40 different hostels are the globe so it’s fair to say I’m pretty well placed to review and compare them!

So if you’re heading out into the world and want a lush place to rest your head check out My Top 5 Hostels Worldwide…


  • Nap Park, Bangkok, Thailand – Nap Park is one of those rare gems on the backpacker trail, perfect location, high comfort levels, heaps of amenities and it won’t hurt your wallet. Situated 2 roads parallel to Koh San it’s the perfect intro to Asia with a great communal vibe and stylish interior.


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    Loki, Mancora, Peru – Originally designed to be a 4* hotel after the developers went bust it got bought up and turned into one of the most fun hostels I’ve ever visited. HUGE pool, right on the beach and serving up epic dinners at dirt cheap prices what’s there not to enjoy? Oh and did I mention it has a bar and is right on top of one of the best surfing spots in Peru?! Well it is…enjoy!


  • Monkey Island, Cambodia – situated on the island paradise of Koh Rong in Cambodia Monkey Island is super relaxed. With only 4 hours of electricity a day (luckily during bar hours!) it’s a great place to kick back and enjoy the beach vibe. All the bamboo huts of this hostel are a mere stoned throw from the crystal clear waters and the atmosphere of the place is the kind every backpacker strives to find.


  • Gilligans, Cairns, Australia – If you’re not diving in Cairns you’re there for the party, and Gilligans is where the party is most certainly at! Built buy a millionaires son it’s a backpacker hotel more than hostel – but without the price tag! Memory foam matresses, air con, wifi, huge chill out areas, 2,000 person capacity club, pool and even a zip wire make this an amazing place to base yourself! Oh and a free meal each night too!


  • The Cabanas, Montanita, Ecudaor – I’m slightly bias on this one as I worked there but the surf mecca of Montanita is home to the Cabanas. If you’ve fancied living in a bamboo hut with a swimming pool outside your door and some pumping surf a short stroll away then this is what you’ve been hunting for!


Where’s the best place you’ve crashed on your travels – anywhere you’d recommend or avoid?! 


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Chris is a surfer, photographer, traveller and writer from Devon in the UK and In 2009 he ditched 9-5 life and headed off to backpack the world. When he’s not in the water catching some waves he’s busy exploring with his camera or blogging over and Top 5 Travel

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