Do you ever miss the good old days when Asian hostels weren’t all perfectly decked out in identical Ikea decor with the same Instagrammable cafe’s serving crap instant coffee to digital nomads? The days when staying in hostels felt a bit more adventurous?
I recently discovered Angmoh Hostel in George Town, Penang, and my stay there felt like a little bit of a throwback, but in a good way! Angmoh Hostel is in an old antique shophouse right near the main downtown area of George Town, and while the facilities aren’t brand new and sparkling, the hostel makes up for it with character and heart. I met good people and had good talks with the staff and guests! There’s also tons of awesome hippie murals all over the inside walls! What more could you want from a budget bed in Penang?
Check out this quick little video tour of Angmoh!
Games and books
Beers and waters for sale
Double-bed bunks in dorms for couples
Address: 20 Jalan Pintal Tali, 10100, Georgetown, Penang
Stay Samed Coffee & Bed in Ko Samet, Thailandis a beautiful new boutique hostel on the island, located down a quiet side street less than 10 minutes walk from Sai Kaew Beach and Na Don Pier. Stay Samed let’s you relax in peace while being moments away from the party strip and the amazing ocean! All rooms in Stay Samed come with air conditioning, and the beds are some of the most comfortable we have ever come across in any hostel dorms. The private rooms are very spacious and come with LCD televisions and their own private bathrooms.
The dorm rooms have a maximum of 8 beds. Each bed has its own privacy curtain, electrical outlet, and reading light. Each dorm also has it’s own bathroom and shower. The showers have soap and shampoo dispensers and the front desk gives you a towel at check-in.
The street front Stay Samed Cafe features western favorites such as chicken and waffles and the Stay Bowl- an invigorating breakfast bowl of yogurt, granola, fruit and superfoods! There are also a large selection of coffees, sodas, and beers to quench everyone’s thirst. They serve breakfast all day so don’t worry about sleeping in! The staff is super friendly and they probably speak better English than you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or have them help you with booking tours! Here’s our video tour and some fun moments on the beach!
Tour and Boat Booking
Cafe and Bar
English Speaking Staff
8 Bed Mixed Dorm: from ฿500
6 Bed Mixed Dorm: from ฿525
Private Room: From ฿1200
Rates vary seasonally.
Phone: 095 523 2515
Address: Sai Kaew Beach
Ban Koh Samet, Rayong, Thailand 21160
Yimwhan Hostel & Cafe in Ayutthaya, Thailand is a new and chic hostel in the old capital city. Located in a quiet neighborhood just outside the old city, Yimwhan offers everything a traveler needs to feel comfortable in a new place. Their cafe and common room are great places to enjoy a coffee, or you can rent bicycles from their friendly staff and quickly find yourself among the ancient temples. If biking is not your thing then they will call you a tuk tuk and have you at the temples in minutes.
Their private rooms feature large comfy beds on trendy pallet supports. We loved the antique style light bulbs and old 80s televisions used as tables. Each room also has a safe for your valuables.
Yimwhan Hostel & Cafe also has mixed dorm and female dorm rooms. The dorms are simple, clean, and well lit, a great value for the price.
The highlight of Yimwhan Hostel & Cafe for us was the free breakfast. Going way above and beyond the normal free hostel breakfast, Yimwhan served eggs, sausage, toast, cereals, milk, juice, and coffee.
Yimwhan’s common room is a great place to relax after a long day of biking around the temples of Ayutthaya. They have comfy beanbag chairs and movies to watch to wind down. Check out our video below for a virtual tour around the hostel!
Segen Hostel is a laid-back, cozy place to base your stay in Concepción de Ataco. The new hostel showcases local paintings and sculptures, a garden fountain, and clean, spacious rooms. The firm beds are good for hiking-weary backs and the hot water feels great at the slightly chilly altitude. There is also a bar selling water, coffee, and other drinks, and a Internet connection available for guest use. Hostal Segen’s central location make is great for exploring all the town has to offer.
Ataco is a fun town full of colorful murals, awesome arts and crafts shops, and great restaurants. It’s one of the stops on the famous Ruta de Las Flores, and for us it was the most enjoyable.
Free coffee and bread
Tourist information available
Guided hikes available
Cable TV in lounge
Address: 1.5 blocks north of the alcaldia/central park
Hotel Pichincha is literally the cheapest place to stay in central Cuenca, the most expensive city in Ecuador. It’s a godsend in a city full of accommodations calling themselves “hostels” but charging $20 per person per night, minimum.
Hotel Pichincha is literally the cheapest place to stay in central Cuenca, the most expensive city in Ecuador. It’s a godsend in a city full of accommodations calling themselves “hostels” but charging $20 per person per night, minimum. If you can deal with chipped paint, slightly saggy mattresses, and shared bathrooms, Hotel Pichincha is a great value. The hotel is huge and sprawling, the fourth floor windows offer great views over the Cathedral, and the rooms are clean and spacious. Singles, doubles, triples, and quads are available. Shared bathrooms occasionally run out of hot water, but are clean and modern. The highlights to this place are definitely the fast building-wide WiFi, and the friendly owners who offer all the information you’ll need on Cuenca and surrounds. It’s proximity to the main plaza and the fact that it doesn’t break the bank put Hotel Pichincha in first place for budget accommodations in Cuenca.
Internet cafe in building
Laundry service available
Maps, brochures, and travel information
Sinks in rooms
Address: General Torress 8.82 (on the corner with Calle Simon Bolivar)