Hostel or Hostile – Penang, Langkawi, Koh Lipe, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore

Righty-ho! Haven’t done this in a while…

Cocoa Mews – Penang

This hostel was in the middle of Little India and was…okay. We didn’t have a great first impression as when we looked inside our toilet cubicle, it was absolutely disgusting! The best thing about this place was that it was along the road from a great Indian restaurant called Kapitan, we ate there both nights! There was air conditioning, WiFi and a TV that played DVDs. There just wasn’t much going on…

Cleanliness- 2/10
Atmosphere- 2/10
Location- 6/10
Best feature- The proximity to Kapitan restaurant
Hostel or Hostile? – Hostile

Vila Thai – Langkawi

This was a disaster. We arrived, they weren’t expecting us… one of them thrust a phone in my face with no explanation. I spoke to the manager. I explained that I didn’t know why she and I were speaking. We were shown to a room. The sink was hanging off the wall. We were shown to another room. It was awful. We were hot, we took our bags off. We found droppings. The WiFi didn’t work. The room was very close to the main road so it was loud. It was late, we had to stay one night.

Cleanliness- 0/10
Atmosphere- 0/10
Location- 2/10
Best feature- Are you kidding?!
Hostel or Hostile? – Hostile

The Cottage – Langkawi

This was much better than the last place. Free hot and cold water, WiFi, air conditioning, no droppings. The staff were really friendly and the location was great, much closer to the main strip. We stayed here again when we came back to Langkawi before flying to KL.

Cleanliness- 7/10
Atmosphere- 7/10
Location- 8/10
Best feature- Free water
Hostel or Hostile? – Hostel

Koh Lipe Backpackers – Koh Lipe

This was our first dorm room, we were in a six-bed room. There was one plug socket, no lock on the door, people in an adjoining room had to walk through our room to get to their room, there was no toilet roll provided daily, the WiFi didn’t work. It was pretty rough but it was the only hostel on the island.

Cleanliness- 4/10
Atmosphere- 6/10
Location- 9/10 (it was directly on the beach)
Best feature- Location
Hostel or Hostile? – Hostel

Sunshine Bedz – Kuala Lumpur

This hostel was in a great location, the MRT train went right past our window. There was WiFi, air conditioning, shared bathroom but in-room shower. It was good but the curtain didn’t stop the light from the big billboards outside coming in all night. The noise from the traffic was quite loud too.

Cleanliness- 8/10
Atmosphere- 5/10
Location- 9/10
Best feature- Location
Hostel or Hostile? – Hostel

Traveller’s SG – Singapore

This was our second dorm, an 8 person all-female dorm. The WiFi was good, air conditioning, free breakfast, it was close to a train station. The toilets were a bit grim, but it was okay.

Cleanliness- 6/10
Atmosphere- 7/10
Location- 6/10
Best feature- Free breakfast
Hostel or Hostile? – Hostel


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