Hong Kong is a territory comprising several islands and the area overall is largely urban with a population exceeding seven million. It is also frequently visited by backpackers, particularly those stopping over for a few days on their way from Europe to Australia and New Zealand. Needless to say, there are a great number of hostels to choose from. To ensure a safe and pleasant stay in this chaotic but fun and fascinating place, you will want to make sure you find a suitable hostel that’s within your budget range and suits your other requirements.
With price of accommodation being one of the most important factors for many backpackers, Hong Kong will likely shock many people with its immensely expensive accommodation options. Hostel dormitory beds typically cost around $40 although there are cheaper options in less glamorous parts of town. The lowest price for a dorm bed that you are likely to encounter is about $20 per night. If you are looking for a private room, hostel prices are typically two to three times more per person than a dorm bed.
One of the main areas for hostel accommodation is Kowloon, the peninsula in the north of the main island. This is one of the most densely populated places on Earth but there is a huge choice of accommodation, shopping, dining and entertainment options. The primary tourist area of this region is Tsim Sha Tsui and this is also where most of the best hostels in the region are located. You will typically find the most affordable hostels on and near Nathan Road; the main road connecting Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok. However, be prepared for a lot of noise in this location. If you are looking for a quieter and less chaotic stay, there are other options although you should expect to pay considerably more.
The Causeway Bay area is another popular location for backpackers. It offers a better environment and while the hostels are considerably more expensive than they are in Kowloon, they tend to offer more facilities.
When you are choosing a location for spending your time in Hong Kong, it is a good idea to get a place within walking distance to a metro station. The metro system is reliable and well-connected and it runs until 1 AM. Metro stations are usually connected by night transport as well.
There are also accommodation options in the outlying islands, although there are far fewer and prices tend to be very steep. If you are looking for a more relaxing stay, however, the outlying islands are worth considering. If, however, you are hoping to enjoy the highly active nightlife scene in Hong Kong, you will be better off staying in or near Causeway Bay or Kowloon.
Where to Look for Hostels
Unsurprisingly, the Internet is the best place to look for hostels in Hong Kong. Being a very busy and popular tourist destination, it is a good idea to use a booking engine such as Hostel World or Hostel Bookers to secure your reservation well in advance. Arriving without having anything booked will likely leave you with little or no satisfactory or affordable options. If you prefer not to use booking websites, it is still a good idea to use them for user reviews.
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