Dirtiest Hostel I Stayed at in Asia

Good day,

This is the dirtiest / skidliest hostel I ever stayed at in Asia. It was in Vientiane, Laos. Not really setup for backpackers, hotels were $50US each and I found this “gem”. It felt like I was in the movie fight club aka squatting in an old abandon building.

Funny how you then get to Europe and if you don’t look for a hostel you just may end up at some hotel which is also skidly for 60E, ha. For some reason though spending $50us a night on a hotel room in Laos was just well, mind blowing. If you just arrived maybe but if you’ve been in SE Asia for a while, you’ll know where I’m coming from.

Turns out, ran into some awesome people and had a great time. Oddly enough, it also had WIFI, go figure? The staff was relatively nice and it was in a dumpy part of town. Vientiane is not so much a tourist town but it is definitely developing.

Tips hat,

P.S: Don’t forget that 1st Class Eurail Pass if you’re going to Europe, it’s free.

Search du jour?!: “fishing in laos” – Search.


  1. Ruggles

    September 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    A bit of a coincidence the worst place I’ve ever stayed at was also in Vientiane, and I think it was much worse than yours, actually I’m sure of it.

    • Rob

      September 20, 2010 at 11:44 pm

      Video doesn’t do it justice, this place was a dump. That said, I have no doubt you stayed in a worse place(I kid, I jest), got pics?

  2. Harald the Dotcom Hippie

    September 21, 2010 at 4:18 am

    That place actually looks pretty posh compared to the worst hotel I ever stayed at, which was an absolute garbage dump in a seedy part of Manaus, Brazil. I only ended up there because I was drunk and it was late and I was lost and I didn’t particularly fancy walking around those streets alone looking for something better. I still don’t know what I was thinking checking into that place, though. I had to sleep with the light on because I was scared of waking up in the dark with spiders all over me – there were a few of them living under my bed, and they didn’t look like the friendly type, even though they did seem to get along well with the cockroaches and the millipedes. The place was absolutely grotesque.

    Anyway, when staying in cheap places, are you ever worried that your computer etc gets stolen? I mean, some of those rooms would be a breeze to break into. What do you do to keep your stuff secure? I’ve never traveled with expensive computers etc before, but this time I’m getting laptop that is good enough to also make music with on the road, and those things are not cheap. It’s a bit of a headache, to be honest, because while I love the idea of making music on the road I don’t want to have to think about keeping that thing secure all the time – I actually prefer to not have to think about much at all while I’m traveling.

    • Rob

      September 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

      I have a laptop lock, oddly enough this new POS that I bought it doesn’t fit in. Most / all laptops have a small hole with a lock symbol and it’s like a small bike lock type thing, in one side through a loop and then secure it to whatever.

      Yeah your place definitely sounds 100x shadier, have any pics? I’ve heard of some really bad ones but this place was just dirty and beat down.

      I’d buy a computer back home though they aren’t that much cheaper. Many of those tiny ones are on an intel atom and can barely run winamp.

      Highly recommend traveling with a laptop, makes life way more interesting, especially during downtime.

  3. Harald the Dotcom Hippie

    September 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Yeah, I have to travel with a laptop on this trip as it’s going to be a long one and running my business from internet cafes obviously wouldn’t work. I’m just not sure how keen I am on bringing a 3000 dollar laptop with me when I’ll be staying in 5 dollar huts in Laos etc. Even with insurance it would be a total mess if it got lost, with all the software I’d be putting on it (music software), the Ilok USB key that I have a bunch of licences on etc etc etc. It’s a bit of a headache, to be honest. I might just take a cheaper laptop with me when traveling around, and then have a better computer at the flat that I’ll be using as my base in KL. Hmmm.

    Yeah, dumb me, of course, when you mention it I have seen those laptop locks – you even showed us yours in one of the earliest videos if I’m not mistaken. I’ll get one of those in any case.

    Sorry to hear about the POS computer that you bought – I did the same thing recently and it caused me more frustration than virtually anything else in my life. It was a cheap HP/Compaq thing that looked ok on paper but was near useless in real life. I’m happy to state that it’s now dead and rotting in hell, and I wish the same fate upon the people that designed it, as well as the guy who sold it to me.

    And yeah, I probably have to buy a laptop here, because I need a keyboard with three Norwegian letters æ,ø and å. Such is life when your native language was made up by guys who couldn’t do with only 26 letters of the alphabet and had to make up three more.

    Yeah, that place in Manaus was absoutely crazy. I felt safer sleeping in a hammock out in the Amazonian jungle, actually. No pics, unfortunately – I didn’t have my camera with me that evening, and left as quickly as I could in the morning. But it was the most horrible place I’ve seen in my life, and that says quite a bit (I saw a few other horrible places in Brazil too – a typical Khao San Road 250b guesthouse is like the Sheraton in comparison). Brazil is fantastic, though. It really is. Fantastic culture(s), climate, women, people, places, history, clubs, bars, life… well, fantastic everything. It’s just really, really intense, I think – which is probably why I keep traveling in Asia instead nowadays. Life in Asia just tends to be a bit more calm, serene, tranquil in my opinion. More refreshing – a few months in Brazil kinda wore me out, and I’m MUCH older now than I was then, so long term travel there while trying to work at the same time is out of the question for now. Instead I’ll be spending the next year(s) in Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, India (never been there before), Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia (first time there too) and probably make a quick trip to Japan too (also first time). AirAsia seem to have great deals to Japan from KL, so why not. I’ve always been fascinated by that country and have been wanting to go there since I was a kid, even though it’s probably not the type of place I’d want to settle down in – I’d have a hard time feeling at home there, I think. Also, it’s expensive. 😉

    BTW, did you say you’re going to Pai? I’ve never been there, but I hear they have the worst police force on the planet. Corruption, harrassment etc etc etc. It’s too bad if it’s going to ruin that town for travelers – I’ve been told several times that it’s definitely a place worth visiting if you’re up north.

    • Rob

      September 23, 2010 at 5:42 am

      Screw expensive places unless you work for a wage in an expensive place. Then it evens out, if not the world is your oyster so why bother? That said, one must get income levels to a point where this whole world is “cheap as chips”. That would be sick.

      Laptop can be a pain, a friend is off to Pai today.I read about that guy who killed the Canadian, supposedly same cop killed his wife who was pregnant a few days ago… Not sure…

      Heard it is NOT the same anymore AT ALL like word got out and well it’s not what you think and if you do, you could be in for trouble. Also know other gents there who had a great time and often go back. How cool was it?

  4. Candice

    September 22, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Well that’s just…cozy?

    • Rob

      September 23, 2010 at 5:42 am

      Indeed it is, madame. erer sorta?

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