Skyscanner is my go to when booking my flights. It also has the option to select anywhere so you can check the cheapest flights at the time and go wherever takes your fancy.
For cheap flights in Asia I normally cross-reference anything I’ve found on Skyscanner by going direct to Airasia. Sometimes they will have deals that you can only get by booking direct on their site.
I currently use 3 sites to make my accommodation bookings, my first choice is Agoda. If I’m specifically looking for hostels I will check Hostelworld, but I’ll normally cross-reference with Agoda. Booking.com sometimes, but not often, will have the same hotel at a slightly reduced price compared to Agoda.
I’ve used Red Bus to book buses in Malaysia, Singapore and India. Click here to go to their main website, then select the desired country to search and book your bus.
Accommodation I’ve Used
Below is a list of accommodation that I’ve used and stood out for me in terms of location, cleanliness, service and overall just a nice place to be. Please note that I am not associated or affiliated with any of these places and they are just my personal recommendations.
Bogor, Java – Hostel Bogor (Jl. Narasoma 3 No.5 Indraprasta 1, Bantarjati Bogor, Bogor, Indonesia)
Located in a residential area 20 minutes from the town of Bogor but can be reached easily by a local mini-van bus (called an angkot). You can catch it from the main road and it was 3000r each way. I had a private room with a shared bathroom which was clean and comfortable. The owner cooks you breakfast in the morning and she provides lots of useful information on things to do and how to get there by public transport. Although not in the town there are warungs close by for some cheap eats.
Pangandaran, Java – Pondok Wulan Guesthouse (Jl. Pantai Barat Pangandaran – BulakLaut Pangandaran, Pangandaran)
I booked a private room with a bathroom which had free WiFi and breakfast included. The room was clean and comfortable and the guesthouse is about a 3 minute walk to the beach and there are restaurants very close by. It was low season when I arrived in Pangandaran so it was very quiet in the town. I was able to hire scooter for 50000IDR direct from the guesthouse.
Pemuteran, North Bali – Mango Moon (Jl. Singaraja – Gilimanuk, Pemuteran – Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia)
I had a lovely private room which has an outside bathroom and a small terrace outside to enjoy the peace and quiet. The guesthouse is set in a lovely garden with a large seating area and hammocks. The price includes breakfast and free WiFI and scooters can be hired directly. There is a laundry conveniently located next door. The guesthouse is located about a 15 minute walk to the beach and there are restaurants and warungs within walking distance. The owner is a lovely lady and very helpful.
Vagator, North Goa – Dreams Hostel (500(1), Opposite Garden Villa Restaurant, Vagator Beach Road, Anjuna, Goa 403509, India)
I booked this place for a couple of nights and ended up staying 8 days. The hostel is very chilled out and has a nice outside area for meeting other travellers. I would say to book the dorms opposite the common area instead of the one in the main building as the dorm I stayed in was right next to the kitchen and people from the other dorm can access and use as a walk-through. Other than that the place is generally clean and you can save money by using the kitchen facilities. It’s about a 10 minute walk to Ozran beach and there are markets and restaurants nearby. You can rent a scooter for 300r and explore the other beaches. This hostel is great value for money and a really nice place to meet other travellers. The WiFI is excellent! Oh, and the two dogs Boxer and Yogi are super chilled out and adorable!
Ubud, Bali – Kari House ( Jalan Sugriwa Kari House, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia)
I found this place by accident when I was looking for a place to stay in Ubud. I had a private room with own bathroom, free and excellent WiFI and a simple, local breakfast (well I was told breakfast wasn’t included, but they gave me food and fruit in the morning anyway). The family who run this a super sweet and after staying 8 days in Ubud I was sad to leave. The guesthouse is set back from one of the main roads so it blocks out most of the traffic noise. There’s a shop and laundry conveniently located nearby and it’s only 10/15 minutes to walk to the centre of Ubud. The owners will help you with tours, hiring a scooter and arranging onward travel.
Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia – Just Inn (Lebuh Carnarvon, Penang, Malaysia )
I’ve stayed in this hostel twice for a total of nearly 2 weeks. It’s a comfortable, clean and well run hostel. The owner is fantastic and provides great information on what to do and will provide you with a map and leaflets on arrival. The rate doesn’t include breakfast but there are many cheap eats nearby (check out the Sunrise Bakery for eggs, toast and coffee/tea for 5 ringitt). The hostel has good WiFi and there’s a seating area outside and two sofas inside to chill out. There is also free filtered water and hot water, plus a fridge. I would have happily extended my stay if I wasn’t going else where.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Matahari Lodge (58-1 Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Based in the heart of Chinatown, this place has become my go to when staying in Kuala Lumpur. The room rate is cheap for a single room with a shared bathroom. They provide unlimited tea and coffee, and toast is provided in the morning. They can do laundry for 8r per kilo which is done onsite. The accommodation is set over 3 floors and is very secure and the accommodation is away from the road. The hostel is clean and comfortable with good WiFi. There’s also a nice common area with sofas and two computers to browse the internet. There are some minor maintenance issues which they’re aware of and things are slowly getting fixed, don’t let it put you off though. This place is also moments from the markets and some tasty, cheap eats.
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia – Orchid Haven (82D, Persiaran Camelia 4, 39000 Tanah Rata, Malaysia)
This was a highly recommended hostel and I even waited til rooms became available. The hostel is clean and comfortable. The only thing I didn’t like (and this is personal to me) is the shower/toilet being located in the dorm, I much prefer separate toilets and showers. Breakfast is included and is toast and jam (I was happy they have pineapple jam…my favourite!). Unlimited tea and coffee is also provided. The hostel can help arrange tours and onward transport as well as helping to show you where the hiking trails are. The hostel is also next to several restaurants and shops.