Art, coffee + pretty young things: Bangkok’s Good One Hostel Café + Bar

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Bangkok in June: it’s hot and sticky, and the start of the monsoon season.  Having arrived from an equally humid city (Manila, Philippines), it was fantastic to experience a little rain whilst I waited for my Uber to arrive.  To my delight, it was a humble Mazda kitted as though it was a sports car: many different dials in the macho red and black colours, free wi-fi on-board and bottles of distilled water.  I liked Bangkok already.  What’s more, the security officer by the airport gate was ever so helpful in talking to my cab driver through the phone, kindly informing him of my exact whereabouts in the large arrivals bay of BKK.

Thankfully, the 30-minute ride was short-lived as we drove up to the back alley that paved the entrance to Good One Cafe Bar & Hostel.  The monochromatic and bright interiors of the establishment glowed in the early morning darkness. 

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Where To Stay: Zostel, Jaisalmer

  

Recently awarded HostelWorld’s ‘Hostel of the Week‘, Zostel, the haveli-style budget option in the Thar Desert city of Jaisalmer boasts luxurious dorm rooms for backpacker-friendly pockets.  

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Sustainability at Stops Hostel, Delhi

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On my brief 48-hour stay in Delhi, before venturing off to the dry state of Rajasthan, I stayed at Stops Hostel, in the Daryaganj area of New Delhi, by Delhi Gate.  Whilst reviews of the popular hostel chain are a-plenty, it was interesting, as a zero-waste enthusiast, to find a hostel which operated with sustainability in mind.

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Finding peace in Pushkar

  

 Having endured the madness of Delhi and Jaipur in the space of a few days, a well-deserved retreat into peaceful Pushkar, near the Thar desert in Rasjasthan, proved to be the perfect place for recuperation.

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Where To Stay: Riad Dia, Marrakech

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A colourful myriad helpfully tucked in an alley near the Koutobia Mosque, and only a five-minute walk from the crazy Jemaa el-Fnaa square, Riad Dia boasts rooms and social spaces as bold and lively as its friendly staff.

After taking our pre-arranged airport transfer to the hostel (which set us back a mere 50 DH as there were 3 of us in a taxi), we were welcomed with Moroccan mint tea and some sweet treats as we sat down finalising our payment for the taxi ride and upfront accommodation fees.  As it was New Year’s Eve, we were kindly invited to a three-course meal and entertainment provided by the group ‘Rouge Hostels’, with which Riad Dia belonged to.  At 250 DH, and with no idea where else to welcome 2016, my sister and I, alongside our newfound Irish friend, reluctantly agreed, and handed over our freshly printed dirham notes.

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