For the adventurous, budget-constrained, or youthful looking for a unique travel experience, backpacking could be just what the doctor ordered! Apart from keeping your costs to a minimum so your experiences can be maximised, it also offers the chance to mingle with locals as well as fellow travellers like yourself. If backpacking sounds like something you’d be interested in, the next step is to pick a destination for all the memories you’d make. Take a walk off the beaten track and try your hand at backpacking in Taiwan! With its bustling night markets, beautiful architecture, and so much more, it’s the perfect destination. These eight backpacker hostels in Taipei, Taiwan, while remaining low cost, offer comfortable and exciting living conditions that are sure to make for a holiday to remember!
Found just a short seven-minute walk from Taipei’s central accessibility areas like the Taipei Main Station, bus terminal as well as high-speed rail station, getting there won’t be a problem at all. It’s also well-located for navigating through Taipei city itself or hopping on a bus or train to other parts of the region. The hostel is perfect for youth travellers given its vibrant outlook and modern furnishings. Guests enjoy free wifi access on the property, and all rooms are basically furnished, air-conditioned, and feature a smooth parquet flooring. Depending on the room of choice, guests either have their own bathroom or access to a shared bathroom area. Another great thing about this location is the chance to speak to the locals! Ask the friendly staff about must-sees in the area, or engage their help in booking and arranging activities if need be.
This central and well-maintained hostel found in the Zhongzheng District is the perfect place to explore the city from. Choose from a variety of bunk or double beds in single-sex as well as mixed rooms, depending on your preference. Whatever your choice, the beds are all you need for a good night’s rest to rejuvenate for your vacation days. Also, when you find yourself sick of the night market food and just want to stay in, the shared kitchen offers basic cooking amenities that are more than sufficient to help you to whip up a quick meal. There is also a common room on the premises where you can meet and mingle with fellow travellers like yourself! With the vastly diverse group that’s bound to stay in a place like the Cavemen Hostel, there’s plenty of chances to meet new people.
If you have a penchant for clean, bright and well-designed rooms when you’re on holiday, Star Hostel is the one for you! If you’ve always thought that hostels were basic and boring, this hostel will turn your assumptions on their head. The amazing space offers different accommodation options, from single or double private rooms to a bed in a dormitory. A huge plus is the common areas, which are always bustling with people and a lively atmosphere. Apart from the accommodation’s sublime facilities, the property is also in a great location in the city just seven minutes from Taipei Main Station on foot, and even nearer if you opt for a cab.
Don’t let the name of this hostel fool you–a stay here would turn out to be the complete opposite of a flop! The property has free wifi throughout and boasts a variety of rooms with private and shared bathrooms so you’ll definitely be able to find one that best suits your fancy. Regardless of room type, guests enjoy access to a common lounge and basic kitchen, where mealtimes and evenings turn into the perfect chance to meet new people! The area it’s found in, Datong District is also a prime area for those looking to explore the area’s night markets and try some street food. What are you waiting for? Book a stay at this fabulously minimalist hostel!
Pillow Hostel, found in the Zhongzheng District, offers dormitory room options for travellers who don’t mind the trouble of sharing a living space and bathroom as well. As such, it’s best suited for young travellers who are looking to immerse themselves in the local culture and meet fellow like-minded travellers along the way. The 24-hour front desk means you won’t have to worry if you’re arriving late at night or early in the morning. All in all, this cosy hostel space makes for a nice stay in a great location.
Address: 9F., No.49, Section. 1, Chongqing South. Road
Price: from 9 USD
If Ningxia Night Market is a sight you’d like to see during your vacation to Taiwan, the We Come Hostel is the perfect place to start, being just 650 m (2133 feet) away! It’s also nicely located just beyond Dihua street–a popular market hub that is touted by some as ‘Taiwan’s best-kept secret"–as well as the Airport station and regular MRT station. Choose from a selection of beds in either single gendered or mixed dormitories that enjoy shared bathroom facilities, or private room with either a single or double bed and a choice of private or shared bathrooms. The rooms are air-conditioned and bathrooms all come with the basic amenities for your comfort and cleanliness. Another huge plus is the availability of pay-as-you-use washing machines and dryers!
Take a trip to the future at the unique Space Inn hostel! This futuristically decorated hostel features an array of minimalist yet modern accessories and furnishings that look out of this world. Found between Ximending station and the Taipei main station, neither of those locations are too far away on foot and can be reached within five to ten minutes. Guests stay in dormitory rooms and enjoy access to a shared kitchen, lounge, and even a games room! Don’t be too surprised if you find the foosball or air hockey table more enthralling than battling the crowds of people at the night markets. The beds feature their own nightstands with power outlets–a detail that might seem small, but guests have noted to enjoy the convenience of.
Space Inn Hengyang Branch
Address: B1, No.51 Hengyang Road
Price: from 16 USD
This bright and vibrant hostel certainly is hard to miss! Guests can opt for a bunk bed or a unique space capsule. Both are offered in shared dormitories, so it’s best if you’re the kind that doesn’t mind sharing a space or is a relatively heavy sleeper. Location-wise, the hostel is found in the Zhongzheng district, nine minutes from the National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall MRT station. For the uninitiated, it’s just a short trip from the main station, so it’s a great accommodation option if you’d like to be near enough to the city centre without being too near. All rooms are air-conditioned for your convenience, and guests share shared bathing and toilet facilities with free toiletries and access to a hairdryer.
Backpack in Taipei for a lifetime of memories
Given all these amazing accommodation options, doesn’t the thought of backpacking seem that much less fearful? Take the plunge and try a backpacking trip today–you’d never know what to expect, which makes for a ton of great stories in the years to come. Enjoy exploring Taipei, Taiwan, from any of these eight aforementioned backpacker hostels!
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