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Betel Box Backpacker Hostel

200 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore, Singapore


  • 85%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 72%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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Free internet, breakfast, award winning tours & pro gym use. Air con cosy traditional Asian furnishings in restored 1920s Shophouse of Katong Heritage District.

Unbeatable and best value in Singapore. Your stay includes
50% discount off our award winning guided tours by staff who are licensed guides
Free continental breakfast
Free access to our neighborhood professional fitness centre/ gym
Free broadband internet (30mins daily) & unlimited WiFi

Our Services include
Cheapest discounted tourist attractions tickets in Singapore
Cheapest Beers, wines and snacks
Cheapest Bicycle rental
Cheapest Left-luggage storage
Printing, Scanning, DVD copying
International Calling Cards

Latest Reviews & Awards

Singapore Experience Awards 2009 -
Best Travel Experience

9 Nov 2009, Betel Box was named the winner of 2009 Singapore Experience Award, in the Best Travel Experience category.

Of the 24,000 nominations, Betel Box is the only backpackers specific travel organization to make it to the finals and subsequently also to win!

The Singapore Experience Awards is the most prestigious awards platform in Singapore's tourism industry, recognizing individuals and organizations from sectors encompassing hospitality, retail, dining, entertainment, attractions, business travel and MICE, education and healthcare. Singapore Experience Awards winners will have proven that they are the best in their respective fields in delivering a holistic visitor experience, one that packages product and service delivery to create a distinctive, memorable and compelling experience.

Jul 2009 As Voted by Hostelworld Customers - 'No. 1 Hostel in Singapore 2008 '

2009 Lonely Planet Singapore City Guide - Matt Oakley & Joshua Samuel Brown. 8th Edition, Page 173 -

If it's a genuine Singapore experience you're looking for, you've come to the right place. This charming and traditionally furnished hostel is encased by a riot of some of the best local eateries in Joo Chiat and is reasonably close to East Coast Park as well. Betel Box boasts a cosy air-conditioned communal area with TV, DVDs, video games, computers and even a pool table (all of which are notorious for keeping guests in the hostel for too long). It's also equipped with tons of travel guides and book-exchange corner. Friendly staff offer free tours for guests. If you want to taste a slice of Singapore life, look no further.

2009 Lonely Planet Singapore City Guide - Matt Oakley & Joshua Samuel Brown. 8th Edition. Page 84- ..'Top Picks. Must Try Tour.' -

Operated by the Amazing Tony Tan, owner of the Betel Box Hostel and expert on all things Singapore, a Real Singapore Tour is one you won't soon forget. His food tours, a Singapore must-experience, generally start each Thursday evening around six. Tony takes his charges on a veritable gastronomic odyssey through the historical Joo Chiat neighborhood, where they sample over 20 authentic dishes from all over Southeast Asia. Other tours include walking or cycling trips focusing on history, nature and culture. Tony also leads an amazing pub crawl. Prices start at $50 including food, equipment and the services of one of the most knowledgeable tour guides in Singapore.

Betel Box Backpackers Hostel is a cosy air conditioned hostel with traditional Asian furnishings in a restored 1920s Shophouse. Our accommodation is in comfortable air-conditioned dormitory rooms with hot and cold showers. We also have a large communal area with guest kitchen, dining area, lounge area, Internet terminals and hundreds of books and magazines.

There is no curfew at the hostel; we have an electronic keypad lock at the front door, which means you can come and go as you wish, any time of the day. Staff are on hand to assist 24 hours a day and our communal areas are always open. Security cameras monitors all access points and lockers, while, fire systems are directly connected to the central fire service.

We are located on Joo Chiat Road, which is at the heart of Singapore's famous Katong and Geylang Serai district. Joo Chiat is home to the Peranakans of Singapore. Here you will find signature Straits Chinese eateries and gift shops and also the Eurasian Museum. Furthermore, Joo Chiat is Singapore's largest architecture conservation district with more than 900 individual buildings protected by law; Betel Box is located in a prime example of a conserved 1920s shophouse.

Betel Box Backpackers hostel is 13 km from Changi International Airport and 7 km to City Hall (centre of the city). Well connected buses and trains provide easy transport to all the sights and attractions of Singapore. The hostel is walking distance to the most popular park in Singapore; the East Coast beach where you can swim, BBQ, bike and roller blade.

One of Singapore's best attractions is the wide variety of food on offer and the Joo Chiat district is the best area to sample the best of Singaporean foods. The lively area around the hostel has many famous restaurants, food stalls and kopi tiams (local coffee shops).

Every week we organize activities, including Tony's Famous Food-walk in the district around the hostel. On this walk you will get a chance to sample some of the best food Singapore has to offer and it is a great way to meet fellow travellers! Other tours include Pub crawl by Singapore River, Nature Walk and City by the Water Cycling Tour.

Just have a look at what our previous guests thought of our us:
Betel box is the hostel I choose to stay at every time I go back to Singapore. Besides meeting the basic requirements like clean bathrooms and a good location, the staff is amazing and works hard to give this place something extra. Thank you Betel Box!

OMG i loved this hostel so much! it was so easy to meet people, the room was so nice and cool with the air con and it was actually so fun to stay in such a big dorm. all my worries like safety and noise were completely wrong! the food tour was so much fun and there were a bunch of other tours which also looked fantastic!! yeah this hostel was wicked defiantly go there!!

the staff here were EXCELLENT, i had the worst journey to Singapore, tired and jet lagged, i was in the worst mood.i had the itinerary to see as much as i could in the very few hours that i had in Singapore. the guys were fab, especially Justin, who helped me out tremendously. they were all extremely helpful and MORE than accommodating. I'd definitely come back.

PD, Jad, Ty and I have had an amazing stay at Betelbox. you bought the culture, customs and history of Singapore alive for us on the food walk and cycling tour. The generosity of the staff and all of the travelers in welcoming and including our boys in all the activities was outstanding. Nothing was ever too much trouble & we can't recommend the betel box highly enough. Tyler will be back to play pool at 57 Chevy as soon he saves for his fare.

Top notch hostel with a great friendly atmosphere. Huge common area allows plenty of opportunities to mix with other guests. Staff are very helpful, coming up with itineraries to fit into whatever timescale you have while also adding to the fun around the place with good anecdotes etc. Complimentary breakfast is really good also. A bit far out from the centre but well served by public transport, particularly the metro system.

Great place with lots of fun. Try the free food tour! Joo Chiat isn't in the centre of Singapore but its well worth exploring and easy to travel to and from on MRT and bus. Hire bikes were cheap and good for getting to the beach but watch out for mental drivers!

Justin, Tony and Din are amazing! Really helpful and welcoming. The communal area is chilled and a lovely place to hang out after a long day. Great shower in our dorm. Will be back in few months

Fantastic Hostel, Very Clean, excellent facilities and the guys that run the hostel are a wealth of general & local information. Don't miss out on Tony's Food walk, you won't regret it.

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  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Free Breakfast
  • Common Room
  • DVD's
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Games Room
  • Fitness Centre
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Key Card Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Security Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Meeting Room
  • Parking
  • PlayStation
  • Pool Table
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Wii


  • No Curfew

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy.
Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay, unless otherwise stated below (see 'Things to Note' information).

Things to Note

Please note that we are not able to accept credit/ debit cards; once you check in at the hostel, please pay the outstanding balance in cash. ATM Bank machines are widely available across Singapore.

Betel Box Backpacker Hostel Located at 200 Joo Chiat Road, , Singapore.
Betel Box Backpacker Hostel
Singapore 200 Joo Chiat Road
83% 932
1.3122364 103.9002370
Betel Box Backpacker Hostel
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