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Bunc @Radius Little India

Excellent and spacious

What we say: 4 stars

Bunc has properties in both Little India and Clarke Quay in Singapore along with Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and we reckon they are going to really shake up the hostel scene in Singapore. You’ll be paying more than at a more traditional hostel, but there’s a leap rather than jump in standards here. Flashpackers should look no further.

Grab a bunk at Bunc.

Grab a bunk at Bunc.

Set across multiple floors in a spacious shopfront style building, Bunc’s standard offerings (they call it a “medium size” dorm) have four oversized bunks per room. The bunks are doubles on the lower level and singles on the upper. Somewhat strangely, the singles have a cut out which allows you to look straight down onto the double bed below you, which makes for some interesting privacy issues. A small work station is set up where you could conceivably use a laptop if you wanted to. It’s a very unusual setup, but once you’re used to it, it works quite well.

Single up top, double below.

Single up top, double below.

Dorms have chilled air-con, good mattresses, full linen, double pillows and a towel. Our dorm had no windows and once the lights were off it was absolutely pitch black and very quiet — we slept in and so will you! The only complaint was the ladders to the top bunks were difficult to climb as there is no handle at the top to grab on to and we’d imagine they are very easy to fall when climbing or descending, so be careful!

Single bed workstation.

Single bed workstation.

Bathrooms are very clean and well kept, but while the toilets have proper doors, the showers have a curtain only and an oddly placed fan keeps blowing them open! They really need to add in a door or move the fan.

Upstairs downstairs.

Upstairs downstairs.

There is a large ground floor common area where a simple complimentary breakfast is available and with a long common table, this is an easy place to meet others. There’s also two large flat screen TVs that we could really have done without, especially as, during the day, they seem to be mostly used by the staff to watch cheesy game shows. There’s a second hidden-away beanbag-strewn common area on the second floor that doubles as a theatrette — this can be a good spot to run away to if it is all too hectic downstairs.

Hidden away beanbag and piano zone.

Hidden away beanbag and piano zone.

Staff are friendly and chatty and we found their information and advice both helpful and accurate. As with many hostels there are a range of tours and activities available on a daily basis. Some are free, some not, but the staff should be able to assist in what is the best tour for your needs. Bunc is on Upper Weld Road, on the periphery of Little India, but is a very short walk to masses of South Asian eateries and there is also a good Thai place, Spicy Thai Thai, almost directly behind the hostel.

The morning half of Thailand checked out.

The morning half of Thailand checked out.

The hostel is about a 10-minute walk from Little India MRT or 15 minutes from Bugis and is well signposted.

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Contact details:

15 Upper Weld Road Closest MRT Bugis or Little India Singapore  T: 6262 2862 F: 6262 2863  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm air-con 21 S$ 21 S$ Up to $33 for a female only dorm
Dbl air-con share b'room 58 S$ 58 S$
Dbl air-con private b'room 140 S$ 140 S$

Added to Travelfish on: 24th March, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 15th October, 2014

Last reviewed by:
Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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15 Upper Weld Road Closest MRT Bugis or Little India Singapore 
T: 6262 2862 F: 6262 2863

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