Sleep in a boat
Fabulous Jukung Hostel is a work of art, constructed entirely from old boats—a jukung is a traditional Balinese fishing boat. Not only is the design fun and funky, but the rooms are cool, quiet, spacious and comfortable. It’s simply the best hostel in Ubud.
Located in the thick of the action on Jalan Monkey Forest not far from Ubud market, you’ll still get a decent night's sleep as the rooms are situated at the back of a friendly family compound. Two-storey Jukung Hostel offers two icy-cool air-con mixed dorms upstairs with six and eight beds, each dorm with its own single ensuite and a third bathroom on the lower level. Sturdy metal bunkbeds are comfy, curtained for privacy and each provides individual lighting and power outlets. Lockable storage under the bed keeps luggage out of the way. Bottom sheets are supplied, bring a sleep sheet, and you may need extra cover when the air-con blasts.
A patchwork of stone and tiles in the hot-water bathrooms continues the theme. There’s even a deep stone bathtub, but don’t linger—you may be unpopular with your roommates, as the toilet is in the same room and there’s only one per room.
Common areas on the lower level are terrific spots for mingling with other travellers, the friendly staff and guitar-playing owner. Eat a simple included breakfast or log into the free WiFi at the boat “table” with wooden benches. Help yourself to water refills in the kitchen, however the cooking facilities can only be used by the staff. The only thing we thought was missing was a more comfortable lounging area, but that’s a minor quibble. The hostel was clean when we visited, and hopefully won’t get grotty in the future — all the uneven wooden surfaces may be a challenge to clean.
We think Jukung Hostel is excellent value, but if budget is a concern or you prefer a more party atmosphere, you’ll find a cheaper bed at Hostel Ubud in Jalan Dewi Sita (without breakfast), but be warned it’s noisy as there’s live bands until midnight. Nani House 2 is another nearby hostel that is also worth considering, but if you are travelling with a friend, you can still find decent private rooms in Ubud for 200,000 rupiah.
Address: 14 Jalan Monkey Forest
T: (0812) 363 3998;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'42.79" E, 8º30'33" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||100,000 rupiah||100,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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