Photo: They went all out with the boat wood at Jukung Hostel, naturally.

Jukung Hostel

Sleep in a boat

14 Jalan Monkey Forest T: (0812) 363 3998

Jukung Hostel

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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.

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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.

Welcome to Jukung Hostel!

Welcome to Jukung Hostel! Photo: Sally Arnold

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.

Help yourself to refills, but the kitchen's for staff only.

Help yourself to refills, but the kitchen's for staff only. Photo: Sally Arnold

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.

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Where is Jukung Hostel

Jukung Hostel
14 Jalan Monkey Forest
T: (0812) 363 3998
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'42.79" E, 8º30'33" S
Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

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