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Knowing Yogyakarta Indonesia

Most Filipino travelers would go to nearby countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau (Visa free country) but very few would go to Indonesia. Most Filipinos would only know Bali and Jakarta but little did we know that Indonesia has so much to offer for all types of travelers.
In July 2016, I got invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia together with 50+ other South East Asian bloggers and influencers to travel around Indonesia for 12 days. I extended my trip to Jakarta for 3 days and was not able to do so much because of the traffic jam. Few from our batch went to Yogyakarta and seeing their amazing photos made me want and eager to go back to Indonesia and visit Yogyakarta.
Luckily Last January 2018, I was able to go back in Indonesia, had a 4-day trip to Jakarta with AirAsia and finally extended my trip for another 4 days just to see the wonders of Yogyakarta. I always wanted to visit temples and palaces in this region and finally, I did. Let me share you where we s…

Newest Hostel in Manila: BGC Hostel

One of the newest hostels here in downtown Manila is BGC Hostel. They have 2 other branches, one in Quezon City and in Makati. Backpackers choice of accommodation now especially the "budgetarian" travelers most preferred to stay in a hostel. Hostel in the Philippines can cost around from 300 to 500PHP / 6.50 USD to 11 USD and 3,000 PHP / 65.21 USD monthly dorm rate / per bed rate, less expensive and most hostels now offer comfortable beds, clean sheets of bed linen, towel, clean bathroom and attractive ambiance.  

BGC Hostel Manila is different from their Makati branch - design and color of the interiors to give each branch a different vibe. Here in Manila, their theme is Sailor where ship and anchor are visible here.

Located at Vicente Cruz along Espana Blvd, Manila City. 

Via Jeepney Commute:

Coming from Quezon City - Ride Jeepney with the signage "Taft", fare is 25 PHP / .54 USD
Coming from Manila Taft - Ride Jeepney with the signage "Welcome Rotonda / Espana", fare is 8.00 PHP / .17 USD

Via LRT commute:

Coming from North station: Ride LRT1 fare is 15 PHP / .32 USD, drop off to Recto station, then ride a jeepney with signage "ESPANA". 


common area / tv area

500 PHP per night / per person, equipped with a single bed in dorm room, shared bathroom, own socket, lampshade per bed, magnetic key card and towels. 

BGC Manila has 3 rooms good for 6 pax, 1 room for 12 pax and 1 room for 8 pax. 3 rooms are on the 2nd floor and 2 are on the 3rd floor / rooftop. 

 Well for me the best thing to build rapport with fellow backpackers is music.

Location wise - very accessible via public vehicle/commute. The hostel is just walking distance from Puregold Grocery and SM Savemore. There are lots of restaurants and establishments around the hostel like Mang Inasal, Mercury, Mini Stop, Metrobank, Laundry Shop, Beauty Salon. 

Because the hostel is nearby and just a few meters away from the main road, during rush hour, you can hear the honks of the cars but that doesn't bother me much. 

Newest Hostel in Manila: BGC Hostel

For reservation call: 02- 2421188 and mobile number: 0977-8224242
870 Vicente Cruz street, Sampaloc Manila, Philippines.

The use of this 360° virtual tour of BGC Hostel and Dorm Manila is authorized by Traveloka.


  1. I just pinned this. It looks clean and comfortable. I have stayed in a dorm which has similar rooms like this. I like that the beds have curtains so that you have a bit of privacy. Other hostels do not have that. I would suggest BGC Manila to anyone who's interested in backpacking in Manila.

  2. Looks like a decent hostel. Love the Nautical theme. I always prefer hostels to hotels. Thanks for this review.

  3. This is a great spot for those who are working near Makati and BGC temporarily and when their homes are far away. Php 300-500 sounds okay compared to transportation expenses plus the stress brought about by daily commuting.

  4. It's nice to see more hostel in Metro Manila that's both clean and really affordable. This would be a great deal for those who have weekend activities in the city.

  5. This is a nice and clean hostel, totally love the colours and set up.

  6. The hostel looks neat and cool! It's nice to know that there are more hostels opening up in the metro. It makes traveling to Manila more affordable (especially for me who now lives in the province). This is a good lead and will keep this in mind the next time I travel to Manila on my own expense.

  7. I have never stayed in a hostel before, maybe because I usually travel with the family. If ever, maybe I should try it out here locally first before trying it out abroad.

  8. Thank you so much for this, I've been traipsing my feet in Manila, but literally to just to wave my hand and say hi and I haven't explored Manila that much and its neighboring town. A well written review and I actually enjoy the simplicity of the hostel, but elegant. I bear an idea now where to stay.


  9. Definitely ideal for backpackers in the country! Everything is so compact and cute! :D

  10. I have never stayed in any hostel. But if the hostel looks so vibrant, then why not? Would love to try out.

  11. The hotel looks great! Love the theme of the hotel. My boyfriend might love it too! Because it's more to his style :D Love your post.

  12. The thing about hostel and backpacker hotel is that you never know who you might meet! Knowing new friends from different countries is perhaps one of the most fun thing ever~

  13. Oh, what a cute hostel. I like the them of it and hopefully to be in Manila soon!

  14. The hostel looks very clean and friendly to stay in.. Great thing to share for backpackers


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