Ubud: The Happy Mango Tree
Get There: Jalan Bisma No.27, Ubud, Bali 80361,
Cost: 10 000 IDR for a dorm; 25 000 IDR for a private.
Free WiFi: Yes – and it’s pretty good.
Free Breaky: No
The Happy Mango Tree follows the customer-attracting format of many hostels in Asia: paint the walls bright colours and add a couple of pictures of Bob Marley, and backpackers will come. They’re not wrong: the place is often full, with guests from all over the world wanting getting amongst its chilled-out vibes. As far as Ubud hostels go, the Happy Mango Tree is okay: it is well-located, the WiFi is strong and reliable and there’s a great common area with a book exchange where you can perch and sip on a coconut from the cheap onsite café bar. The hostel is shabby but fairly clean, and runs an array of activities that become more hobo-friendly the more people you recruit to do them with you (white-water rafting, cooking classes, shuttle buses to around the island etc.). Bathroom wise, the shower heads have less pressure than a Steiner school maths exam, but if you’re willing to perch your bum on the tiles, you can have an awesome rinse underneath the tap.
When it comes to sleeping, however, unless you’ve had at least eight Bintangs, you’re going to have trouble. The bamboo bunks are noisy, uncomfortable and on the verge of collapse, the fans are slow and the reception phone rings off the hook from sunrise. The private rooms are further away and much-better ventilated, but at 25 000 a night, you’re better off getting a homestay or hotel.
Hobo Tip: Some of the dorms double as entrance halls for the other rooms, so try to get in a room that is on the end rather than in the middle to minimise walk-throughs.