- I spent a night at Nacho Hostel, one of the top-rated hostels in the Philippines.
- A night’s stay is cheap — just $6 for a bed in the mixed dormitory and $25 for a private room.
- But the hostel was also crawling with pests, including flies and cockroaches.
As Insider’s travel reporter in Singapore, I’ve backpacked in four countries across Asia and have stayed in a dozen hostels.
Most recently, I visited the Philippines in late June. It’s a destination that’s famed among American backpackers in Asia. In 2019, more than a million Americans visited the country renowned for its gorgeous beaches, lush jungles, and vibrant cities.
I stayed the night at Nacho Hostel, a lodge just outside Cebu City in central Philippines. It’s highly rated online, but it turned out to be a letdown because of the many pests crawling around the hostel.