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I stayed in one of the best-rated hostels for backpackers in the Philippines, and it turned out to be a complete letdown

  • 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.


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