Betel Box Hostel, Bistro & Tours in Singapore
Introducing The Betel Box Bistro
We always wanted a restaurant that is committed to heritage conservation and serves authentic Peranakan foods that we have fond memories of... its a dream come true finally... Come check us out... (Click to read more of the Betel Box Bistro )
We are Singapore's Best Travel Experience!
SINGAPORE EXPERIENCE AWARDS 2009 - BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
9 Nov 2009, Betel Box was named the winner of 2009 Singapore Experience Award, in the Best Travel Experience category.
The Singapore Experience Awards is organised by the Singapore Tourism Board and is the most prestigious award in the Singapore Tourism landscape.
What to expect during your stay at the Betel Box Hostel Singapore?
Many hostels claim to be a 'home away from home', but what does a hostel need to have to make it a true home away from home? (Click to read summary of Accommodations Rates/ Prices and Services)
Looking for our "Real Singapore" Tours?
Tours for the Thinking Traveller.
Our original Real Singapore tours are created to show a side of Singapore that is beyond what is written in the guidebooks. These guided experiences are activities-based so that you get a more complete picture of Singapore. (Click to read summary of Tours Rates/ Prices and Services)
Betel Box Backpackers Hostel & Tours
Large living room
We have large, but very comfortable and cosy communal areas with a kitchen, dining area, lounge area with comfortable day beds and pillows, games (Nintendo WII, popular board games as well as ethnic games), sound system, a library with 1000s of books/ magazines/ newspapers (for reference as well as for exchange), decorated with art, ethnic crafts and original photographs from all over Asia and our Internet terminals with free broadband Internet access (30mins daily)! Oh, did I mention that WiFi is absolutely FREE!
More pictures of our communal areas in the About Betel Box Hostel webpage
Our Latest Social Event
We may not be a party hostel but we certainly are the envy of most hostels in Singapore because we know how to have fun. The following videos are of the latest party we have organised.
[Watch more Party Videos]
Free broadband & WiFi Internet access
Comfortable accommodations & amenities
We have spared no costs and effort to make sure you have the best night's sleep since you left home. Our beds have thick and firm mattresses (meeting chiropractic standards set by Australian Spinal Research Foundation and regularly sanitised by Mitex now known as DH Asia), firm hypoallergenic pillows, fresh fitted bed linen, solid bunk beds and the rooms are fully air-conditioned! Our bathroom facilities have hot and cold showers, something you will not find often when travelling through Southeast Asia on a tight budget! You also get a locker where you can store your valuables.
Mitex sanitises all mattresses and upholstery at Betel Box Hostel Singapore using High Powered Vacuum Cleaner, Ultra Violet Radiation and Organic Chemicals.
Healthy & hearty breakfast
Included in the price at our Singapore Hostel is a continental breakfast.
On weekends, healthy and hearty breakfast is served at Betel Box Bistro.
You have a selection of 5 kinds of breakfast sets (served with either freshly brewed tea/ coffee or juice):
- Eggs, baked beans & toast
- Mixed fruits with yogurt
- Pancakes with maple syrup
- Eggs with toast
- Mixed fruits with toast & preserves
Free tours & activities
We organise a series of free tours & activities every week (meaning you pay only for what you consume). Once a week, Tony organises his Famous Foodwalk in the Geylang Serai and Katong vicinity (its the food in Katong that's famous.. Tony's just a glutton), so you can try out various kinds of dishes and get to know their fellow bunkies at the same time. On separate nights we also organise a night out on the town (pub crawls and ladies nites), walks in an ethnic district or a BBQ on the beach near the hostel. For those more into outdoor activities, our Cycle Trip and Nature Walks are also available but depends on group size and weather. (Please note, if you are not staying with us, please enquire here of our Real Singapore Tours)
Great Staff who are professional Tourist Guides!
We have pretty high standards on who gets to work here... Yes, our guys are young, friendly and fun but beyond that, we are passionate about Singapore! Our interests areas cover, culture & heritage, food/ drink/ nightlife, arts & design, architecture/ social studies, sports & adventure, and, nature & conservation. Don't just take our word for it, we are licensed Singapore Tourism Board Tourist Guides!
Getting Fit and Free use of Fitness Centre
With so much good food in Singapore and around our district, we all have to do abit more to get fit to continue in our travels (and squeeze back into those well-seasoned travelling clothes). How about taking a jog or cycle along the longest public beach which is also the most popular park in Singapore? East Coast Beach is 20 minutes walk from us and you get a tan while you are sweating it out. OR, you can even use the state-of-the-art fitness centre facilities at Bodycraft Fitness Gym for free.
Entertainment and facilities
But don't take our word for it...
Some recent guest comments
From the moment we arrived at 4am four days ago to the time we're leaving
tonight, I've enjoyed every minute of this place! Great price, lovely fresh
& healthy breakfast, air-con!!! hurah! and all the wondeful advice & food
tours. You guys are probably the best in the business. Expand to New Zealand
and everywhere else so everyone can enjoy travelling as much as I have!
Keep on trucking Tony + Mark!
Hannah & Kirstine, United Kingdom
I really fell in love with this place, so nice!! Keep going, good luck!
Doro Poechmann, Germany
Great find! This place is fantastic, cool, clean and have made some
good friends. Tony and Mark, this is definitely a credit to you. 5 stars!
Emma Culverhouse, England
Clean, safe, friendly, thanks for such a fantastic time!
Not just a great hostel, but lovely people too! Thanks for such a fantastic
Kelly Holden, England
Thanx very much 4 a wicked stay! Enjoyed trying all the different fruits
Martin Liddle, New Zealand
I love this place! It's a clean hostel with friendly staff. Every day
another party! I'll come back!!
Sharon Bronsdijk, The Netherlands
Betel Box in the News
Awards, Guidebooks, Websites, Newspapers, TV Shows & Radio Shows
Singapore Straits Times Newspaper - 28 March 2004.
Singapore ZaoBao Newspaper - 13 Jan 2005.
Singapore Straits Times Newspaper - The East is Great - 2 March 2006.
Singapore Straits Times Newspaper- 2 July 2006.
Singapore The Sunday Times Newspaper- 4 May 2008.
Singapore Straits Times Newspaper- 30 May 2010.
China Kunming dushi shipao Newspaper- 23 Mar 2011.
Channel News Asia - Singapore Heartbeat. First aired on 12 Aug 2010
Channel News Asia is a regional news station. Singapore Heartbeat is a programme that introduces some very passionate Singaporeans who share their unique finds and favourite places that celebrate Singapore as home.
Hong Kong Cable TV's Entertainment Channel - What a Wonderful Life - Backpacker's Diaries in Singapore. First aired on 17 May 2009.
Mediacorp TV Channel U- Wow Singapore - East Coast episode. First aired on 11 Dec 2007, 8.30pm.
Wow Singapore is a Mediacorp Channel U production that is supported by the Singapore Tourism Board. The show explores various districts in Singapore for its secret finds. The stars of this episode were our guests; Jennifer and Christian who were introduced to Joo Chiat and learnt about Peranakan culture, architecture, foods, clothing and even spent some time in an adventure park. Special thanks goes to Kym Ng, Pornsak and the crew who hosted Jennifer and Christian for the day.
Mediacorp Radio Singapore International - Leisure Tour of the Lion City - Leisure Tour of Joo Chiat. First aired on 29 May 2007, 9.05pm.
episode Mandarin radio feature programme with us across Joo Chiat.
Listen to Radio Podcasts : Episode
1- Introduction to Joo Chiat, Episode
2- Joo Chiat Architecture & Eurasian Community House, Episode
3- Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple, Episode
4- Understanding Peranakan Culture in Joo Chiat district Part 1,
5- Understanding Peranakan Culture in Joo Chiat district Part 2
Mediacorp TV Channel U- Project Y - Tourism episode. First aired on 17 Oct 2006, 9.30pm.
Special thanks to George of Joo Chiat Fried Kway Teow, Just Green Vegetarian, Kim Choo Kueh Chang, Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant, Kens Delights Ice Desserts of Dunman Food Centre, Katong 328 Laksa, Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple, Eurasian Community House and Lenny, Alice & Staff of Chevy 57 Bar.
Attractions of Singapore
Many guests at our Singapore hostel ask us what they should do while they are in Singapore, so we have put together a list of 5 suggestions to get you started:
If you would like to know more, just come and stay with us at the Betel Box Hostel Singapore and we will assist you on where to go, what to do, where and what to eat and drink, basically we will help you make the most of your time in this fun and friendly city!
Singapore Travel Hub
Singapore and Southeast Asia are currently experiencing a boom in budget airlines. Thanks to airlines such as AirAsia, Australian Airlines, and LionAir. it is now possible to fly all over Southeast Asia for less than the cost of a bus ticket! Still more budget airlines are coming online, such as Singapore Airlines' Tiger Airways (TigerAir) and even Qantas has set up a budget airline (Jetstar) right here in Singapore.
These budget airlines do not just fly to the main destinations. Besides flying to places such as Kuala Lumpur, Phuket and Bangkok, AirAsia also flies to Kuching in Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, which used to be difficult and expensive to get to. They offer two flights per day to Kuching as well as to Kota Kinabalu at very reasonable prices. One of our guests at Betel Box Hostel Singapore, TJ, flew from Johor Bahru to Kuching with AirAsia and after returning to Singapore, he wrote a report about Sabah and Sarawak
What's a Betel Box?
The Betel Box Singapore Hostel is named after the Betel Nut, an addictive spice that is central to Asian hospitality. The Betel Vine is a member of the pepper family and is used in traditional ceremonies and as a social bonding aid by almost all Asian cultures represented in Singapore- Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan and Eurasian. Betel Box as the name suggest, is a container for Betel Nuts, assorted tools and ingredients; each ethnic community has its own decorative versions of the Betel Box.
In summary, the name "Betel Box" embodies all our aspirations of what we want this backpackers hostel to be; friendly, respectful, addictive, aesthetically pleasing, functional and representative of all cultures in Singapore (tall order, eh.). Our Singapore youth hostel is located on Joo Chiat Road; the heartlands of Malay, Peranakan, Indian and Eurasian cultures in Singapore.
The Betel Box Hostel Singapore is the product of our experiences (some good, some not so good) of hostelling, backpacking and budget travelling around the globe. Like you, we get lost sometimes when travelling and slept at airports, bus/ rail stations, bed & breakfast, hostels and cheap hotels. The travel bug still itches but we are calming the rash by creating a international traveler community where we can meet like-minded people. Cutting to the chase, our Singapore hostel provides a home away from home with its creature comforts, within easy reach to all parts of Singapore and in a culturally rich part of town! Budget accommodation in Singapore does not mean budget service; read more About the Singapore Hostel. And oh, you get to enjoy our Stimulating Company! .