Backpacking in Singapore: Staying at the Green Kiwi Hostel in Bugis

Backpacking in Singapore: Staying at the Green Kiwi Hostel in Bugis

Backpacking in Singapore: Staying at the Green Kiwi Hostel in Bugis

I was recently back in good old Singapore and I loved it. It was a sentimental journey as you might have read. This time, I had the choice of staying in a budget backpacking hostel dorm like my roots or my own room in a four star hotel. I am so glad I opted to remain loyal to my roots of backpacking.

Backpacking in Singapore - staying in the Green Kiwi Hostel

Backpacking in Singapore – staying in the Green Kiwi Hostel

It was my fourth visit to Singapore and therefore I had “ticked off” most of the key sights in the past including the Singapore Sling in The Long Bar at Raffles and the Night Safari. This time I was reminiscing and chilling out, if that is at all possible in the intense heat of this roaring city, country and island (s).

Backpacking in Singapore: Staying at the Green Kiwi Hostel in Bugis

Backpacking in Singapore: Staying at the Green Kiwi Hostel in Bugis

I decided to stay in the Green Kiwi Hostel. They have two cool locations, one at Bugis and one at Lavender. I opted to stay in Bugis which is slightly closer to a lot of the main sights. The area of Bugis is also like an Arabic area, with places like Baghdad Street, Turkish restaurants and the impressive Sultan Mosque (step outside the door of the hostel and it’s right there!).

Green Kiwi hostel at night

Green Kiwi hostel at night

Green Kiwi hostel by day

Green Kiwi hostel by day

If you are a new backpacker and coming to Singapore, I highly recommend you stay at the Green Kiwi Hostel, here are five reasons why.

1. Free Breakfast
The free breakfast includes fruit (dragon fruit, watermelon, orange during my stay) as well as toast (choice of jams, spreads etc.), tea and coffee. A really good breakfast to get you ready for walking in the intense heat! When you consider the prices of things in Singapore – this is a really good deal.

Breakfast at Green Kiwi Hostel, Singapore

Breakfast at Green Kiwi Hostel, Singapore

Breakfast at Green Kiwi Hostel, Singapore

Breakfast at Green Kiwi Hostel, Singapore

2. Fast WiFi
Sometimes backpacking in Asia isn’t great for keeping touch with friends and family, or going on social media, or for writing your travel blog. But the WiFi here is fast. Works in the rooms and downstairs, so it’s also a good place to stay if you have some Skype-ing or some blogging to do. If you travel without a phone or laptop – no sweat – they have an internet station.

Internet and fast WiFi

Internet and fast WiFi

3. Lockers
It’s always important to have security as a backpacker – so lock your valuables in the free lockers while you explore the country. You can also leave your bags after you check out, which is pretty useful if you want to get the night train to Malaysia.

Safe lockers

Safe lockers

4. Cool Location
As I mentioned you are in the Arabic area, but there is a MRT close by (Bugis and Lavender are both close in fact) and you can easily walk to Clarke Quay, the Merlion, Raffles Hotel etc. Airport is only about half an hour away on the MRT (but they stop running at 11.30 pm ish).

Round the corner from Sultan Mosque

20 seconds walk from Sultan Mosque

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15-20 minutes walk from the Merlion

5. Cheap
You’ll have heard that Singapore is dearer than the countries around it and really – it’s true so save as much as you can. You only need a bed and a shower in reality, so save some cash on accommodation by staying here. Dorm beds from $22 Singapore Dollars!

My dorm in Green Kiwi

My dorm in Green Kiwi

My bed (lower) in Green Kiwi

My bed (lower) in Green Kiwi

I should also add there is air conditioning in the rooms, tidy and clean bathroom facilities, tours and information as well as laundry. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. So all in all this is the place to stay if you are backpacking through Singapore.

Laundry

Laundry

Bathrooms

Bathrooms

Dorms

Dorms

Here are the details for booking:

  1. Green Kiwi, Lavender:
    280A Lavender Street, Singapore 338800
  2. Green Kiwi Bugis:
    55 Bussorah Street, Bugis, Singapore, 199471
    (formerly called the Sleepy Kiwi by the way)

Here is a video I made at breakfast in the Green Kiwi hostel in Singapore:

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3 Responses to Backpacking in Singapore: Staying at the Green Kiwi Hostel in Bugis

  1. Wayne Liew says:

    Thanks for sharing about your stay in Singapore, Jonny.

    My girlfriend and I stayed in a hotel the last time we travelled down to Singapore for 4 days. We are definitely planning to go again because 4 days is definitely not enough even though it is a small country. This time, we might stay in a hostel because hotels in Singapore can get quite expensive. 🙂

    Oh, and by the way, it seems like the hostel in Bugis is called The Sleepy Kiwi Backpacker Hostel with a different website – http://www.sleepykiwi.com.sg/, but I presume they share the same management.

    Have fun in Singapore!
    Wayne Liew recently posted…Walking to and Exploring the Busy Streets of Bukit BintangMy Profile

  2. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Wayne, thanks for your comment. When I found the hostel online I was originally looking at the Green Kiwi Lavender but actually they are both known as the Green Kiwi now. So we are both right – the Bugis one was formerly the Sleepy Kiwi, but as you can see from my photos, it has Green Kiwi on the sign now. Yes try and get a hostel booked – try and get a private room here if you are with your girlfriend, much cheaper than hotels and the location of this place is good. I had fun! Safe travels. Jonny

  3. Wayne Liew says:

    Ah… so that’s the reason why. Thanks for clarifying, Jonny, just wanted to make sure I’m saving the right URL for future reference.
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