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The Traveler Message Board

Traveler Message Board

There are something romantic looking at the message board, filled with letter, message or photo from traveler passing by. The photo above is from Betel Box Hostel, Singapore.

In the old days, during the early days of backpacking, this is the only way to communicate with fellow backpackers on the road. People would leave a message for their friends who was few days behind, note of interesting place to see, or danger to be avoided.

These kind of message boards have been mostly replaced by email and mobile phone. However, there are seems to be place who provide such message board like Betel Box, just for the romance, and for the sake of old days.

This photo is posted in response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall. Share an image of a wall that reveals something about a place, people, or you. Also, read the full review of the place where this photo was taken, Betel Box Hostel

Betel Box Hostel at Joo Chiat Road, Singapore

I fall in love with this place. We only stayed for merely 2 nights at Betel Box Hostel, Joo Chiat Road, Singapore. But it was love at first sight.

Checking In

“My name is Tony”, the guy behind the reception desk introduce himself. “Let me walk you around and tell you some rules.” Later we know from the news clip on the wall that, he is the proud founder and owner of Betel Box Hostel.

Tony has no problem finding our reservations, which we made through the website http://www.betelbox.com. Payment is made in advance. We are handed over our bed linen and walked to the room


We rented 2 beds in the 20 beds room. Aside from 20 beds, Betel Box also has 16 beds dorm, 8 beds female-only dorm and a 1 private bedroom for 2. All room is equipped with air con, and shared bathroom. Rates information is at their website: http://www.betelbox.com/hostel_rates.htm

Our 20 beds room has 10 double decker beds, 2 hot showers and 1 toilet to be shared among us. There is also a locker room for our luggage (Dimension: 1 feet width x 2 feet depth x 3 feet high). Either brings your own padlock or you can borrow one from the reception.

The room is not pristine clean, but decent enough. You will see a lot of large bag lying around near each bunk, and towels hanging everywhere. Remember to pack your own towel & toiletries.

The Communal Room

Next Tony took us back to the Communal Room, which also host the reception. I must say that, this room is the heart of Betel Box Hostel. It is where traveler meets & share stories over breakfast or can of beer at night.

Here, travelers also look for information through the extensive collection of history and guide books left by former guest. Or if you have your own laptop, wi-fi access is available free of charge.

Around The Hotel

The Joo Chiat road is lined with food and bar. The road to the south is lined with small artisan café, uniquely designed with colors, and serving handcrafted dishes and dessert. Another different food that you will find is hawker center and kopitiam. It would be nice to sit at one of these artisan café or kopitiam if we have more time to spare.

Nearest bus and MRT station is 15 minutes walk away on nice pedestrian walkway. It can be very hot during the day, bring an umbrella and put a lot of sun block.

For other place, ask the staff. They are very knowledgeable not only for places around the hotel, but also places further down the road, and will also help you for transportation.

The Betel Box Backpacker Hostel
200 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427471
Telephone: (65) 6247 7340
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.betelbox.com