Hostels in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Get to know Kaohsiung (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kaohsiung. To help you make friends with Kaohsiung before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Kaohsiung is also named and spelled Kaohsiung City - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Second only to Taipei in population and popularity, Kaohsiung is the southwestern capital of Taiwan, a port full of futuristic buildings, funky street art, epic Asian night markets, ancient Buddhist temples, and some amazing subway stations. Indeed, the Dome of Light at Formosa Boulevard station is made up of more than four thousand glass panels (making it the largest glasswork in the world), and since the crowds even during rush hour are not huge at all here, no one will be annoyed at you if you're standing in the middle of the station and staring around.

Take a ferry to Qijin, a small island just twenty minutes away from the harbour, and get something fishy in local restaurants (they have fish-flavoured candies, too). Take a stroll along the Lover's Wharf, Fisherman's Wharf, and watch the night fall over the sea at True Love Pier, accompanied by the screams of seagulls. Visit the Old City of Zuoying and photograph the reflection of old dragon and tiger pagodas in the waters of Lotus Lake at sunset. Get lost in the jungle of Gushan and fight with cheeky monkeys who will try -- very hard -- to steal your food or empty bottles.

Get out of town on a day-trip to Fo Guang Shan monastery, to see one of the biggest Buddha statues and memorial halls in the world. Think of it as a Buddhist Disneyland, with many welcoming monks and nuns who will greet and escort you around the premises. The place is particularly breathtaking around Chinese New Year.

Kaohsiung is one of those medium-sized, walkable cities where you can get everywhere on foot or by rented bicycle (and local city bike stands can now be found by every metro station and in between), provided that you do not mind occasional and unpredictable rainy weather. Your Kaohsiung hostel is the perfect place to base yourself for all of the sights and activities on offer in the area.

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FAQ about Kaohsiung Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Kaohsiung. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Kaohsiung. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right? shows all 25 Hostels in Kaohsiung. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 25 hostels in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Kaohsiung such as
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Your Packing List for Kaohsiung

Your Packing List for Kaohsiung

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Kaohsiung and Taiwan.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Kaohsiung Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Kaohsiung, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
25 Total number of hostels
$27 Average dorm price
$19 Cheapest hostel in Kaohsiung
Backpackers Inn - Kaohsiung is the cheapest
5 Party hostels in Kaohsiung
Bucci Hostel is the best rated
Most Kaohsiung hostels are located in
Xinxing District, Sanmin District, Yancheng District
4.4 Average rating of all hostels

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