Backpacker / hostel - This really depends on the following things: the hostel you are staying in, how old are you and how much money you have to spend. I had the best experience at Lub D in Bangkok as I was staying in a girls only dorm with 3 other ladies. My modus operandi was to make friends and hostels are great for that. They also had bathrooms kitted out with all the essentials and even had some westernised breakfast options for those with weak stomachs. Whereas in the Canadian rockies the hostels were pretty basic (and we were in a busy dorm which meant lots of noise through the night even with people trying to be quiet), we were travelling in a pair and could afford something better.