The Expat Living staff picked some of their top places to stay in Asia for under $100 per night. Yes, Trip Advisor is very comprehensive, but a little insider knowledge can be useful! This is tried and tested accommodation, so we hope you find it to be good value too.
Name: Villa Siem Reap
Where: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Comment: Good beds, basic shower bathroom. Bit noisy out the back in the mornings. Nice open-air eating/breakfast place with good food. Ten minutes’ walk to down town markets or a quick tuk tuk ride.
Cost: Around US$30 for twin room
Name: Nirwana Gardens
Where: Bintan Island, Indonesia
Comment: The enormous Nirwana Gardens Resort has villas, a hotel and bungalows, but the beach club cabins represent good value. Located right on the beach, this laid back area of the resort has good access to water sports.
Cost: From S$95 but check for specials
Where: Near Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
Comment: Very friendly manager, great staff, delicious fresh breakfast, bit of an out of the way location but just five minutes drive to Geger Beach – one of the best in Bali.
Cost: Less than S$70 a night for double room
Name: Sunway Putra Hotel
Where: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Comment: Good room size, close to KL shopping square – right above Park Plaza. Check accommodation booking websites for good deals.
Cost: Around S$100 a night for double room
Name: Eden 54
Where: Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia
Comment: Compact but stylish rooms. Extremely friendly and helpful owners. Central to just about anything you would want to do in KK.
Cost: Around S$50 a night for double
Name: Village House
Where: Outside of Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia
Comment: The location in the old town is ideal;walking distance to everything, but far enough away to avoid the crowds at night. The hotel is situated around a beautiful garden, where you can sip cocktails at sunset or enjoy an excellent breakfast from the on-site restaurant.
Cost: A TripAdvisor favourite, this hotel charges around $92 per night for basic room, but book in March for a stay in May or June and receive a 20-percent discount.
Name: Thavorn Beach Village
Where: Phuket, Thailand
Comment: Four-star accommodation in garden bungalows or seaview bungalow just a step away from secluded beach. Fantastic, enormous pool. Situated in Nakalay Bay about 4km outside Patong.
Cost: From S$75 for a bungalow (cheaper in low season)
Name: Aloft – Sukhumvit 11
Where: Bangkok, Thailand
Comment: Brand new hotel, a member of the Starwood group. Edgy, modern vibe with lots of in-room gadgets. Amazing location, right opposite Bed Supperclub and just a 5minute walk to the BTS.
Cost: Room only: 2,111 baht ++ (about $85)
Name: Betel Garden Guest House
Where: Hoi An, Vietnam
Comment: Friendly, small guest house set in a lush garden with swimming pool. Good, cheap meals. 15 minutes’ walk to central Hoi An, along the river. Free bikes.
Cost: From US$50 per night
Name: Ha An Hotel
Where: Hoi An, Vietnam
Comment: Located in Santubong (about 45 minutes from Kuching) and run by friendly husband and wife team, Donald and Marina Tan. A fusion between a traditional stilted Malay home and a longhouse Dayak house. Add in hammocks, palms, gardens, ponds, a pool that runs the length of the property, and a gourmet chef that prepares amazing delicious local and western fare, and this 12- roomed home is transformed into a little jungle oasis.
Cost: Prices from $85
Name: Hanoi Essence Hotel
Where: Hanoi, Vietnam
Comment: Dubbed the best boutique hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, it’s clean, has quick service and a good location.
Cost: From US$50