First of all, let me just say if you are traveling to Southeast Asia, or anywhere for that matter, use www.Travelfish.org for information and tips…it has provided great advice so far on finding cheap and quality accommodation.
Also, if you want to save on accommodation, guest houses are the way to go. They are much cheaper than hotels and there are plenty everywhere in Southeast Asia. If you are lost as to where to start this may give you an idea.
Where we will be staying:
‘This was my first stay in Le Fenix and also my first visit to Bangkok. The entire hotel is very modern, minimalistic and stylish. Overall, it is comfortable, and definitely value for money. The restaraunt food was good and they do cater to vegetarians. The hotel staff is very courteous and helpful. I will definitely consider staying again at the hotel.’
What we paid: $35 US per person/night (Double room, sleeps 2). Not a very economical deal, but more of a hotel atmosphere compared to guest houses. Staying 1 night.
‘Every now and then you find a gem of a guesthouse and Sam Sen Sam Place is such a place. While the wooden building that houses the deluxe rooms is 100 years old, the guesthouse had only been operating for about a year when we visited in Feb 2009, and suffice to say that short of another revelation, this is one of the best places to stay in all of Bangkok. Well decorated with a homely feel, the beds are firm with sharp linens and an attention to detail one doesn’t expect in this price-range. Bathrooms are immaculate and there’s a small garden cafe on site. There’s also internet access, a small traveler’s library and some travel brochures available. Highly recommended.
What we paid: 790 Baht for standard A/C room ($13US per night/per person, sleeps 2). Staying 2 nights.
‘This is one of the best options in town for basic but clean rooms with a couple of extra amenities at a good price. Friendly and helpful staff administer very clean (very blue) spacious rooms which all have a private bathroom and hot shower. Some have a fridge and tv with a selection of English channels. Downstairs has a garden cafe, and a full service restaurant serving Thai and western food. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, but in the evening during high season only. This place is often full, even in the low season. Be sure to call or mail them in advance to reserve a room.’
What we paid: 500 Baht for King Bed A/C ($8 per person/night, sleeps 2). Staying 2 nights.