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Budget luxury accommodation-Midlifebackpackers

Posted by on September 5, 2016

Thailand & Cambodia accommodation reviews, 2016

Although we did not want to spend a fortune on the accommodation part of our travel expenses while backpacking Thailand & and Cambodia, we did want a bit of comfort & convenience that we deserve as middle aged, new, and inexperienced backpackers and were most certainly not going to settle into cheap backpacker hostels. The typical budget luxury accommodation we were to settle for, needed to meet our standards of comfort, convenience & hygiene.

When we left for our Thailand & Cambodia trip, there were some basic guidelines that we decided on regarding accommodation we would stay in over the 6 weeks we traveled.

Our requirements for budget luxury accommodation were:

-Our budget luxury accommodation needed to be a maximum cost ZAR 450, USD 31, Baht 1083  for us both per day.

-We wanted a pool to cool off in after arrival, hard traveling and the heat & humidity of South East Asia.

-Room needed to be air conditioned.

-A private bathroom (not shared) was a prerequisite.

-Location needed to be accessible & near to transport.

-Bathroom, bedding and generally unit needed to have a high standard of cleanliness.

-We only wanted to book for one night with initial booking, so that we could easily move on if the hotel was not suitable.

-We did not want to prepay on bookings in case of any unpleasant surprises.

These were our main criteria & also the filters used when searching for suitable budget luxury accommodation on Booking.com

The convenience of making bookings online:

-Last minute decision can be made depending on where a traveler has arrived.

-Live availability can be seen there & then, online.

-Accommodation can be searched for by plotting current location and seeing what options are available in one’s immediate surrounds.

-This can all be done easily from a cellular phone, tablet or laptop, as long as you have an internet connection.

The average standard of our budget luxury accommodation over the 6 weeks:

Generally our stays at all of the accommodation met the standards we had set in advance. Bear in mind that we had a close look at the ratings that previous guests gave to hotels. When initially choosing a number of possibilities, it is wise to list then in a list under the name of the place you intend to visit. For example, Bangkok. Create a “Bangkok list” within the  consol of the website or app you use& then shortlist a few properties there. Then go and look at their locations, photos, reviews & read between the lines of the comments made. Disregard the obvious comments that really have no basis. Like people moaning about the lack of a life in a 2 level building. Or the traffic noise when a hotel is situated on a main road in a city. These things are obvious and come with the territory. We also need to bear in mind that this is budget luxury accommodation, not top of the line luxury accommodation, so there are certain realities that one must accept.

Hotel we stayed in:

Below are basic details of the hotels we found to stay in over the 6 weeks travel through Thailand & Cambodia. Although none of these were really super, grand  and varied from basic to resort like hotels, they were all run by friendly staff and more than we needed to make our stays comfortable. We regarded them all as budget luxury accommodation as they did meet our standards that we had set.

The one exception was the Annanas Beach Bungalows, Otres Beach in Cambodia. Although the setting and beach access was great, the accommodation was substandard with window shutters not working, fan not working properly, insects and mosquito’s throughout & a partial separation between neighbor’s bathroom & ours which allowed for shared smells & sounds. The bed with it’s sagging mattress made it even more difficult to get any sleep. Generally a very neglected beach shack probably only suited to potheads & layabouts, but not suited to our needs. I must add that we generally have no problem roughing it as we do by sleeping in a 2 man dome tent with only the baggage we can carry on our motorbike, as well as 4×4 camping etc. All we cannot however accept if filth & neglect. (This resort was not found on Bookings.com, so was also not reviewed as can be seen below.)

All of these hotels were generally booked a day in advance & in some cases on the day we arrived in a place. In July & August, we did not find a shortage of suitable hotels.

The average price for 37 nights was around ZAR 381, USD 26.43 & Baht 917. We also spent a few nights on planes & sleeper buses which accounts for the “missing days”.

Hotels we stayed in with reviews & prices:

Thailand, Bangkok-RetroAsis Hotel

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 448, USD 30.94 , Baht 1074

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

Budget luxury accommodation

Bangkok-RetroAsis Hotel

Budget luxury accommodation

Bangkok-RetroAsis Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand, Bangkok-Astera Sathorn Hotel

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 457, USD 31.71 , Baht 1100

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

Budget luxury accommodation

Bangkok-Astera Sathorn Hotel

Budget luxury accommodation

Bangkok-Astera Sathorn Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand, Pattaya-The Golden Villa Boutique Hotel & Spa

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 377, USD 26.16 , Baht 908

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

Budget luxury accommodation

The Golden Villa Boutique Hotel & Spa

Budget luxury accommodation

The Golden Villa Boutique Hotel & Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand, Koh Chang-Bailin Beach Resort

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 448, USD 31.08 , Baht 1078

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

Budget luxury accommodation

Thailand, Koh Chang-Bailin Beach Resort

Budget luxury accommodation

Thailand, Koh Chang-Bailin Beach Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cambodia, Koh Kong-Apex Hotel

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 217, USD 15.06 , Baht 522

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

Budget luxury accommodation

Cambodia, Koh Kong-Apex Hotel

Budget luxury accommodation

Cambodia, Koh Kong-Apex Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cambodia, Sihanoukville-Coolabah Hotel

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 326, USD 22.62 , Baht 785

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

Budget luxury accommodation

Cambodia, Sihanoukville-Coolabah Hotel

Budget luxury accommodation

Cambodia, Sihanoukville-Coolabah Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cambodia, Otres Beach-Ananas Beach Bungalows

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 145, USD 10 , Baht 349

Read: “Hotels we stayed in” higher up on this page

6b1.Ananas Resort-Otres Beach

Cambodia, Otres Beach-Ananas Beach Bungalow

6b.Ananas Resort-Otres Beach

Cambodia, Otres Beach-Ananas Beach Bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cambodia, Sinahoukville-Reef Resort

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 260, USD 18.04 , Baht 626

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

Budget luxury accommodation

Cambodia, Sinahoukville-Reef Resort

Budget luxury accommodation

Cambodia, Sinahoukville-Reef Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cambodia, Siem Reap-Tan Kang Angkor Hotel

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 322, USD 22.34 , Baht 775

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

Budget luxury accommodation

Cambodia, Siem Reap-Tan Kang Angkor Hotel

Budget luxury accommodation

Cambodia, Siem Reap-Tan Kang Angkor Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand, Rawai-Cascades Resort

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 289, USD 20.05 , Baht 696

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

 

Budget luxury accommodation

Thailand, Rawai-Cascades Resort

Budget luxury accommodation

Thailand, Rawai-Cascades Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand, Koh Yao Noi-Seaview Bungalow

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 376, USD 26.09 , Baht 905

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

Budget luxury accommodation

Thailand, Koh Yao Noi-Beach View Bungalow

Budget luxury accommodation

Thailand, Koh Yao Noi-Beach View Bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand, Phang Nga-The Sleep

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 238, USD 16.51 , Baht 573

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

Budget luxury accommodation

Thailand, Phang Nga-The Sleep

Budget luxury accommodation

Thailand, Phang Nga-The Sleep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand, Hua Hin-Hua Hin Star Hotel

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 332, USD 23.05 , Baht 800

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

Budget luxury accommodation

Thailand, Hua Hin-Hua Hin Star Hotel

Budget luxury accommodation

Thailand, Hua Hin-Hua Hin Star Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok-The Promenade

Price we paid for 2 per evening: ZAR 414, USD 28.72 , Baht 996

Read: All reviews on Booking.com

Budget luxury accommodation

Bangkok-The Promenade

Budget luxury accommodation

Bangkok-The Promenade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We could sacrifice some conveniences like a swimming pool, for example and find many cheaper, budget accommodations on offer. Off course if we really wanted to, we could consider shared bathrooms or staying in hostels. But, to be honest, we are no longer youngsters, and backpacking as a middle aged couple is already out of our comfort zone, so best we stick with a few luxuries to enjoy at the end of a long, hot day in South East Asia.

What we can truthfully say, is that having a cellular phone with a booking.com on it, really made things way easier for us. We cannot imagine arriving in a city exhausted & hot and then needing to walk around looking for accommodation on maps or trying to find a place to sleep with all the information at hand.

We trust that the meticulous records we have kept on actual spending, are of use to other midlifebackpackers & anyone else wanting to have a good idea of the cost of average, 2, 3 & 4 star hotels and accommodation while traveling through Thailand & Cambodia. These are real figures, by real people who had a real good time in Thailand and Cambodia & will be back for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

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