TOP guesthouse picks

Cambodia

Siem Reap
King Boutique Hotel
Absolute value for money here-just $10 per night for a double room with A/C and en suite, with the added luxury of a small salt water swimming pool. There are some MASSIVE resorts in Siem Reap, but with everything there is to see and do, I question what value you would get out of spending all your time at a hotel?! This place hit the spot perfectly-great location, good value, what more do you need?

Sihanoukville
Mick & Craig’s
Within walking distance of the beach and bars, Mick & Craig’s guesthouse is perfectly placed to allow you to get a decent nights sleep, while still being suitably close to the action! The restaurant here does excellent food and snacks, and they have a free pool table that’s in decent condition. The guesthouse is flanked by a number to travel agents that can assist in booking your trips to any of the islands, and all of the staff there were lovely. Room was fan only with en suite, and there was some noise because of nearby building in the mornings, but still would recommend Mick & Craig’s as a great option for Sihanoukville.

Kampot
Ganesha Eco Resort
This place is an absolute gem, although I warn you in advance that it is well out of Kampot ‘City Centre’, and so would advise that if you go to stay here you should be prepared to hire yourself a moped to do any exploring. The guesthouse is actually set in a couple of acres of rice fields and mangrove forests, and is truly beautiful. They offer a number of accommodation options, including some riverside yurts and a ‘guest tower’, we stayed in a room in the main house and it was excellent, even more so when you consider tat we only paid $10 per night! Very relaxed, beautiful gardens and absolutely stunning food, as well as a pool table and dart board to entertain you while drinking cocktails in the evening. Definitely will stay here again if we ever return to Kampot.

Thailand

Bangkok
The Corner
French owned guesthouse in the Lumpini area of Bangkok, The Corner gets a thumbs up for the excellent food, service and reasonable accommodation costs. Just 500 baht a night gets you a double room with A/C with a shared bathroom. The restaurant downstairs offers a range of European and Thai dishes for dinner and lunch, and some fantastic breakfast options. The food certainly isn’t the cheapest, but for sure if you want to treat yourself to a nice meal then you won’t be disappointed here.

Koh Jung
Peace Paradise Resort
What can I say, the clue is in the title! An absolute hidden gem, and a must if you’re looking for an island paradise on your escape to Thailand. Next to the popular islands of Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi, Koh Jum is something of an oddity off the shore of Thailand. With no piers on the island, you have to board a ferry bound for Koh Lanta, and transfer to a longtail boat mid journey to reach your very own secluded paradise. When I say transfer, you literally have to jump from one boat to another! Upon reaching the island you won’t find any 5 star resorts, electricity during the day, WiFi connection or cell phone reception-just beautiful empty beaches and a couple of island bungalows. Of these we surely lucked out and found the absolute pinnacle in Peace Paradise-fantastic food, brilliant staff, roots reggae when there is electricity and coastal view beach huts-absolute heaven! All of this for £7 per night…AMAZING! It’s worth noting that they only have two of their eight rooms on Agoda for booking, so you’re much better off getting in contact directly:
E-mail: peace.paradise.resort.kohpu@gmail.com
Telephone: +85 692 9269
The guys that run the place are called Yai and Mat
(if you do get in touch with these guys, please send our love!!)

 

Laos

Luang Prabang
Villa Champa
Quite simply the staff here were absolutely brilliant and really made our time here extremely enjoyable. The guesthouse itself was really nice, but quite expensive in comparison to what we were paying in Thailand. A lovely, if not small, room with en-suite and a scorching hot shower… And free tea and coffee. Location wise it was pretty much right where you would want to be, within walking distance of all major attractions in the old town, and on a quite part of the monks Alms giving walk… So you really could enjoy something quite special without hoards of other tourists.

Backpackers Garden Hostel
Vientiane
Our first experience of a backpackers hostel has stuck with us and deserves a commendation. First up this place is amazingly good value-we hada double room, shared bathroom, including breakfast for US $10 per night! The room was basic, but clean and we even had a private balcony. What makes this place truly special is the people who work there-Tu, Janny and Bart are absolutely amazing-and really go beyond and above all expectations. We even stayed with Tu and his family in Vietnam over the Vietnamese New Year celebrations, I can’t begin to tell you how wonderfully friendly everyone there is. Highly recommended if you’re spending any time in Vientiane.
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g293950-d5505870-Reviews-Backpackers_Garden-Vientiane_Vientiane_Province.html

Mr Suts
Don Det
Double hammock, en suite bathroom, view overlooking the Mekong, and at £3 GBP per night Mr Suts is an absolute steal!
Unfortunately I have no address details other than walk away from the harbour along the left hand side of the island towards the bridge to Don Khong, past King Kong restaurant and it’s on the right hand side. The family there speak no English, but will continue to talk to you at length 🙂 Perfect spot, fell in love with this island in our little hut on the river! Worth noting that it is a quiet spot, if you’re looking to stay near the town and party the nights away then this probably isn’t the best choice….But if you’re looking for peaceful paradise then this ticks all the boxes!

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