Hotels

When it comes to finding hotels, I am obsessed with Trip Advisor. My usual method is to bust out my trusty Lonely Planet guidebook, then cross reference the hotel recommendations with Trip Advisor and Agoda. It can be quite the process, but it rarely steers me wrong. After a vacation, I faithfully post reviews on said websites as well – if I benefitted from someone else’s advice, it seems only fair that I should add my advice in turn. With that in mind, I am going to attempt to add helpful links to hotels that we’ve stayed at and liked (I’m not sharing ones we stayed at and didn’t like, although those have been few and far between). That way when you all come visit, you can check out places to stay : )

Cambodia

  • Battambang ~ Bambu Hotel ~ We LOVED this place. It had an amazing pool, good food, and helpful staff. Highly recommend.
  • Phnom Penh ~ The 240 ~ Our room was beautifully designed, the bed fairly average. The location is quiet – I liked it, Orestes wanted to be closer to the riverfront. The included breakfast in the organic cafe next door was amazing.
  • Siem Reap ~ Villa Siem Reap ~ A dear friend recommended this place to me, and it did not disappoint. Great location, super helpful staff. We hired our tuk tuk driver and tour guide through them, and both gentlemen were great.

Laos

  • Luang Prabang ~ Villa Somphong ~ Great location in LP, right along the Naam Khan riverfront. Breakfast was served overlooking the river, and most rooms had a balcony/patio. One of the best priced places in the old city. We’ve stayed here twice now!
  • Vientiane ~ Hotel Khamvongsa ~ Very charming hotel in a good location near the river – dark wooden furniture, artsy lamps, comfortable bed. Solid breakfast options, best bacon he’s had in a hotel in Asia, according to Orestes (and I concur).

Myanmar (Burma)

  • Bagan ~ Bagan Nova Guest House ~ Modern guesthouse in New Bagan, comfy room, decent breakfast. E-bikes available to rent, and beer available in the lobby. Close to several good restaurants.
  • Inle ~ Zawgi Inn ~ We loved this place! Nice room, immaculately clean, cute garden where breakfast was served, and an incredibly helpful staff. It was a good location in Nyaung U, and bikes were available for cheap rental.
  • Mandalay ~ Peacock Lodge ~ Cute little guesthouse, located a short walk from many of the main sights. Owner was super helpful, and the traditional dinner we ordered was delicious. Best Burmese tomato salad we had the whole trip!

New Zealand

  • Rotorua ~ Rotorua Central Backpackers ~ A hostel but really nice, great location near restaurants, hot springs, and the park/lake. The owners were super friendly and helpful – they even left presents from “Santa” on Christmas! Beds were comfy and shared bathrooms were immaculate. One of our favorite places we stayed in NZ.

Thailand 

  • Bangkok ~ Dream Hotel ~ Boutique hotel off Sukhumvit 15 in downtown Bangkok. Comfortable bed, amazing breakfast, great for a staycation – can’t wait to stay here again!
  • Bangkok ~ Glow Trinity Silom ~ Boutique hotel off Silom in downtown Bangkok. We have stayed here twice because it’s super comfortable, and in a convenient location. Pretty good prices on Agoda.
  • Bangkok ~ U Sukhumvit ~ Boutique hotel off Sukhumvit 15, close to Dream. Nice pool, solid breakfast, huge bonus in that you get the room for a full 24 hours ~ check in at 3 pm, don’t have to leave until 3 pm the next day.
  • Chiang Mai ~ Awana House ~ Great location inside the old city, near the Tha Pae Gate. Gorgeous little pool/garden area, and comfy rooms. Good deal for the price. We will be staying here next time we’re in CM (liked it better than Green Tulip House).
  • Chiang Mai ~ Green Tulip House ~ Good location inside the old city, fairly comfortable room, super cheap, helpful, crazy, and hilarious owner.
  • Chiang Mai ~ Sirilanna Hotel ~ Located near the Tha Pae Gate, a classier (and more expensive) choice than the other places we’ve stayed. However, the beds were amazing, the shower was amazing, and the pool was gorgeous. Worth it.
  • Koh Chang ~ K.B. Resort ~ Great location on Hat Kai Bee, beautiful beach and gardens around the villas,  fairly good restaurant.
  • Koh Lanta ~ Baan Rim Lay ~ Amazing spot on Hat Rim Lay, one of the nicest beaches we’ve been to; white sand, half empty, gorgeous sunsets. Hotel was small, only 6 units, super friendly owners, very clean and cute, comfy bed!! Beach was literally 9 steps away, and came with personal beach chairs and towels.
  • Koh Lanta ~ Twin Lotus Resort ~ Beautiful location on the end of Klong Dao, Twin Lotus is one of the classier places we’ve stayed in Thailand. Gorgeous infinity pool, super comfy beds, amazing shower. Recommend for a good splurge!
  • Koh Samet ~ Baan Supparod ~ Adorable hotel a few minutes walk from Sai Kaew beach. Great decor, great service, clean little bungalows. Beach view but not beach front.
  • Koh Samet ~ Samed Villa Resort ~ Super cute villa, good cocktails, beach was small but pretty. We’ve stayed here nearly every time we’ve gone to Samet!
  • Koh Samui ~ The Waterfront ~ Orestes loved this place! Beautiful garden/terrace, private beach area had a great view, ocean swimming was ok but the pool was lovely, super comfortable bed, great breakfast choices. Bo Phut was a really good location to be in on Samui.
  • Mae Hong Son ~ Piya Guest House ~ Located right on the lake in Mae Hong Son, with a nice pool and cute little lobby with free coffee.
  • Pai ~ Pairadise ~ Beautiful view from the hill overlooking town, nice pool, hammocks with our room 🙂 Average bed, delicious breakfast with fresh baked German breads. We’ve stayed here twice now and loved it both times!
  • Pattaya ~ Birds and Bees Resort ~ Not so much a fan of Pattaya, but you could stay in this place an entire weekend. Beautiful gardens and pool with a view. Great rooms, comfortable beds, Cabbages & Condoms Restaurant is delicious.
  • Pattaya ~ Amari Orchid ~ Same as above; this place could be completely self-contained. Two pools plus swim-up bar, comfortable rooms, breakfast had a zillion choices.
  • Pranburi ~ Pran Havana Boutique Hotel ~ Pranburi is not a happening place, but the stretch of beach by this hotel is gorgeous. Our third floor room had a private terrace with an amazing view. The owner makes fresh bread every morning, and breakfast was personalized and delicious.
  • Railay ~ Sand Sea Resort ~ We LOVE Railay. Sand Sea is on the west beach in an amazing location. Room was clean with a comfy bed, hotel pool was gorgeous, and the food was tasty. Good times.
  • Rayong ~  Hotel Novotel Rayong ~ Beautiful resort with a nice stretch of beach. Multiple pools, comfortable rooms. Really relaxing but not much in the way of excitement – Rayong is not a happening place in the rainy season!

Vietnam

  • Hanoi ~ Meracus 2 Hotel ~ A friend recommended this hotel and now I pass it on. This hotel had everything: great location between the French and Old Quarters, amazing breakfast spread with tasty Vietnamese coffee, and comfortable, classy room, and fabulous service from the staff.
  • Ho Chi Minh City ~ Silverland Hotel & Spa ~ Great location in the Dong Khoi area of District 1. Rooms were pretty small, but comfy bed and great shower. You get a discount at the spa for staying, and the spa packages were awesome.
  • Sapa ~ Sapa Paradise View Hotel ~ Convenient location in Sapa and great service. Although we stayed for only one night, they stored our bags for us and lent us a room to shower after our trek even though we were no longer guests. They even packed us free snacks for the overnight train!

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