The countries we have written about

The countries we have written about

 

We have stayed in a lot of places since we started full time travelling in November of 2011 and lived in Thailand way back in 2009. Below is a list of the hotels, apartments, guest houses, inns, shacks, and houses that we can remember staying in.

Our memories are not always perfect so a few places may have been missed. Some places we may be eager to forget so we have deliberately left off a few to avoid suggesting anywhere we would not want you to stay.

We plan to keep adding to this already substantial list as it is actually very interesting going back and looking at where we have stayed!

Where to stay in Australia. Accommodation in Australia we loved.

Australia - Housesitting - Trusted Housesitters
We have house sat in Australia many times. It seems to be one of the easier places to get house sitting gigs.
Fremantle - Bannister Suites Fremantle - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
A beautiful room right in the center of Fremantle. About ten seconds walk from the cappuccino strip.
Fremantle - Pier 21 Apartment Hotel - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Away from the center of Fremantle but right on the Swan river and near Port beach.
Mandurah - The Sebel Mandurah - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Very modern hotel right on the boardwalk overlooking the beautiful Mandurah foreshore.
Perth - Mantra on Murray Apartments - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Mini apartment living right in the heart of Perth city. Expensive wifi 🙁
Perth - Hotel Northbridge - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Close enough to walk to the action in Northbridge but not so close that you won't be able to sleep. They have a huge number of options so there are rooms to suit all budgets.
Perth - Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel - Read our review and Get the latest prices here.
Awesome family apartment style accommodation overlooking the Swan River. Good swimming pool. A few minutes drive from the Perth city center.
Perth - Crown Promenade Perth - View the latest prices here.
Right next to Crown Casino. A little cheaper than the Crown Metropol. Lets you leave the casino vibe.
Perth - Crown Metropol Perth - View the latest prices here.
Attached to the Crown Casino. Food, nightlife and entertainment are available but won't come cheap.
Pickering Brook - Hidden Valley Eco Lodges - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Perfect for a romantic weekend away. Beautiful very private rooms in the Perth hills surrounded by bushland. Have a spa overlooking the Australian bush.

Where to stay in Cambodia. Accommodation in Cambodia we loved.

Battambang - Battambang My Homestay - Read our review here.
A nice place run by a friendly Cambodian family. It is a little away from the outskirts of Battambang. Bicycles are available to ride into town and it is a really lovely ride.
Phnom Penh - Diamond Palace II - View the latest prices here.
Nice enough facilities. Tuk tuk drivers congregate out the front to shout at you as you leave your room. The blind massage place around the corner is very good.
Siem Reap - Rithy Rine Angkor Hotel - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
A short walk to Pub Street. Pleasant enough. Nice swimming pool.
Siem Reap - Passagio Boutique Hotel - View the latest prices here.
A quiet and pleasant hotel also in central Siem Reap. Close to Pub street and other assorted restaurants.
Siem Reap - Claremont Angkor Boutique Hotel - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
We stayed here a month and it was great. Comfortable room, very nice breakfast from the rooftop restaurant overlooking Siem Reap, a short walk to the centre of town.
Sihanoukville - Beach Club Resort Sihanoukville - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Clean and tidy, big swimming pool and awesome blue cheese hamburgers. A short walk to Ochheuteal Beach.

Where to stay in Indonesia. Accommodation in Indonesia we loved.

Candidasa - The Natia a Seaside Hotel - Read our review - Get the latest prices here.
The facilities are a bit tired but this is just about the cheapest seaside infinity pool that you will find anywhere.
Legian - Vilarisi Hotel - View the latest prices here.
Central location in Legian, a little frayed around the edges. Freezing cold swimming pool.
Legian - Baleka Resort Hotel and Spa - View the latest prices here.
Very modern, comfortable and a swim up bar is available.
Medan - Grand Swiss-Belhotel Medan - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Lovely hotel with the super convenience of being connected to a mall that includes restaurants and a supermarket.
Sanur - D'joemah Nadja Homestay - Read our review and get the latest prices here.
The room was a little too cozy for the 1 month we stayed there but it would be great for a few nights. Run by a lovely family.
Sanur - Little Pond Sanur Homestay
A very basic room but with a very pretty long skinny swimming pool.
Seminyak - Aquablu Bali Studio Apartment - View the latest prices here.
Mini apartment living, basic but comfortable. A scooter was handy to go exploring as the restaurants etc get more spaced out as you move away from Kuta. Really close to Bali Buddha, a restaurant you should definitely visit.
Ubud - Ubud Dream Homestay - Read our review - Check current prices
Very large comfortable room with a balcony overlooking a yoga school so we could watch people sweat while we sat and ate breakfast. Convenient walking distance to Ubud's many restaurants.

Where to stay in Laos. Accommodation in Laos we loved.

Luang Prabang - Villa Suan Maak - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
A simple but very clean room a short walk from the main tourist attractions of Luang Prabang. Say hello to the pet goat for us.
Pakbeng - Phetsokxai Hotel - View the latest prices here.
A place to sleep for the night on the boat trip to Luang Prabang.
Vang Vieng - Phongsavanh Resort - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Spacious room, an easy walk to the various cafes, restaurants etc and a very chilled vibe.
Vieng Xai - Naxay 2 Guesthouse - Check current prices
Comfortable enough rooms near the spectacular caves. Surrounded by spectacular scenery.
Vientiane - Aroon Residence - Lalco AR Hotel - View the latest prices here.
Neat and tidy but generally unremarkable.
Vientiane - Mixok Guesthouse - View the latest prices here.
Vientiane - Vongkhamsene Hotel - View the latest prices here.
Fairly spacious room and we had no problem at all here but others have had issues with the staff.

Where to stay in Malaysia. Accommodation in Malaysia we loved.

Cameron Highlands - Eight Mentigi Guesthouse - View the latest prices here.
Simple but adequate. We didn't actually spend much time here as we did one tour, felt like we had seen enough tea and strawberry farms and moved on.
Ipoh - Hotel Shangg - View the latest prices here.
A short walk from some nice Chinese restaurants. Comfortable which was good as Andrew was violently ill while here after eating some truck-stop chicken
Johor Bahru - T-Hotel Johor Bahru - View the latest prices here.
Really just a place to sleep.
Kota Kinabalu - Shangri La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa - View the latest prices here.
We spent part of our honeymoon here and it was AMAZING!
Kuala Lumpur - Sky Express Hotel Bukit Bintang - View the latest prices here.
Decent mid-priced option. Near Jalan Alor and across the road from the best breakfast buffet in KL.
Kuala Lumpur - Step Inn Guesthouse - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Cheap and cheerful. The area immediately around it is rather gritty but its only a short walk to a lot of KL's attractions.
Kuala Lumpur - KL Shortstay - on AirBnB - View the latest prices here and click here to get credit when you join airbnb.
Spacious rooms, very private, just make sure you ask for a non-smoking room.
Kuala Lumpur - D Oriental Inn Hotel - View the latest prices here.
Bustling hotel in the heart of bustling Chinatown.
Kuala Lumpur - Sahabat Guesthouse - View the latest prices here.
Great location, breakfast is very limited, very nice room.
Kuala Lumpur - Tune Hotel KLIA2 - View the latest prices here.
Convenient hotel right at KLIA2. Perfect for a sleep between flights.
Kuching - The Limetree Hotel - View the latest prices here.
Super comfy hotel, rooftop bar, walkable to the Kuching waterfront, helped organize tours out into the jungle.
Langkawi - Shirin Guesthouse - Read our review here.
Basic but affordable room, the couple who run it have some differences to work out so be prepared for some friction.
Melaka – Old Town Guesthouse - Read our first review and our second review. Also view the latest prices here.
We have stayed here repeatedly. Run by a very friendly family. Clean and a great location. Love it!
Melaka - Apa Kaba Home Stay - Read our review.
An old traditional house. Looks great but be prepared for sweat and mosquitoes.
Penang -Red Inn Heritage Guesthouse - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Very comfortable but try to get one of the back rooms. The front rooms have have people clomping past them at night.
Penang - Airbnb room - click here to get credit when you join up.
The host is a stickler for the rules but as a result the place is clean and everything is in perfect working order.
Penang - Luxfort 118 Service Suites - Get the latest prices here.
Really nice serviced apartments in a very convenient location. There is a supermarket literally in the building with all manner of food options nearby.
Penang - Shangri-La's Golden Sands Resort- Read our review and get current prices here.
A really nice family resort right on Batu Ferringhi beach. It has great child friendly swimming pools and indoor play areas for both toddlers and older children.
Pulau Pangkor – Ombak Inn Guesthouse - Read our review here.
Basic chalets thirty seconds from the beach. Good breakfast.
The hotel we believe has the best breakfast buffet in Kuala Lumpur....
Swiss-Garden Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Where to stay in Singapore. Accommodation in Singapore we loved.

Singapore - Oasia Hotel Singapore by Far East Hospitality - View the latest prices here.
Wonderful room, lovely rooftop pool area, magnificent view but it won't come cheap.
Singapore - Housesitting - Trusted Housesitters
Singapore is an expensive place so house sitting there has been wonderful.

Where to stay in Spain. Accommodation in Spain we loved.

Barcelona - airbnb place in Clot - click here to get credit when you join up.
Central location, super modern apartment, extremely convenient to La Sagrada Familia, Poble Nou beach and central Barcelona.
Badalona - airbnb place in Badalona - click here to get credit when you join up.
Two bedroom apartment in an old but well maintained building a few minutes walk to the beautiful Badalona beach. The tram is a particularly pleasant way to get into central Barcelona.

Where to stay in Taiwan. Accommodation in Taiwan we loved.

Taipei - Taipei Triple Tiger Backpackers - Read our review and get the current price here.
The room was rather cozy but location in the fashionable Ximending was awesome.
Taipei – Housesitting - Trusted Housesitters
We did a fabulous house sit in Xin Beitou near the Beitou hot springs.
Taichung – Moonlight House Fengjia
This place does not seem to exist anymore. It was a few rooms behind a place that made keys so it is perhaps not surprising that it has disappeared. Click here to search for Taichung accommodation
Sun Moon Lake (Nantou) - Mei Jen House - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
LOVED this place. Right on Sun Moon Lake, heaps of personality, super friendly manager, a short walk to the bus station.
Tainan - Yi Pin Yuan Hotel - Read our review and get the latest prices here.
A little dated but how often do you get a love-heart shaped bath?
Kaohsiung - Harbour 60 Hostel
A really nice hostel that is an easy stroll from the foreshore and the Kaohsiung subway. Despite being a lovely place it seems to have vanished. Click here to search for Kaohsiung accommodation
Kenting - Austra Star Inn - View the latest prices here.
Characterful place right near restaurants and the beach. A short bus ride from the fabulous Kenting Aquarium.
Hualien - Taroko 18 Hostel
We spent a night in a room with no windows and slept in really late 🙂 This place does not seem to exist anymore so click here to search for other Hualien accommodation

Where to stay in Thailand. Accommodation in Thailand we loved.

Aranyaprathet - Aran Mermaid Hotel - View the latest prices here.
A bit frayed around the edges but close to the border with Cambodia.
Ayutthaya - Grandparent’s Home - View the latest prices here.
A bit of a walk to the train station but super close to the ruins.
Bangkok - Amari Watergate Hotel - Read our review and view the latest prices here and also here.
It is not cheap but its soooooo nice. How nice? We have stayed here twice now!
Bangkok - Sunflower Place - View the latest prices here.
In a relatively quiet corner of Bangkok, close to the Silom MRT line.
Bangkok - Baan Udom - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Nice room but the area is full of people stripping down motors. Its an interesting place to walk around. Fairly close to Hua Lamphong railway station.
Bangkok - Check Inn Phromphong - View the latest prices here.
Decent sized rooms, excellent access to the Bangkok skytrain, in the pleasant Sukhumvit area of Bangkok.
Bangkok - Himalaya Residence - View the latest prices here.
Huge room, a bit far from the BTS line however.
Bangkok - Glow Trinity Silom - View the latest prices here.
Bangkok - Lodge 61 Hotel - View the latest prices here.
Basic room, basic hotel, handy location with lots going on around it.
Bangkok - Nantra Sukhumvit 39 Hotel - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Stayed here twice. First time it was great, the second time it had gone downhill. AWESOME location thirty seconds walk from a BTS station and street food.
Chiang Khong - Baanrimtaling Home Stay Guest House - Read our review.
A bit rough and ready but with great views of the Meekong. A very handy place to stay while waiting to cross into Laos.
Chiang Mai - Oasis Hotel Chiang Mai - View the latest prices here.
A bit far from the center of town but very near the train station.
Chiang Mai - Ban Jed Yod - Read our review
Huge clean rooms, away from the town center but in a real Thai suburb. At times shakey wifi.
Chiang Mai - At Home Chiang Mai - Read our review here and here. Also view the latest prices here.
Where we lived for most of our time living in Chiang Mai back in 2009.
Chiang Mai - Varada Place - View the latest prices here.
Closer to Chiang Mai old town, a short stroll to Kad Suan Kaew shopping centre.
Chiang Mai - Fuengfa Place - View the latest prices here.
Lived here for a while back in 2009. Handy location on a quiet back street, no elevator so an apartment on a high floor means plenty of exercise.
Chiang Mai - airbnb apartment - click here to get credit when you join up.
A beautiful studio apartment in the fashionable Nimmanhemin area of Chiang Mai. Restaurants and massage places are steps away.
Chiang Rai - I-House Chiangrai - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Clean and tidy, pleasant Asian breakfast, a short walk from the Chiang Rai clock tower
Chumphon - Nana Buri Hotel - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
We actually really loved this place but could only stay two nights due to a prior commitment. If you have been bouncing around on the islands do yourself a favour and stop here for a while.
Hat Yai - V.L. Hatyai Hotel - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
A very central location with plenty of stuff just on your doorstep, you have to pay for breakfast but its only 100 baht and its pretty great.
Khun Yuam - Ban Farang
A pleasant enough place to spend the night while doing the Mae Hong Son loop.
Koh Phangan - Phangan Utopia Resort - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Slightly iffy wifi, bungalows with a cool outdoor shower, a truly spectacular view.
Koh Samui - Tango Beach Resort - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
Lovely resort right on the beach so you can go swimming before attacking the breakfast buffet.
Koh Samui - Meewaya Chawaeng - Read our review here.
Mini-apartment type places, bars accessible from here without being right on your doorstep.
Koh Tao - Asia Resort - View the latest prices here.
A big hotel primarily catering to scuba divers it seemed but made a good base for us too.
Pai - Pai Vimaan Resort - View the latest prices here.
Just beautiful, lovely room overlooking a spectacular flower garden and the Pai river. Sitting on the balcony was like you had walked into a Monet.
Phetchaburi - Royal Diamond Hotel - Read our review and view the latest prices here.
A little dated, primarily caters to Thai tourists, there are some nice restaurants nearby, you have to walk past the monkeys to get most places. You have been warned.
Phuket - Phuket Airport Inn Hotel - View the latest prices here.
Surprisingly pleasant place to stay right near Phuket airport.

Where to stay in the UK. Accommodation in the UK we loved.

Heathrow Airport - Yotel Heathrow Airport Hotel - View the latest prices here.
Small but surprisingly comfortable place to sleep between flights.
Edinburgh - airbnb place - click here to get credit when you join up.
Very nice 2 bedroom apartment in Leith with a bus stop pretty much on the doorstep to get into central Edinburgh.
London - airbnb place - click here to get credit when you join up.
It would be spacious for one person but it is EXTREMELY cozy with three. Super nice family though and easy access to the tube, supermarkets etc.

 

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