Experience Southeast Asia in These Unique Hotels!
Southeast Asia is home to a number of diverse and interesting vacation locations, be it bustling cities, idyllic beaches or jungle adventures. Whether you are a globetrotting backpacker or yearning to unwind after a year of hustling, the region has plenty to offer - and the best thing is: a vacation full of scenic beaches or crazy nightlife doesn’t have to cost a ton. We have handpicked some extraordinary places to stay for you in several locations in the Southeast Asian region that won’t break the bank.
Of course, a lot more could be said for SEA and the separate countries in the region, but today we want to focus on hotels that especially stand out with their theme, design, and concept, as well as service, to give you inspiration for your next travel into the Far East. Whether you will be visiting a megacity such as Hanoi or Bangkok, or just enjoy some time-out in the Malaysian jungle, you will want to come back to a friendly, comfortable and clean place to rest. So taking into account experiences of fellow travelers, we have not only picked out hotels that are one of a kind in some way, but that also offer great service and appeal to different kinds of vacation styles. Get some pen and paper, because you might want to revise your bucket list!
Please note that prices are based on 1-night stays for 2 adults when booked 3 months in advance. Prices may change according to seasonal or other factors.
The love child of Cthulhu and a gingerbread house, Crazy House in Da Lat Vietnam is an attraction in itself with its eccentric and surreal architectural style. It is open to visitors during day hours, but staying there is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Each room has a unique design and fireplaces you can cozy up to during cool Da Lat nights. You can choose from themes such as the Termite Room, the Bamboo Room, Bear Room and more. The city itself has a lot to explore, the scenery is stunning and the staff will be more than happy to make recommendations. The place is family friendly, but you will have to pay an extra $6/night for one child under 12.
Considering that prices for a room start from $35/night, it still is a bargain! Breakfast is not included and needs to be pre-ordered. Free WiFi and parking services included.
Located in the heart of the old quarter of Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi La Selva Boutique Hotel is the proud bearer of an impeccable 5-star rating at TripAdvisor. The reason for that is the very friendly staff that will spoil you with little gifts and complimentary drinks and snacks.
Its bright, cozy decor will make you feel comfortable and at home, where you can get a good rest after a day of sightseeing in a busy city such as Hanoi. Its central location is a short walk away from the Hoan Kiem Lake as well as shops and restaurants. The hotel’s own restaurant is on the 9th floor, with a scenic overview of the city and delicious Vietnamese food. It is also perfect for families with children. Free WiFi and breakfast are included.
Capsule hotels have emerged in Japan to meet the demand for cheap overnight accommodation. But having to sleep in a pod doesn’t have to be depressing or uncomfortable, and the Prime Pod in Kyoto is a great example for that. Combining Japanese minimalism with excellent service and comfort, the Prime Pod offers pods that are cozy, clean and affordable.
Rooms are equipped with WiFi, flat-screen TVs and air conditioning. They are perfect for people traveling alone as single rooms start from as low as $27/night. If you visit Kyoto, make sure to spend a night in the Prime Pod, located in the heart of the city, for an authentic Japanese experience!
The Time Capsule Retreat is true to its name. The perfect location for some time off in nature, Time Capsule Retreat is a family run place, basically in the middle of a forest. You can book either capsule rooms, which are small but bright and perfect for a romantic retreat. You can also books “parallels” which can include two bedrooms if you are traveling in a group or with family, or one bedroom with more space.
Either way, the minimalistic design and generous jungle view is sure to make you feel rejuvenated and make your vacation a unique experience.
The Shanti Lodge offers a nice, relaxing atmosphere, away from the hustle of the city. The authentic and unique decor is to fall in love with. What especially stands out at Shanti Lodge, though, is the food. There is a large variety of cuisines both eastern and western, plenty of vegetarian options and delicious smoothies.
The lodge offers free bikes if you prefer that to the 19-minute walk to the touristic Khao San Road, and other sights are also easily accessible by bike. Not to mention that it is very budget friendly, the price of $26 is for a double room with a private bathroom. If you don’t mind sharing facilities, you could pay as low as $18/night for a double room with shared bathroom, or $7/night for a single bed in a dormitory room.
Get ready for a truly authentic experience if you are going to stay at the Bamboo House in Bagan, Myanmar. It is literally located in the middle of a village and the houses are built in the traditional style, with air conditioning nonetheless. The friendly staff is known to take guests around and give information about the local area, and if you want to leave the village to see the sights, Old and New Bagan is only 15 minutes away by bike or taxi. The food you will find there is Burmese style, and free breakfast is included.
Permai Rainforest Resort is a paradise at the foot of Mount Santubong, only a minute’s walk away from the beach and a 5-minute walk from Sarawak Cultural Village. You can choose to stay either in a treehouse or a cabin, which is a bargain if you are traveling in a group, as cabins can accommodate up to 6 people.
Free breakfast is included, most rooms have a balcony or a terrace to enjoy the stunning view and airport transfer services are also provided for an additional fee. Permai is also great if you enjoy activities such as fishing, hiking, canoeing or other water sports. High ropes courses, trips into the jungle and mangrove cruises are offered.
If you are more into urban experiences rather than nature, the Container Hotel is just for you! Its polished, modern design and the individually-designed container rooms offer a unique ambiance. Facilities include free WiFi in all rooms and public places and free car parking. The location is great as it is in the middle of the city center, which makes Container Hotel fit for stays of business as well as leisure.
The Alcove is the perfect boutique hotel for all bibliophiles out there! The French colonial style building and the large selection of books make this place a great location for romantic getaways or honeymoons.
The hotel is top-rated for its complimentary breakfast and coffee. Other complimentary services include free WiFi, free parking, a free welcome drink, and, of course, the borrowing of books!
Art-lovers will find a second home at the Henry Hotel. The whole hotel has been tastefully designed from the lobby to each of the 38 unique rooms, with a mixture of pop art, vintage and industrial styles. If you ever fantasized about living in an art gallery, this is it.
The location of the hotel is also very central, making it suitable for both business and leisure stays. It is within walking distance of the Business & IT Park, the Ayala Shopping Center and the mall SM Cebu. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, and a nightclub, as well as laundry services and free Wi-Fi.