Real Darling Cafe Guesthouse, Hanoi

Cheapest rooms in the Old Quarter Real Darling Café encourages a love-hate relationship in its quirky, thoroughly penny pinching array of guests. It must be [...]

Minh Quang Guesthouse, Hue

Out of the trap, on the cheap This friendly, family-run guesthouse is a five minute walk from the train station, on Hue’s south bank, and [...]

Madame Cuc Hotel, Saigon

At home with the Madame The newest of three branches in Saigon, Madame Cuc’s 184 became our home for three weeks while Iain’s broken arm [...]

Thuan Loi Hotel, Chau Doc

A vagabond’s river view Thuan Loi Hotel is the only budget accommodation in Chau Doc with a river view, so it was an obvious choice. [...]

Thom-Ma-Cheat Guesthouse, Chi Phat

A no-frills eco-lodge If your journey to Chi Phat is an all-day affair like ours – on bakkies, boats, tuktuks and buses before finally clambering [...]

Thapae Gate Lodge, Chiangmai

Wooden Thai-style rooms Thapae Gate Lodge feels like a retreat from the buzz of tourism that fills this Chiangmai neighbourhood, with small, but beautifully decorated [...]

Royal Guest House, Phnom Penh

Where the customer really is king Royal Guesthouse is a welcome relief – depending on where you’ve come from, of course. After overnight treks and [...]

Tropical Breeze Guesthouse, Siem Reap

Finding a pool is a breeze A ten minute walk away from the crowded, neon, beggar-patrolled ‘Pub Street’ that is Siem Reap’s tourist centre, Tropical [...]

Royal Hotel, Battambang

A pleasant roof terrace above an unremarkable cheapie No relation to Phnom Penh’s Royal Guesthouse, this is a comfortable choice with hotel-wide WiFi and a [...]

Shin Sane Guesthouse, Mae Salong

A miserly minimalist’s dream Shin Sane guesthouse’s prices seemed almost too good to be true: a straight 50 baht per person, whether you stay in [...]

Gin’s Guesthouse, Chiang Saen

A garden in the Golden Triangle The large rooms in the main house at Gin’s have desks and fireplaces, but I doubt it ever gets [...]

Pathoumphone Guesthouse, Luang Prabang

French doors onto the river Pathoumphone Guesthouse is away from the epicentre of Luang Prabang’s tourist strip, on a peaceful riverside street, lined with cafés [...]

Syri I Guesthouse, Vientiane

Three years later, and it’s home An elegant old bedroom, huge mugs of local coffee, a balcony with chilled beers and Vientiane’s Old World charm [...]

Shiva International Lodge, Varanasi

“Our priority is the good Guest, Money is a secondary matter” This guesthouse-cum-homestay was recommended to us for its Ganges views and reasonable rates. These [...]

Hotel JK Palace, Allahabad

Branded soap and cockroaches Longing for a bit of midrange comfort, we headed straight for JK Palace after an overnight train. Well, we tried to [...]

Hotel Host, Agra

Thalis beside the Taj Only five minutes’ walk from the Taj Mahal, this guesthouse gave us a few extra minutes in bed before joining the [...]

Wongdhen House, Majnu-ka-tilla, Delhi

Friendly, efficient service in jewellery-tarnishing smog Majnu-ka-tilla, Delhi’s Tibetan quarter, provides a peaceful escape from India when you need it most. The food, the people [...]

Hotel Natraj, Ahmedabad

Laughably neglected, but cheap. When we saw the state of the bathroom at this crumbling old place, Iain declared: “I’m happy if a hotel has [...]

New Chetna Hotel, Jamnagar

Cosy in pink This hotel has several rooms facing Jamnagar’s blaring traffic-filled street, and one cosy room directly behind the reception desk. It feels more [...]

Omkar Lodge, Trivandrum

Last bed in town This was the last room in the city for under Rs1000 when we arrived during the Attukal Pongala Festival, the largest [...]