I get it…on paper 3,000 Starpoints a night at an Aloft or Four Points in Bangkok looks cheap, as does that 3.000 Baht ($90) room rate. However, you can spend $630 for one week at the Aloft Sukhumvit, or you can spend $575 (19,000) and get a MONTH in a one bedroom Bangkok apartment, like I did, at the Rio Monte.
Instead of a basic hotel room I enjoyed a full air-conditioned and furnished 1 bedroom apartment in a residential neighborhood. I also had secure access with a doorman and a pool that was pretty much always empty. Best of all, a little cafe that would deliver Thai dishes I still remember for an average of $3.
I also get that not everyone has a month to spend…but even at 2 weeks or ten days you’re going to end up ahead on a month long rental, and if you took a studio ($320) you’d be ahead in four days, versus a MONTHLY rental!
This just happens to be the one I picked when I stayed in Bangkok, and I had a good experience there. There are literally thousands of others.
My point is…points may not be the way to go in South East Asia. My whole time there I didn’t stay in a single points earning hotel. I can’t say I was any worse for the wear! Even my absolutely favorite hotel stay in the world, which will get it’s own blog post one day, was at a Thai chain.
How do you find these off the radar gems? Booking.com would be my first search. They’ve got the largest database outside of the USA and no fees. Look for keywords like “corporate apartment”, “serviced apartment”, “executive apartment” or “long-term rental”.
Have you ever rented an apartment overseas? Please share your experiences in the comments!