Cheapest room I ever stayed in

Among other things, backpackers often look for budget accommodation. I am also a backpacker and travel on tight budget. However, I am yet to stay in a dormitory … mostly because I need my comfort zone especially when I travel alone. I do not mind shared baths but when it is time to relax or to take a nap after a tiring day, I need a quiet place and some private space to myself.

So, when I was backpacking to Malaysia & Thailand earlier this year, I was always on the lookout for a suitable place to stay that would
1. be clean
2. be inexpensive
3. Maintain privacy
4. be safe for a single woman

and I found this room !!
The cheapest room I have ever stayed in any country including India. Bonus was 24 hours free wi-fi, good location and a friendly staff.

Room in Krabi @lemonicks.com

A comfortable, clean and non creaky bed with 2 soft pillows & a thin blanket. Do you remember that famous red hand bag ? πŸ˜€

Though India is quite light on pocket when food and commuting is concerned, it is not so low when you consider clean and safe accommodation.

The small guest-house maintained by a friendly American in Krabi, Thailand had rooms like this.

And can you believe the tariff was an unbelievable low at THB 120 per night ??

Room in Krabi @lemonicks.com

With a wooden floor and minimum basics.

Room in Krabi @lemonicks.com

And a wall mounted fan. In Krabi you really don’t need an AC.

What was your cheapest accommodation and where ? Make use of comment section. πŸ™‚

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28 thoughts on “Cheapest room I ever stayed in

  1. Hey, on a trip up to the New England states this past Fall we stayed in a wonderful and very inexpensive room for $65.00 U.S. dollars a night. That included a full and very clean bath, 2 king size beds, and a refrigerator.

  2. Renu,
    Thank you.
    More than looks, my bag has huge capacity. It took care of my laptop, camera, one set of dress, medicines, all cards, tickets & important papers, water bottle, a toiletry pouch, cap and all sorts of misc items. πŸ™‚

  3. Shrinidhi,
    Ha ha… πŸ˜€

    That gives me the idea. πŸ˜›

    There are a few more low priced ones but as you say they were not even worth a click. I wanted to run away as soon as possible.
    This room was in Thailand and people back home wanted to know where I stayed at my first halting place. πŸ™‚

  4. This is truly a gem πŸ˜‰ I still do the dormitory thing once in a while when I just need a place to rest my head for a short night. Can you imagine I got a room for USD 45 this spring in Switzerland? You still can find rooms like that if you are willing to go the extra mile and sleep in small villages.

  5. The cheapest room I stayed at had:

    – 2 beds
    – a/c
    – warm water
    – continental breakfast with fresh juice and unlimited tea/coffee

    All for only US$5/night in Burma. Can’t be beat!

  6. Mine was in Tawang, Rs. 50 for a room (shared with two more people) in the winters. The room was clean and basic, but thankfully had enough blankets to keep me warm in the very cold night!

    Also Paharganj was very cheap, but I could just not live there. Used the room to just dump my bag and spent all the time on the streets…

  7. Fida,
    I can understand Swiss rates but $45 is a bit too much for south Asian countries. πŸ™‚
    Please read Neeraj’s comment below. I can’t beat that. πŸ˜€

  8. Siddhartha,
    Rs 50 for 3? With blankets ? Are you kidding ? When was it ? Some decades back ?

    Yes, Paharganj is cheap but I could not convince myself to stay there. Wherever I have work in Delhi, I try to stay in nearby area. πŸ™‚

  9. Abhishek,
    Even I have stayed in a Rs 250/- room in a smaller place than Mathura but that was because all roads were washed out and there was no way I could moved out of the town.
    The room was good sized with attached bath but not very clean and I had to ask for fresh bed sheets and to sweep the room. πŸ™‚

    It’s all part of travel. πŸ™‚

    120 THB = 180 INR approx.
    But this room was cleaned daily with fresh white bed linen & towel and had wi-fi. If I happen to go there again, I’ll stay at the same place.

  10. Hey Nisha,

    Well as for cheapest hotels, i would remember a couple in howrah during my student days (it was Rs200/ a night i guess) but wouldnt dare to step in now. I remember using the railways yatri niwas a lot in earlier days, i think the dorm used to cost less than Rs100 in last century (just kidding.. i mean years back) and they were clean and safe.

    cheers & merry xmas
    m

  11. Oh, I absolutely agree…but I thought it was a stellar price for Switzerland. The least I paid was in Laos – $ 1.00 – nice and clean though no warm water nor AC:))

  12. Now I’ve read it this post:-)

    BTW never travelled out of India except for a 3 hour break to Viraat Nagar from Jobani, was on a school sports meet trip, few years back. So, I do not have any first hand experience of rents outside. But my friends who studies in Amsterdam says HI is the best bet around there.

    I suggested YHA/HI because it’s sort of a sure shot thing and you can do advance online bookings and all. You/one can be sure about the 4th point. Usually I stay with them only wherever I go, if available.

  13. this is surely a good deal!

    the cheapest i have managed is in a dormitory! only because there were more heads to share the rent and it came to rs 20 / head πŸ™‚

    otherwise, i wud pick a recent trip to munnar. most of the places around munnar was very costly (1K +), especially considering the holiday season and i had to drive down to pooppara – about 30kms off munnar – to manage a rs 200 room πŸ™‚ not a very clean one though, but it served my purpose!

  14. mine was 200 THB in krabi and 150 tbh in Koh Phangan. Especially like Koh Phangan because the cottage was right on the beach

  15. The cheapest I had was for 160 NPR at Butwal, Nepal. It was not so neat n clean like ur Thai room. It was on my first solo backpack trip πŸ™‚

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