If you want to spend your days relaxing on a beach, swimming in the ocean, and enjoying a laid back beach lifestyle, Southeast Asia is one of the top places to do just that. With incredibly low prices on food, accommodation, and activities, Southeast Asia beach destinations are a true bargain. In many cases, you could live here full time, just steps from the beach, for just a few hundred dollars a month. For backpackers and the low, low budget travelers, beachside hostels and guesthouses often offer rooms for $5-10/night or less.
While that might seem amazing, what you get for your money is the bare basics – a room, a bed, and hopefully a fan. If you are looking for a bit more luxury and a real beach resort feel, rather than beach hostel, you can still do it in Southeast Asia on a budget. Below are three beach resorts, complete with all the luxury touches you could want, that still come in at a great budget value of $100-150/night. Split between two people, this is just barely more than what two hostel beds would cost you in many areas of the world but instead you have a beachside resort luxury.
B-Lay Tong Phuket, Thailand
Located on the north end of Phuket’s Patong beach, known for crazy parties, B-Lay Tong is a beach resort hotel with true class. It is just far enough from the center of the action to make it a peaceful retreat and just close enough to make enjoying a night out easy and convenient. Many of the hotels along Patong beach are a bit, well frat-like, with an all night party atmosphere. At B-Lay Tong, the feeling is a bit more relaxed and refined. The 123 rooms are all beautifully and stylishly decorated with the first floor rooms offering direct access to the pool. There are four on-site bars and a great Saturday brunch, where you can indulge on fresh seafood and free wine.
Low season rooms start as low as $110 per night.
Dune Hua Hin, Thailand
Set in the beach resort area of Hua Hin, Dune Hua Hin is a small luxury boutique hotel. With only five rooms and a four star rating, Dune Hua Hin is all about personalized, first-class service. The beach front property is beautifully designed though the pool and on-site restaurant are quite small, understandably. Breakfast is included, as well as high speed wifi. Besides the beach, Dune Hua Hin is also very close to two of the area’s main highlights – the Klai Kangwon Palace and Hua Hin Night Market.
Here you can score low season rooms for around $110 to $120 per night.
Knai Bang Chatt, Cambodia
If you wanted to, you could literally stay in a beachside bungalow in Cambodia for $3-5/night. For a bit more luxury though, check out some of Cambodia’s new beach resort options. Near the southeastern border of the country, you will find the coastal area of Kep. Once popular with French colonists and a luxury beach getaway for wealthy locals during Khmer Golden Age, the region is filled with abandoned old French style mansions and modernist villas. Knai Bang Chatt has taken three of these villas and brought them back to life, creating a stylish 18 room beach villa resort. Besides the villas, you will also find an infinity pool, meditation and yoga classes, and a great Sailing Club.
Rooms go for as low as $140/night during the rainy season.