Once on the Ground, It Won't Cost Much for a Hotel in Malaysian Borneo
The conundrum for North American travelers when it comes to Southeast Asia is the upfront cost and the time it takes to get there. Sure, it's a sexy destination, but it's halfway around the world, and most people struggle with finding the time to make the trip a reality.
For what it's worth, travelers who brave the journey will be happy to know it gets much easier on the wallet once you hit the ground. Take Kuching in Malaysia, for example, where not only the food and cost of living is cheap compared to the American dollar, but the hotel rates look really good, too.
We found rooms available at one of the city’s most modern hotels, The Pullman, for around $68 plus tax. More personable experiences at boutique hotels, like the Batik Boutique (the kind of place where the staff invites you to join them for dinner or on a hike), will run you about the same. Hostels might as well be free -- private rooms start at under $10.
And, even the most remote Hilton in the world is cheap with rates starting at $67a night.
It might take an arm and a leg to get there, but Kuching in itself is a pretty cheap date.
[Photo: Batik Boutique]