For me, one of the most challenging aspects of trip-planning is choosing an apartment or hotel for each of our destinations. There are so many things to consider; location, amenities (free internet is a must--gotta blog and stay in touch!) and of course the price. As David is fond of reminding me "We're not the Rockefellers, you know!"
Since our style of travel is "slow travel", we prefer a short term vacation rental rather than a hotel. We like to settle into a place and explore, instead of just rushing through and "ticking off the boxes" of important places to see. Most rentals have a 3 or 5 day limit, and that works well for us. The daily rate for an apartment is much less than a hotel.
Having a small kitchen is a real money saver, we can cook several meals at "home" instead of eating every meal in a restaurant. We really enjoy exploring the local markets and grocery stores in each city, trying local foods and delicacies. Leaves us more money for another trip! Let those Rockefellers spend their money on fine dining--we'll take a fun market experience and a home cooked meal anytime!
We have the best of both worlds here in Bangkok, as The Adelphi Suites is a hotel that also has several suites, from small studio type to the big "executive" suites. We chose the 1 bedroom suite, which has a separate bedroom, a small kitchen with a little table, and a nice comfy sofa to relax on. The bathroom is small but very nice, it has both a shower and a nice deep tub to soak away those tired feet after a long day of sight-seeing. Free wi-fi, daily maid service and a delicious breakfast buffet is included--all for the huge sum of $70 a night, what a bargain!
We haven't cooked any meals here like we usually do, but eating out is very inexpensive in Thailand. We could eat for even less, but haven't been brave enough to try food from a street vendor or food cart. Something about that meat sitting out all day in this hot weather is a little worrisome to me. And I can't quite get past the flies!
So here are some pictures of our nice place in Bangkok:
The living area: