10 Haze-Free Hotel Stays Under RM 150 A Night
Sick and tired of having to stay in all day due to not being able to even do something as simple as breathe properly? Well perhaps it’s time to head on over to greener pastures with fresher air. Trust us, it’s better for your mind, body and sold!
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1. Pattaya: The Moonlight Place
Price: From RM 130 / Night with special RM 30 cashback!
Located in the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand is the coastal town of Pattaya. Kilometers of beaches line this town where there is much to experience. Since the absence of haze offers you the chance to head outdoors, you should definitely take a dip in one of the many beaches or indulge in something more exciting such as water-skiing, parasailing or windsurfing. – popular beaches include the Wong Arnat and the Wong Prachan beach. If getting wet is not your idea of fun, you can hit the town and on to the main entertainment districts filled with bars, discos and restaurants.
Where to stay: The Moonlight Place
The hotel is located centrally in the heart of the entertainment districts and just a few blocks away from the beach. This place provides you with a clean and spacious place to crash after a long day of enjoying the sights and sounds of Pattaya.
2. Hong Kong: Bohol Hotel
Price: From RM 69 / Night with special RM 30 cashback!
Hong Kong is a foodie and shopper’s paradise known for its scenic city skylines littered with retail and culinary establishments. It is perfect if you’re from a city-dweller looking for a city retreat minus the haze.
Where to stay: Bohol Hotel
This optimally located hotel is just a walk away from major attractions. You take a short walk to the Avenue of Stars to learn more about Hong Kong’s illustrious cinematic history or indulge in some retail therapy down at Harbor City. Even if you’re looking to venture out even further to soak in the more of the Hong Kong experience, the MTR station is just a mere walk away!
3. Taiwan: Ximen Wow Hostel
Price: From RM 73 / Night with special RM 30 cashback!
Similar in vein to Hong Kong, Taiwan is the place to visit to fill up your tummy with its many famous food offerings – such as the signature Crispy Fried Chicken and the Taiwanese Sausage – or empty your wallets shopping at the many night markets available there.
Where to stay: Ximen Wow Hostel
Nestled in the heart of the busy shopping district of Ximending is the Ximen Wow Hostel. Also known as the ‘Harajuku of Taipei’, Ximending is where the cool kids come out to play. This is the incubation spot for many of Taiwan’s fashionable subculture and interestingly, also those subcultures of Japanese influences hence its nickname. Clubs and and pubs are also abundant in the area so you know you’ll have something to do no matter night or day.
4. Bali: Ubud Lestari Bungalows
Price: From RM 149 / Night with special RM 30 cashback!
Ah who would’ve thought a location in Indonesia would have made it to this list! Well, Indonesia is an expansive country and thus the location and prevailing winds have somehow made Bali a haze-free haven! Bali is a place that needs no introduction; it is a destination steeped in tradition and lined with beautiful beaches. From the busy district of Kuta, the hipster haven of Ubud to the much more laid back Uluwatu there is something for everyone down in Bali.
Where to stay: Ubud Lestari Bungalows
Here we look to Ubud to provide us with the necessary sanctuary from the haze. Ubud as you know is quite the rural haven – well not too rural that it’s boring. All over are padi fields and the climate can get quite cool thus providing you with fresh air all around. Located along the Monkey Forest, this hotel is lined with the ever-present padi fields – even the pool is next to one providing you with a unique view whilst wading lazily. It is also not too far off from central Ubud where you can absorb the crowded atmosphere of the the markets and shops, many of which offer traditional fares and goods. My favorite thing to do would be to indulge in a massage offered by many traditional parlors that line the streets.
5. Gili Trawangan: Gili Flush Harmony
Price: From RM 131 / Night with special RM 30 cashback!
Gili Trawangan is the largest of three sister islands just off the eastern coast of Bali almost touching the north western tip of Lombok. If idling is your idea of a good getaway then Gili Trawangan is the place to be. This place has no roads and you get around by bicycle or on foot. Here you can indulge in activities such as diving, snorkeling and even horse riding. The people here are generally very friendly and you can experience their hospitality in one of the many bars and pubs that are located there.
Where to stay: Gili Flush Harmony
Gili Flush Harmony is typical of most accommodations in Gili Trawangan. The hosts are friendly and the service is intimate and it is not uncommon to see visitors extending their stay here in this island paradise. Location-wise is it a little far-flung but that is just fine because it affords you plenty of peace and anyways, that’s nothing a bicycle cannot solve. This hotel comes with spacious, clean rooms and a sweet looking pool perfect for lazing in the haze-free sunlight!
6. Darwin: Melaleuca On Mitchell Hostel
Price: From RM 140 / Night with special RM 30 cashback!
Darwin is the tropical capital city of Australia’s NorthernTerritories. Staying true to its tropical nature, Darwin has quite a relaxed lifestyle with its striking multiculturalism lending it a cosmopolitan vibe and thus rich cultural characteristics – a trait observable by its huge presence of Asian-style night markets. Also typical of many Australian cities it is surrounded by natural splendor which you can enjoy such as the Berry Springs Nature Park, the Casuarina Coastal Reserves and the Territory Wildlife Par – all of these offers you the chance to get outdoors and close to nature which obviously wouldn’t be the healthy thing to do in the presence of the haze. Its also has an established entertainment district in the form of the Mitchell Entertainment District where there are bars, restaurants and malls for you to indulge in a more urban form of recreation.
Where to stay: Melaleuca On Mitchell Hostel
Located in Mitchell Street Mealeuca is the choice of stay for all you urbanites young and old. Splurge a little and have dinner at the ever-popular Hanuman Restaurant that serves exotic Thai, Indian and Nonya cuisines before heading over to one of the many bars in that area. If you’re craving for some wildlife interaction why not just walk down the street to the Crocosaurus Cove where you can get up close and personal with those gigantic reptiles behind a safety cage or you can just explore the various natural reserves available such as the Charles Darwin National Park, the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens or the Casuarina Coastal Reserves all within a 20 minutes taxi ride.
7. Auckland: Columbia Apartments
Price: From RM 143 / Night with special RM 30 cashback!
When we think of the perfect marriage between urbanization and nature, New Zealand comes to mind. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest metropolitan area and it offers a good mix of both cityscape and nature. At the heart of Auckland is the busy commercial Queen Street which sits next to the main retail precinct of High Street. whilst the various parklands and wineries are located just a 40 minutes drive out of town where you get to enjoy cool fresh air that is synonymous with this two island nation.
Where to stay: Columbia Apartments
Just 15 minutes away from Queen Street, Columbia Apartment offers a great vantage point from where you can experience Auckland to the fullest. Indulge in the many retail and gastronomical offerings before heading out to attractions such as New Zealand’s largest art institution, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki which houses the biggest collection of national and international art in New Zealand. If a budding wine connoisseur or just looking to earn some new exposure to the world of wines you can hop on a cab and take a 30 minutes drive to the nearest winery, Artisan Wines for a wine tour complete with wine tasting surrounded by clean air and expansive greenery – if the air is good enough to grow wine its good enough for you.
8. Kathmandu: Rokpa Guest House
Price: From RM 126 / Night with special RM 30 cashback!
We now look to Nepal, home to the most majestic natural formation in the world – Mount Everest. Though considerably urbanized, Kathmandu still retains much of its spiritual charm evident by its large presence of temples and places of religious interests such as the . Cradled by the near-mythical Himalayan mountain range, the views are magnificent to behold and it just adds on to the whole spiritual experience especially when you engage some trekking.
Where to stay: Rokpa Guest House
This is one of the most highly-rated places to stay in Kathmandu – and its very reasonable rates is just icing on the cake. Rokpa Guest House is a hotel with a cause benefiting the children and women of Nepal with education, training and medical care. Located away from the bustle of town, it is perfect for you to reclaim your peace of mind. Places to visit are the Boudhanath Stupa which is one of the largest bhuddist stupas in the world or the sacred Pashupatinath Temple which seats on UNESCO World Heritage Site. Flanked by the Himalayas and filled with the freshest of mountain air Kathmandu is truly a treat for the eyes, soul and body.
9. Hanoi: Where to stay: Hanoi Chic Boutique Hotel
Price: From RM 118 / Night with special RM 30 cashback!
Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital famous for its old-timey architecture boasting strong Chinese and French influences stemming from proximity and its colonial past – this has made Hanoi into a destination steeped in culture and history.
Where to stay: Hanoi Chic Boutique Hotel
Located in the fascinating Old Quarter section of Hanoi where the architecture still harkens back to days colonial. Streets are bustling with motorcycles and bicycles buzzing around and stalls hawking goods in the Dong Xuan Market. You can choose to also take a breather from the hustle and bustle and take a walk to the serene Hoan Kiem Lake to relax your senses. One of the must see attraction is the Thang Long Water Puppet Show Theater. Be prepared to be entertained through the medium of music, puppetry and storytelling as you delve in to the world of Vietnamese folk stories. Everything is just a stone’s throw away from this strategically located hotel.
10. Phnom Penh: Arun Villa
Price: From RM 148 / Night with special RM 30 cashback!
Though it still remains as one of South East Asia’s least developed capital, Phnon Penh as a result still retains much of its laid back Southeast Asian charm. Due to its scarce but emerging presence of modern amenities such as shopping malls, Phnom Penh should be the choice destination only for those seeking an alternative and down to earth authentic form of Southeast Asian tourism. Most popular attractions are the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek where you get know more about the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge and it serves as a grim reminder of the atrocities and horrors of war.
Where to stay: Arun Villa
Located in the Chamkar Morn district of Phnom Pehn, Arun Villa is a villa style hotel complete with a pool and tastefully decorated in traditional decor that oozes a zen-like quality. Attractions are not that far off with the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum where you can learn more about the sinister stories behind the school-turned-prison just minutes walk away. Another thing of note is the Russian Market where you can indulge in some affordable shopping where you are literally surrounded by goods and wares so concentrated sunlight is barely able to penetrate – in other words, a retail haven.
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