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Does "Within Walking Distance" mean 3km up a steep muddy track? Does "Close To Public Transport" mean so close you are woken by the platform announcements? Does "Central Location" mean you don't get the choice about early mornings? I think everyone was surprised by the amount of interest shown in where we'll be staying - good, bad and indifferent. By popular request, here's the separate section on accommodation. Our aim is self catering, on a budget of A$500/£200 per week - we know it won't always be possible, but we can only try.

A few pointers - CLEAN is my clean, not theirs. FULLY EQUIPPED means everything you would expect to find in any kitchen. WALKING DISTANCE is given in time rather than kilometers, at a comfortable stroll. A brisk walk would be about half the time, a gentle stroll a while longer. Not all rooms in most hotels are equal. There are good and bad, huge and tiny. I only review the room we stay in, and 99% of the time, we check out the room we will be in before checking into the hotels. We usually look at 5 or 6 before making a decision - for that reason, most of the reivews are fairly good ones.

UPDATE NOV 2008 - Due to the rollercoaster ride the Australian dollar is back on, all prices are now given in the currency we paid. Also, we are doing a lot of backtracking to places we've been before so there will be gaps - I will post updates only if the accommodation has changed significantly in price or quality.

UPDATE MAR 2012 - Check Tripadvisor or Agoda for up to date reviews - many properties in Asia have zero maintenance; what was brand new and great when we were there may be very different now. We are pretty much settled into a routine of staying at the same places, if there are major differences. Accommodation has proven to be a lot less expensive than we imagined it would be. And no, I will not change the review no matter what you offer.

     
2009
   
 
24
July - Sapa, Vietnam
 
20
July - Hanoi, Vietnam
 
6
July - Hue, Vietnam
 
5
July - Hue, Vietnam
 
3
July - Da Nang, Vietnam
 
1
July - Hoi An, Vietnam
 
24
May - Kampot, Cambodia
 
23
May - Sihanoukville, Cambodia
 
18
May - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
 
16
May - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
 
23
April - Chiang Mai, Thailand
 
3
March - Udon Thai, Thailand
 
28
February - Vang Vieng, Laos
 
5
February - Vientiane, Laos
2
February - Vientiane, Laos
 
28
January - Khon Kaen, Thailand
2008
   
  12 December - Bangkok, Thailand
  28 November - Penang, Malaysia
 
19
November - Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Indonesia
 
18
November - Parapat, Indonesia
 
14
November - Medan, Indonesia
 
13
November - Medan, Indonesia
 
12
November - KL, Malaysia
 
24
October - Kyenton, Australia
17
October - Belbrae, Australia
3
October - Numurkah, Australia
2
October - Numurkah, Australia
30
September - Shepparton, Australia
24
September - JB, Malaysia
September - Kuantan, Malaysia
September - Cherating, Malaysia
September - Cherating, Malaysia
20
August - Tioman Island, Malaysia
17
August - Mersing, Malaysia
14
August - Melaka, Malaysia
12
August - Johor Baru, Malaysia
9
July - Calla en Porter , Menorca, Spain
4
July - Calla en Forcat , Menorca, Spain
30
June - Calla en Blanes, Menorca, Spain
25
June - Arenal Den Castell, Menorca, Spain
15
June - Santo Tomas, Menorca, Spain
6
June - Homestay, Billingham, Teeside, England
3
June - Homestay, Armthorpe, South Yorkshire, England
2
May - Thawi Wattana, Bankgkok, Thailand
 
30
April - Lat Phrao, Bankgkok, Thailand
 
18
April - Penang, Malaysia
 
15
April - Penang, Malaysia
 
14
April - Penang, Malaysia
30
April - Sathon, Bangkok, Thailand
 
20
March - Sathon, Bangkok, Thailand
 
18
March - Khao San Rd, Bangkok, Thailand
 
15
March - Battenbang, Cambodia
 
8
March - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
 
26
February - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 
25
February - Mekong Delta, Vietnam (Homestay)
 
19
February - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 
13
February - Nha Trang, Vietnam
12
February - Nha Trang, Vietnam
6
February - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
4
February - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
31
January - Sihanoukville, Cambodia
 
29
January - Sihanoukville, Cambodia
 
28
January - Koh Kong, Cambodia
 
25
January - Trat, Thailand
 
19
January - Rayong, Thailand
 
13
January - Pattaya, Thailand
 
12
January - Pattaya, Thailand
 
6
January - Phuket, Thailand
 
2
January - Krabi, Thailand
2007
 
 
26
December - Satun, Thailand
 
20
December - Trang, Thailand
 
17
December - Pak Meng, Thailand
 
12
December - Koh Sukon , Thailand
 
11
December - Trang, Thailand
 
6
December - Hat Yai, Thailand
 
5
December - Hat Yai, Thailand
 
26
November - Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
 
23
November - Nipah Bay, Pangkor Island, Malaysia
 
19
November - Pasir Bogak, Pangkor Island, Malaysia
 
13
November - Ipoh, Malaysia
 
11
November - Ipoh, Malaysia
 
2
November - Bukit Bintang, Malaysia
 
28
October - Klang, Malaysia
 
21
October - Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia
 
19
October - Sunway, Malaysia
 
12
October - Seremban, Malaysia
 
4
October - Port Dickson, Malaysia
September - Legian, Bali
September - Tanjung Benoa, Bali
September - Nusa Dua, Bali