One of the things I've had to really deal with a lot this trip is being on a rather tight budget means I am not always staying at the nicest of accommodation. Sometimes, things work out for the best (like Baan Traversi in Krabi), othertimes I think I'm getting a deal, only to enter into a cockroach showdown (Salad Beach Resort on Koh Phangan), and other times things have just been down right miserable (Hue Backpacker's and the horrid hostel on Cat Ba Island in Vietnam). Just when I think I've seen it all (grimy walls! A bed on the floor!), something new pops up that I never even thought possible.
In the case of my guesthouse in Chiang Mai, it was a toilet missing the tank lid and a mattress that was described on various reviews as "hard" but was basically sitting on a mattress stuffed full of metal car parts.Read More