Resources for extended stay accommodations in major cities of Asia?
July 13, 2014 9:59 AM Subscribe
Due to a fluid work/living situation I have the freedom to try to make the following dream happen: to live for a month each in several cities of Asia (perhaps Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Hanoi, Bangkok, Phnom Penh) while working on a personal project. My core question is trying to find out if this is feasible within my budget and to ask for recommendations for accommodations in each city. Details within.
posted by bluecore to Travel & Transportation (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to look at my current employment situation (unemployed!) and housing situation (roommate getting married- forced to move!) as a positive in that it allows me to maybe achieve the dream of living in the following cities while I do some work on an art project, in no particular order:
1) Tokyo (or Osaka)
2) Hong Kong
6) Bangkok (or Chiang Mai)
7) Phnom Penh
My problem is finding housing. A hotel would be too expensive, hostels might be too transient/noisy, "serviced apartments" seem geared toward business travelers with expense accounts. I'd just like clean, quiet, reasonably priced places where I can sleep and charge my laptop before going out to a cafe to work.
Ideally, I'd spend around what my rent is ($1600/month) on a place to stay before moving on to the next country/city. Obviously, I'd be spending more on restaurants and touristy thing, but if I can keep the housing within budget it would be feasible financially since I won't be paying for rent in the US. I'm guessing this would be possible in places like Bangkok and Hanoi, but might be very difficult in cities like Tokyo and Hong Kong, although I'm hoping the collective genius of Ask-Me-Fi will help me solve this.
clean, safe, internet/wifi
kitchenette so I can save money by cooking
pool, gym, business center, any luxury spa facilities, maid service (except maybe fresh sheets weekly)
Do you have any recommendations on places or resources to find such places? I can take alternates ideas too (such as: instead of Tokyo, try Osaka because it's cheaper, or ideas for other cities that I missed, or warnings about visas to obtain before I leave the US.) Thanks for your help.