Good news travellers. Rooms with endless ocean views are not a thing only those on luxury holidays can afford. Of course, any view is better when you’re sitting in a Jaccuzi sipping some Dom Perignon but if you’re just after the simple joy of waking up early in the morning and a vast body of blue being the first thing you see then guess what budget travellers , it’s possible! Here’s a list of some excellent sea facing rooms on a budget from me to you:
RANGA’S BEACH HUTS, ARUGAM BAY, SRI LANKA:
Heading to Sri Lanka and trying to find ocean views on a budget? For its vibe, food and views Ranga’s Beach Huts is one my favourite places to stay in the world. Ranga’s is in Arugam Bay and a beach facing room which is basically a wooden room on stilts made of rescued wood was a mere 2000 LKR ($15 USD) for two people. The room had a mosquito net, a bed, a wardrobe and a toilet but with that view I would’ve been just as happy with an empty room.
The room rests on trees so bear in mind that the occasional squirrel or lizard will make its way into your room. As long as you can deal with that, you’ll love Ranga’s Beach Huts.
Want to know more about Arugam Bay? Click here.
For Indian Travellers: We can get a 30 day E-Visa to Sri Lanka. It takes less than 2 days to get approved online. Visa on Arrival is also available but the E-Visa is recommended and is completely hassle free.
CRUSOE ISLAND, KOH TA KIEV, CAMBODIA:
Koh Ta Kiev is in an idyllic island off the coast of Cambodia and it is one of those rare places which is perfect for couples, solo travellers and groups of friends alike. Days in Crusoe Island, the one place to stay on Koh Ta Kiev are spent lounging in hammocks, reading books, hiking in forests and inhaling tempting whiffs of freshly barbecued fish. Camping enthusiasts and budget travellers can hire a tent for $6 USD per day. For those willing to “splurge” a little, a bungalow with a private deck over the ocean costs less than $30 USD. Yep, you heard correct.
Koh Ta Kiev is easy accessible by boat from the town Sihanoukville which is a quick bus ride away from the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.
Wanna know more about Koh Ta Kiev? Click here.
For Indian Travellers: We can get a 30 day Visa on Arrival in Cambodia
HAVELOCK ISLAND, ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA:
I am so glad an impromptu adventure took me to Havelock Islands. Ramnagar beach on Havelock, is known as one of the best beaches in the world but my heart was with Kalapathar beach on the other side of the island. With its crowd free purple sands, a lone coconut wallah and the lush jungle ambiance, Kalapathar more than makes up for the lack of a sunset. There is barely any development on Havelock yet, time moves slowly, meals are reasonable and the views are right out of a postcard. In Havelock budget rooms with the best views are found on Beach Number 5. Pearl Orient has the best beach access and the transformation of the beach from low tide to high tide is out of the world, literally and metaphorically. Pearl Orient does huts for a mere 500 INR ($8 USD) which are basically ocean facing thatch rooms with mats on the floor, pillows and a hammock. What else do you need right? For those who need a little more comfort than that, Pearl Orient also has reasonably priced sea facing bungalows.
A Havelock kind of tip: Buy a colourful floatie from the local market and spend the day floating on the peppermint blue waters with a chilled beer in hand.
SAI KUNG PENINSULA, HONG KONG ISLANDS:
This might be a bit of cheat because if beach camping is included then a lot of places would make it to this list. The sheer comfort of things in Hong Kong however is what sets it apart: there are paved trails, toilets that flush, freshly cooked meals and hot showers along the way. In fact when hiking and camping in Hong Kong, you don’t even need your own gear. At Sai Wan beach and Ham Tin Beach: two gorgeous beach facing campsites, you can hire massive 4 person tents with pillows, mattresses & a beach barbecue for under $15 USD and trust me, they are as good if not better than some of the budget holes I’ve stayed in. If hiking to Sai Wan beach is not your thing, then one can also get to Sai Wan by boat from the Sai Kung town pier. Reasonably priced shared boats leave hourly during the first half of the day.
Want to know more about hiking the Sai Kung Peninsula? Click here.
Depending on the season, remember to carry plenty of bug spray!
For Indian Travellers: We can get a 14 day Visa on Arrival in Hong Kong
Got a stellar ocean facing budget room you’ve stayed in and that you love? Share with me!