“Where can I rent on a beach in South East Asia for $300 a month?”

Hi IL,

My question to your experts is Where can I rent on a beach in South East Asia for $300 a month?

Is this possible and would it be a nice place?

Thanks for your help,


Wendy Justice – Vietnam Correspondent

Wendy JusticeHi Bill,

You could easily find a modest serviced apartment within easy walking distance of one of the best beaches in Vietnam for $300 a month. I’d suggest taking a look at Nha Trang, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world and has a sizable expat community. For that price, you could have a studio or small one-bedroom, furnished apartment that includes air conditioning, security, wifi, cable TV, and housekeeping once or twice a week.

You might also want to check out Vung Tau, where you could find a comfortable, furnished, serviced studio apartment close to the beach, meet other expats, and be within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh City.

Many budget-minded folks choose to have a roommate to keep their costs down, and if that’s something that interests you, then you could rent a nice house in any coastal area in Vietnam and enjoy a very low cost of living.

Good luck in your search!

Wendy Justice
Vietnam Correspondent

Kirsten Raccuia – Malaysia Correspondent

Kirsten RaccuiaHello Bill,

That’s a hard question to answer. It depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a small local bungalow without all the western amenities that you might be used to, then I believe it is possible. The farther out of the tourist zone, the more local you go, the cheaper the accommodations. I would check out Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.

Good luck,

Steve LePoidevin – Thailand Correspondent

Steve LePoidevinHi Bill,

This is Steve LePoidevin, International Living’s Thailand correspondent. Finding a rental for $300 “on” a beach would be pretty difficult in most places in Thailand unless you were in a very small village with few foreigners around.

However, it is still possible to find small apartments/condos or older homes near the beach for that kind of money in some areas. You are more likely to come across these less expensive rentals by exploring the area and looking for rental signs. Most online listings are geared towards tourists and will be priced accordingly.

Hua Hin tends to have such places if you spend some time talking to local expats and doing some research on your own. More popular resort areas such as Phuket and Koh Samui tend to have fewer inexpensive options but it is still possible.

For another $100-200 per month, many more rentals will become available.

Each of the places I mentioned above would have all the amenities you would need along with a nearby international airport.

Good luck in your search!


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