One of the joys of travelling in Southeast Asia is staying in guest houses. For less than the price of a dorm room in Europe you get the privacy of own room with a bathroom attached. In some cities there are cheap guest house districts such as Khao San Rd in Bangkok, and Pham Ngu Lau in Ho Chi Minh City.
This luxury comes to a shocking halt when you arrive in Singapore. With real estate prices being so high, guest houses in Singapore are not a viable business. The cheapest accommodation option in Singapore are hostels, which I prefer to avoid. After trawling the online booking sites I found a guest house that isn’t listed on any booking site – Ali’s Nest
[Ali’s Nest – Singapore]
Ali’s Nest is a guest house in a row of restored shophouses the Little India district of Singapore. This is family homestay so the downstairs reception is also the family living room, and upstairs have the guest bedrooms, bathrooms and a kitchen/common area.
A private room is $30 SGD ($24 USD), which is the cheapest private room I have been able to find in Singapore. The room is basic, as is the case with guest houses, and you share a bathroom. In my room there was only one power outlet which happened to be powering the fan, so I had a classic digital nomad conundrum; Keep the fan on and run out of power, or sweat it out and continue work. I opted for sweating it out. (Note to self: travel with a travel power strip).
[Ali’s Nest Private Room]
There is also a share kitchen but seeing Ali’s is located in Little India I was making the most of Indian food at every opportunity I could get.
While little room was step back compared to the previous place I stayed at in Singapore, I’m happy to have a room to lock my bags in during the day.
There are cheaper places to stay in Singapore if you don’t mind staying in hostels, but for accommodation with a private room I haven’t found anything cheaper (if there is somewhere cheaper I would like to know).