The World’s Smallest Places to Sleep

Noi Bai International Airport in Vietnam, like many other modern airports sympathetic to the travel-weary, has sleep pods in its terminal so that delayed passengers can rest without having to curl up on a hard chair or the floor. The pods are three metres high (9 feet) and about four meters square and they include a bed, wardrobe, telephone and even WiFi connection. This got us to thinking about other tiny accommodations around the world. From AirBnB treehouses to Sweden’s Utter Inn that can only be accessed by boat and has a bedroom underwater, there are plenty of hotel-style places where you can tuck into tiny square footage and relax.

Then, of course there are the small outdoor accommodations. Adventure guides will show you some of the most dramatic vistas on earth, whether its staring at the northern lights in Alaska or the stunning mountain settings of the Peru, but when it comes to sleeping quarters, they might offer you the opportunity to curl up in an igloo or hammock tent. From Japan to Russia, Australia to Canada, adventure guides and tour guides will ensure you have an incredible trip and, if you’re lucky, they’ll recommend unique sleeping experiences such as those provided by the shelters below. Sweet dreams!

Mongolian yurt
Yukon igloo
Tentsile's "Treehouse on the go"
Utter Inn, Lake Malaren, Sweden
Outdoor Research's Tiny House
Crystal Bubble Tent by Bubbletree
Capsule Hotel, Japan
AirBnB treehouse in Oregon

And then there’s the Anaconda “Car Roof Camper”:

And lastly, the JakPak:

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