While budget hotels in Belarus remain decidedly ‘Soviet’, hostels are terrific – but it can be hard to obtain hotel registration from them (required for stays of five days or more in a city). Midrange accommodation is better value than in Russia; however, top-end places in Minsk are of a lower standard than you would expect elsewhere. Smoking is usually not allowed in hotels. Breakfast is generally included at the midrange level and above.

Camping

Farmers and villagers are usually generous about allowing campers to pitch a tent on their lot for an evening. Outside national parks you can camp pretty much anywhere, although camping in or near a city is asking for trouble from the police.