I'm searching for a place where i can spend 2-3 months (December - February) that has charming & atmospheric architecture is surrounded by beautiful nature; offers delicious, affordable cuisine; and just an overall pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere and weather.(not looking for diving_surfing etc)
is Indonesia budget friendly?i don't care which country as long as is cheap and could stay 2_3 months and just be relax.
any advice about Indonesia or any other country would be great.
#1 bobytwo has been a member since 9/10/2010. Posts: 3
In spite of the recent ridiculousness in connection with Eat Pray Love (Gag), I would still say Ubud, Bali is a strong candidate, particularly if you rent a house outside of town.
#2 glomer has been a member since 23/2/2010. Posts: 86
Ubud has my vote as well
Luang Prabang (Laos) would make a good candidate as well if you can find a house on the outskirts. In town, houses (I don't know any but just assume) and food are a bit on the expensive side but still ok and probably on par with Ubud.
also depends on what type of architecture you're interested in.
Thanks for replying. I really appreciate your responses.
#4 bobytwo has been a member since 9/10/2010. Posts: 3
My immediate thought before seeing the other two replies was also Ubud because it really does have a good mix of culture, quiet & relaxed atmosphere and still plenty of western facilities. Sure, the centre of town with its traffic can be a drag, but it's easy to get into a good routine there. You don't even have to stay outside of town to feel as if you're part of a small village...
Yeah, and the added bonus is that there's also plenty of things to do on the island for daytrips if you want a little change of scenery during those months. That's a bit harder in Luang Prabang.
distant 3rd and 4th would be Kampot (Cambodia) and Dalat (Vietnam)
Both have beautiful nature scenery around them and are pleasant little towns. Also less expensive as the first two since they are not prime tourist destinations but it also limits the food options while still excellent.
Architecture and "wandering around" quality is however far less and no comparison to first two.
Cambodia does have some interesting architecture from Molyvann, the greatest Khmer architect with some very interesting Khmer modernist buildings from the '60s. Not architecture that appeals to the (modern) masses but for professional architects very interesting and at the moment there is a project by american architects to document his buildings and rewriting blue-prints that got lost during KR era.
Sabang (weh island) is a beautiful island...
#7 molleydean has been a member since 19/1/2011. Posts: 3