If not, what is the best place in the world to lie on the beach while this turmoil is going on around us?
Plenty of ways to get out of the way in Australia!
But if Thailand is more your cup of tea then head to the Phu Quoc Islands and sit on the beaches there
I don't know much about economics but Asia has got hit pretty hard before. Big export industries fuel a lot of the economies there so I imagine a global tightened on imports will probably hit them pretty hard. Good for your exchange rate though ;) over 8 years ago
I traveled extensively through Thailand in January/February this year on a budget. I found that tourist hotspots were not incredibly cheap for food or accommodation (unless you're converting British Pounds or Euros.)
The more remote parts of Thailand were much more affordable on a tight budget. I lived off about $17 USD per day for food and accommodation at a guest house in Nong Khai, a sleepy border town to Laos situated along side the Mekong River.
So to answer your question - can you live on a guest house on the beach for less than $20 USD a day? Probably not. However if you rented an apartment off the beach long-term and ate and shopped at the local markets - yes. over 8 years ago
Miah Oren a travel writer for the Examiner (Dallas, Texas) has written her last 2 articles about beaches in Southeast Asia
http://tinyurl.com/om842c - Relax at a beach in Thailand or Cambodia?
http://tinyurl.com/prxjzf - A beach for the whole family
As she says, 'it is the perfect place to do nothing' over 8 years ago
Im struggling to see any signs of this so called 'economic crisis' here in Tasmania. Though its hardly beach weather.
Berlins a good spot to go, the cities been so poor for so long and already had such high unemployment that apparently its holding up pretty well compared to other European towns. But its inland so no beaches. about 8 years ago
Hah, what an excellent idea! As another option, Vietnam is a pretty good cheap second alternative to (most of) Thailand, or possibly a move-to option if you run out of visa.
Generally speaking, I found things to be almost half the price of Thailand for the equiv in Vietnam - ie: Double 3-4 star hotel rooms for d wanna check that out before starting any serious plans :) about 8 years ago
Another suggestion to add is Bali. Depending on where you stay of course. Closer to the beach you will pay more for accommodation but i am sure there are plenty of tucked away places to stay on a tight budget. Allot of pensioners move to Indonesia from Australia because it is cheaper to live and their pension lasts a allot longer over there than in Australia. about 8 years ago
I'm in Thailand at the moment, it's not as cheap as I originally thought it was going to be before coming here but still it's a lot cheaper than back in the UK. As Ian said you can live cheaper away from tourist spots. Bangkok is obviously the most expensive but Phuket is also about 50% more expensive than less westernised places such as Krabi.
I have friends that live down in Indonesia and having chatted with them a lot about the quality of life, the beaches and the prices I would say it was a much better option than Thailand at the moment. If you stay clear of Bali and head for one of the smaller islands you'll find things are crazy cheap, great food, wonderful beaches, and the people are friendlier towards tourists as they haven't had the influx of disgusting peado sex tourists and busto beer swilling louts yet to antagonize them. about 8 years ago
I'm in Thailand right now riding out the US economy waves myself. I've been here a little over a month and plan on staying about 6 or so... The beaches in Phuket are great and I'm finding that you can hangout on the beach all day then party like a rockstar every night for less than $2000 USD and that's including a really nice western style apartment with swimming pool and daily maid service. One of the keys to keeping your spending down is to avoid western food... Overall the western food in Thailand is horrible. However; Thai food is great and generally 40-50 baht per meal compared to 200-300 baht for crappy western food.
So in short with above average accommodations and meals I spend about $20 a day... then the rest of my money goes to booze! about 8 years agoAnswered by Davis via Travellr.com