Sumatra on a budget?? Or suggestions on other cheap countries?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 9, 2012 3:20 PM Last Post By: Laszlo
Dec 6, 2012 10:57 PM
Sumatra on a budget?? Or suggestions on other cheap countries?Hello!
Hoping someone can help with some up to date info....(late 2012) We are currently travelling Asia on a very tight budget. We've been to Cambodia, vietnam and laos and have so far survived on no more than £800 a month for everything for both of us. (Including seriously basic accommodation for $5/6 per room per night).
We have a month free before tackling Thailand (last 2 weeks in Jan and first 2 weeks in feb) and we're looking for another cheap country to visit! We've been looking into Sumatra but don't know much about it...does anyone have any up to date info on prices there? -We live off street food so really its just accommodation and any must see attractions that we need costs for?! Alternatively if you know of any other countries that would be fun/interesting/cheap then all suggestions welcome!
Thanks in advance for any help : )
Dec 7, 2012 5:00 AM
Dec 7, 2012 5:09 AM
Dec 7, 2012 5:47 AM
3Sumatra suits you.
Living costs are among the lowest in Indonesia (though I am not sure it is still cheaper than Thailand), and most of its attractions are either free or almost free unless you hire a guide to see them.
My overview of Sumatra travel:
Dec 7, 2012 7:09 AM
Dec 8, 2012 10:33 AM
5Generally speaking, Sumatera is very cheap, but in the tourist spots people are very much after your money so you will probably not find those places particularly cheap. Go to less touristy areas like West Sumatera (Padang), Jambi (Kerinci), South Sumatera ... Pulau Weh is more expensive than mainland Sumatera.
Why don't you go to the eastern islands of Indonesia, Alor for instance? They are less spoiled by tourism.
Dec 8, 2012 7:10 PM
6Hello, to get Sumatra especially to Bukittinggi. you can take a flight by air Asia from Kuala Lumpur to Padang, and take a bus to Bukittinggi,its very cheap and easy, you just coming to orchid hotel and you will know everything there are cheap rooms, even a lot of activities such as going to harau Vally, lake maninjau, raflesia flower, and many more..
have a nice day
Dec 9, 2012 8:16 AM
I wanted to have your opinion on this 9 days expedition trek in Bukit Lawang Sumatra. You mentionned that you found it a tourist trap?
Dec 9, 2012 3:20 PM
8In general, I would definitely prefer doing any trekking elsewhere in Sumatra.
In BL, even short day treks tend to be vastly overpriced.
If it is Leuser, I'd try from Ketambe.
The Kerinci area also offers great trekking, though such long treks aren't normally offered there.
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