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1. Posted by rideforever (Budding Member 5 posts) 6d

Hi All

I am looking to do a 3 month retreat somewhere quite cheap perhaps in Asia and I wondered if anyone knows of a place ?

As I have my own practice and routine I would not like to be in an organised centre or ashram.

I can spend about £7/ $8.50 day including food and would like my own room rather than a dorm.

But it does not have to be anywhere famous or popular or full of tourists.

Just a nice guesthouse somewhere quiet perhaps somewhere where you can do some outdoor walking or coastal spot. Not city, cars, traffic. And somewhere not freezing - the mountains are cold in winter.

Somewhere with relatively hassle free visas would be good too.

Perhaps somebody has stumbled on a good spot, I would be grateful to hear.

Thanks for your help

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1613 posts) 5d

The world is pretty big. What countries has your research come up with so far?

Do you intend to augment your small day to day budget with work?

Areas popular with tourists also have doctors and hospitals along with some sort of public transportation.

Living out in the woods somewhere might sound good - for a while! You (practically all alone) might be the most wealthy person around! Not just your wallet full of money but your passport has value too when sold. Your watch, clothing, phone and jewelry have value to thieves. All alone in some remote area who would know if you came up missing?

For 3 months for many places you will need a proper visa. If you intend to work some countries require a work permit. If you choose a distant location you also must have money for plane rides to and from that country. (For some countries there is a "high season" and a "low season" for accommodation and sometimes for cost of flights.) Low season for some countries is when it is really hot or has lots of rain. Not that easy to find private rooms that have A/C for under $10 a day. A fan room maybe.

There are links that come up with a Google search for places to live in for under $10. Sample below.

From the above list, I have been to Cambodia, Laos, Jamaica, China (only Taiwan and Hong Kong,) Thailand, Bali and Vietnam. I personally wouldn't do any of them for only $10 a day!

  • If you stay overseas for 30 days only you triple your daily budget!

Have a credit card available in case you break a leg or fall off a motorbike or similar medical emergency where you require hospital care. Maybe getting food poisoning from eating bad cheap food too!

Research various vaccinations you may require.

Good luck.

3. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 526 posts) 5d

For some ideas, consult this Web site:

Some countries that rank low on the index discourage travelers with stringent entry requirements; and/or hefty visa fees. Some countries that are great for bumming around, such as Indonesia, also tend to limit how long you can stay (although vagabonds have figured ways around that).

Your best bet would be find places where people are welcoming to strangers; that will open their homes to you. If you travel like the locals (for example, using ferries to travel between islands in Indonesia), you can make do with little. Last year I traveled to Rinca and Komodo islands with an enterprising American who didn't pay for the trip. She did odd jobs on the boat, like cleaning; and helping to prepare meals. Where there's a will, there's a way.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Oct-2016, at 07:15 by berner256 ]

4. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 237 posts) 5d

Umm, $8.50 per day AND including food? Sleeping on the streets in Calcutta maybe?

I can't imagine anything ACCEPTABLE, never mind your list of criteria you think you can add on as if there were hundreds of such places to choose from. I got a particular laugh at the "and including my own room rather than a dorm".

I don't necessarily want to rain on your parade but I have to say there are huge gray clouds overhead looking down at this idea.

5. Posted by rideforever (Budding Member 5 posts) 5d

In India I know a place in the mountains about 200 INR/ day for a private room in the countryside overlooking the himalayas. And another one in Dharamsala about 350 INR.

But it's cold in the winter.

Also a place in Macedonia about 5 EUR/night also cold in winter. And a traveller told me about a place in Indo for about $4 / night (2 month visas only).

Hampi is cheapish but seems the Indians try to rip everyone off as it's a popular spot.

So yes it's very possible. But most people only know or are interested in the popular stuff in the LP and that is expensive. Seems people want to spend money or they don't feel they are doing it right !!!

Saying just look at the internet ... is not really helpful. Neither is check out this country.

These kinds of place are places that you stumble upon, and perhaps share with somebody else. There must be many many because tourists collect themselves together in only a few places.

6. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 526 posts) 5d

Yes, I recommended that you look on the Internet to find where standards of living are lower, aiding your quest for places to chill out at rock-bottom prices. But you seem to discount the value of that. People who are poor more often than not are more willing to share what they have largely because they know that survival depends on helping each other. Yes, you can travel for very little money. But it takes an open mind to find out where.

You discount Indonesia because a 30-day visa can only be extended for another 30 days. But as I mentioned earlier travelers have found ways to extend their stays. I won't go into it here, but the methods are well known.

Yes, I'm familiar with India. Not all places are cold in winter in the north. There are microclimates where temperatures are warmer (allowing fruit trees to survive, for example). I know of several; but in the spirit of adventure, I encourage you to discover them for yourself. Your quest is achievable with an open mind; the kindness and generosity of others; and an attitude that accentuates the positive. Best of luck!

7. Posted by rideforever (Budding Member 5 posts) 5d

I am looking for a place to go sit down and do a retreat. Not for an adventure roaming around looking to meet people, there is a big difference. Yes there may be guest houses in the mountains that maybe a little warmer and also within my budget, but I don't know of any.

I am as I mentioned looking for a specific place, guest house. If anyone knows, I would be grateful.

8. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 526 posts) 5d

Try Majuli, an island in the Brahmaputra River in Assam. Sorry I can't help with specific accommodations. But on arrival you might try to convince someone to allow you to stay with them. There are several Satya monasteries on the island. I traveled there in December 2014. It was memorable, so much so that I hope to return.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Oct-2016, at 11:43 by berner256 ]

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1613 posts) 4d

"I am looking for a place to go sit down and do a retreat."

What does a retreat mean to you? If it is sitting on your arse playing with yourself that doesn't accomplish too much. Some tourists do choose slightly remote areas where they are going to write the "next great novel" or solve "great unsolved mathematical problems!"

You can find a remote area back home and live like a hermit. Even in my hometown in the US we have vagrants sleeping out in the woods and collecting cans and bottles for deposit money they buy food and booze with. (For vagrants there is managed housing available for cheap money or even free but they require the tenants to bathe and not do drugs or get drunk.)

If you choose a distant location you will factor in the cost of the plane ride to and from the country you fly to. Since you are talking £7 if you are starting from the UK maybe there is a place in Europe you can head for and apply the money you save on flights to Asia to your daily budget.

The budget of £7/ $8.50 is such a specific amount. Maybe borrow some money for your trip and have more money per day. Or work more overtime and save up more money - then travel!

One of the former Soviet Bloc countries might be worth some research.

Good luck.

10. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 648 posts) 4d

The former Soviet countries are certainly cheap, except where they've joined the EU and/or the Euro which tends to hike the prices.

(I'm currently in Slovenia, arrived yesterday from Croatia. Slovenia is 9 years longer in the EU than Croatia and prices are about 50% higher here. Not strictly Soviet places but they were communist.)

However I don't think anywhere here fulfills the need for warm in winter.