13 Hot Budget Destinations to Escape the Winter
10. Koh Phangan – Thailand
Southeast Asia is generally a super cheap region, but Thailand makes it even more attractive by being organized and offering superb quality. It’s no wonder it’s a popular destination for those willing to travel with young children. As you set foot on the Thai islands, you quickly understand why it’s called “The Land of Smiles.”
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Koh Phangan is less developed than Koh Samui and cheaper than Koh Tao, making it the perfect place to find untamed nature at reasonable prices. There’s nothing like renting a scooter for the day (or the month, if you have the time) and exploring every part of the island at your own pace. Just remember it gets extremely busy during the Full Moon Party.
9. Huanchaco – Peru
Peru is one of the cheapest countries in South America and it has a lot more to offer than Machu Picchu. The Pacific coast is peppered with cute small towns providing delicious ceviche, lots of sun, and incredible waves for those who enjoy surfing.
One such little town is Huanchaco, which is only 20 minutes away from Trujillo. Apart from just relaxing at the beach, travelers can learn Spanish from one of the many local teachers, or rent a surfboard and try their luck in the sea. It’s also possible to visit the nearby archaeological sites of Chan Chan and Huaca de la Luna y Sol.
8. Unawatuna – Sri Lanka
Although Sri Lanka has great weather all year round, during the winter (November to March), travelers should visit the southern part of the country as the north is being affected by the North-East monsoon. Visitors tend to say Sri Lanka is like India, but more organized, so you’ll have to go there and see it for yourself.
Unawatuna is a small beach village located five km away from Galle, which was a Portuguese colony for nearly half a century. Highlights include visiting the Japanese Peace Pagoda, snorkeling at Jungle Beach, and checking out the Turtle Hatchery, which is run by locals and protect loggerhead, green, and hawksbill turtles.