Budget

Where Cheaper is Better

by Colleen Clark

Vacations are made for splurging. After all, who wouldn't want to enjoy the highest thread count, the comfiest transport, the best foie gras during their hard-earned time off? But the best that money can buy doesn't always translate into the best travel experience. Sometimes big-ticket trips isolate you from the food, the cultural interactions, and the local flavor that makes travel meaningful. So we've put together a guide to the places where less buys you more. Whether it's forgoing splashy international chains for quirky little beach bungalows in Thailand or trading over-the-top Moscow restaurants for offbeat eats, sometimes cheaper really is better.

Published May 2011. Pictured: Bophut Beach in Koh Samui.

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