Travel & Leisure’s March issue has a lot of stories with the words “affordable” and “value” in them. Never mind that these articles are next to ads for Hermes, Mercedes, and Porsche.
Some of it is predictably comical, like a “World’s Best Values” list of hotels where #1 is $1,980 per night and #6 is $2,120. You have to admire their cajones. I’ve stayed in their #1 value for Asia (Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur) while on an assignment and while I would call it heavenly and amazing, $600 a night is not a “value” unless money has no meaning to you. Consider that the amount is more than the average annual wage there and it will buy you a month’s worth of first-class train tickets or the services of a maid for a whole year.
But I’ll stop ragging on them now since we do at least agree the places that are a deal. Their five value destinations and five islands are all included in The World’s Cheapest Destinations.
Cities: Chiang Mai, Kathmandu, Mendoza, Hanoi, and Bangkok
Islands: Bali, Phuket, Ko Samui, Langkawi, Borneo
Note that three of the cities and all of the islands are in Southeast Asia–there’s a clue that the region is doing a bang-up job of making everyone happy, from backpackers to jet-setters. Now THAT’s value.
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