Just moved today! We were staying in the Paradise Bungalows for a month but now we are Sanook Sanong, also in Kai Bae. We have a one bedroom bungalow for $400 a month. And our neighbors: the elephants. This picture was taken from my kitchen table.
The main thing about traveling on a limited budget is to realize the first month is the most expensive. We made the mistake in Bali of staying in a hotel for most of a month, which cost close to $900. The other month we rented a one room bungalow in a rice paddy with no air conditioning! Two lessons learned from this:
1. You must have air conditioning in at least the bedroom.
2. Find a place as soon as you feel you have landed in a place you like.
However, in Nicaragua, we rented a place as soon as we got there and, though it was wonderful, we didn't care much for the town. So we were stuck for a month.
This time we found a hotel that would rent by the month and that gave us time to look around.
We are here for one month and then have rented a house on a river near a waterfall, slightly outside of town.
Traveling should be an ongoing lesson. But the main lesson we learned it to budget more for the first month cause you can't help staying in hotels at least for a few days.
So do I love living next to the elephants? I'll let you know in a few days but so far it's brilliant.