May I recommend in Egypt the small, relaxing yet overlooked town of Ismailiya on the Suez Canal in Egypt. The Etap Hotel-Ismailiya has reasonable prices ($40 for double room per night) and excellent rooms overlooking Lake Timsah. For outstanding food try the King Edward restaurant (especially the steak flambe )--reasonable prices. You can rent bicycles, swim in the Suez and take pleasant walks in the park.
PAPAYA VAN DYKE