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On A Budget? Enjoy The Marvel Of These 17 Affordable Countries

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Where you visit is as equally important as knowing how to travel when you are on a budget. If you are on a budget, the following places will offer you an amazing experience as you maximize the available dollar in your pocket.

1. Laos

Traditional boats in Nam Song River at Vang Vieng, Laos
Traditional boats in Nam Song River at Vang Vieng, Laos

There are lots of mountains, tubing parties, and Buddhist monasteries to be seen on this Southeast Asian country where you can get a plate of sticky rice and other street food for about $1. Enjoy floating down a river and spend the night in rooms that cost between $10 to $30 based on how fancy it is. Other attractions include their many happy restaurants and tons of bars.

2. Indonesia

Awesome view of Padar Island in Indonesia
Awesome view of Padar Island in Indonesia

Once you are on a budget, Indonesia is the best place to visit. You will enjoy this beautiful country where a full dining costs $1 or an equivalent of 13,500 Indonesian rupiah.

3. Vietnam

Floating fishing village and rock island in Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam
Floating fishing village and rock island in Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

With just a dollar or its 22,000 Vietnamese Dong equivalent, you can enjoy a dish in this stunning country. Take time to visit the 600-mile turquoise bay, Ha Long Bay, and other beautiful views around the country. There are lots of scenic places, and they are easily affordable.

4. The Philippines

Paradise on remote tropical island - Islas de Gigantes, Iloilo, Philippines
Paradise on remote tropical island – Islas de Gigantes, Iloilo, Philippines

There are lots of budget places to visit while you are in The Philippines. From its spectacular mountains to sleeping right under the stars on its quiet beaches, avail yourself some personal satisfaction and new experiences. For $1 you can get a 2-kilometer taxi ride, 2 hours of Internet access or a large freshly-brewed coffee.

5. Malaysia

KLCC Park and skyline, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
KLCC Park and skyline, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This Southeastern Asian country is not lacking in points of interest and landmarks to visit on a budget. Enjoy the view from the KL Tower Observation Deck Admission and the Genting Highlands. There are lots of things which you can do in this country without bothering about budgeting because they are free and they include a walk on the KLCC park from where you can see beautiful skyscrapers, hiking, a visit to religious sites among others.

6. Thailand

Floating market of Damnoen Saduak, Thailand
Floating market of Damnoen Saduak, Thailand

The fact that Thailand is a tourist hub means it is not as cheap as the other Southeast Asian countries. Their rooms, typically called guesthouses, cost $4 or 135 Thai Baht in the countryside. Visitors have a lot to see in this super affordable place to visit.

7. Nepal

Paragliding over the Fewa (Phewa) Lake in Pokhara, Nepal
Paragliding over the Fewa (Phewa) Lake in Pokhara, Nepal

This country depends on tourism to sustain its economy and is not lacking with things to do while you visit. The best time to visit is from the month of September when the monsoon season is over. Budget travelers will love it for its cheap meals which cost $1 or 103 Nepalese Rupees while for the sum of $8 or 830 Nepalese Rupees, you can enjoy a three-course meal.

8. Cambodia

Quiet empty paradise beach in Koh Rong Island, Cambodia
Quiet empty paradise beach in Koh Rong Island near Sihanoukville, Cambodia

For starters, there are the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat to look forward to in a country where everything is inexpensive. You can go diving or simply lay back and take in the sparkly pristine beaches. Cambodia is so affordable that a meal in any restaurant rarely costs more than $5.

9. India

City Palace and Pichola Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
City Palace and Pichola Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

The moment you step foot in this beautiful and majestic country, enjoy every single dollar traveling around on a train for a few days at a time. As you navigate around, treat yourself to a plate of hot dhal and rice which costs about 60 cents or 40 Indian Rupees.

10. China

Xi'an city landmark, the bell tower, China
Xi’an city landmark, the bell tower, China

One striking thing about China is that despite its being a huge country, its transport system is very cheap. Moving around from one place to another is easy with taxis starting at around $1. It is a cool country which does not overwhelm its visitors.

11. Bulgaria

Aerial view of Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
Aerial view of Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

This is the only European country included in this list filled with Central America and Southeast Asian countries. Bulgaria is located in the eastern part of Europe and is quite cheaper than France, England, to name a few. One of the things which your dollar can get you on the cheap is a liter of beer for $1.50.

12. Nicaragua

Spanish colonial buildings in Granada, Nicaragua
Spanish colonial buildings in Granada, Nicaragua

If your destination is Central America, Nicaragua is a good place to start and does not cost much, really. It is a country on the rise where you can easily get a dorm bed for the little sum of $5 only. Part of what you would enjoy while visiting this high-rising Central American country are surfing and other fun-filled outdoor activities.

13. Bolivia

Isla del Sol on the Titicaca Lake, Bolivia
Isla del Sol on the Titicaca Lake, the largest high altitude lake in the world

It is impossible to get bored when you visit this beautiful country. The country remains one of the cheapest to visit in South America and offers an Internet access of two to three hours for the price of $1.

14. Guatemala

Semuc Champey, Lanquin, Guatemala
Semuc Champey, Lanquin, Guatemala

Forget the fact that you get a good meal in this affordable country at just $3 and soak yourself in the beauty of its waterfalls. Renowned for its scenic outdoor landscapes, Guatemala offers visitors a lot to immerse themselves in such as its great arts and crafts in addition to fine-looking wooden sculptures and decorations which are available in the weekend markets. You get all this within a budget.

15. Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

A traveler on a budget can afford Costa Rica’s cheap rooms and local food. It is inexpensive, and its people are accommodating. When you consider the hiking, beach snorkeling, and other outdoor activities to be enjoyed, adding a visit to this country on your bucket list would not be a bad idea at all.

16. Honduras

The ruins of Copan, an old Maya civilization in Honduras
The ruins of Copan, an old Maya civilization in Honduras

It may not be the first name that comes to mind considering the popularity of Costa Rica and Nicaragua when you consider visiting Central America. However, this affordable country offers budget travelers a chance to backpack on their own path. When you visit this Central American hot spot, taste a good local meal for $3 or its equivalent of 70 Honduran Lempira.

17. Peru

Cusco, Peru, the historic capital of the Inca Empire
Cusco, Peru, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Plaza de Armas at twilight.

A visit to Peru is not complete if you fail to visit one of the world’s greatest and most iconic structures, Machu Picchu. During your stay in this affordable country, see the other stunning parts as well. Transport is cheap as you get to drive around its capital, Lima, for just $7 or 23 Peruvian Nuevo.

So, if you want to see the world but remain tight on budget, this list of affordable countries is a great place to start.

 

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