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Travel doesn’t have to expensive. In fact, if you live in a big city, it could be cheaper to travel around the world than staying at home! How do I know that? Last year Inder and I traveled for 4 weeks in Indonesia. Guess what? We ended up spending less than staying at home. And we booked some pretty awesome accommodations too!
How is that possible, I can hear you asking me? There are plenty of destinations where you can get a lot more for your money! And these unbelievable countries provide not simply nice price however additionally unforgettable sights and experiences. The trick is knowing wherever to travel, and pay your cash with wisdom.
To help you to decide where to go, I convinced a group of expert travel bloggers to share their favorite cheapest countries to visit on a budget. Some of them spent months (or even years) in these countries, and have revealed the smartest ways to visit these incredible locations without spending a fortune (we are talking $50 a day or less!!!).
In a region known for being budget-friendly, Vietnam is one of the top value-for-money destinations in Southeast Asia. It’s possible for a backpacker to get by on as little as $25 per day and still experience the best of what the country has to offer.
Most nationalities require a tourist visa to enter Vietnam. Don’t let this initial cost put you off: once you’re in, everything is cheap. You can find a bed in a decent hostel in the bigger cities or at a homestay in rural Vietnam for as little as $10 per night. Street food dominates in Vietnam, and a bowl of pho, a plate of Banh Cuon or any one of the county’s other delicious delicacies will set you back less than $2. A glass of Bia hoi (keg beer) in Hanoi goes for as little as 20 cents. Expect to pay between $5 and $35 for an inter-city bus or train ticket depending on the distance. One reason for Vietnam’s low price tags is Doi Moi, an economic policy that encourages competition and entrepreneurship in the Socialist Republic.
Of course, there are lots of good reasons to travel to Vietnam beyond the low costs. The country is incredibly diverse, offering everything from trekking in the magnificent hills of Ha Giang, to boat rides in the Mekong Delta backwaters. An excellent way to experience the country is to travel between Hanoi and Saigon on the Reunification Express train, stopping at beaches, historic towns, and national parks along the way.
I’ve visited Vietnam twice: once as a backpacker in 2012, and again in 2017-2018 when I lived in Hanoi for a year. I didn’t notice much fluctuation in costs between those two visits—an encouraging sign that Vietnam will remain a budget-friendly destination for years to come.
DAILY BUDGET: $25-$35 per person
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is unlike any other country in Southeast Asia. Because they have opened up to tourism in the last decade, you’ll find that infrastructure can be lacking and travel can be challenging. However, visitors will be rewarded with hundreds of temples, pagodas, and monasteries, plus of course, some of the friendliest people in the world.
Myanmar can be slightly more expensive than some of its Southeast Asian neighbors, but not significantly so. Most services square measure still pretty low cost, as well as accommodation, transportation, and tours. Expect to pay around $3 for a basic meal, $2 for a bottle of beer, $10 for a dorm bed, and $2 for a short taxi ride. I’d say that $25 or $30 a day is a pretty realistic budget.
Among the best things to do in Myanmar, we can highlight: visiting Yangon and Mandalay, cycling around the temples of Bagan, climbing up to the Golden Rock and visiting the Inle Lake. If you have time, I recommend that you hike all the way from Kalaw to Inle Lake. This trek is a highlight for many first time visitors to Burma. It can be completed in 3 days and is of medium difficulty. You’ll find beautiful landscapes, traditional villages, remote monasteries, and welcoming people!
DAILY BUDGET: $35-$45 per person
Cambodia is a country we return to again and again. It has so much to offer: the vibrancy and grandeur of the capital Phnom Pehn, the awesome history on display at Angkor Wat, the old-world charm of Battambang, the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville, the stunning natural landscapes of the north, the chance to see Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River, the delicious food, and, above all, the friendly people. Despite their horrific recent history, Cambodians are open and welcoming to visitors, relishing the opportunity to share the secrets of their homeland.
Not only does it have all of these amazing attractions, but Cambodia is also a great place to visit if funds are limited. It’s possible for independent travelers to spend as little as $10/12 per day on accommodation, food, and travel. For a budget of $20-$30 per day, you can live very comfortably, staying in a room with private facilities in a guest house and eating street food ($1/2 per meal) or in basic restaurants (US$3-$5 per meal).
Bus travel between destinations in Cambodia is cheap and efficient. Expect to pay around $10 for a reserved seat on an air-conditioned coach between Phnom Pehn and Siem Reap or Sihanoukville. If time and money allow, don’t miss the boat trip between Siem Reap and Battambang. For $20, you get to spend 8 hours on a boat getting up-close and personal with the people who make their homes around Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and one of the richest fishing grounds in the world.
Overland transport connections to neighboring Thailand, Vietnam and Laos are also frequent and affordable, making Cambodia the ideal place to base yourself whilst exploring this fascinating part of the world.
DAILY BUDGET: $30-$40 per person
India is a great destination for backpackers and tourists looking for one of the cheapest places to visit. First: you can stay for a long time on a minimum budget. Second: you can’t be indifferent to India – you will either love it or hate it. Our first impressions were noise, confusion, and overcrowding. After a few days, you quickly adjust and learn to embrace the organized chaos. Third: India is a mix of different cultures where everybody lives together in harmony. If you open your mind and forget your prejudices, India can offer you so many experiences and beautiful sights.
India is perfect for backpackers because you can experience all of this by spending very little money. During our trip to India, we stayed in some great small guest houses for $13-$25 a night. In the spiritual town of Pushkar, we stayed at the centrally located Everest Hotel for just $23. Our room was very comfortable, and we could share experiences with other backpackers on the roof terrace.
Food in India is also cheap. For just a few dollars, you can taste many different dishes. Ask the locals and you will find places to eat thali (a big plate with a selection of various spiced dishes) for 100 Rupees ($1.50). However, you quickly appreciate that India is a land of contrasts. Slums reside next to 5-star hotels and you can spend $1.50 or $100 on food.
Traveling in India is also very cheap. India has a good rail network, so we traveled by train. There are different classes but if you opt to travel in second class you will pay approximately $9 for 200 km.
India is an incredible country. If you can open your mind and be accommodating, you will improve your patience the more you stay in India.
DAILY BUDGET: $25-$35 per person
It’s no secret that Southeast Asia has some of the cheapest countries in the world to visit, as well as to settle in. While many visitors flocks to well-known places in Thailand or the Philippines, Indonesia is probably one of the best and cheapest countries to live in.
What not to love about Indonesia? This Brobdingnagian nation with over 17 Thousand islands offers such a lot of cultural diversity and natural beauty. From the traditional Buddhist temple of Borobudur to the underwater marine paradise of Raja Ampat, there’s perpetually one thing to explore.
Many visitors flocks to the touristy island of Bali, which is a very beautiful part of Indonesia. But if you want more value for your money, try different parts and islands of Indonesia, such as Lombok, Sumatra or Java.
On Java, the densest island on earth, you can always rely on public transportation. Hop on a shared cab, rickshaw or trains to go around – and even flights are frequent and reasonably priced.
The cost of living in Indonesia is fairly cheap; for example, in many traditional warungs (food stalls), you can expect to pay no more than $1.50 to get a full meal. If you are not familiar with the local food, here are some basic Indonesian food facts and dishes to try. Budget backpackers can expect to pay $10-$30 per day on Java, by staying with locals, or budget hostel and eat in local establishments.
DAILY BUDGET: $40-$50 per person
Ready to travel to some of the cheapest countries in the world?
If you have more cheap places to suggest, I would love to hear from you! This list just scratches the surface! There are so many incredible destinations around the world where you can travel on a budget. You really don’t have to break the bank to have an incredible time on your next vacation. And if you are traveling with friends or as a couple you can save so much more on accommodation by sharing the cost!
Traveling and exploring the world is so rewarding! So what are you waiting for?
Now it’s the perfect time to go!