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Added on: 8th Mar 2016



Sunrise at Angkor Wat near Siem Reap in Cambodia

With beds for £1 and lip-smacking food for less than that,

Cambodia is so cheap you can feel guilty for paying so little.

Where once travellers often feared to tread, Cambodia is now

very much on the Southeast Asia travel scene, particularly among

backpackers and, increasingly, holidaymakers looking for

five-star luxury without the price tag.




Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi in Vietnam

Unspoiled and undeveloped, despite its rise in popularity in the

last few years, Vietnam is still super cheap, as well as a beautiful

country. You can easily get by on £5 a day, including a guest house,

local food, transport and a bit of drinking - a pint of Vietnam's most

popular brew, Bia Hoi, costs as little as 50p.




The Taj Mahal in India

A spending spree in Mumbai's designer shops and a stay in an

international hotel in Delhi’s going to cost you as much as it would

in Dubai, but away from these enclaves the cost of living is

ridiculously low. Even if you travel first class on the trains

(the Rajdhani or the Shatabdi Express are the most

comfortable to travel on, being fully air-conditioned with meals

included in the ticket price) and take taxis everywhere, you’ll be

hard pressed to spend a lot of money here and it's possible to live

like a raj on just £15 (about 1,500 rupees) a day.




The rooftops of Bolivian capital city La Paz

Known as the Tibet of the Americas, Bolivia is a relatively

remote bolthole, being one of only two landlocked countries

in South America (the other is Paraguay). Bolivia perhaps

boasts the best value food and drink in all of

South America. For example, a bottle of Paceña beer generally

costs less than £1 and a bowl of chairo (potato soup)

about the same.




Budapest, the historic Hungarian capital on the Danube, is a

definite must-see on anyone's European tour. While it's not quite

as cheap as it was before the budget airlines got there,

prices here will leave plenty of cash in your pocket. With meals

for £2, train tickets for £1 and rooms for £10, Budapest is a

beautiful bargain. And you can visit those beautiful bathhouses,

such as Gellert, for £10, with massages starting at less

than a tenner.




The cathedral in Comayagua, Honduras

There's Belize. There's Costa Rica. There's even Guatemala.

But for real bargain-basement Central American value, plump

for Honduras. The country isn't up there on the most-visited lists,

but if you do decide to give it a go you'll discover white sand

beaches reminiscent of the Maldives, diving to rival the Red Sea

and mega cheap food and drink - all while spending less than

£20 a day. For the Caribbean at a fraction of the cost, check out

the swathes of pristine beaches along Honduras's northern coast.




Nesebur on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria

Bulgaria's Black Sea resorts have undergone a bit of a boom with

British visitors in recent years, probably because they offer a

total bargain compared with traditional summer sun destinations

like the south of Spain. If you prefer city breaking to beaches,

capital Sofia offers hearty food, warm company, 'robust' drink

and a comfy bed, all yours for £20 a day.




An elephant on the waterfront in Sri Lanka

With gossamer-fine sands, cloud-wrapped mountains, waterfalls,

tea plantations and palm trees wafting in the breeze, Sri Lanka

is the picture perfect paradise'... Ok, thanks tourist brochure.

You can live like royalty for under £25 a day. Modern tourism began

to boom on this idyllic south Indian Ocean island in the 1960’s,

but it's somehow managed to stay on the side-lines of many a

Southeast Asian itinerary, so it's still possible to pick up a

low-cost luxury bargain.




Tierra del Fuego National Park in Argentina

From the jungles of the central plains in La Pampa, to the rugged

Andes mountains on the western border with Chile, there's

plenty to see and do in Argentina, the world's eighth largest country.

Experience the colourful, flamboyant life of the Argentinian

capital by staying away from its most exclusive hotspots

and you can easily get by on £25 a day.




Due to the country's ongoing economic difficulties, the cost

of holidaying in Greece is lower than it used to be. While it's

still pretty pricey to stay on famous Greek islands like

Santorini or Mykonos, pick a quieter Greek getaway like Paros

or Skiathos and you can still while away the days in 28 degree heat,

sipping ice-cold Mythos (between about £1.50 and £4 a pint

depending on where you stay) for half the price.




A white sand beach in the Dominican Republic

The Caribbean is pricey, right? Not if you fly to the Dominican Republic,

where £30 a day will cover accommodation, travel and food if you're

thrifty. Eat where the locals do and you'll find dishes - and beers - for

under £1, while taking the local bus into town can be done for less than

50p. Check in to the Bavaro Hostel and for just £13 you'll get a bed

within a three-minute walk of the white sands and swaying palms

of Bavaro beach.




Flight prices to Ireland have tumbled over the past few years,

meaning you can get to Dublin for less than you might think. Once in

the Irish capital, stay at the central Generator Hostel and you could

pay just £6 for your bed. Dublin's oldest, and sup on the central city's

(rumoured) cheapest pint, just £2.30 in the Pavilion Bar at the cricket

pitch in Trinity College. If you'd rather get out into rural Ireland, head

to Galway, where prices are lower than the capital across the board

and a weekend break could cost you about 20% less. You could

spend some of those savings on the city's vibrant nightlife (thanks

student population!) with a trawl through the city's pubs - where

Guinness is around 15% cheaper than in Dublin - and the live music

sessions at Trad music pub An Pucan are free.


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