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15 Budget-Friendly Countries Where the Dollar Goes a Long Way

15 Budget-Friendly Countries Where the Dollar Goes a Long Way

Are you keen to squeeze the most out of your greenbacks on foreign soil? There are at least 15 countries that not only offer unique local experiences but also give your budget a big, comforting hug. You’ll be surprised how far a U.S. dollar can stretch in these money-savvy havens around the world!


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Vietnam offers one of the best currency-conversion rates against the U.S. Dollar. Home to bustling cities, delicious cuisine, and incredible natural wonders, there’s something for everyone. Halong Bay is one of the most-visited locations, where you can take a cruise through its emerald waters. As you explore, you’ll be surrounded by towering limestone islands.


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Although Laos isn’t the most popular country in Southeast Asia it’s a great addition to any itinerary. Here, you can explore beautiful temples and visit spectacular waterfalls. Vientiane is the country’s capital and boasts various attractions including Pha That Luang, a 16th-century golden temple. Patuxay – Victory Monument is another must-visit.


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Indonesia is a country archipelago, made up of over 17,000 islands. Whether you’re looking to learn how to surf, hike through rainforests, or relax on the beach, you won’t be short of things to do. Bali is the most popular Indonesian island, with tourist attractions including the Sacred Monkey Forest, Uluwatu Temple, and Tanah Lot.


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Cambodia is one of the most affordable countries in Southeast Asia, especially for U.S. citizens. It has everything, including pristine beaches, delicious local cuisine, and beautiful natural attractions. Angkor Wat is the most famous attraction and is a huge temple complex that dates back to the 12th century. It can be easily accessed from Siem Reap.


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Although Colombia has a sketchy past, it’s becoming a popular addition to any South American itinerary. Home to the world’s highest coastal mountain range, this country is also famous for its coffee and diverse culture. Bogotá is Colombia’s capital and offers various places of interest including the Gold Museum, Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park, and Plaza de Bolívar.


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Known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’, Uganda is known for its natural attractions (including Lake Victoria) and its wealth of wildlife-watching opportunities. This country is home to the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and African buffalo), as well as the world’s highest population of mountain gorillas. To see these huge primates, you can head on a jungle trek.


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Although a trip to Mongolia will need plenty of advance planning you’ll get a lot for your money. Boasting dramatic landscapes, diverse culture, and a variety of wildlife, this country has something for everyone. Perhaps one of the most impressive attractions is the Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex, but Gandantegchinlen Monastery is also a highlight.


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Tanzania offers some of Africa’s best wildlife-watching opportunities, as it’s home to Serengeti National Park. This park is known for the great migration, and there’s a wealth of animals to see, including the Big 5. Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa is also found in Tanzania. With an impressive height of 5,895 meters (19,340 feet), it’s a popular hiking destination.


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Previously known as Burma, this Southeast Asian country is known for its intriguing temples, beautiful landscapes, and ethnic diversity. Bagan is one of the most-visited destinations in Myanmar. This ancient city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was once home to over 10,000 Buddhist temples. Only 2000 remain today, with Ananda Temple being one of the most popular.

South Korea

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South Korea is an intriguing destination and one you’ll get a great exchange rate for. Most famous for its K-pop music, tasty cuisine, and technology, this country has something for everyone. Seoul is the capital and offers a wide variety of things to do. Popular spots in the city include Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and the National Museum of Korea.


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Chila is a gorgeous country in South America, which stretches along the Pacific Ocean. It’s one of the continent’s most peaceful countries and boasts breathtaking landscapes. Visiting Torres del Paine National Park is a highlight of any trip to Chile. This park is located in the Patagonia Region and offers excellent hiking and wildlife-watching opportunities.

Costa Rica

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Offering beautiful beaches, breathtaking jungles, and a wide variety of wildlife, Costa Rica is the perfect destination for outdoor lovers. Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve is one of the country’s star attractions, thanks to its jaw-dropping landscapes, wealth of wildlife, and variety of outdoor activities. There are some excellent hiking trails too.


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Bordering Chile, you’ll find Argentina, which also shares the Patagonia region. This country is known for its love of meat, wine, and football, but has so much more to offer. Buenos Aires is the capital city and is home to popular attractions such as Teatro Colón, El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and The Latin American Art Museum.


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Hungary is the only European country to make it onto this list. This landlocked country is found in Central Europe and is known for its impressive architecture and intriguing history. Hungary’s capital of Budapest is dubbed the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, and boasts fantastic thermal baths. Other must-visit attractions include Fisherman’s Bastion and Buda Castle.

Sri Lanka

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Previously known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is a beautiful country located in South Asia. Known for its delicious cuisine, pristine beaches, and impressive cultural heritage, Sri Lanka has something for everyone. It’s also a great destination for wildlife-watching, with Yala National Park being a hotspot for leopards. You can also head out on a whale-watching trip in the Indian Ocean.

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Emese Maczko is a travel blogger behind Eco Lodges Anywhere. Having explored several destinations around Europe, the US, Indonesia, and Australia, and resided in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Luxembourg, Emese possesses a keen understanding of diverse cultures and an appreciation for the beauty of each destination she visits. She advocates for sustainable travel and ecotourism.

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