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Here's the 50 Cheapest Cities in the World to Backpack in 2017

by Katie Scott Aiton Apr 12, 2017

Price of Travel have put together a “Backpacker Index” which breaks down the costs of visiting cities around the world. This research was formulated via the following elements;

  • One night in the cheapest bunk at the least expensive hostel with a good location and good reviews.
  • Two public transportation rides per day.
  • One paid/famous attraction per day (Every city is loaded with free things to do for budget-conscious travelers, but here we take the average cost of a major attraction in each city for each day.).
  • Three “budget” meals per day.
  • Three cheap, local beers each day as an “entertainment fund.” Non-drinkers might have dessert and coffee or attend a local music performance instead, so this is a general benchmark that should be proportional for each city.

While this data is meant for backpackers and budget travelers, the proportions will be nearly identical, so the list should also be useful to those with more money to spend. Here are the top 50 cheapest cities to visit in 2017.

1. Pokhara, Nepal

$17.95 per day

 Hotel Middle Path & SpaPokhara, NepalPeaceful place

2. Hanoi, Vietnam

$18.22 p/d

 Turtle TowerHanoi, Vietnam#history

3. Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

$18.33 p/d

 pho chay nhuHo Chi Minh City, VietnamSmall, family-owned, dive restaurant. Vegan pho was delicious! #cheap-eats

4. Chiang Mai, Thailand

$18.74 p/d

 ศูนย์การค้าเทศบาลตำบลหางดง Hangdong MarketTambon Hang Dong, ThailandWhile most tourists flock to the big markets in Chiang Mai city, locals go to the small markets that are basically in every neighborhood in Thailand. In our area in Hang Dong we have at least 5! This covered market is near the police station and close to Baan Tawai, and the stalls sell local veg and spices, as well as excellent nam prik. #cheap-eats

5. Cairo, Egypt

$18.82 p/d

 Cairo EgyptAl Fagalah, EgyptOne of Thé most unforgetable times having an hour long trip on camel at desert near Pyramids was excellent #history#ancienttimes

6. Goa, India

$20.23 p/d

 Agonda BeachAgonda, IndiaLocated in the south (more mellow side) of Goa. Escape the cities, relax and recharge before you head back out to explore the rest of India and all it has to offer

7. Vientiane, Lao

$20.44 p/d

 Patuxay MonumentVientiane, LaosCool war monument dedicated to the people who fought for independence from France. You can go to the top and have a great view of the city. #history

8. Quito, Ecuador

$20.90 p/d

 San Francisco marketQuito, EcuadorThis is a local market where you can buy all the fruits you need. they also sell meats and other quick meals. If you are looking for flowers, you can purchase at this place as well. very close to San Francisco church and worth a visit. Very cheap eats

9. Manila, Philippines

$21.48 p/d

 Sofitel Philippine Plaza ManilaManila, PhilippinesEnjoy a day at the pool that overlooks Manila bay.

10. Yangon, Myanmar

$21.90 p/d

 China TownYangon, MyanmarNon stop Burmese Street market.

11. Kathmandu, Nepal

$22.23 p/d

 BouddhatanathKathmandu, Nepal#temple #buddhism

12. Hoi An, Vietnam

$22.29 p/d

 Hoi An Markettp. Hội An, Vietnamwalk the market and learn the locals way of life #markstravelingfeet #vietnam

13. New Delhi, India

$22.29 p/d

 Saravana BhavanNew Delhi, IndiaBest paneer dosa! Amazing South Indian cuisine. Don’t forget to try the thali.

14. Colombo, Sri Lanka

$22.45 p/d

 Seema MalakaColombo, Sri Lanka

15. Phnom Penh, Cambodia

$22.50 p/d

 Phnom PenhPhnom Penh, Cambodia#cheap-eats #free-wifi

16. Bucharest, Romania

$22.87 p/d

17. Sofia, Bulgaria

$23.78 p/d

 Former Communist Party HouseSofia, BulgariaDowntown Sofia is incredible during summer! Can’t wait for those sunny days :)

18. La Paz, Bolivia

$24.13 p/d

19. Luang Prabang, Lao People’s Democratic Republic

$24.21 p/d

 Alms givingLuang Prabang, LaosThe daily ritual dating back to the 14th Century where Buddhist monks walk the streets every morning to collect their alms (food) for the day. Please observe from afar and don’t be like the ignorant tourists who flash cameras in their faces and disrupt the procession. #history

20. Bangkok, Thailand

$24.45 p/d

 Bang Khu Wiang Floating MarketBangkok, Thailand#newexperience #greatfood

21. Krakow, Poland

$26.13 p/d

22. Belgrade, Serbia

$26.17 p/d

 BelgradeBeograd, SerbiaGreat Balkan Food and great ambiance. This is in Belgrade in Serbia. Visit Serbia, the people are beautiful.

23. Marrakesh, Morocco

$26.37 p/d

 Sahara ExperienceMarrakesh, MoroccoWow. I was very fortunate to have Khalid Ait Haddou introduce himself to me as my driver and not a guide for my Sahara experience to Merzouga. 

I can say, he is not only a very good driver and knowledgable guide, he is now a friend too. He took me where I needed to go and then some. He has friends all over and made my experience a wonderful one. He knew exactly what I wanted to see and photograph and never failed to show me a beautiful location, a good spot for picking up gifts or where to get free wifi.

He also advised on the right amount to tip people too so I was fair and not ripped off, and spoke in Arabic or Berber where I needed help.

My Sahara Experience was a magical one and I cannot recommend this company enough. The car was a Toyota Landcruiser that was very comfortable and spacious. It was also super fun in the sand dunes.

I look forward to having a mint tea with Khalid again and having another Sahara Experience.
#high-end #luxurytravel #driverandguide

24. Fes, Morocco

$26.57 p/d

 Dar el MahkzenFès, MoroccoThey say doors will be opened for those who are bold enough to knock. It didn’t work for me this time, but I’ll keep on trying. 😉

25. Jakarta, Indonesia

$26.66 p/d


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