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Cambodia

ANGKOR WAT ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK, COMBODIA.


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With beds for £2.50 and lip-smacking food for less than that, Cambodia is such a cheap place to go on holiday that 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. Check out the Siddharta Boutique Hotel hotel - their richly decorated interiors, in-room iPod docks and dreamy outdoor pool for as low as £50 a night (double room) is about as far from a grimy hostel as it's possible to get. It's also ten minutes down the road from the world famous Angkor Wat Archaeological Park. You can't leave Cambodia without visiting this iconic ancient site, preferably at dawn to watch the sun rise behind Angkor Wat temple itself, a spectacular experience. Although ticket prices are rising from February 2017, entry to this vast UNESCO World Heritage Site and official Wonder of the World will cost just £28 for a full day. It's worth paying the £48 for three days - there are just too many temples to squeeze into one day, and once the midday sun hits you'll want to take shade, or find some seriously strong air-conditioning.

Vietnam

Rice Terraces, Vietnam.



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Unspoiled and undeveloped, despite its rise in popularity in the last few years, Vietnam is still a super cheap travel destination, as well as a beautiful country of lush mountain scapes and sweeping white sands. You can easily get by on £10 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. Hanoi, the former headquarters of French Indochina and then the administrative centre of communist North Vietnam, was declared the country's official captial in 1976 after reunification of this deeply divided nation began. It retains much of it's French flavour; you'll find some great patisseries producing croissants that rival Paris's finest right next door to an authentic pho noodle soup shack. Hanoi's Old Quarter, around Hoan Kiem Lake, is the best place to soak up some of the city's post-colonial charm. It's also a rare oasis of calm in this otherwise chaotic city, where locals go every morning at sunrise to practice tai chi. Experience Vietnamese rural life in and around the mountain resort of Da Lat in the central highlands. The city is somewhat overrun with tourists (it's the main departure point for a lot of 'Easy Rider'motorcycle tours) but the flower farms, local tofu factories, cashew nut plantations, and of course the iconic rice terraces are worth stopping by to take a look. Stop over in one of the eccentric fairytale rooms of the Crazy House, a personal project of architect Đặng Việt Nga as well as a hotel, before speeding on along the coast southwards to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon.

Bolivia

Salt Flats, Bolivia



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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). Wander along Calle Jaén, in Bolivia's administrative capital, La Paz, for a slice of South American life under Spanish control - the street is home to some of the city's best preserved colonial buildings, whitewashed façades and ornate black-grilled balconettes. It's also where you'll find a cluster of museums, including the former home of Pedro Domingo Murillo, who lead forces during the La Paz Revolution of 1809. See them all for the grand total of 50p (B$4) and pick up your bumper bargain ticket from the Museo Costumbrista, which houses a ceramic depicting the hanging of the aforementioned revolutionary. As if that weren’t enough, Bolivia is one of the cheapest countries to visit for food and drink in all of South America. For example, a bottle of Paceña beer generally costs less than £1.50 and a bowl of chairo (potato soup) about the same. Pack plenty of layers for when the sun goes down; although Bolivia generally endures hot and humid tropical summers, La Paz is surrounded by the Altipano mountains and so stays cool all year round. Looking to turn up the heat? Head to Oruro, a city in the heart of the Altiplano famous for its Carnival, held each year in February or March to honour the Virgin of Candelaria. Three hours by bus from La Paz and you could be taking part in this UNESCO protected presentation of indigenous and religious Bolivian culture, with more than 48 folk dance performances and a traditional parade.

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