13 Hot Budget Destinations to Escape the Winter

4. Can Tho (Mekong Delta) – Vietnam

If you’re going to travel around Vietnam, you should make an effort to explore the Mekong Delta with its many floating markets, small villages, and warm population. The dry season runs from November to April and you can expect temperatures ranging between 77 and 95 degrees.

Can Tho is the largest city in the region where you can find many pagodas, temples, and busy streets bustling with life. When visiting the delta, you’ll see local businesses such as snake farms (selling snake skin) and homemade rice noodle factories.

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3. Rurrenabaque – Bolivia

Instead of going to the high altitudes of the Altiplano, where travelers can visit Salar de Uyuni, why not go to the small town of Rurrenabaque and experience the Bolivian Amazon Basin? If you’re on a budget, it’s probably the cheapest way to see the rainforest.

Travelers can choose to go on tours to the Pampas, which are the wetlands surrounding the dense jungle and considered the best way to spot wildlife. However, it’s also possible to go deep into the forest and have a true Indiana Jones adventure.

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2. El Nido – Philippines

Nothing screams “hot budget destination” more than the hundreds of islands that comprise the Philippines. If you are looking for an untouched paradise at an affordable price, then there’s no better place. Although the region has become more touristic in the last few years, it’s still possible to find pristine beaches.

El Nido consists of 45 islands and islets and is located in the north of Palawan. Unlike Boracay, which is extremely crowded, you can still find quiet beaches in El Nido. Go kayaking to explore the many beautiful coves dotted around the coast.

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