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14 Budget-Friendly International Destinations to Explore This Monsoon!

10 Budget-Friendly International Destinations to Explore This Summer holidayiq.com

With more cheap flights available than before, you can fly off to exotic destinations and still manage to stick to your budget. Whether you’re planning a monsoon escape or a short break for a long weekend, here are 10 destinations you should consider.

1. Indonesia: A potpourri of cultures, landscapes, and experiences

Indonesia: A potpourri of cultures, landscapes, and experiences
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Explore the volcanoes of Ijah and watch the blue volcanic flames of Kawah Ijen volcano. Spend some midst the Tegalalang rice terrace in Ubud or dive underwater and explore famous Liberty shipwreck near the Tulamben rocky beach.

"We were really thrilled to see what Bali had to offer! It's a small island with a fusion of culture, adventure and what not. We wouldn't get tired of exploring it. The people in Indonesia are really kind and polite. They make you feel at home. They will go out of their way to help you. It's a part of their culture." shares HolidayIQ reviewer Lisha Pinto.

2. Maldives: The land of pristine beaches

Maldives: The land of pristine beaches
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Known for its turquoise blue waters, world class scuba diving scene, a trip to Maldives is incomplete without exploring the underwater world. Scuba dive in Gaafu, island hop or go dolphin spotting at the Muli Channel.

“The moment you land on the Male Airport, you realize what good choice you have made. There is no dust in the air, sand is so clean and white that you start feeling as if you have landed in heaven. Just go and see for yourself and let your jaw drop.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Sushain Trehan.

3. Thailand: A tropical getaway with sandy beaches and ornate Buddhist temples

Thailand: A tropical getaway with sandy beaches and ornate Buddhist temples
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Don’t miss the Emerald Buddha and nearby Wat Pho, walk around the ruins of Ayutthaya historical park or experience the flurry of sensations at the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Relax by the calm sea, try kayaking or snorkel at Koh Phi Phi Lee and Ko Phi Phi Don island.

“Thailand is a great destination which has something for everyone. Whether you want to relax on the beach, shop till you drop, have a peek at the nightlife or dive with the fishes, you will find it here. A tip: try and avoid places like Bangkok and Phuket as the real fun is on the backpacking circuit in islands and coast.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Sonal.

4. Vietnam: Beautiful countryside, delicious food and a fascinating culture

Vietnam: Beautiful countryside, delicious food and a fascinating culture
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Hire a bicycle and set out early to explore the karst limestone scenery in Ninh Binh countryside. Dive off the pontoon, dine and sleep under the stars at the Hon Gom sandbar, or watch the convergence of lush Annamite mountains and the Indian ocean at Dai Lanh beach.

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5. Philippines: Stunning natural landscapes and imposing colonial architecture

Philippines: Stunning natural landscapes and imposing colonial architecture
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Learn more about World War 2 in Corregidor, marvel at the limestone formations that dot the landscape of Bohol island or brave the great white rapids in Cagayan de Oro. For the offbeat traveller, spend a day in Vigan gazing at the lovely colonial architecture or marvel at the hanging coffins of Sagada.

6. Mauritius: The land of sun-kissed beaches

Mauritius: The land of sun-kissed beaches
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Spend a day out in the sun on ile aux Cerfs, watch the seven colors of earth at the Chamarel Waterfalls or take a dip in the turquoise sea. Explore the nightlife in Grand Bay area or shop till you can in markets of Port Louis and Quatre Borne.

“The moment you land in Mauritius, you start getting a positive vibe seeing the beautiful location of the airport. You can feel that you are going to have and excellent scenic beauty. The drive to the city is through lush green farms. The people are very warm and welcome you with an open heart. The sea is crystal blue and you can see deep inside. One must visit this country if they get a chance.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Mukesh Singh.

7. Hong Kong: A land of contrasts

Hong Kong: A land of contrasts
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Visit the Tian Tan Buddha (big Buddha), try the cable car ride at Lantau island and say hello to Iron Man at Disneyland. Spend some time at the Man Mo temple and ride the last authentic Chinese sailing junk - DukLing.

“Hong Kong is an exceptionally spectacular and fascinating city with a colourful history behind its towering skyline. HK has always much to offer to a traveler towards multidimensional experiences.” shares HolidayIQ Partha Majumder.

8. Bhutan: The land of Thunder Dragon

Bhutan: The land of Thunder Dragon
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Hiking to Tiger's nest and enjoy the panoramic view of the valley, try river rafting in Punakha. Take your taste for a spin with Bhutanese cuisines. Do not forget to visit monasteries like Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Punakha Dzong, Trongsa monastery.

“Bhutan is not a destination, it is an experience, a happiness that stays with you long after you have visited the place like the faint smell of Jasmine lingering in the air in the evenings! Bhutan is famous for its Tiger nest monastery in Paro. Only a few parts of the country are open to tourists. Paro, Punakha, Thimphu are the major tourist cities.  shares HolidayIQ reviewer Nivi Selvaraj.

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9. Cambodia: The realm of the Gods

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Cambodia is a country where one can get a glimpse of the realm of god at Angkor Wat or hell at Tuol Sleng prison. Explore the chaotic yet charming city of Phnom Penh and spend time lazing on the beaches of Sihanoukville. Marvel at the remnants of colonial architecture at Battambang and Kampot.

“One of the best locations I have ever visited in my overall travel of over 20 countries. The temples in Siem Reap are just wonderful and so are the hotels and people. My family and I would love to visit the country again to explore the other areas.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Deelip Prabhudesai.

10. Australia: The land down under

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Travel through the rolling green hills of Tasmania, take a swim at one of the sparkling beaches near Bondi and Mandalay. Head out in a 4 wheel drive to enjoy the stark red outback that is the Northern Territory or relax in the presence of limestone stack formations in Victoria.

“The best place with an amazing climate, feel good people and also mouth watering food, looking forward to an amazing experience then Australia would be the place. Even the wildlife and the places are beautiful. The beaches in Australia are good too.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Kiran Reddy.

11. Bali: A life changing adventure

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Lapped in the warm waters of Indian ocean, Bali is one of the 17,500 islands in the Indonesian archipelago. Being a part of the Coral Triangle, Bali has the highest diversity of marine life. Bali is known for surfing, ancient temples and palaces, but also has active volcanoes and wild jungles.

HolidayIQ traveller Sheena shares, “Bali is just stunning- a beautiful expanse of mystical forest areas, rice fields & naturally maintained country roads. Our holiday was made memorable by its picturesque sense, the warm Balinese people, the scrumptious food spread, fun nightlife with really good music.

12. Dubai: Shop till you drop

Dubai: Shop till you drop
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Glitzy Dubai is the United Arab Emirates' holiday hotspot. This city of skyscrapers and shopping malls has altered itself from a desert settlement to a destination. If you are a gold lover, go to the biggest gold market in the world, Gold Souk near Dubai Creek. If you prefer malls and variant shopping, Dubai Mall is your go-to place. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Anil Gupta says, “The Dubai Mall is the biggest mall and a lot of activities are available here. You can visit the aquarium, snow world, underwater zoo, waterfalls, shopping and restaurants for delicious food. Metro and bus services are easily available."

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13. Singapore: Something for everyone

Singapore: Something for everyone
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Singapore leaves many a visitors wide-eyed at its sheer beauty and impossibly colour-coordinated skyline. Buddhist culture, exotic museums and world-class shopping, transfixes the beholder. You will never get bored here.

HolidayIQ reviewer P Muralidhar Rao says, “The place is full of high-rise buildings. There is a place called little India, a huge marketplace, where you will find all Indian shops. Mustafa is another shopping complex where you will get all Indian goods. You get all varieties of food in Singapore.

14. Malaysia: The perfect blend for an exciting holiday

Malaysia: The perfect blend for an exciting holiday
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Malaysia is a mosaic of cultures and flavors, blending the best of China, India and Southeast Asia with elements of the colonial legacy. Sample tasty cuisines, go explore the rainforest or just relax by the beach.

HolidayIQ reviewer Shaheed says, "Batu caves and Hindu temple were really amazing and had beautiful scenarios. I was busy enjoying the surroundings and the advanced life of Malaysian country. I request all travellers to visit this place at least once and enjoy a lot."

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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