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  1. Guest Jul 7, 2009 9:49 PM

    agreed.

  2. Don't Consult Me Jul 8, 2009 12:12 AM

    Ooh, I want to go to Thailand. Granted, part of it are the asian. It would be wonderful living near the coast. Imagine that, living comfortably without being rich. Although, Costa Rica isn't that bad but may need to brush up my Spanish porque no lo entiendo mucho

  3. Guest Jul 8, 2009 2:31 AM

    India definitely needs to be mentioned, the state of goa, where beer costs Rs 20. thts abt $0.50. has to make it on this list... ask any of the expats who have been livin there for years and years....

  4. Guest Jul 8, 2009 7:09 AM

    http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/Cheapest-Places-Live-World-50-t277761.html

  5. Guest Jul 8, 2009 8:53 AM

    Monthly expenses also depends on how much you pay for your prostitute. You can't keep living in Thailand forever cos you will get bored with 4 feet girls.

  6. Guest Jul 8, 2009 9:04 AM

    Hi, my name is Jim. I live and work in southern Thailand and have been here for 5 years now. I welcome any questions about life here. http://jimsjournal.blogspot.com

  7. Guest Jul 8, 2009 2:14 PM

    Someone mentioned Romania. I live there and can't manage it on less than $500 per month. But plenty of Romanians do. That's about the average salary here, and all my Romanian friends earn much, much less. But I would imagine that it depends on whether you're truly prepared to live like a local or not. In Romania, if you don't mind sharing a 2-room apartment (one bedroom, one living room) with up to three other people, then less than $500 a month living cost is no problem!

  8. Guest Jul 8, 2009 6:30 PM

    for those of you sitting on a fortune, please standup.

  9. Guest Jul 8, 2009 11:44 PM

    I lived very well in Honduras for $300 per month. This included 2 rooms with private bath, two prepared meals per day and cleaning and laundry service. That was in 1997.

  10. Guest Jul 9, 2009 3:10 AM

    Although it was 10 years ago, I lived in Brazil in a small flat for about $350 per month. That included my meals and transport.

  11. Guest Jul 9, 2009 3:34 AM

    Geez! So many cynics... (To the OP) Next time, do your research and post pictures of yourself in each location... I am an American living in Bangkok. I live well on 2 grand a month. But you can easily live on $1,000.00 dollars/month. $500.00 or less is possible but less than ideal. The choice is yours really....
    Happy Trails...

  12. Guest Jul 9, 2009 3:35 AM

    Geez! So many cynics... (To the OP) Next time, do your research and post pictures of yourself in each location... I am an American living in Bangkok. I live well on 2 grand a month. But you can easily live on $1,000.00 dollars/month. $500.00 or less is possible but less than ideal. The choice is yours really....
    Happy Trails...

  13. Guest Jul 9, 2009 6:08 AM

    The best part of this is the feedback! Excellent real-life advice from people who really have been there. Thanks guys. Oh! You can forget South Africa @ $500 a month ..... you are going to need at least 4 x that. Feel free to mail me (a local) if you want any information. tantrawiz@yahoo.com

  14. Guest Jul 9, 2009 9:07 AM

    Scariest part about this article is that someone might actually read this and believe it to be accurate. You think that Philippines beach is public? Even if it is public, you think it's typical? This article says more about the author than it does about the destinations.

  15. Guest Jul 9, 2009 10:08 AM

    Beautiful photographs and so many cynical, yet probably accurate comments. Some of the comment writers need to realize that visiting a place on vacation is not the same as living there. Until you've rented and furnished an actual apartment, bought groceries, called a plumber, filled a prescription, and done the myriad other quotidian humdrum things that go along with 'existing' in the modern world, you really don't know anything about a place.

    I cannot speak about Asia since I've never lived there, but I know from experience that you can live cheaply and well in places like Tunisia, Morocco, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Poland.

    There is also more to live than merely existing - I am sure I could eke out an existence underneath a highway overpass in NYC for less than $500 per month. However, I like to be a participant in my local culture whatever form it may take -- opera, theater, football (soccer), literature, cuisine, politics, charities, etc.

    I have worked extremely hard my entire life and can easily afford to sit mindlessly on a tropical beach somewhere and have scantily-clad natives bring me drinks. However, that type of sybaritic existence is repugnant to me. I want to LIVE not merely exist.

  16. Guest Jul 9, 2009 12:40 PM

    I lived in a studio with a nice kitchenette in midtown Sacramento, CA during 1999-2000 for $375 a month and paid all my expenses with an easy part time job. I rode my bike everywhere, didn't own a car, had access to bars, classes, libraries, and the Bay Area was only a bus or train ride away. I don't know why people think they need to fly to Australia or Croatia to live simply. You should have a better reason for going abroad than just being a cheapskate and not working.

  17. Guest Jul 9, 2009 2:20 PM

    In response to your curiosity, let me advance the theory that some of us want to experience different cultures, languages, traditions. It is interesting to see how other people live and share in that. Before I was 30 years old I spoke at least 5 languages and was only hungry for more.

    Nowadays, as a grown up man taking his grown-up place in the world, I need a bit more than just a studio apartment but it was absolutely all that I needed in my 20s and 30s.

    One important aspect you raised which was not addressed in the article was the fact that Americans cannot work overseas - most countries have EXTREMELY strict work permitting policies. Unlike the States, where I routinely hire armies of H1B visa-carrying Indians, Russians, Chinese, etc The rest of the world is essentially a closed labor market, with a few exceptions made for those in Academia.

  18. Guest Jul 9, 2009 4:40 PM

    I've lived in Belize the last 11 years, own my house and truck and easily get buy on $500. a month.
    BELIZE CITY is dangerous, rest of country only minor crime.
    My house in Maya Beach is for sale $299,000. for info and pics e-mail divingpelican@gmail.com

  19. Guest Jul 9, 2009 8:16 PM

    I visit the Caribbean island of Dominican Republic where the weather is tropical and the resort was luxurious at charlisangels adult vacations. Visit them at www.charlisangels.com for information regarding the resort.

  20. Guest Jul 10, 2009 2:58 AM

    Philippines it is! Friendly People, safer than any city in the USA if you stay away from Manila, plenty of beaches. I spend 200 bucks for two bedrooms on the beach. If you eat out, its about three hundred bucks a month. Utilities and beer are extra. I would say 800 bucks would get you by pretty well if you shopped for your own food and did not own a car.

  21. Guest Jul 10, 2009 12:00 PM

    Philippines is a great country if you like to get laid by 18yr old bargirls for 1000 pesos/night. There is a large expat community in Angeles City where the US air base used to be.

    Average monthy rent for a 2/3 bedroom house is about 15,000 pesos. Most of the expats are alcoholic, fat and full of shit.

  22. Guest Jul 10, 2009 1:50 PM

    Come to India. If you want, you can live with all that is must under $200 and even $50 at some places. All you have to do is search for such a place and you will find many.

  23. Guest Jul 11, 2009 4:50 AM

    oh yeah! i forgot about all those cute 18 year old bar gals. they are gorgeous and legal! no problem with morality, unless you are one of those fat born again farts. make luv not war! And its a great deal for both partners....t about all those cute 18 year old bar gals. they are gorgeous and legal! no problem with morality, unless you are one of those fat born again farts. make luv not war

  24. Guest Jul 11, 2009 5:58 AM

    I am working hard at trying to live in 'costa rica on my $700 a month social security check... tough to do..i share a house with a gringo who smokes so i'd rather not but still looking to find right mix..

  25. Guest Jul 11, 2009 8:03 AM

    Ha! Actually one can live and travel for nothing ( my brother did & just google travel the world for free), but it also depends on how comfortable and safe you want to be.

    You don't even mention the unbearable heat and mugginess & rainy season in that part of the world or the poverty or political unrest.

    We live on less in rural Spain in the winter than friends did in Thailand. It seems the real monthly rental for a decent place ( even according to several in the comments) is more like 700/750 a month for a 1 or 2 bedroom.

    One can find that easily in rural Europe or USA with a lot more luxury! LOL!

    We've stayed the last 3 winters in a gorgeous 15th century village in Spain. Can walk or take mass transit anywhere. We pay $650./month for a brand new, sea view, 3 bedroom, 2 bath with washing machine, dishwasher, nicely furnished, huge terraces, pool, high speed cable internet etc etc village house. We are 5 minutes away from one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe and 1 hour from Granada.

    You do not have to be in the far east to live cheap!

  26. Guest Jul 11, 2009 10:58 AM

    First time here, great site with contributions from everyone and a India Tourism Officer. LOL

  27. Guest Jul 11, 2009 1:45 PM

    we can live in any country with U$500 but if it wil be a decent life is another story. I cannot believe a person can live well with that amount of money.

  28. Guest Jul 11, 2009 6:03 PM

    MEXICO TIENE HOSPEDAJE DESDE 90 AL MES Y COMIDAS DESDE 1.80 EN EL CENTRO DE LA CAPITAL Y EN EL INTERIOR DE LA REPUBLICA CLARO QUE ESTAMOS HABLANDO DE DOLARES PUEDEN IR Y VERIFICAR!!!!!

  29. Guest Jul 11, 2009 10:25 PM

    I see that a LOT of people are arguing with the prices that are listed in this article, WITHOUT realizing that the article does NOT say how much LUXURY is available... it just simply points out that the prices for accomadations EXIST...

    Also, the point must be made that the prices are listed for SMALLER CITIES, and NOT the main cities that most people visit, or research on the web...

    Peace...

  30. Guest Jul 12, 2009 12:51 AM

    The majority of the people posted here are complete idiots... i guess it's an accurate representation of society as a whole. Fact of the matter is, and while i haven't been to some of them, it's very doable to live on $500 a month in the countries listed. Just because you spent $2000 a month in said countries doesn't mean that you've got anything relevant to say or that you're an expert in any sense of the word.

    Try to understand that some people are happy to sleep in a bamboo shack and share bathroom facilities... and no it doesn't mean you're going to get sick. If you want a clean room with heating/cooling then pay more and leave the cheap living discussion to the people who don't need to be treated like a princess.

  31. Guest Jul 12, 2009 8:34 AM

    "If you want a clean room with heating/cooling"...that's funny. A living environment that is clean is being treated like a princess? That's a luxury to you?

    Many of the people commenting here have actually lived in these countries. The author has obviously not.

    I could live in Manhattan on less than $500/month, if I don't mind sleeping on the sidewalk and getting meals from a restaurant dumpster. I really don't think that's the kind of lifestyle most people are looking for.

  32. avatar pulga Jul 12, 2009 11:41 AM

    the four feet girls in Thailand are called ewes i the US

  33. avatar narrag2003 Jul 12, 2009 11:47 AM

    Vizag in east coast of India is the best place for retirees. One can rent a 2 bed room apartment close to beach for $150-00. In $350-00 you will get beer/beach/greenary/excellent transport and other facilities.
    Crime is minimal and people are very friendly.Most people understand and speak english.You can learn local language Telugu in a month.
    You are not permitted to walk nacked.You are expected to respect local culture.
    After living in west for more than three decades I feel like I want to go there and retire for rest of my life.

  34. Guest Jul 13, 2009 4:48 AM

    In Malaysia, for about USD150, you could get an entire house for rent... 3bedrooms, kitchen...the works, no more than 15 minutes from the nearest town.

  35. Guest Jul 13, 2009 1:08 PM

    "In response to your curiosity..." Were you talking to me, of the Sacramento comment? But I'm not at all curious about you, nor do I care about your reason for doing whatever it is you did.

  36. Mike Jul 13, 2009 4:54 PM

    Costa Rica and Belize are the most expensive countries in Latin America and on par with Brazil. You didn't mention a single African nation--by far some of the cheapest in the world. You also didn't mention India. This list is ridiculous.

  37. Guest Jul 14, 2009 7:38 AM

    cool!!!

  38. Guest Jul 14, 2009 7:49 AM

    This lists fails to mention the great deals on offer in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It's a buyer's market.

  39. Guest Jul 14, 2009 9:29 AM

    so... these places are probably the most dangerous to live in; i'm assuming. i only have experience of the philippines, but i think it can apply to all.

  40. Guest Jul 14, 2009 9:53 AM

    I live in chiang Mai and wonder where the cheap place you mention is. It costs more than the rates you quote--assuming you want to have a shower, wear clean clothes etc. You will want to eat some western food too.

  41. Guest Jul 14, 2009 12:21 PM

    north and northeast states in brazil are cheap also

  42. Guest Jul 15, 2009 1:49 AM

    I lived in Cuba for 3 years and did just fine. I smuggled in VCRs and Satellite receivers and made a killing. $50K every 6-8 weeks. Had to pay off the customs guys but it can be done... and the girls with their boyfriends.... I mean their cousins, well that's what they tell the foreigner.

  43. Guest Jul 15, 2009 1:51 AM

    I thinking Ecuador, great climate year round and can live there for about $800 a month.

  44. Guest Jul 15, 2009 4:33 AM

    admit it, you've never been to any of these places have you. For $500 a month you will have to live like an absolute loser

  45. Guest Jul 15, 2009 8:53 AM

    i live off E750 a month in Netherlands. 250 for 3 room apartment. 250 basic foods. 250 clothing, transport, drinks, etc.

  46. Guest Jul 15, 2009 5:54 PM

    Let me guess, your the white guy that scammed me for about $20 in baht. Let my guard down on a British guy in Pattaya, where i was always on guard on the locals.

    Only way you live at $500 is in squalor and/or have found a unique way to make extra income like that drunk/alcoholic with the 'passport got stolen scam'.

    Now you could make it on $500 in the bare minimum of western standards, as in rare treat, but then whats the point of living if your stuck in a nipa hut with no aircon, and at best a few ice cooled beer on those few treat days you can afford.

  47. Guest Jul 15, 2009 6:12 PM

    To 99% of the comments above: It's easier to put someone down than to up your own game and take a risk/adventure, isn't it?

  48. Guest Jul 16, 2009 3:00 AM

    Living in San Jose, Costa Rica for $500 is impossible unless shacking up with three or four people. Outside of there near where I live is Dominical, Costa Rica on the Pacific coast, it's more likely. But like the article says, the further from SJ the better your chances.

    I also have a blog on Costa Rica here: http://www.sellingcr.com/crblog

  49. Guest Jul 16, 2009 6:37 AM

    I also stayed in Philippines. It is really cheap & best place to live. But will not find the cheaper flights there. Before you start planning compare the flight & hotel deals at various travel compare engines like hotwire.com, Tripmama.com, orbitz.com etc.

  50. Guest Jul 16, 2009 7:55 AM

    what you wrote is utter nonsense. You obviously haven't lived in Costa Rica or Belize. LOL!

  51. Guest Jul 16, 2009 9:36 AM

    I live very happily in Bangkok on $500. I just watch my money.

    - I live in a nice foreigner apartment on Sukhumvit with a gym, a pool, wi-fi, and security ($300/month).

    - Eat inexpensive and healthy street food.

    - Buy cheap beer from local shops or 7-11.

    - No prostitutes or other stupid things most ex-pats waste all their money.

    So I have no idea what the people above are saying that this is impossible. Because I'm doing now, as we speak!

  52. Guest Jul 18, 2009 2:23 AM

    i really don't give a rat's behind about what some people call living on five hundred a month. after being in more than a few locations..including philippines, thailand, korea and japan....i just know you are going to need at least 20 bucks a day to go out of your house and do something. Thats 600 bucks a month. Add that to the five hundred cuz ur gonna be buying stuff for yourself and your gal. Also you need maintenance money for clothes, electronic upgrades, vehicles. etc. So, if you like cheap places like cambodia, thailand, philippines and india..and u want to have true independance...figure about 1100 bucks a month...seriously. final answer.

  53. Guest Jul 20, 2009 9:35 AM

    Just want to say... it seems people are criticizing the article's accuracy. I'd say live in Albania. The capital city is getting expensive, but it's only 30 minutes from the beach, with cheap health care (I went to get a basic check up from a doctor and paid $5. He also checked my heart with some heart machine. Also got an x-ray for $40). The people LOVE Americans, and it's quite safe. If you got out of the capital, you can find great prices. You can border cross to Kosovo and Macedonia every three months, and you can stay pretty much indefinitely. Of course, official laws don't allow this, but no one actually follows laws in Albania... and that's not a joke. :P

    I think you could live by yourself, happy, on $500/mo. With a wife, you'd need around $800. add another $200/kid, but it's nice living with that much.

  54. Conan the Barbarian Jul 20, 2009 5:34 PM

    It's no the critic who counts, nor the man who points out where the strong man stumbles or the the doeer of deeds could have done them better - THE CREDIT BELONGS TO THE MAN IN THE ARENA, WHO KNOWS THE BLOOD AND SWEAT AND DUST

    I went from being a rich driven bastard thinking you can't live on less than a $150k a year to shacking up with locals in mudhuts in cameroon herding cattle for my lodging and food for over a year - it beats the hell out of investment banking

    on my way to borneo now. It can't be done, it should be done says the old people who never had the balls

    I salute those who have the guts to dream and the balls to act

    SO THAT OUR PLACE WILL NEVER BE AMONG THOSE COLD AND TIMID SOULS WHO HAVE NEVER KNOWN VICTORY NOR DEFEAT

  55. Guest Jul 21, 2009 10:56 PM

    Well, in Vietnam the standard of living is lower
    then Thailand but the cost of living is higher , & must costlier .
    For less than $500US even the local people are having a hard time to get by , ( in the smaller cities ) in Hanoi or Saigon ... LOL
    this guy ( the author ) is a joke and a half .

  56. Guest Jul 23, 2009 1:44 AM

    its a fact that Philippines is one of the cheapest place to live in the world. But aside from its cheapness, Philippines is the most beautiful Place to live on earth.It has the cities that are safe, cheap clean and beautiful. Philippines has many entries in the SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD.

  57. Guest Jul 23, 2009 9:22 PM

    The fact you can live in less than $500 a month in Laos.
    Cost of living in Laos

  58. InSin Jul 23, 2009 10:38 PM

    I wonder how many shots you would have to take (vaccine and booze) in order to actually sleep in the places within your stated budgets. Feed the roaches to the rats and bring on malaria.

    I would join in with the bashing of this article but I just can't expect that much from a blogger.

  59. Marcos Jul 25, 2009 4:51 PM

    Chang Mai is definitely the destination for the junky trying to stretch his dope dollar.

  60. cheapest places Jul 29, 2009 2:54 AM

    Thailand is one of the cheapest place to live and a wonderful vacation destination. Wildlife, beaches, delicious cuisine all make for a great trip.nice list!
    www.thetravelerszone.com

  61. MAYS Jul 29, 2009 12:32 PM

    You could be in living in the silicon valley of India, Bangalore for $500 a month. Here's the break up
    $150 - $200/- a independent 2 bedroom house, living, dining, kitchen, with 2 bathrooms attached or a 1 bedroom flat will cost you

    $40 services of a maid for a month to do the dishes, clothes and clean the house.
    $50 you can eat out 3-4 times a month (i.e, @ Rs. 500 per meal for 2.) or go to the movies
    $20 Electricity
    $5 cable connection
    $20 Telephone & Internet services
    $18 Milk & Newspaper daily delivered at your door
    $100 for all your groceries for 2
    --------
    $453
    you still left with $ 47 for the rainy day
    end of the day its how much you want to stretch your dollar.

  62. Ganesh Aug 1, 2009 4:44 AM

    in my eye there are 2 cheap country to live. for food indai is cheapest palace because if you have 1$ you can eat as much as you want and nepal is cheapest palace to stay. in nepal you can get room in 150$ per month in small guest house. also you can get food in 6$ ( breakfast,lunch, and dinner) so if you have 330 $ then its enough for one month for food and sleep

    http://www.nepalpackagetour.com

  63. Matt Aug 1, 2009 2:53 PM

    Any ideas where aside from all the talk where the cheapest place to live in the world is? Please help.

  64. Adrian Aug 2, 2009 4:02 AM

    Indonesia? Does anyone have any comments on teh cost of living in Indonesia?

  65. DAL Aug 2, 2009 10:50 AM

    I live in a small Mexican fishing town, on the Pacific Ocean on $500.00/month....It's a paradise.

    You do have to search for your price range. I have AC, cable TV, 3 rooms, with a kitchen that has s stove, fridge and all the cooking utensils. Warm showers are wonderful at times.

  66. augustine Aug 3, 2009 4:54 PM

    As someone had already mentioned in the thread, Vizag on the east coast of India is an ideal place for a person who is sick of living amongst the crowds. You can enjoy the benefits of a city life while not being left out of nature.
    People are great and very friendly. English is common. Everybody minds their own business and the city is pretty safe even if you don't adhere to the strictest standards of law.

    With $500 a month, you can have a decent living while enjoying the lifestyle you get in the west if your montly income was over $5000.. Travel to the place... google the pics of Vizag or find it in wikipedia. No traveler leaves this place dis-appointed. I wasn't.

  67. Dave Aug 4, 2009 3:17 PM

    Actually in Provinces of Philippines you can live for 400 a month
    Yes it depends the quality you wish.
    200 for rent for a nice apartment (Province)
    imagine this way I was there in 2008
    Went to Mindanao (Not Truly Safe for Americans where I Went)
    Cheap hotel Clean Great Service 400p a day
    food 100p-300p a day Depending how you eat.
    Houses I Visited Ranged from 1kp to 15kp
    Electric about 500p-1000p
    internet 995p
    you do the math.. 48p avg per 1 USD
    Depends the province you goto.
    Manila yes WIll Be very expensive.
    Even Some Squatter area's look nicer then some hotel Rooms.

  68. dav in decatur Aug 5, 2009 11:00 PM

    I lived (for 2 years) on less than $500/month in Mainz, Germany. My room in a Wohngemeinschaft right in the Innenstadt cost $140/month (now it's about twice that, but still doable).

  69. dav in decatur Aug 5, 2009 11:01 PM

    I have also lived for years on less than $500/month in San Diego CA, Cupertino CA, Long Beach CA, Phoenix AZ, Atlanta GA, and am pretty sure I could do it in ANY city. You just need to make lots of friends very fast. Take one of those courses where you learn how to connect with people, practice that, and the world belongs to you...

  70. Andy Aug 6, 2009 9:32 AM

    I lived in Thailand for 2 years. Don't be fooled by the smiles. The place is hell on Earth.

  71. Jeffrey Aug 7, 2009 1:15 PM

    I am costarican, live in a rural beach town with no services but electricity, pay no rent and cannot live with $500 a month.

  72. klaus Aug 8, 2009 9:56 AM

    i live in timisoara-romania and life is nice for 500!

  73. Rodrigo reveneo Aug 8, 2009 4:18 PM

    I agree with the Author and have also visited a lot of the Countries mentioned. Of course someone could live on USD500 per month when the majority of locals live on less than USD2 per day. However comfort and more importantly security will be sacrificed to live on this. For example in the Phillipines a one bedroom chalet in Manilla with electricity in a rough area may cost USD50 per month. Where as a one bedroom apartment in Makata a safer upmarket area with 24 hour security (necessary for a foreigners peace of mind) would cost anything between USD450/700. My point is that Westerners can never live by local standards. Higher prices are charged to Westerners and more attention is payed to Westerners by undesirable charachters, I am sure this is different however off the beaten track (away from major cities and tourist areas). Knowledge of the local language can help to buy food cheaper.

  74. Guest Aug 9, 2009 3:12 PM

    Belize is VERY dangerous. My friend got pulled over there and the policemen stole their money and passports. NOT a safe place to live.

  75. Spike Aug 9, 2009 4:06 PM

    Cost is directly related to comfort and security. I only need very little comfort to live and be satisfied, but my wife requires much more. I just returned from Central America, and found Costa Rica way too costly. Colombia, Panama, Guatemala, Nicarauga and the southern part of Mexico are great for the price and weather. I found the places safe and the weather great. The Phillipines (Cebu) and other South East Asia countries have beautiful women but these places are my last choice due to the weather (too humid) and insects. South America is my second choice. I am now learning to speak spanish, and found everyone in Central and South America so friendly and helpful. I bought a 4bd house in Guatemala and now looking to buy another house in Uruguary or Ecuador. If you have not visited Central and South America, then you are missing out on the best vacation value around. I plan on living Guatemala for six months and Ecuador for the other six months. But as one reader wrote, you can live on less in Ridgecrest, Delano, Hanford and other California cities as long as it is not near the coast.

  76. guest Aug 10, 2009 9:55 AM

    Hi everyone,im from Philippines .In my own opinion i think you can live with 500$ with the standard like the locals but if you come form western country i think this is not sufficient for having a descent life you used to be.

  77. Nancy Aug 10, 2009 11:48 PM

    Don't forget about Paraguay! Royhayhu Paraguay!

  78. Guest Aug 11, 2009 7:40 AM

    Hello, I have lived in most of the countries mentioned over a 25 year span. It is important to seperate the travelers from the tourists. It tkaes imagination and business savvy to live cheap no matter where you desire to live. I have friends that make Cambodia expensive ?? ?
    I have returned to Canada for a year of fresh air and arranged free accomadations by the ocean as the rich are afraid of loosing everything they have. I will be returning to Thailand where I have worked a deal for a new condo for $ 250 a month. If you have the will you will find the way!

  79. Canuck Aug 12, 2009 1:00 AM

    I think it's sad that people who choose to live in a country other than the states are considered "ex-pats" where you're from. How bout just a globetrekker, or.. hey.. human being.. belonging to the world...

  80. Daydreamer777 Aug 12, 2009 7:42 PM

    It varies with Thailand and Cambodia. Now a days prices have jumped up quiet a bit. I recently came back from Cambodia and eating on the streets cost at least 3-5 bucks a meal. You can in fact eat for 1$ but it won't get you much satisfaction. More so appetizers and the living expenses depends if you want air conditioner or a fan or even have them personally do your laundry for which costs additional.

  81. Cheap Bastard Aug 15, 2009 6:03 PM

    Zimbabwe, man. That's the place. Oh, yeah. $200 per capita annual income. You can live on very little there. The money you save would permit you to take frequent trips out of the country - and boy, would that be necessary. Of course, in general, the cheaper the place you find to live, the more you will need to spend on trips out of the country in order to maintain your sanity. Something to consider. :)

  82. thomaas Aug 16, 2009 9:43 PM

    this was very helpful. I plan on going to the phil. when i am off probation.

  83. mdm Aug 17, 2009 1:43 AM

    if you want to find the cheapest place to live , find the countries with the lowest income , and after that select what you want - healthcare, cheap food, cigarettes, andy beaches,safety and so on

  84. Globetrotter Aug 17, 2009 12:08 PM

    Hello Everyone.
    I Think in every country there are regions expensive and other regions unpopolated and cheap.
    I know the Philippines and if you go buy the meat in the mall it will cost you more than in US.
    But, if you stay in the province and you buy the meat in the street, plenty of flies, not refrigerated, you can pay cheap. The question is which is your life standard. According to a research, the more cheap country to live in Europe is Italy. Of Course not in Rome or in Venice. But if you go in the South Italy you can live with about 400 Bucks per month and you have FREE acces to Hospitals and FREE drugs when you are sick.
    So, Consider a Cheap European Country.

  85. guest Aug 17, 2009 5:36 PM

    Mexico - lived in one in 'town' (state of Hidalgo) that costs $150 usd/month for 3 bedrooms & bath (with hot & cold running water) - American style kitchen & living room & dining room. The washing machine set me back $100 - but it beats scrubbing jeans on the cement wash board. The other place is on top of a mountain in the Sierra Madres - purchased under agreement with a local - property taxes $40/year for about 200 totally useless acres. (well, not totally if you like pulque & goats & a daily diet of cactus - but poor producing garden - like Maine - gardening on a rock with 1/8'' top soil.). Electric bill is about $15/month - water delivery - $30/month. Gas nearly double US prices, but has stabilized in the past year. Phone calls home - $1/minute. Live-In maid - $120/month - she gets 4 days off/month - every other weekend. Food not an issue except jonesin' for Mt. Dew. Smokes $14/carton. Clinic visit $5 (used to be $3) - private physician $20/visit. Propane for cooking $30/month or free open fire cooking. $300/month for two of us is comfortable. $500 would be luxurious. I teach ESL in the winter (when living in town is warmer than the mountain top) - private students about $800/month total income. 4 months of teaching is more than enough to live on when I have to pay rent. On the mountain, always private students - and cheap (usually trade) - trying to give something back to the community. Not looking forward to the coming restrictions from the current administration regarding travel and funds. Also, unrest in northern states, am now flying back for visa rather than driving.

  86. paul Aug 22, 2009 10:43 AM

    these are mostly poor countries...

  87. Leila Aug 23, 2009 11:08 AM

    the cost of living for one month here in the Philippines is likely to be more than suggested.. Especially if you look distinctly like a tourist, (i.e. your have a fair complexion) and have not experienced life in third world country before. But for the seasoned savvy traveler this culture is one to have much fun with

  88. Guest Aug 23, 2009 1:51 PM

    I live in the Dominican Republic for about $2K per month, in Santo Domingo. I got sick and almost died down here a while back, ran up a rather large hospital bill. You should really examine healthcare in addition to price.
    The benefits of the DR are great. They don't care at all about immigration; it's the wild west. The downsides that no one mentions, how about no electricity 12 hours per day? I've lived in 6 countries in the past 5 years. If you're looking for price, try Colombia. I had a 10th floor penthouse in the Suba subdivision for $400 per month, 3 bedrooms, furnished, included everything - gas,electric,phone, DSL, Direct TV, water. A whole chicken with boiled potatoes is $3. You can survive and have food and smokes delivered for $500. WIth an extra $500 you can have some fun. Bogota is cold, and they do take immigration very seriously.

  89. Isabelle Aug 25, 2009 10:28 PM

    I live in Costa Rica, and I can tell u its very cheap to not only rent but buy a nice house. It's so preatty here , and everyday things are cheap compare to other countries I actually think Costa Rica should be the first one here on the list. People here are very friendly and nice. I have visited several of these other countries and I didn't find a nice desent place as cheap as they tell you here. I also have friends living in these countries and they have said there is no way you can find a nice place at tlhat price. So, go to Costa Rica you wouldn't regret it. Just make sure to go to the right places, because its not a perfect county. I honestly don't think there's one out there!

  90. disco Aug 26, 2009 1:03 AM

    Great site, I am currently in Asia (5 years now) and have to survive on 250 dollars a month for a family of three! It's possible everywhere - mind you I don't drink, and my wife hates shopping!

  91. Geof Aug 27, 2009 5:27 PM

    Enjoying this thread, just finished reading through it all.
    I spent most of last year living in Hua Hin, Thailand. I had a beach front 2 bed, 2 bath large condo with all western luxuries (cable,air con, large sea view balcony,full kitchen,plasma tv, large pool, gym, etc) inclusive of all bills + cleaner $600 per month. There is accommodation obviously a lot cheaper, eg 2bed thai style house 10mins drive out of town for only $300 per month. If all you need is a room in a guesthouse then $200 is possible. So its definitely possible to live on $500pm.
    Great people, superb long sandy beach and all your amenities in a more traditional Thai town. Not as crazy as Bangkok or Pattaya, Phuket is too expensive now. I would recommend Hua Hin, the king of Thailand spends most of his time there, he has a beach palace residence and lives there most of the year. Crime isn't a big problem, not like some other (touristy) places in Thailand or Philippines.
    I'm thinking of tring Vietnam/Cambodia soon any more info. would be apprieciated.

  92. go with the flow Aug 29, 2009 2:18 PM

    I have been living on about 100,000 USD a year for the last six years in UK and Singapore. Busy professional lifestyle, flew business class, stayed at five star hotels, and dropped US$200-300 per head for dinner.

    But before all that, I spent several years bumming and chilling out around the world. I lived very well for significantly less than US$500 a month in various countries in Asia, Africa and Southeast Asia.

    I would not say that my 100,000 a year life in Singapore/UKwas necessarily happier than my 6,000 a year life in

    There's been a bit of inflation since, but I've done my homework...I'd still manage nicely on $500.







    But before did, spent several years bumming around

  93. go with the flow Aug 29, 2009 2:23 PM

    I have been living on about 100,000 USD a year for the last six years in UK and Singapore. Busy professional lifestyle, flew business class, stayed at five star hotels, and dropped US$200-300 per head for dinner.

    But before all that, I spent several years bumming and chilling out around the world. I lived very well for significantly less than US$500 a month in various countries in Asia, Africa and Southeast Asia.

    I would not say that my 100,000 a year life in Singapore/UKwas necessarily happier than my 6,000 a year life in the developing countries.

    There's been a bit of inflation since, but I've done my homework...I'd still manage nicely on $6000 a year. 6,000 is still double to triple the average income in beautiful countries like Guatemala, Indonesia, Morocco, Philippines.

    Only those suffering from a poverty of imagination and adaptability cannot live for 6000 in those countries.

  94. Vieantiane Aug 29, 2009 10:24 PM

    Laos is worth considering. Cheaper than thailand to live by a rough figure of 25 to 35% however life is more simple, less luxury goods and amenities. Health care system is non existant (need to cross the border for that).

    If you like the simple life it is a great country. . . . Heaven on earth. . . . . .Incredible people.

    Visas are easy to renew indefinately using the bribe system!

  95. Obiwayn Sep 2, 2009 3:20 PM

    I have been to many of these places and you can live on much less then $500 a month in most of them, but it would not be a vaction. I live in Idaho (USA) now and can buy a draft beer for $0.75 each. In Belize it is never cheaper the $1.50 mostly $3.00. P.S. I lived for $10 to $15 a day in Guatamala for one year, that would be the best place to try and eak by.

  96. Dr. Anil Khari Sep 2, 2009 9:57 PM

    I had lived in over 30 countries across different continents, but I am still serching a country cheaper than India where you can live quite comfortably with less than $ 400 a month even in a city like Delhi and further away may be less than $ 300 if you go to some other cities of India. For food you pay almost nothing. Most of the fresh fruits & vegetable wl cost you less than $ 1 per kilo. Cheapest travelling of world by tarin pay less than $ 10 to travel Delhi - Mumbai( aprox. 1100 KM distance) with a ordinary sleeper birth. Local tansport less than 10 cents per ride. Unlimited internet access $ 15 month, cable $ 8 a month. Presently I am living in Jamaica - so expensive even $ 1500 p.m. not enough. Looking ahead a cheaper place than India - may be it is existing somewhere will love to be there . Nepal, Bhutan, Mynmar, Combodia, Vietnam and some far east countries may be cheaper.

  97. London Is Cool Sep 5, 2009 9:19 AM

    I think the moral of this story is to do your own research or you are going to have very big shock when you get there......

  98. Chris from NYC Sep 7, 2009 5:19 AM

    Wow. Just... WOW !¡!¡!¡! I have never seen so much cluelessness in my life. 1st of all,, if you people are planning on retiring in a different country,, WHY RENT ?¿? Buy a small piece of land and build a house on it. I have never seen such ignorance in my life. All this bitching and complaining about paying a lot of rent for an apartment with no kitchen. What morons. I have no idea about Asia,, I've never been there. But I know Latin America like I know my own rear-end. I did a lot of investigation in Mexico and central America. I found places like Progresso Heights in Belize that is on a big lagoon, in a PRIVATE community with security, great fishing (lagoon, rivers, creeks etc) 160 x 95 foot lots, great for planting fruit trees, quiet, safe, comunity pool and comunity clubhouse. The only bad part is the electric bill and gasoline. The rest is great. The cost of the land there is around $15,000. The cost of building your home is from $40-$100 x square foot (depending on your arcitect and negotiation skills). Belize City is not too safe, so stay away from there. There's another planned community called Flowers Bank that is EVEN CHEAPER !¡! You can get a lot from about $9,900. The community is smaller and a bit less undevelpoed. There's more people in Progresso Heights. And it's on a river, not a lagoon. Just do the research people,, that's why God invented Google.

  99. Chris form NYC Sep 7, 2009 5:32 AM

    Sorry for the bad spelling guys,, it's late and the martinis are starting to get to me. By the way,, Belize is far more beautiful than mexico, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Although Belize might not be as dirt cheap, it is safer, and there aren't as many racist people like in mexico. In Belize, there are blacks, whites, brown, mixed and any other color you can think of. The official language is English, although more people speak Spanish as a first language, but most people have some understanding of English. The population of Belize is around 300,000 people. IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY !¡! So you don't have to worry about any smog like in mexico city, or other big cities. The biggest city is the ex-capital, Belize City, with around 1/4 of the countries population. Belize is great people,, check it out.

  100. Costa Rica Expat Sep 9, 2009 5:14 PM

    Are you kidding me? I live in Costa Rica and this article is way off base. It is NOT cheaper the farther you get from San Jose. Just depends on where you are. If you go to Guanacaste or just about anywhere on the Pacific coast it is much more expensive than in San Jose. I live on the Pacific coast in a very small town and prices here are much higher than in San Jose. And there's no way someone can live on $500 a month in Costa Rica. I own my own home so I don't have a mortgage and I still spend about $800 per month and I'm pretty frugal. And I have friends living in Thailand that have told me about the cost of living there - again this article is way off the mark.

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