6.  George Town, Malaysia

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  • Your monthly budget: $900

There's a lot to see and do in George Town, the capital of the state of Penang: museums, arts centers, free concerts, jungle parks, beaches and amusement parks.

It's extremely affordable. Unless you're eating in an upscale restaurant, you can eat out for about $3 a person. The area boasts modern public transportation and a first-rate health care system.

First published January 6, 2016: 8:16 AM ET
Monthly budgets consider the following costs: rent for a one-bedroom apartment, groceries, utilities, cable, Internet, phone services, and entertainment (eating out twice a week and two trips to the movies a month).

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