9.  Chiang Mai, Thailand

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  • Your monthly budget: $970

You'll be a long flight (or two) away from home, but expect to find the same level of services and amenities in Chiang Mai for a fraction of the cost. Thailand is home to both beautiful beaches and mountains. It's typically hot and humid with a monsoon season that can last from May to November.

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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