Cheapest Place To Travel In Asia – Asia has some great options for travelers on a budget! Read all about four of Asia’s cheapest travel destinations in this blog.
Asia is a vast continent that contains an astonishing variety of landscapes, cultures and people. From the mountains of Nepal to the rainforests of Indonesia and from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to the laid-back charm of Chiang Mai, Asia has flavors to suit all tastes.
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But what options are there for travelers on a budget? After all, not all destinations are equally affordable. To help you make a decision about where to travel to in Asia, here’s an overview of four of the most budget-friendly places to visit.
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For those looking for places to take a long vacation, I would definitely recommend these 4 cheapest Asian countries that have either cheap attractions and accommodation.
This Southeast Asian country bordering Thailand, Laos and Vietnam is a great choice for travelers who are a bit small and definitely one of the cheapest Asian countries. You can easily keep daily costs under $40 when traveling here.
A cheap guest house room will set you back about $10 and a meal at a simple restaurant costs about $5. You can also get around quite cheaply with public buses.
Getting around Cambodia is surprisingly easy and travel between cities and tourist destinations usually doesn’t take very long due to the country being relatively small and largely flat.
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One of the main reasons people come to Cambodia is to visit the Angkor Wat temple complex near Siem Reap. And that’s not surprising; visiting these ancient temples surrounded by jungle is an amazing experience.
To make the most of your visit and enjoy the magic of the place, it is advisable to buy the three-day pass which costs $62. Another tip is to rent a bike and explore the ruins at your own pace – this is not a place to rush!
In Phnom Penh, you have plenty of opportunities to learn about Cambodia’s history. Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields (both $5 admission) to learn about the atrocities that occurred here in the 1970s.
It’s a harrowing yet important experience, because everyone you meet in Cambodia either lived through the Khmer Rouge regime or knows people who did. It is impossible not to be moved by the stories you hear and by the resilience of the friendly Cambodian people.
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Battambang is a relaxed city, far from the tumult of the capital and without tourist crowds. Come here to relax, enjoy the quirky cafes, ride the bamboo train and hire a bike or scooter to explore the surrounding countryside and traditional villages.
Finally, Kampot and Kep on the south coast are well worth a visit. Kampot is a sleepy riverside town with a lively backpacker scene. Highlights here include taking a sunset river cruise, exploring local caves and visiting a pepper plantation.
The coastal town of Kep is just a short drive away and a great place to discover abandoned houses (it was the country’s top seaside destination until the 1960s), relax on the beach and eat the local specialty: crab with green peppercorns.
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You will be surprised how far your money can go in India. Travelers on a budget can expect to spend up to 3,000 rupees ($40) per day on accommodation, meals, travel expenses and entry to a museum or two, making it second on our list of cheapest Asian countries.
Since you are such a large country, your biggest expense may be traveling from A to B. But long-distance travel doesn’t have to cost a lot.
If you really want to save money and don’t mind the hassle of long journeys, take the train and choose sleeper class. Not only is it dirt cheap, it’s also a great cultural experience that gives you an insight into the lives of ordinary Indians.
Not just on the train itself – where street vendors walk up and down the aisles selling sweet masala chai and all manner of snacks and where entire families travel together with what seems to be all their belongings – but also along the railway tracks. There is no glass in the sleeper class windows, so you can stick your head out of the train (being careful of course) and take in the sights, sounds and smells that pass by.
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The Indian subcontinent is so vast and varied that you may want to focus on a particular area.
Bali is just one of Indonesia’s many islands (there are more than 17,000 of them), but it’s easy to see why it’s also the most popular. And despite this popularity, it remains one of the cheapest Asian countries to visit.
$40 per day should be manageable for the most frugal traveler, although prices vary widely depending on where you are on the island.
One way to save money in Bali is to travel there outside the high season (which means avoiding the school summer holidays and the period around Christmas and New Year).
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Another way you can stick to a tight budget is to eat in warungs – cheap local restaurants that serve a wide variety of delicious Indonesian dishes. And to keep travel costs to a minimum, consider renting a motorbike for just $5 per day!
Other islands you may want to visit while in Bali are Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida – all great destinations to enjoy all the beach life has to offer (which in Bali also means great surfing, diving and snorkeling).
You will feel like a millionaire in Laos. Literally. If you withdraw 100 dollars from an ATM, you will get more than a million Lao Kip (the local currency)! And all those kip go a long way – a cheap hostel room will cost you around $5, a simple meal $3, and you can expect to pay around $2 per 100km when traveling by local bus.
Although it is quite a small country, the infrastructure is not very developed so expect long journeys. But one of the great things about Laos is the slow pace of life; no one is in a hurry here and you will almost feel like you have traveled back in time. You have no choice but to relax, enjoy the moment and live in slow motion.
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Laos is one of the least visited countries in Southeast Asia but also one of the most breathtaking. It has gilded temples, dramatic waterfalls, extensive cave networks, towering mountains and sun-kissed river islands.
Vientiane, the sleepy capital that feels more like a small town, is a great place to start your travels in Laos. Explore the city’s many temples and get a feel for this country’s strong Buddhist traditions, visit the National Museum to learn about Lao history, buy authentic handicrafts from the local shops, then relax with a cold Lao beer as you watch the sun set over the Mekong River .
From Vientiane, you can take local buses to a variety of destinations across the country. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will impress you with its beautiful temples and colonial-era architecture.
Catch a glimpse of the rare black gibbon at the Gibbon Experience in Bokeo Nature Reserve.
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Enjoy outdoor activities like mountain biking, kayaking and hiking in Vang Vieng (which has gone from being a notorious backpacker party town to an ecotourism hub) or go island hopping in Si Phan Don and maybe even spot a river dolphin or two while you relaxing along the banks of the mighty Mekong.
There is something for everyone in Laos, and it is especially well suited for travelers looking for the cheapest Asian countries.
Avoiding high season, traveling by local bus, eating street food and sleeping in hostels are all great ways to save money when you travel.
However, one of the most effective ways to stick to a tight budget is to participate in a work exchange; volunteer while you travel and exchange your time and effort for free accommodation and free or cheap meals.
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All positions above allow the volunteer to travel further and cheaper by staying with a host who will provide bed and board (in some cases) and other amenities. In most cases, you will be very close to tourist attractions, and making local friends is a plus.
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