Top 5 budget-friendly countries to travel in Asia

Asia comprises of more than 45 major countries and offers you a vast diversity to explore. It includes tranquil beaches, dense jungles, the tallest mountains, and more.

Asia gives you a blend of traditions and modernization, and you’re simply spoilt for travel options. From world-class cities to extensive cultures, Asia lets you explore rich heritage amidst bustling city life.

If you’re a foodie, you could come to Asia only for tasting the vast variety of cuisines. People here, belong to several known and unknown religions, speak in hundreds of different languages, and something or the other always makes travelers want to come back.

Cheapest countries to explore across Asia

Although many countries like UAE, Japan, and Singapore are on the pricier side, Asia does have many budget options. If you’re taking baby steps towards traveling across the world, you could start with the budget options in Asia.

Every country you choose will have something new to offer and you’d be open to heaps of new experiences. Check out the top options to travel across Asia on a budget.

1. Vietnam

Vietnam has to be on top of the list because it is one of the primary tourist’s places in Asia, and also one of the cheapest. Almost everything you’d want in Vietnam will fit your budget. Accommodation, transportation, drinking, dining – name it and it will be within what you can spend.

One disadvantage of Vietnam is that you have to be aware of scams. You must keep a check on your bills to know exactly how much you need to pay and negotiate as much as possible. Even the price that seems reasonable to you could be two times of what you should actually pay.

You must explore the beauty of Hanoi and walk pass places like the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, and look for places to shop around. Get to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and then Perfume Pagoda – two of the famous sightseeing places here.

You can also get to the Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat, Hoi An, Sapa, when in Vietnam. If you love to be by the waters, go over to the Phu Quoc Island.

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2. India

Looking for an amalgamation of different customs and cultures? – Head to India to have one of the most unique experiences. The subcontinent is vibrant and varied enough to offer each traveler something new to look forward to every time.

From diverse landscapes to delicious cuisines, from architectural beauty to the peaks of Himalayas, you will have a hard time to decide where to go.

While the North gives you breathtaking views of the Himalayan range, the southern-most tip shows how three water bodies meet but do not merge together. To the west, you find shiny desert lands while the east takes you into rich heritage and scrumptious food.

Most people add Taj Mahal to their list to tick off seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You must add consider visiting the iconic palaces in Jaipur city, the ghats of Varanasi, the laidback vibe at Rishikesh, and the shopping experience of Delhi.

3. Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular tourist’s destinations and a treasure to Southeast Asia. The country is known for glorious beaches, islands, cultural sites, jungles, and more.

Thailand is called the Land of Smiles and is never going to give you a dull moment. From visiting the most popular part of Bangkok to choosing offbeat places like Isan, Thailand is sheer beauty in every aspect.

If you’re looking for the cheapest places in Thailand, try getting to Sam Phan Bk, Khon Kaen, Khao Yai, and the Sisaket Province. You can also get to the mainland beaches as they’re cheaper than the islands and saves ferry costs.

If you’d want to indulge a little more on your trip to Thailand, you could get to Phuket and Krabi for the best of city and beach life.

4. Indonesia

The Indonesian islands bring in a bountiful of travelers every year. People with interests in nature, history, culture, and nightlife all love to come to Indonesia. The islands here will let you explore some of the best beaches ever.

Most people choose Bali when planning to come to Indonesia. The city of Ubud has several famous places to see and offers an exclusive shopping experience. A trekking-spree to the active volcano of Mount Batur is quite an adventurous option. Don’t forget the iconic swings and nests for clicking Instagram-worthy images.

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Indonesia is quite known for its vegetarian food that often tastes better than the ones that have meat. If you want to explore more of the clear blue waters in Indonesia, head to the lovely islands of Gili. You can also try out places like Java and Sumatra if you want to save up more on costs.

The best way to come to Indonesia on a budget would be packaged trips. They will save you a lot on cost and also help you explore the best places.

5. Sri Lanka

The exotic island nation of Sri Lanka has beautiful treasures that range from sandy beaches to cultural exuberance. The place is pretty cheap for stays, travel, and food – you can expect you to spend more than you’d want for the paid attractions. Still, we recommend you to explore the national parks and the renowned Sigiriya Rock.

From Colombo, Tangalla, Dalawella, to Ella, Galle, and Kandy, this country has a lot to offer. If you love animals, you’d want to explore the wildlife that takes you amidst elephants, monkeys, leopards, bats, porcupines, birds, and more.

Final thoughts

If you could up your budget a little, Malaysia can also be a great option to explore. If you love colder places, Nepal can be a lovely choice to consider. Turkey and Georgia are two more places in Asia that are cheap and travel-worthy. Finally, smaller places like Bangladesh and Iran, to the largest populated country of China, can all come under a tight budget if you plan your trip well.

Try to book your flight tickets in advance to save the maximum possible. Look out for group tours to save more or simply choose cheaper stays to spend more money on traveling experience.

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