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Asian Budget Travel? Check Out Asia’s Best-Value Cities

Bahari Temple in Pokhara Nepal photo by Fancycrave via Unsplash

Asian Budget Travel: Asia’s Best-Value Cities

Most of the time, most people find traveling very appealing but put it off due to the fact that aside from planning it, travel costs can be very expensive especially overseas. But a well-thought-out travel plan on an Asian budget trip is not impossible. Looking for Asia Budget Travel Destinations? Read on…

Asian Budget Travel
Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia

So if you’re budget traveling and you want to have some places that are worth visiting, the following best-value cities in Asia might be for you.

Hanoi, Vietnam

This Asian city might be your best shot if you want to spend as little as possible. If you want your money to go very far in a day, Hanoi’s friendly center, historical architecture of Colonial and Asian mix together with its very good food would draw you in.

Pagoda in Hanoi
Pagoda in Hanoi

Add into the mix the friendly locals as well as pretty cheap tourist spots like the Hanoi Hilton Prison and Ho Chi Minh’s Tomb.

Pokhara, Nepal

If you’re someone who loves trekking and mountain climbing, Nepal would be the perfect travel destination. As a tourism hub, Pokhara is very popular for its famous Annapurna Circuit which is the best place to start trekking.

Nepal Landscape
Nepal Landscape / Asian Budget Travel

Not only that, but Pokhara also has a low-key Lakeside neighborhood that offers tourists very affordable accommodations, restaurants, and numerous souvenir shops.

Bangkok, Thailand

When it comes to air traffic, Bangkok can be considered as the major hub. With that, flights to the city are one of the cheapest in Southeast Asia.

Buddhist Monks in Bangkok
Buddhist Monks in Bangkok

Aside from that, the sprawling city is just walking distance to some amazing sites including the Kho San Road which is the ultimate backpacker district. Also, Bangkok has delicious and cheap street food in abundance and to top it all, it is considered one of the world’s most popular shopping meccas.

Kuta Bali, Indonesia

Hindu Temple in Bali
Hindu Temple in Bali

As the town’s main budget beach resort, Kuta in Bali Indonesia is often filled with Australian backpackers and surfers who want to enjoy the best of the island. Ranging from affordable to high-end, Kuta has diverse offerings for its visitors starting from artist towns, temples, beaches, shopping centers, and of course, good food.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

As a tourist destination, Siem Reap in Cambodia is a very good choice given its pleasant ambiance and interesting sites.

Artist in Siem Reap Cambodia
Artist in Siem Reap Cambodia

The grand Angkor Wat Temple complex can be compared to the lost city of Machu Picchu or the Great Pyramids in Giza which makes people spend their days or even a week just exploring. Of course, there’s the matter of the local restaurants with its good local dishes and interesting crafts as souvenirs.

Palawan, Philippines

When it comes to having some of the best and cheapest tourist spots, the Philippines gets a check on the list. The country offers some of the best tourist destinations like Boracay, Baguio, Cebu, and many other places. But if you want the best of travel experience even on a budget, Palawan is definitely the place to visit.

Underground River in Puerto Princesa Palawan
Underground River in Puerto Princesa Palawan

It’s one of the best islands in the world, is the cleanest region in the country, is an island paradise among divers with the Tubbataha Reef, and is the perfect getaway for the ultimate nature lover and adventurer.

Beijing, China

Compared to other cities on this list, Beijing in China is a lot more expensive but can still be considered cheaper compared to travel destinations in the West.

Beihai Temple in Beijing China
Beihai Temple in Beijing China

The fact that Beijing is also one of the world’s greatest cities adds to its appeal. Why not, the city has the Forbidden City at its heart, the Great Wall of China a short ride away, and it definitely maintains its classic culture while keeping up with modernity.

Bahari Temple in Pokhara Nepal photo by Fancycrave via Unsplash
Bahari Temple in Pokhara Nepal photo by Fancycrave via Unsplash

Search broadly for accommodation as this gives you a variety of accommodation choices at a lesser price. Search via Agoda and enjoy affordable hotel options anywhere in Asia.

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Also Read: Japan Budget Travel Guide: Exploring Japan on a Shoestring

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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