As there are many low-cost carriers in Asia offering insanely cheap fare, everyone is accessible to fly from a corner of the world to another. Today’s travel trend, known as “on a budget style,” is very popular among travel fanatics. Forget the 5-star hotel and fancy dining! Sleeping at $5 guesthouse per night and eating like locals are enough.
Travalogy recommends you to travel Asia if you want and enjoy the wide array of affordable yet good things. Having no clue on what to do there? Just follow this guide about things to do while making journey through Asia on a budget.
10 recommendation to travel in memorable Asia on a budget:
- Go Trek Himalayas and Discover Nepal
- Explore Northern Laos by Slow Boat
- Journey to South Thailand (Phuket)
- See The Wild Monkeys and Rice Terraces in Ubud, Bali with Family
- Go Kayaking at Halong Bay, Vietnam
- Grab Some Fun in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Escape to Exotic Varanasi, India
- Dive into Bangkok City, Thailand
1. Go Trek Himalayas and Discover Nepal
Planning to travel Asia in a month? Nepal popularly known as the most affordable destination in South Asia should be your first. It’s advisable for trekking pleasure seekers and “travel Asia budget” planners. Before hitting the Himalayas, you need to ensure your trekking limit – avoid the monsoon; the adverse weather will obviously ruin your budget arrangement. Spending a week at the highest point on Earth is good enough. Use your remaining weeks in Kathmandu to see the UNESCO world heritage site named Durbar Square, as well Bakhtapur.
2. Explore Northern Laos by Slow Boat
Getting to Luang Prabang in the hilly northern Laos by slow boat for two days is pretty nice. It only costs 240,000 kip or less than 30 USD. Start your journey from Huay Xai, the Thai-Lao border, and sprawl out on the wooden boat’s lounge. Cruising along the Mekong River and catching amazing views of tropical jungle, karst caves, and Hmong villages are worth doing. It’s safe to travel Asia alone in the land-locked country. Have some worthy activities, once you reach the city, watching alms giving ritual and escaping to the waterfall are great.
3. Journey to South Thailand (Phuket)
Missing out Thailand for going travel Asia for three months is such a big mistake. It has plenty of affordable transportation modes ranging from minivan to economy-class train. Traveling on a budget in Phuket highlighting cool spots to enjoy the golden sundown seems a bit tricky. The luxurious accommodations and romantic cruising should be kicked out of your “things to do” list, avoiding them and staying at cheap hostels are much wiser. Taking an 8-hour day trip for island hopping, as well as canoeing and snorkeling is considerable. The local tour operator will charge you around 70 USD.
4. See The Wild Monkeys and Rice Terraces in Ubud, Bali with Family
Who says traveling on a budget is only for solo wanderer? Travel Asia with family to see fascinating attractions in the soothing Ubud, Bali. You can try to feed monkeys and say hi to them in the sacred monkey forest that only cost less than 3 USD and feel the fresh breeze at the rice terraces for free. Instead of booking hotels at the downtown Ubud, most of them are somehow overpriced, stay at the hostels in the rural areas to spend your days of travel. Another costless attraction is the Petulu village, a spot to observe wild herons roosting on the locals’ trees.
5. Go Kayaking at Halong Bay, Vietnam
Heading to Halong Bay for kayaking experience is highly recommended for those who save their money while exploring Vietnam. Be careful when it comes to opting for the local tour operators; they could be such horror frauds. You can reach the Halong Bay from Hanoi on your own by buying a 10 USD ticket to Cat Ba Island (taking three buses and a ferry). Once you are on the island, book online to find the best affordable accommodations. Some nice places to stay are Cat Ba Hostel (3 USD per night) and Ali Baba Hostel (7 USD per night).
6. Grab Some Fun in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Planning to travel Asia alone in Malaysia for your next “on a budget trip”? Don’t forget to enjoy your Kuala Lumpur. To move from a place to another is super easy. There are plenty of cheap transportation modes you can take, even GO KL bus is free. Some famous spots like Batu Cave and KLCC Park have no admission fee.
What about the reasonable accommodation? Chinatown close to Pasar Seni station offers numerous cheap hostels that only cost around 5 USD. The foods for lunch and dinner are about 1 to 2 USD.
7. Escape to Exotic Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India sprawling beside Ganges River doesn’t only act as a holy site for pilgrimage, but also for those attracted to experience the genuine Indian culture. You can travel either alone or with family to the ancient town by cheap or train. Instead of discovering the town on foot, you better try the cycle rickshaw or auto rickshaw that costs only 0.7 USD.
Some must-visit spots include the historical Alamagir Mosque, Durga Temple, and Sankat Mochan Temple. The accommodations, as well as the local foods, are incredibly inexpensive.
8. Dive into Bangkok City, Thailand
Vacationing in Thailand doesn’t look perfect without hitting the capital. It’s where you can be impressed by the modern and traditional architecture in one city – the ornate temples and skyscrapers go together elegantly. Bangkok is also popular with its cheap street foods scattered in the entire city. They are nice to munch on every day.
How to get to the main attractions? Be sure to go by Sky train, MRT, or public bus and avoiding the tuk-tuk and taxi without a meter.
What about the accommodation? Some lovely places close to Yaowarat Road are recommended (around 5 USD per night).
Well, today’s travel seems much easier due to the recent application guiding you in seeking affordable hotels, local restaurant, and reliable tour package. Nevertheless, the economic public transportation and online taxi like Grab in Asia obviously give you more chance to find new things while exploring a new country.
If you are about to travel Asia on a budget, you could try one of our recommendation list. Young or old, travel is for everyone. So, which country will you visit first?