The burgeoning metropoles of South East Asia have long called novices and aficionados alike to their shores. With an ecosystem that teams lush gardens and jungles with sprawling cities and beach resorts, this area of the world is becoming increasingly popular with Western visitors, but can be pricey, so we’ve put together a list of five must-visit places that are completely budget-friendly.
“With an ecosystem that teams lush
gardens and jungles with sprawling cities
and beach resorts, South East Asia is becoming
increasingly popular with Western visitors.”
No, it’s not just for the rich and famous. A favourite spot of many a celebrity traveller, Bali’s wide range of accommodation and activity options mean that for a fraction of the price, you could be living it up in one of the world’s most luxurious locations.
According to the travel website, Taraletseverywhere, Bali has options for everyone – whether you want to sightsee the island’s beautiful architecture, soak up the culture or explore the vast oceans. The area has become so popular that many hotels and resorts offer fantastic deals on travel, whether you want to stay right by the beach or in the middle of the jungle.
Tonsai Beach, Thailand
Perhaps one of the cheapest countries to visit in the area, Thailand is bursting with culture and is the most popular travel destination in South East Asia. Tonsai Beach, better known as the dream of backpackers, has some of the cheapest accommodation around and is close to rock-climbing and watersports.
Food is also incredibly cheap in the area, with delicious, fresh meals starting from just $2. Tonsai Beach is packed with bars, restaurants and an amazing nightlife, so there’s plenty to get yourself involved in.
According to the blog PriceofTravel, the ancient capital city of Hanoi is described as a food lover’s paradise. Known for its cuisine, you can get street side delicacies like Pho soup or classic snack options. Even the bigger restaurants are very budget-friendly, leaving you to enjoy more food without breaking the bank. Many of its attractions are also free!
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Cambodia is an emerging tourist destination but happens to boast some of the nicest and most architecturally fascinating cities in the world. Siem Reap is home to a stunning temple complex that is well worth a visit and you can spend more than a day exploring it.
You can also explore the chic city through local tours specialising in history, culture and food. Even better the local draft beer is only $0.50 a glass at happy hour, which is perfect for those on a tight budget. 1Cover’s travel writer, Ben Groundwater, says don’t forget about the capital city, Phnom Penh, too though. It may be chaotic, but you’ll learn to love it.
Luang Prabang, Laos
The island of Laos is another up-and-comer, and this French colonial town offers the best of Laos’s culture and history in one. With gorgeous waterfront resorts, river cruises, stunning countryside and even a solid gold Buddhist temple, this UNESCO Heritage site is not only picturesque but is perfect for travellers wanting a relaxed holiday away from the tourist-heavy cities and resorts.
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