Asia is a continent of incredible diversity, offering a wealth of cultural, natural, and historical attractions for visitors to explore. However, many popular destinations in Asia can be pretty expensive, making them out of reach for budget-conscious travelers. But don’t worry; plenty of affordable vacation spots in Asia offer the same incredible experiences and breathtaking scenery without breaking the bank.
This article will introduce you to ten of the best cheap vacation spots in Asia that you should visit this summer. From beautiful beaches and lush forests to ancient temples and vibrant cities, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, there’s something for everyone on this list. So, pack your bags and prepare to embark on an unforgettable Asian adventure without emptying your wallet!
All the accommodations we suggest in this article are based on firsthand research into Asian destinations and places to stay. The suggestions we offer are based on accommodations with a minimum rating of 8.0 or better, an affordable rate for rentals compared to other comparable accommodations, and amenities that a traveler will need to enjoy their stay in these beautiful locations. We also considered proximity to amazing sites, like Angkor Wat and Langkawi Sky Bridge. These places to stay are all highly recommended by previous visitors, offering readers peace of mind when choosing their accommodations.
10 Bali, Indonesia
Nusa Dua Beach, in Bali, Indonesia
While there is more to Indonesia than just Bali, the island remains one of the most amazing places in Asia to check out, especially if you’re on a budget. Visitors can experience the splendor of Bali’s multiple temples, and its rich, lush greenery is a breathtaking sight to behold. Bali’s rich cultural history is supported by its idyllic, sun-kissed beaches, offering a little something for everyone. Guests should be prepared for a tropical climate, which means a lot of insect repellent.
9 Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hmong Doi Pui Village In Chiang Mai
Another area in Asia that’s well-known is Chiang Mai in Thailand. While most people in the West know Phuket, far fewer are aware of how much Chiang Mai has grown into a tourist hotspot over the last decade. Its numerous markets and street food locations make it a dream for a budget traveler who wants to experience Thai culture and cuisine. Nearby mountains offer just the right amount of challenge for hikers and amateur mountaineers. Cultural tourists can even head into the mountains searching for some of Thailand’s hill tribes.
8 Hanoi, Vietnam
Tran Quoc pagoda, the oldest temple in Hanoi, in the morning. Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi is Vietnam’s cultural capital and is a place any visitor should dedicate a few days to exploring. The city’s unique architecture reflects Vietnamese, French, and Chinese styles, all coexisting together. The time of the year you choose to visit Hanoi is a crucial consideration, as moving around on foot may be much more challenging during the rainy season. Hanoi also offers visitors a chance to partake in some of the most mouth-watering street-food dishes one could find anywhere in Asia. Culturally, Hanoi is a must-see destination, as it celebrates Vietnam’s vibrant and colorful past.
7 Siem Reap, Cambodia
The stunning Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Dead Kennedys didn’t foresee this type of holiday in Cambodia. Siem Reap is home to the famous Angkor Wat temple and is a terribly underrated Asian destination that most travelers overlook. Yet, Siem Reap is so much more than just the temple. Within its bustling streets, guests can visit markets, museums, and so much more. Siem Reap still has a touristy side to it, but it’s overshadowed by the real Cambodia that visitors can experience firsthand. This city offers a glimpse into Cambodia, which existed centuries ago.
6 Luang Prabang, Laos
Lao style architectures, Laung Prabang, Laos
Laos isn’t near the top of many bucket lists belonging to visitors from the West, but that’s just because it’s one of Asia’s best-kept secrets. Luang Prabang is a pretty unknown Laotian city; the name itself translates to “Royal Buddha Image” in English. The city consists of over fifty “townlets,” 33 of which comprise the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the past, Luang Prabang used to be the capital of a massive Laotian kingdom and used to be the capital of the country until 1975. Today, visitors can bask in the history and culture that exudes from the buildings and streets of Luang Prabang. The city’s stunning old temples mesh wonderfully with its gorgeous natural scenery.
5 Pokhara, Nepal
‘Way to Everest Base Camp’ sign in Nepal
When visitors from the West think of Nepal, Mount Everest is the first thing that pops into their heads. However, while it’s a thrill to trek through Nepal, there are a lot of outdoor activities you can find right in Pokhara. Nestled amid the Himalayas, this mountain city has activities ranging from whitewater rafting to paragliding from some of the world’s most picturesque hilltops. Adventurous travelers might be tempted to check out this Asian vacation site since it’s got all the thrills you need.
4 Boracay, Philippines
Sailboats on the water during a beautiful sunset in Boracay, Philippines
There’s no question that Boracay in the Philippines makes for some stunning photos. However, it’s much more than just a picturesque place to spend a few days. Boracay is an excellent place for budget travelers to unwind and relax for a week or more. During the day, you could enjoy the vibrant sunshine on any one of Boracay’s beaches, but the city wakes up at night. The nightlife in Boracay is a pleasure to behold, and places stay open into the wee hours of the morning for the party animals. The icing on the cake is how affordable everything is in this jewel of the Philippines.
3 Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi Skybridge, Malaysia
Malaysia has a lot of beautiful places to see, and Langkawi is one of those you should explore this summer. Sandy white beaches in Langkawi make it a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. If you’re a more active visitor, you can try jet skiing, windsurfing, or any other watersports you find on the coast. If you’re not into beaches and prefer a few mountains, Langkawi also has you covered there. Adventurous tourists could take a trip on the Langkawi Sky Bridge and Cable Car and drink in the breathtaking scenery from high above. It’s genuinely a great budget destination for those who want to explore off the beaten path.
2 Taipei, Taiwan
night Market on Guangzhou Street, Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei has a massive reputation in the West in the electronics industry, but did you know it can be a great spot for budget travelers too? There are several things you can only do in Taipei because you can’t find the equivalent anywhere else in the world. Taiwan’s bustling industrial heart is surrounded by a surprising amount of cultural attractions that will thrill any budget tourist. The city blends traditional and modern very well. Delicious food and pop-up night markets ensure that there’s always something new to explore in this underrated tourist destination.
1 Goa, India
Palolem beach, South Goa, India
Goa has a very colorful history, and today is home to a large number of locals and ex-pats. However, the standout attraction in Goa is definitely its beaches. The city has transitioned into a coastal tourist town and caters to many domestic tourists. Sadly, international tourists seem to overlook this spot when planning their Asian trips. For budget travelers, this is a good thing, as you can explore the wonders of Goa for mere dollars a day. Delicious seafood and Portuguese architecture make for attractions that no one should miss, especially on a budget.
Where to Stay:
Agonda Beach, Agonda 403702
Snorkeling, Outdoor pool, Free Wi-Fi in all areas, Spa and wellness center, Beachfront, Restaurant, Room service
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