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Taking a visit to Asia is on many a well-crafted bucket list, but don’t convince yourself you need to break the bank to check off this destination. The average rate of accommodations at the following stops are a fraction of what you anticipate with an international vacation. That leaves more cash to spend on breathtaking snorkeling trips or life-changing food.
We’ve narrowed down the most budget-friendly stops to make on your Asian excursion, enjoy!
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Traveling through Thailand is an adventure in itself, with each gorgeous tropical island more beautiful than the next. In the south of Thailand, just past Bangkok, you’ll feast your eyes on the extensive coastline dotted with hundreds of islands and their picturesque beaches. Arguably the most well-known, and the largest of these islands is Phuket. Many southeast-bound tourists set up camp in Phuket and head to the close by outlying islands. It is also close to Phang Nga and the Similan islands. If diving is your thing, the Similan Islands, the Racha Islands and the Ang Thong islands are top destinations for such undersea adventures.
The Phi Phi islands are likewise popular for tourists. On the opposite coast along the Gulf of Thailand is Koh Samui, and its gorgeous beaches and local architecture. This island is certainly a top choice for tourists, with 1.5 million flocking to the beaches every year. The budget tourist will especially love Koh Phangan, with its affordable accommodations and intense nightlife (the full moon parties are something of legend).
Siem Reap is perhaps the best-known stop in Cambodia. The ancient structures and the 12th Century Angkor Thom royal city are top attractions in Cambodia. The Angkor Wat, or City Temple, is a popular place for bike trails and exploring hidden temples. The rich history, combined with the great food & drink, and lots of places to shop should be enough to keep you busy during your stay.
The Suorkear Boutique Hotel & Spa is perfect for couples who want to save on lodging but not sacrifice romance. Similarly, the Borei Angkor Resort & Spa is known for being kid-friendly and typically won’t exceed $50 a night. If you make your way to Phnom Penh, The TeaHouse is a TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Winner with rave reviews. It’s a slight trek to the more happening tourist spots, but is that always a bad thing?
The Philippines is full of beautiful beaches and gorgeous coastline to explore, perfect for snorkelers and nature lovers. The Hinatuan River, otherwise known as The Enchanted River, is a must-see. There’s also the Tinuy-an Falls in on Surigao del Sur in the southern island of Mindanao, which is a popular tourist stop in Bislig City.
In the Philippines, you will never be at a loss for entertainment. Go shopping in Makati, visit art galleries in Quezon City, take a bike tour through Manila’s Intramuros, make your way to Boracay and jump off Ariel’s Point, head to Cebu City and visit the Taoist temple, or explore nature parks in Davao City.
The Hibiscus Garden Inn is a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winner for 2015. They are known for their helpful staff, but more importantly for your pocketbook. There’s also a trusty Best Western Hotel La Corona near Rizal Park in Manila. If you have a little more to spend on accommodations and you find yourself in Panglao Island, don’t miss your chance to stay at the Amarela Resort. All the luxury of a typical romantic resort, but for less than you’d expect for a mid-range hotel.
Sri Lanka is a must-visit travel destination for those who adore local wildlife and rich history. Yala National Park is home to leopards and tented safaris. Stop by theTangalle, Mulkirigala Rock Temples and Kataragama for your dose of ancient relics. Don’t forget to find your way to the Sri Lankan Railway for picture-perfect scenic views.
Finding a hotel in Sri Lanka for less than $100 a night is more challenging, but it’s remarkably affordable if you take advantage of the numerous hostels. The Ocean View Cottage is just a short walk to the main strip of restaurants and bars, but still on the beach, and has air conditioning. If hostels aren’t your thing, the Gloria Grand Hotel in Unawatuna is a great choice, and if you have a little more to spend, check out Buckingham Place in Tangalle. Here you’ll get incredible views, delicious food and helpful staff.
Indonesia is a tropical paradise, and as long as you carefully select where you visit you’ll be able to balance your budget. Depending on where you stay room accommodations can range from $10 a night for clean, minimal, but perfectly adequate rooms, or can get into the low thousand’s per night for the exclusive five-star resorts.
As far as Bali goes, the most affordable options include The Grand Natia in Candidasa, or the Aqua Villa in Seminyak. The Hotel Selecta, in Batu outside Malang, east Java is a popular destination for families as the activities park is loaded with fun stuff for kids and adults alike.
While in Rajasthan, if you make your way to Jaipur, animal lovers will love a trip to visit the elephants at Elefantastic. Soak up some history by taking a private tour of Amber Fort. If culture is more your bag, Udaipur is home to the excellent Dharohar, dance show.
When in Jodhpur, clean and friendly rooms are available from as little as $13 a night. Chandelao Garh is a great middle-ground, with a bar and lounge at comfortable rooms. If heritage interests you, The Neemrana Fort is one of India’s oldest heritage resorts, established in the mid-’80s.