Did you know that most of the world’s cheapest places to travel are in the south east parts of Asia. These places are not only cheap but beautiful and soul loving. Routine can be attractive and certainly has its uses, but life is no fun without a little spontaneity. If you’ve always wanted to visit a new place or just get the hell out of where you are, make it happen. Step out of the same place and realize how beautiful is our planet.
Here’s how to make great, spontaneous travel plans on a budget. Start travelling and exploring these cheap last minute destinations.
WHY GO: Buzzing street life, great food, gripping war museums, rice terraces, Ha Long Bay, traditional villages
Vietnam has that perfect combination of being fantastically cheap as well as having lots of fascinating sights. If you’re a backpacker on a shoestring budget, you can certainly survive on very little here. For example, a dorm bed might cost you as little as $7 a night. If you have just a bit more money to spend then Vietnam also gives you great value, as you can easily find wonderful modern hotel rooms for under $30 a night.
Dig into the delicious Vietnamese pho noodle dishes about $2 for a meal or drink the bia hoi (locally brewed beer at $0.50) , and you can manage to spend very little indeed.
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WHY GO: Sahara, ancient medinas, Atlas Mountains trekking, laidback surfer towns on the Atlantic coast
If you are European or travelling in Europe, Morocco is easily reached by budget airline from the continent, or via a short ferry from Spain. As the most stable and secure country in the region, Morocco will give you a great taste of northern Africa.
It’s easy to travel in this country for under $30/day, especially if staying in backpacker hostels or budget guesthouses. On a midrange budget of around $50/day you can stay in some of the famous riads—courtyard mini-palaces offering wonderful relief from the sun and buzzing city streets.
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WHY GO: ancient castles, white sand beaches, mountain trekking, remnants of communist past
Right on the Adriatic coast just above Greece, Albania offers beautiful white sand beaches, while inland you’ll find huge mountain ranges as well as the buzzing capital of Tirana. The country doesn’t have as many direct flight connections as some others, so it can be easier or cheaper to fly to nearby Corfu in Greece or start a trip in Dubrovnik in Croatia.
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4. Northern Thailand
WHY GO: Buddhist temples, hill tribes, and food markets. Beautiful nature allows for trekking, caving, rafting, and more. Party scenes in Pai and Chiang Mai.
Take an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai (cost: $12) and you will quickly realize just how affordable Thailand can be. For example, here you can still find backpacker dorm beds starting at $4 and basic private rooms starting at about $8. Need something more midrange? Chiang Mai is one of the best places to find great independent hotels for very little money. Food throughout Thailand is delicious and inexpensive, especially if you eat local—hit up a fun roadside eatery and you can get a fantastic stir fry for about 100 Baht ($2.50).
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WHY GO: From white sand beaches to jungles and savannahs, from blue flame spewing volcanoes to remote rainforests where you can meet Uran Utangs in the wild… it’s a country almost too big to summarize.
More treasures can be found away from Bali: in Java, Lombok and Sumatra, or in the quiet backwaters of Flores or Sulawesi which are still blessed with local prices. Go a little off the typical tourist trail and you can unlock some awesome adventures. For instance if you love exploring Flores, where you can go on a road trip on a scooter or just sleep in a convent. Everywhere you will be enthusiastically greeted and high-fived by friendly villagers.
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WHY GO: Epic volcanoes, Carribean islands, mountain coffee regions, surfin, volcano boarding(!), and only half the cost of Costa Rica
Nicaragua is still a burgeoning tourist destination and so a lot of the activities and tours are very attractively priced. Costa Rica’s cloud forests in Monteverde and many other popular Costa Rican destinations are just half a day of travel from Nicaragua, so the two countries can also be easily combined into one itinerary.
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WHY GO: Mountain trekking, Epic landscape, Hot Himalayan Tea
Home to eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks, Nepal is a great choice for those looking for an active trip amongst epic landscapes, though equally you can choose to just chill out in Kathmandu. Despite their remoteness, many routes through the Himalayas have tea houses and lodges along the way where you can eat, sleep, and recover. On a backpacker budget, you can easily survive on about $25 a day in Nepal.
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WHY GO: Spectacular landscapes, Crystal clear water, Swimming, Scuba diving, Mountain climibing
Most of us imagine all Pacific Island destinations as expensive, especially Fiji (thanks, Fiji Water!) but in reality, that’s not the case. Fiji, unlike its expensive island neighbors, is actually relatively cheap. While there are many $1,000-a-night resorts, you can manage to enjoy pristine beaches, world-class diving, and tasty seafood while chatting withfriendly locals without having to mortgage your home. Since Fiji is a stopover on Fiji Airlines, many backpackers take advantage of that and so a small backpacker community has emerged. That means cheap guesthouses, transportation, and activities, especially in the popular Yasawa Islands. Fiji is one of the best budget destinations on the region and not to be missed.
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WHY GO: Salt flats of Uyuni, visiting La Paz (the world’s highest capital), climbing Huayna Potosi, mountain biking the former world’s most dangerous road, Amazon jungle tours, and relaxing in the colonial town of
Much of Bolivia is quite rugged as it’s mostly high up in the Andes, so you may have to be a little adventurous to enjoy it to its fullest. Fortunately it also has some of South America’s most amazing sights: from the world’s highest lake Titicaca to the seemingly infinite salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, where sky and ground seem to merge at the horizon.
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WHY GO: Temples of Angkor, war museums in Phnom Penh, beaches and islands
Cambodia is one of the cheapest places to travel in Southeast Asia, though it sometimes requires a little patience as you need to explore by yourself and learn the country. You will probably shrug this off quickly though, as you can still find respectable dorm beds in the $3 to $5 range, and basic private rooms for around $10.
Come for the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat, but stay for everything else—ranging from jungle waterfalls and gripping war museums to a host of impossibly pretty islands.
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