There are places to travel in 2022 that will allow you to go longer, enjoy a higher standard of living and save more money.
In the era of budget backpacking in Southeast Asia, Laos was one of two destinations where travelers could keep their budget at $30/day, although accommodation was slightly more expensive than most. places in Southeast Asia. There are many amazing activities that tourists can do in Laos that are cheap.
The healthiest and cheapest street food seems to be in Vietnam. Think soup with rice noodles, cilantro, amazing broth, and a whole pork knuckle for $1.50, or a strong, aromatic cup of coffee for $1. As for transportation, if tourists rent a motorbike, they are all set for the day.
Research shows that a tourist can easily spend a month in Cambodia with just $1,000. Dorms are very basic but can be very cheap, same goes for food and alcohol. There are some one-time expenses like the 3-day Angkor Wat pass, which is currently set at $62, and snorkeling trips that add up, but there will also be days of biking around a small village and eating. cheap and delicious meat skewers, while a dollar or two goes a long way.
Northern Thailand is easy on a tight budget. As one moves south, accommodation costs begin to double, triple, and even quadruple. If you’re short on time and budget for your trip to Thailand, stay up north! Even in popular places like Chiang Mai and Pai, tourists can easily find basic dorms for less than $5. If you stick to eating street food, not only will you save money, but the experience will also be much more authentic and delicious.
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The thing about Indonesia is that it can be really cheap, or it can be quite expensive, depending on one important thing: transportation. Intercity trips can be very time-consuming and expensive, as can traveling from one island to another with a private boat. To keep costs down, stick to an area or two! There’s plenty to do and see, and spending more time in one place will only allow you to travel deeper and have a more meaningful experience either way. If you want to travel far on a budget, my biggest tip is to take local transport!
The Philippine archipelago can cost a lot of money and time to get around, and hostel options aren’t as plentiful as in other Southeast Asian countries. While these two factors seem like a big hurdle for travelers trying to stretch their budget as much as possible, there are ways to lower your travel costs in the Philippines. If you choose to travel during the shoulder seasons, book your flights and plan your trip in advance (this is not the country to always fly away!), and try to stick to 1 or 2 regions, the Philippines can still be affordable. On top of that, the country has some of the most stunning islands, wonderful dive sites and hidden gems that you would have had to pay a lot more to discover in other parts of the world. In that sense, the Philippines is worth every peso you spend.
As one of the most economically developed countries in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is often perceived as expensive. Besides that, travelers can explore the Cameron Highlands, the jungles of Borneo, and the beautiful islands. The icing on the cake ? They are all affordable. An overnight bus from Kuala Lumpur to the Perhentian Islands costs as little as $8, there are so many interesting local neighborhoods and markets that are free to explore, and finally, Malaysian cuisine is unlike any other – you can find food just about anywhere culture and it’s so cheap and delicious – but not necessarily healthy. Malaysia is also one of the cheapest places in the world to get a PADI scuba diving certificate.
Like many countries, Sri Lanka can be seen on a backpacker budget, or you can spend a small fortune there. The biggest kick was the price of activities, such as game drives and admission to UNESCO World Heritage sites. With each around $40-$50 per ticket, this made Sri Lanka more expensive to fully explore. That said, Sri Lanka can be done on almost $30 a day on days when you’re not paying for expensive activities. Food, transport, accommodation and internet are relatively cheap. One thing to note about transportation is that in some cases taking a taxi/uber (in major cities) can be cheaper than renting a bike. If you can find people at your hostel to split the costs, hiring a driver for the day can cost as little as $5 per person. The cheapest way to travel is by train which is delicious and IMO the best way to travel around Sri Lanka.