9 Cheapest Asian Cities to Visit in 2017

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Once you get to Asia, you will find most of the world’s best travel bargain cities, particularly in Southeast Asia.
Regardless, these Asian cities pretty much all represent fantastic bargains for foreign visitors, and airfares into the region are very reasonable as well.

Finding cheap places to travel can be tricky, but with these best places Asia to backpack or explore, you are guaranteed to see the world without breaking the bank. However, you should be aware on what to bring and how much money you can actually spend. Take into consideration that Asian countries offer hostels. Sure, there are four or 5 star hotels such as Holiday Inn Parramatta, but hostels will be a big help to make your budget cheaper.

Grab your gear and go to these places:

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is a very picturesque city, since 2014, Hanoi has been voted the top 10 world’s destination on Tripadvisor. Most of the cheaper hotels are located in the old city. Peak season usually starts from October to April, but the difference between peak and non-peak is about 10%.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The beauty that made it a ‘Paris of the East’ before 1970 is hidden beneath the reality of modern day Cambodia. Understand the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodia Genocide. Peak season is definitely December through February, plus a spike in visitors during the July and August holidays.

Manila, Philippines

Manila is the main gateway to the Philippines’ many destinations; it is a blend between UNESCO World Heritage Site and modern architecture. Most of the tourist attractions are free or cheap, the transportation and food tend to be a bargain as well.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo is the capital and the largest city in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is quite cheap overall and it’s good value even compared to neighbouring countries, but it does lack a real budget traveller infrastructure. Food can be incredibly inexpensive if you eat rice and curry like most locals. Peak season starts from Christmas to March with most of the rest of the year being the off season.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand’s “capital of the north” is certainly one of the world’s great travel bargain destinations. Filled with ancient temples and surrounded by a moat and city walls, Chiang Mai is a major stop in the region and a highlight for many. Much less crowded than Bangkok, and quite a bit cheaper as well, this is also booming with expats and creative people living cheaply while they work.

Vientiane, Laos

Landlocked and sometimes forgotten, Laos generally only tends to get visitors who are spending time touring the whole region, but those who make it are rewarded with a fascinating culture, and low prices. Laos’ capital city is so low key that it feels like a small-town river resort, though modern development is starting to creep in. Thanks to some new hostels opening recently, Vientiane is a bit cheaper than Luang Prabang, though not by much.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal’s capital is one of those cities most travelers just hustle through on their way somewhere else, like Pokhara or other trekking centers in this case. But it’s a fascinating and unusual place that’s worth a look for a few days anyway. The backpacker zone of Thamel is a classic traveler neighborhood, brimming over with cheap hotels, restaurants, and bars.

Jakarta, Indonesia

One of the most populated cities in the world, Jakarta is a major hub for anyone visiting Indonesia (except for Bali). The city itself gets mixed reviews as a tourist destination, with pretty much all of Indonesia’s charms being found elsewhere. The good news is that at least it’s quite cheap for budget travelers, and it should be interesting to anyone who likes booming Asian cities.

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