You can certainly go on your own, as long as you don’t mind the language barrier, which is far greater than any of your Asia trips so far. Lets say or a 1 month stay on each. There’s a reason why Thailand remains so popular with backpackers – it’s got idyllic islands, a rich culture, beach-huts aplenty, tantalising cuisine and adventures galore, and all available at often staggeringly low prices. -Roger. It's easier to come on a day trip by ferry from Hong Kong to see the main sights. Some of the cheapest flight are indirect and include some of the Chinese Airlines which transit in Beijing. Los Cabos, 8,568 posts. Taiwan I don’t think I’d include it on a first trip to the region, especially since there are so many worthwhile things that are easier to reach that you’d have to pass up to include Myanmar. St. Thomas, Belize Far more modern than Beijing, and also more designed for business travelers, Shanghai is still a relative bargain for backpackers. French Polynesia Saint Kitts and Nevis Thank you once again! You seem so knowledgeable and well travelled. I’ve been to all of these cities, most of them recently, but things like hostel and attraction prices are available online as well. That’s a pretty incredible number. Sweden i had been to many places such as Thailand more than 6 times visiting (Bangkok, Shiangmai,pattaya, Phuket,Ko samui) i had been to Indonesia twice, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia. The ones in the south are generally better than the ones closer to Bangkok. That should give you a few ideas, and I’m sure it’ll be a great trip. Uruguay It’s updated now. BTW, I’m staying in Singapore now. Granada (Nicaragua) Recife, In sit-down restaurants a meal can range from maybe US$3 to US$8 at most places. You’ll find “kind people” pretty much everywhere you go. The food can be spicy though, so you have to be careful ordering. What’s more, the I hope this helps, and feel free to follow up. I spoke about lonely travel and meeting mates etc, and whether to go to India or Thailand. Grand Bahama, To get to the islands you’ll want to take a bus to a ferry port and then a ferry, or you could fly depending on which one you choose. English is also much more rare outside of the touristy areas. An estimated 56 million passengers currently pass through the departure halls and arrival lounges of the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport every year, making it the second busiest airport in the People's Republic overall, and unquestionably one of the busiest on the planet as a whole. I am from Bangalore, India. Kas If that isn’t even close to what you are looking for, please provide a bit more info and I’ll give it another shot. Zurich so better to just let them have that extra 10-20 cents they are charging you. Copenhagen It's also worth nothing that (except for Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, and Tokyo), most of these Asian tourist cities are fairly bunched together in price. Hotel prices are relatively high in Luang Prabang so for most travelers it would be further down this list. Do you think this is possible? Thanks so much Roger! Malaysia is mostly a Muslim country (and Singapore was part of it not that long ago) so your Halal choices are nearly infinite. Is the US$100 per day meant to cover all 4 people? We just want to go around on our own, with the most reasonable budget. If you hope to stay halal, it would be much easier in Malaysia than Thailand. Singapore in particular is fairly expensive (at least for sleeping), but it really is a fascinating place with a lot to do. India is mostly cheap and the people are quite friendly, but you have to deal with quite a few headaches (including unbelievably crowded cities) so it’s not ideal for most people. c) Go PUB hopping during happy hour. To give you a few ideas to feed your wanderlust here are the cheapest countries to fly to from the UAE. A vast and overwhelming megalopolis like no other on the planet, Shanghai rarely fails to make its mark on travelers. I’ll be happy to try to help you find something different if you let me know more about what you prefer. Sharing dorm rooms and using public showers in them (even one at a time) gets a bit exhausting. Sapa, Austria Thank you Roger for such an amazing recommendation. El Calafate, It sounds like you’ve only got about two weeks before you have to be in Singapore, which isn’t really enough time to cover the region very well. I have nothing to gain by showing artificially low (or high) prices and I want to make them as accurate as possible. Secondly, I would be grateful if you can help me choose an Asian country/city to travel to. And if you are in that area you might also consider stopping in Penang, Malaysia and/or Kuala Lumpur. Thanks. Many new hostels sell beds at very low prices in the hopes that you'll book tours through them or at least buy drinks. The Kuta beach area is now a nearly solid block of guesthouses, travel agencies, and restaurants, but fortunately it's also still quite cheap, and an excellent travel bargain in general. As far as which country to visit first, it depends on your style. Fortunately, there are night markets in every city in that part of Asia, so that won’t be a problem. High-energy capital La Paz is a whirlwind experience. No matter where you go in the country, you can find a good deal on accommodations, food, and entertainment.The capital of Sofia is the perfect destination for a city getaway. Caracas. Alcohol in Singapore is very expensive, except for beers at the hawker centers. Morocco Dubrovnik, Anyway I opted for Thailand Cambodia and enjoying koh Chang now. Check out our list of flights to Asia to discover some of the most popular airport destinations. Hi Roger, Hi Roger, I’m so happy to have stumbled onto your site. It’s a bit … A lot of my friends told me that Hotel in Japan is pretty pricey, I was wondering if you have any recommendation for staying in Japan? 2. Sri Lanka Costa Rica Until recently it was necessary to stay in Phuket Town (in the middle of the island) to get a really cheap dorm bed, but now there are quite a few cheaper hostels in the lively Patong Beach area. El Salvador Playa del Carmen, Guilin, The chart below shows the best last minute deals and cheap flights this weekend we could find. I also had my haggling skills to thank as I was almost always able to talk my way out of being charged unfairly by the Tuk Tuk d… Still, I’m interested in what I might have missed. Thailand is far easier to visit because it has a much larger and more established tourist infrastructure. 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. 1 – Hanoi, Vietnam (cheapest) Vietnam's cheapest city (by just a bit) for backpackers is also one that gets high marks from most visitors with its unique … Visiting China on a tour often tends to be cheaper than visiting independently, and you end up going to the same places anyway. Phuket Web search? Guided treks in the nearby mountains can be expensive, and those can be a huge drain on your budget. If you are a ‘digital nomad' it's pretty much compulsory to spend at least a few months here. As you can see in the article, you can have a decent time in many of these places for something close to that, but Singapore and the worthwhile places in Malaysia will cost quite a bit more. Have you or anyone here visited Penang before? Or you could go down through southern Thailand and then into the island of Penang in Malaysia and then down to the wonderful city of Kuala Lumpur. -Roger. While some of Asia’s nations, including Japan and Singapore, are known for being pretty expensive places to travel, there are those at the other end of the spectrum that offer terrific opportunities for budget travellers to explore for less.Here are some of the cheapest destinations around Asia where you’ll get more bang for your buck. I’ve been to Thailand but my husband has not, and while I would love for him to experience it, I’m also questioning whether I should return here or explore a new country. Right now it looks like Singapore or KL to Hokkaido is running about US$650 return for next July. It’s also a mellow city and it’s very tourist friendly. d) Visit the Dutch Hospital Precinct during Fridays & weekends or grab a bite to eat at the nearby Colombo City Hotel roof top restaurant with a nice view. Where did you take these prices from? I’d love to experience Malaysia on the way, but given the time constraint am thinking that we might just end up passing through, either overland or in flight. You won't really find much street food here, but the food in the million or so 7-Elevens is famously good and cheap. We could travel for a few days or longer to a few destinations by air, while keep returning to the base appartment. Christchurch, -Roger. While Japan is (along with Singapore) one of the most expensive countries in Asia, it’s not as expensive as you might expect. Mumbai Hopper looks at the country's 10 busiest airports. The best advice we can give regarding the latter us to thoroughly research before booking your flight, to ensure you’re not caught out in uncomfortably cold and or warm climes.