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Cheapest Asian countries to visit in 2024

Asian culture is famous worldwide for its cordial and respectful attitude toward guests.

Sometimes, travelers from Europe or America fear long and expensive flights to Asia. Unfortunately, the flight is long, but if you take the plunge, you will open a chest of treasures unlike anywhere else.

A woman standing at Phi Phi View Point And see the view from a bird's eye view of the mountains, the sea and the sunset. and town on Phi Phi Island, Krabi Province, Thailand
Phi Phi viewpoint in Thailand © Getty Images

We have put together a list of the most affordable countries to travel to in Asia so that the cost of living and exchange rates can compensate for your ticket expenses. Our Flight search will always find something special that fits your budget.

Cheap Asian destinations where you can travel on a tight budget

  1. India
  2. Cambodia
  3. Laos
  4. Indonesia
  5. Bangladesh
  6. Philippines

India – A diverse country like no other

Of all the countries in the world, it is India that will change a person’s worldview and the idea of ​​life, death, and happiness all in one trip. Traveling through this extensive and multi-colored country will truly open your eyes like no other.

India is very affordable for travelers. In the capital of this great country, you can find a double room in a hotel with all the amenities starting at $5 per day. Such accommodation is not chic-but that doesn’t matter because there are so many stunning places to go, so you’ll only need your hotel to sleep.

Best places to visit in India

Although India is a cheap destination, prices vary from city to city. Let’s look at the cheapest and most fantastic vacation spots in the country.

Kolkata- A whole different side to India

India, West Bengal, Kolkata, Nakhoda mosque
India, West Bengal, Kolkata, Nakhoda mosque © Getty Images

Kolkata is a perfect place to stay for a while to get to know Indian culture. Here, you can walk along the central streets of the old city, look into the temple of the goddess Kali, and visit the Kumartuli artisans’ quarter. But on the other side of the city, you can see the harsh reality for some locals in the slums where they live.

Agonda – Relax at the beach and feel the local vibes

The best thing about Agonda is that it provides visitors with an escape from the country’s hustle and bustle. It is a small village in Goa with a single street running along the sea. The street has no name and offers visitors a couple of convenience stores, a wine shop, and a clean white-sand beach with a calm sea. Not much, but if you’re looking for a true relaxing getaway, do you even need anything else?

Delhi – The capital with a far-reaching cultural life

If you want to discover Delhi, you might need several weeks. Check out the city’s main sights (among many): the Lal Qila or Red Fort, the Qutb Minar mosque, and the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Although it is a capital city, staying there is very affordable for the average traveler.

Everything you did not know about India in numbers

Area: 3,287,000 km2 Languages: Hindi, English Capital city: New Delhi
Population: 1.3 billion Local Currency: Indian rupee Time zone: GMT+5.30

Average monthly temperatures in New Delhi, India

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Cambodia – A truly new and under rated travel experience

Unlike certain Asian countries, Cambodia is still an untouched story waiting to be read, which means attractive prices for trips there. However, it will not always be like this. Considering Cambodia’s stunning beauty and nature, the country is slowly seeing an influx of travelers each year. But you still have time to taste authentic Cambodia before it turns into a second Thailand or Bali.

Best places to visit in Cambodia

Let’s look at the top-rated cheap spots of the country where Angelina Jolie fought multi-armed stone demons in the role of Lara Croft.

Go to the main sea resort of the country – Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is a fantastic place to have a beach holiday. If you get bored of relaxing, the temples of Wat Leu will open you up to the marvelous world of ancient Cambodia.

Siem Reap – A mecca for adventure lovers

Siem Reap has many things to see and do that the most tempted adventure-seekers will need at least three days in this city. Even if adventure and history are not your cup of tea, the Angkor Wat temple will still amaze you.

Angkor Wat
The iconic sunrise at Angkor Wat © Getty Images

See where the past and present meet in Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, was once one of the most beautiful cities in French colonial Asia before numerous wars destroyed the city. But nowadays, it is a lovely metropolis where posh modern buildings and ancient holdovers like the Royal Palace mix together.

Everything you did not know about Cambodia in numbers

Area: 181,035 km2 Language: Khmer Capital city: Phnom Penh
Population: 16.9 million Local Currency: Cambodia riel Time zone: GMT+7

Average monthly temperatures in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Avg Temp Phnom Penh Cambodia

Laos – A vacation here is as good as Thailand, but much cheaper

Laos is the country where time stops. The relaxed, leisurely atmosphere, and the friendly Laotians who have retained the same way of life for hundreds of years, have made Laos an unconventional dream destination.

Laos is moderately wild, exotic, and much cheaper than neighboring Vietnam and Thailand. There is no sea here, but ancient temples are dotted among tropical forests and picturesque mountains.

Best places to visit in Laos

Regarding travel, Laos can be divided into three regions-North, Center, and South. Each part is exciting and unique in its own way.

Luang Prabang – Come here if you want to see one of the most outstanding cities of Asia

Luang Prabang is Laos’s ancient city and a fascinating place to visit. It’s on its way to making it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. No one can feel indifferent about it after visiting its monasteries and temples, like the Wat Xieng Thong Monastery or the That Chomsi Pagoda.

Luang Prabang
Boat trips are a must activity in Luang Prabang © Getty Images

Wake up early to see a procession of Buddhist monks through the streets. An old, respected tradition that is repeated every day in Luang Prabang.

Si Phan Don – A place for a cozy escape

Head south to Si Phan Don to experience authentic tropical laziness. Si Phan Don is a cluster of islands: during the dry season, the waters descend, and thousands more small islands appear on the surface, which again disappear underwater during the rainy season. It’s a stunning picturesque view away from civilization.

The most oversized island, Don Khong, is a languorous, genuine place to spend your holiday on a hammock at the beach.

Two smaller islands, Don Khon and Don Det, are kind of a backpacker mecca with a multitude of budget accommodation options.

Vientiane – A day or two in the tiny capital

To be fair, you shouldn’t expect much from Vientiane: the capital is really small, and tourists mostly don’t stay there for a long time. Usually, they stop there for a few days on their way to the popular village of Vang Vieng. Nevertheless, if you spend several days in the capital, you will be satisfied by the abundance of incredible temples and other architectural masterpieces that can be found in various corners.

Everything you did not know about Laos in numbers

Area: 236,800 km2 Language: Lao Capital city: Vientiane
Population: 7.3 million Local Currency: Laotian kip Time zone: GMT+7

Average monthly temperatures in Vientiane, Laos

Avg Temp Vientiane Laos

Indonesia – An inexpensive paradise on Earth

Indonesia is worth visiting for its unique geographical position: it connects two continents and separates two oceans. It holds a unique biodiversity and stunning forms of nature. Wait until you see what the cultural side of this vast country can offer you when you visit.

Best places to visit in Indonesia

Since Indonesia is quite a popular destination, let’s look at less promoted and more budget-friendly places.

Jimbaran – A cozy village and heaven for foodies on a budget

The small village of Jimbaran is located not far from the big city of Denpasar and is surrounded by a calm bay. When you kick back on the local beach, you can see planes landing over your head at the airport. Jimbaran is an ideal place for foodies: the cheapest seafood you can get is shark, and it only costs just $1 for a kilogram

If you’re a lover of nighttime, come to Kuta

Kuta Beach is a hot spot for those who adore parties and vibrant nightlife. This place has everything that those who travel for nighttime entertainment: various bars, fancy discos, well-lit streets through to the morning, and bustling night markets.

Of course, daytime attractions are also available, including the Waterboom Park water park and thrilling parks for fans of bungee jumping (Adrenaline Park, Bali Bangy).

Indonesia can be great even without the sea – Check out Jakarta

Indonesia’s capital has no sea, yet the metropolis is charming. The former ancient seaport will leave a positive impression on shoppers and foodies. Large shopping malls have everything for those looking to drop a few dollars. Restaurants and street food counters offer extensive menus at reasonable prices. In addition, there are many interesting museums and spacious parks for kids and adults.

Jakarta's New Icon, Semanggi Overpass, in a Super Bright Day
Jakarta’s New Icon, Semanggi Overpass, in a Super Bright Day © Getty Images

Everything you did not know about Indonesia in numbers

Area: 1,905,000 km2 Language: Indonesian Capital city: Jakarta
Population: 276.4 million Local Currency: Indonesian rupiah Time zone: GMT+7

Average monthly temperatures in Jakarta, Indonesia

Avg Temp Jakarta Indonesia

Bangladesh – A country of immense kindness

Bangladesh is a country of stunning nature, great tourism potential, and, unfortunately, high poverty levels. But do not rush to the conclusion that Bangladesh is not safe – on the contrary, all travelers have noted that the local people are very friendly, the crime rate is extremely low, and tourists are welcomed as dear guests.

Best places to visit in Bangladesh

Bangladesh itself is a cheap country, but you should know which are the most affordable places to see if you’re on a budget.

Find the longest beach in the world in Cox’s Bazar

Cox’s Bazar is the only seaside area in Bangladesh. Come and relax on delightful beaches with golden sand and clear water. Cox’s Bazar holds the longest natural beach in the world, at a length of 125 km.

Chittagong – A big city with a big history

Chittagong, officially called Chattogram, has a rich history you can discover by walking around the city’s cute streets. The city is known as the “cemetery of ships” due to an abandoned ship fleet placed there: you can walk on the coastline, and thousands of dismantled ships will be scattered along it.

Experience Banglasedhi life in Dhaka

Dhaka is not that big of a city. Spend one or two days there to experience every day Bangladesh life. The main attractions are the Pink Palace, the Lalbagh Fort, and the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.

Traffic Jam in Dhaka
Traffic jam in Dhaka © Getty Images

Everything you did not know about Bangladesh in numbers

Area: 148,560 km2 Language: Bengali Capital city: Dhaka
Population: 166.3 million Local Currency: Bangladeshi taka Time zone: GMT+6

Average monthly temperatures in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Amazing cliff view in the Philippines © Getty Images

The Philippines – The homeland of karaoke and the only Christian country in Asia

If you think karaoke was invented in Japan, here is a big surprise: it actually comes from the Philippines. The Philippines is a musical nation. Don’t be surprised if the locals make you sing and dance with them.

The Philippines is the only Christian country in Asia, meaning travelers will feel comfortable regarding religious or alcohol rules during the trip.

The country is dotted with perfect white sand beaches and incredibly beautiful coral reefs.

Best places to visit in the Philippines

Look at these top-rated affordable spots in the Philippines.

Discover a tropical fairy tale in Boracay

Boracay is blessed with stunning sceneries we’re used to seeing in romantic movies set on tropical islands. On one side is White Beach, which is perfect for those who like a calm and laid-back holiday with swimming and lying around. On the other side, there is Bulabog, with its constant crashing waves, mostly for windsurfers and kitesurfers.

White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
White Beach in Boracay, Philippines, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world © Getty Images

Manila – A capital where you can relax

Though it is the capital and is known to be chaotic at the best times, there are cozy corners in Manila where you can escape from the commotion and chill out on the beach. Besides sea leisure, tourists can also see many unique architectural and historical monuments of the ancient city.

Everything you did not know about the Philippines in numbers

Area: 300,000 km2 Language: Filipino, English Capital city: Manila
Population: 111 million Local Currency: Philippine peso Time zone: GMT+8

Average monthly temperatures in Manila, Philippines

Avg Temp Manila Philippines

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