On A Budget Series – Breathtaking Travel Destinations In Asia For Less Than $200

Traveling is something that a lot of people fantasize about but never really get to do because of time constraints and, of course, money. Little do most travelers know, traveling can now be done in style without breaking the bank. Here we will provide 5 travel destinations in Asia and show how a budget of $200 or less per day is enough for each person.

Destination: Chiang Mai, Thailand

One of the most beautiful travel destinations in Southeast Asia is Thailand. Though Bangkok is very popular, there are other places that are perfect for tourists as well – one of them is Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai has everything that a traveler may want – amazing food, beautiful beaches, teeming jungles and cheap prices.

Overall Budget: $150/day/person

  • Accommodations: $60/ night/ person
  • Attractions: $40/day/ person
  • Food: $20/day/person
  • Transportation: $15/day/person
  • Misc: $15/day/person

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If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the Thai culture, staying at the Tanita House would be a great choice for you. It provides a unique setting where you will be treated as a family member and you’ll feel right at home. The Jasmine Hills Lodge, on the other hand, provides you with outdoor activities as well as a relaxing ambiance.

Attractions:

  • Wat Prathat Doi Suthep – a mountain temple with a Buddha shrine, which can be reached by hiking, a motorbike, or a songthaew.
  • Doi Pui – a Hmong village with a traditional hill tribe exhibit.
  • Doi Inthanon – the highest point in Thailand, with trekking routes, some waterfalls, and a tribe village.
  • Lak Muang – a shrine inside Wat Chedit Luang, the home of the guardian spirit of Chiang Mai.
  • Wat Prasingh – a temple that was built in 1345 by a king for his father.

Food:

Thailand offers delicious and exotic food that would make any tourist’s mouth water. Pad Thai, which is very popular, is a dish consisting of rice, eggs, noodles, peanuts and fish sauce. Penang Curry is a mild curry with peanut sauce and goes very well with chicken or beef. And since most Thai dishes are spicy, their Iced Tea would be a great contrast. It is made with strong tea, mixed with ice and very condensed milk.

Need a passport?

As a US traveler, yes, you need a passport to travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand so you may want to processing your passport online.

Destination: Penang, Malaysia

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Penang is a fusion of everything relaxing and everything adventurous. It is also a very good example of the balance between modern and traditional. You’ll see a variety of authentic Malaysian culture interspersed with modern lifestyle in their culture and breathtaking attractions.

Overall Budget: $180/day/person

  • Accommodations: $70/ night/ person
  • Attractions: $40/day/ person
  • Food: $35/day/person
  • Transportation: $25/day/person
  • Misc: $20/day/person

Accommodations:

Penang has a lot of guest houses and hostels to choose from, all of which are budget friendly and are perfect for both families and couples looking to relax and backpackers looking for an adventure. The Clockwise Hostel is strategically located near popular tourist attractions, so you won’t have to worry about wasting time on traveling from one tourist spot to another. Another option is the House of Journey, which provides guests with an authentic Early Penang ambience.

Attractions:

  • Penang National Park – with eight beaches hidden inside.
  • Ke Lok Si – the biggest and most extraordinary Buddhist temple in Malaysia.
  • Balik Pulau – with organic farms, rice paddles and fishing villages.

Food:

With so many local staple dishes, there’s no way to say which ones are at the top of the list. Penang does have a few places that serve a variety of dishes though, and these places are a must try. The Gurney Drive Penang has been featured in a number of food magazines and TV networks because they serve delicious local dishes in a seaside strip that is just perfect for tourists. Another option is The Red Garden, which is a food court that offers any and all local Malaysian dishes as well as other Asian dishes.

Destination: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia is rich with culture and history. It offers tourist attractions that are not only beautiful, but also provide a piece of history that cannot be seen anywhere else. With beautiful colonial architecture pieces that are still intact to this day, a visit to Siem Reap will be both enjoyable and educational.

Overall Budget: $180/day/person

  • Accommodations: $60/ night/ person
  • Attractions: $40/day/ person
  • Food: $40/day/person
  • Transportation: $20/day/person
  • Misc: $20/day/person

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Accommodations:

For those who enjoy meeting fellow travelers and meeting new friends, then Hak’s House is the place for you when you visit Siem Reap. It has a very social setting that encourages guests to meet and mingle. If you’re looking for a place with a huge party scene, then the Mad Donkey hostel is perfect for you. With a lot of entertainment, you’ll surely enjoy your stay.

Attractions:

  • Angkor Wat – a temple that was built to reflect the heavens here on Earth.
  • Bayon Temple – a luxuriously decorated temple, the last state temple built in Angkor.
  • Ta Prohm Temple – a temple with trees growing and becoming intertwined with the ruins.
  • Kulen Mountain National Park – regarded as the origin of the ancient Khmer Empire

Food:

Siem Reap is a hot pot of delicious and spicy dishes. If you like curry, then the Bayon Restaurant is a must try. It has a beautiful garden setting that makes dining a sightseeing event as well. To find the most amazing Khmer dishes, you should visit the Chivit Thai and the Cuisine Wat Damnak.

Destination: Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital and biggest city. It has a French feel combined with traditional Vietnamese culture. Hanoi offers tourists a lot of attractions that were barely touched by war and still maintains their authentic Vietnamese history.

passport requirementsOverall Budget: $170/day/person

  • Accommodations: $65/ night/ person
  • Attractions: $40/day/ person
  • Food: $30/day/person
  • Transportation: $20/day/person
  • Misc: $15/day/person

Accommodations:

Maison d’Orient is a beautifully designed hotel that is full of handcrafted furniture and rooms names after spices. It provides its guests with a powerful ambience that puts you right in the middle of Vietnam’s culture. The La Maison Hai Ly, another option, offers guava, orchids and bananas in its gardens. Tourists are able to enjoy an open living room facing the private garden.

Attractions:

  • Tran Quoc Pagoda – more than 1500 years old, it is the oldest pagoda in Hanoi.
  • Saint Joseph Cathedral – a neo-gothic Roman Catholic cathedral erected 120 years ago.
  • Hanoi Opera House – one of the most prominent political and architectural buildings in Hanoi.
  • Van Phuc Silk Village – producing traditional silk products, located at the Nhue River bank.

Food:

Cha Ca, a dish of fish, dill, peanuts, turmeric, oil and noodles, is the specialty of Cha Ca La Vong. Chim Sao Restaurant, on the other hand, specializes in all traditional Hanoi cuisine. These two places provide tourists with an authentic Hanoi experience in terms of food. For travelers who just want to relax and talk over coffee, the Hanoi House Café offers Hanoi coffee with other dishes, as well as a view of the St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

Need a passport?

If you don’t have a passport yet, you may need to start processing your passport because you will need it when traveling to Hanoi, Vietnam.

Destination: Beijing, China

China is famous for its history and historical wonders. From the Great Wall of China to the Forbidden City, you can see it all by staying at Beijing. If you want a trip that is rich in culture and history, with its architecture from the past still standing, then Beijing is for you.

Overall Budget: $190/day/person

  • Accommodations: $80/ night/ person
  • Attractions: $30/day/ person
  • Food: $40/day/person
  • Transportation: $20/day/person
  • Misc: $20/day/person

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Jade International Youth hostel is a great choice for young tourists from all over the world. Located at the heart of Beijing, it is near the Forbidden City and other tourist must see attractions. The Sunrise Hostel is also strategically located, and it provides a relaxed but still social ambience for its guests.

Attractions:

  • Forbidden City – China’s crowning glory, this is the largest imperial palace in the world.
  • Great Wall – one of the 8 wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China can be visited from Beijing.
  • Tiananmen Square – boasted as the largest city square, it remains a relaxed and solemn place.
  • Altar Of Earth – the only altar left for the God of the Earth, built by the Ming Dynasty in 1530.

Food:

China is very famous for their roast duck, and one of the best places to get roast duck is at the Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant. Fangshan, or food for emperors, offers tourists a taste of authentic food fed to the old emperors. To find a wide variety of Beijing food, visit food streets, such as Fangzhuang and Wangfujing.

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Start processing your passport online if you plan to travel to Beijing, China.

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