Now that travelers are ready to take to the skies, the costs associated with international travel have increased drastically. A majority of borders have reopened, but on the downside, an overpriced Europe or the Caribbean is no longer an option for many budget-conscious travelers.
Fortunately, Southeast Asia (SEA) remains a highly affordable destination. Across numerous countries, most Americans are able to enjoy a higher purchasing power and better quality of life, thanks to the strong dollar and the subcontinent’s surprisingly economical luxury amenities.
But where exactly in Southeast Asia will you get the best bang for your buck? Here are 4 destinations that are sure to be easier on the wallet:
Cambodia is one of the best destinations in the world for budget travelers. With friendly people and breathtaking scenery, there is plenty to see and do in the southeast Asian country. Travelers can explore ancient temples and floating villages like Kampong Phluk Village.
Examples of costs have been pulled from Siem Reap, Cambodia.
- Dinner for One: Budget dinner can be found for $5 or less, while fine dining options can be found as low as $20.
- Coffee: A coffee in Siem Reap won’t cost you much, only about $1.30
- Hotel: Budget hostels can be as cheap as $7 a night or less, while mid-range hotels can run as low as $25. If you want to live it up, 5-star hotels can be booked for as low as $50.
@sydneybullock7 This is Kampong Phluk Village, one of the four floating villages in Siem Reap. The houses and buildings are on stilts in order to accommodate the changing water level throughout the year. #cambodia #siemreap #siemreapcambodia🇰🇭 #floatingvillage #travel ♬ Together – Layup
If you want to feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale, visit the countryside of Vietnam. Home to some of the most impressive landscapes in Southeast Asia, you’re sure to head home with some incredible pictures. Plus, when you aren’t out exploring, your wallet will be happy to know that it won’t be taking a beating when it comes time to go out for dinner.
Examples of costs have been pulled from Ho Chi Minh City.
- Dinner for One: A cheap meal can be as low as $5 or less, while fine dining can be as low as $20 or $30.
- Coffee: You’ll have to limit your coffee intake because your wallet won’t mind a bit. Coffee will only run you about 75 cents in Ho Chi Minh.
- Hotel: Budget hotels and hostels can be found for under $10 per night, mid-range hotels can go for as low as $20, and luxury hotels can be found for under $100.
@yamiyjoko One of the most impressive landscapes in Vietnam 🇻🇳 #travel #fyp #vietnam #earth ♬ Divenire – Ludovico Einaudi
Home to beautiful islands like Bali and Java, known for their sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and laid-back culture, as well as vibrant city breaks bustling with trade and interesting sights — with Jakarta and Yogyakarta to name a couple — Indonesia appeals to travelers of different ages and all walks of life, though it is particularly favored by long-term travelers.
Indonesia’s new Digital Nomad Visa, which allows remote workers and entrepreneurs to reside in destinations like Bali effectively tax-free for five years, has also helped establish Indonesia as SEA’s number one budget-friendly vacation: it is officially the most sought-after winter sun destination on AirBnB.
Examples of costs have been pulled from Canggu, Bali, which is one of the “pricier” spots in Indonesia for travelers. These prices are likely to be lower throughout much of the rest of the country, which truly highlights how affordable of a destination it is.
- Dinner for One: A cheap meal can be as low as $3 or less, while fine dining can be as low as $20.
- Coffee: Craving some caffeine? A typical coffee in Canggu will run you about $1 or less.
- Hotel: Budget hotels and hostels can be found for under $30 per night, mid-range hotels can go be found for under $70, and luxury hotels can be found as low as $100 to $200 per night.
@bellipopelli my favorite hotel in Bali for only 20€ a night☁️🌛#bali#uluwatu#balitok#traveltok#hotel#cheap#travel#indonesia#pool#night#vacation ♬ why are people using this omg – 🍂
Thailand is the perfect budget destination in Southeast Asia for those who want a bit of everything. Gorgeous beaches, ancient temples, and amazing nightlife are all options for those traveling in Thailand. If that isn’t enough, travelers can rest easy knowing that all of this fun and exploring will come at a low cost!
Examples of costs have been pulled from Bangkok.
- Dinner for One: A cheap meal can be as low as $7 or less, while fine dining can be as low as $20 to $40.
- Coffee: Coffee will only cost travelers about $2 or less in Bangkok.
- Hotel: Budget hotels and hostels can be found for under $10 per night, mid-range hotels can go for as low as $30, and luxury hotels can be found for under $100.
@lxfil Food in Thailand hits different #streetfood #foodie #foodtiktok #foodtok #asia #thailand #food #travel ♬ Love You So – The King Khan & BBQ Show
The Triumphant Return Of Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is one of the trendiest tourist destinations for 2023 now that most nations within the territory have loosened their once-strict COVID curbs. Traveling to a majority of them, Americans are no longer required to undergo grueling testing regimes or check into quarantine facilities. Most importantly, they no longer face vaccine discrimination, a hard no for restriction-wary Americans returning to Asia.
There’s no denying that Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Malaysia having changed their hard stance on health crisis management was a powerful driving force behind the regional tourism rebound, but it’s not the only factor behind it: all of America’s preferred holiday spots, from Mexico’s Caribbean Coast to the European Mediterranean, have seen vacation package prices soar in recent months.
In Europe, the 2023 summer season will be accompanied by further hikes, as noted by experts as early as last November, while parts of North and Central America have unashamedly begun catering exclusively to high-end customers. Amid the economic chaos, it’s clear now the SEA collective has resurged as a safe haven not only for backpackers and budget travelers but also for digital nomads.
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