Monday, April 15, 2013

10 Cheap Travel Destinations in Southeast Asia

Although countries like Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore proved to be wonderful holiday destinations in Asia, they can be much more expensive compared to other nations in the continent.

Below is the list of cheaper options for a holiday vacation in Southeast Asia:

1) Luang Prabang, Laos

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Temples and old French architecture are the main highlight of a visit to Luang Prabang. They create an intriguing and fascinating atmosphere making this fascinating city of Laos one of the most desirable vacation spot.

2) Sa Pa, Vietnam

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Set in the mountains of northern Vietnam, the town of Sa Pa provides access to some of the best trekking in the country. Search for cheap flights to Vietnam and wander through rice covered mountains or explore nearby villages. Sa Pa is a place you can linger indefinitely while you watch the clouds roll through.

3) Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

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The perfect spot to have a break from China’s crowded cities with a few day’s trekking along the scenic Tiger Leaping Gorge. There’s no need to pack a tent because you can stay in rustic accommodations provided by the locals. Eat basic but delicious meals along the trail and take in some amazing views.

4) Koh Tarutao, Thailand

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Skip the crowded beaches of Phuket and Koh Phi Phi and head to Koh Tarutao. You may also consider bringing a tent to enjoy the almost isolated beach in this national park. On the other hand, you can try the basic cabins and simple restaurant which are available around the area. Yes, it is still possible to enjoy a solitary beach in Thailand.

5) Georgetown, Malaysia

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For a rewarding gastronomical delights, Georgetown is the place to be. You can find a wide range of Indian, Chinese and Malay food here at very cheap prices so you can feast your way through several days of this affordable fare.

6) Hoi An, Vietnam

Book a flight to Vietnam and explore the beauty and charm of the old town streets. Eat local specialties. Buy hand-tailored clothes. Hoi An has options for everyone and it’s one of the most affordable stops in the already inexpensive country of Vietnam.

7) Dali, China

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You will surely be entertained by the traditional architecture and minority cultures of Dali in China. Set in the Yunnan Province, it is both affordable and diverse making it an exciting place to explore.

8) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Head to Kuala Lumpur and skip the more expensive cities of Hong Kong and Singapore for cheaper shopping options. You will also surely enjoy its amazing food and spectacular city views from Malaysia’s tallest buildings.

9) Bagan, Myanmar

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Explore the home of the largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world. See this unique area for a fraction of the cost of comparable places around the world.

10) Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Visit Cambodia’s white-sand beaches and undeveloped tropical islands before they became more popular, because like most places in Southeast Asia, it’ll soon be discovered. Enjoy its beauty while it is much cheaper to do so.
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