You really want to travel and see the world, but it’s just too expensive! Sound familiar? Guess what – travelling really isn’t just for the financially robust.
Skyscanner recommends these 5 amazing destinations where you can stretch your dollar for an entirely satisfying vacation without busting your wallet.
1. Vang Vieng, Laos
A favourite for the young, restless and budget-conscious, no place screams ‘tropical adventure’ like Laotian town Vang Vieng. Attractions in the area include limestone karst cliffs, labyrinthine caves and tunnels, the Nam Song River, idyllic lagoons and more.
Few other places on the planet allow one to live life to the fullest the way Vang Vieng does – get your blood pumping rock-climbing on steep cliffs, exploring dark caves or rafting, then relax on a rubber tube and drift down the Nam Song after.
Finish the day off with a laze on a hammock by the river or jump in the Blue Lagoon for a soak and swim in its clear fresh waters.
The best part? With hostels aplenty, you can get a roof over your head for as little as a few US dollars per night. Food, fun and alcohol also come at an extremely wallet-friendly cost in Vang Vieng.
2. Siem Reap, Cambodia
If you’ve lived in Asia your whole life and haven’t made the short hop over to Siem Reap yet, it’s high time you did so. Take a short flight to Phnom Penh and continue on a bus over to the province that is home to the internationally acclaimed Angkor temples as well as the majestic Tonle Sap Lake, largest freshwater reserve in Southeast Asia.
There, feast your eyes upon the majestic Angkorian ruins, one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage site (that includes world-famous Angkor Wat, a religious monument from the 12th century and the largest of its kind in the world).
The visual appreciation of these historical and natural wonders comes free of charge, the area is filled with budget dormitories and hostels, and the food is extremely affordable too. So what are you waiting for?
3. Sapa, Vietnam
For something a little more tranquil, how about the idyllic mountainous district of Sapa instead? Grab a flight to Hanoi and take the night train straight to Sapa Valley, the scenic treasure of Vietnam.
A postcard-perfect region with fresh cool air, green pastures, valleys, mountains, bamboo forests and more, it looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale. Do a trekking and homestay tour amidst the rice fields, waterfalls and villages for a refreshing, satisfying and budget-friendly vacation.
4. Colombo, Sri Lanka
But if you’re more a city person, Colombo – the capital of Sri Lanka – is one of the cheapest cities you can visit in the world. A bustling port city chock-full of history, culture and colour, a holiday in Colombo is light on the wallet but heavy on enjoyment.
Visit the 120-year old Gangaramaya Temple, one of the country’s most historically significant religious sites (where Buddhist scholars such as Ratmalana Sri Dharmarama Thero, and Weligama Sri Sumangala Thero studied), then hit local street markets for some truly guilt-free retail therapy. For an affordable meal with a great view, grab a picnic basket and dine under the open sky at the Galle Face, a beautiful coastal promenade along the Indian Ocean.
5. Kota Kinabalu
If you want an out-of-the-world experience within Malaysia, though, then Kota Kinabalu may be right for you. One of the cheapest tourist destinations in the country, Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to the amazing Mount Kinabalu, tallest mountain in Malaysia.
Grab a budget climbing package for a 2-day 1-night ascend of this incredible mountain for less than RM900 to test your limits against Mother Nature, and be rewarded with breathtaking views at the peak along with a priceless sense of accomplishment when you’re done.
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A version of this article first appeared on Skyscanner.
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