Looking for the most affordable cities to visit in Asia? We’ve put together a list of 10 budget friendly destinations in Asia where you can travel, explore and live as a tourist or expat.
1. Hanoi, Vietnam
This wonderful gem in Asia is a mixture of the French colonial side while successfully coming to its own sense of identity and look. The street food is mouth watering and inimitable. Hostels and private rooms are both cheap so that makes it easier from a flexibility point of view. Once there, be sure to try the world’s cheapest beer, Bia Hoi. Expect to spend about $18.60 per day.
2. Vientiane, Laos
Laos unfortunately does not get the same love which Vietnam does. Now, happily enough, it has come out of its shadow to bring to the world its diverse culture and low cost of living.
It has got the small town vibe to it which nourishes itself by being close to the river as the old civilizations. You can expect to spend about $19.79 a day.
3. Pokhara, Nepal
It may not boast the global appeal of Kathmandu but it does offer cheap prices, great local food and accommodation at low costs, trekking options and city life. Come prepared to spend about $20.31 per day.
4. Chiang Mai, Thailand
There are reasons why it is called Thailand’s Capital of the North. You live and experience those reasons every day in your stay. Temples, city walls, a moat, art, and delicious food at cheap prices with great living at low costs – are just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to this magical city of traditions and the modern day. Fill up your wallet to spend about $20.44 per day.
5. Hoi An, Vietnam
While not the most popular city on this list, this town is like stepping back into a time machine for it has been so well preserved. Hostels, private rooms and dorms are easily available to bring you an overall cost of $20.53 per day.
6. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Some still call it Saigon. Expect this city to envelop you with old world culture and look while also serving you modern day Saigon. Hostels are cheap and the food is undeniably coming to you at low prices and unforgettable. This dreamland will cost you $20.87 per day.
7. Manila, Philippines
The beaches are nearby, the food, like most parts in Asia, is so distinct and incomparable. The accommodation costs may not be the cheapest but you do tend to get more than you pay more. The people are friendly and will be happy to share tips to enhance you stay. Keep around $22.14 to spend per day.
8. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Finally, we have turned to Cambodia and what a delightful place it has awaiting our visit. It is as tourist friendly as it gets, the food and nightlife will help bring about a whole new appreciation towards Asia that you did not have before. You think you know Asia, come to Phnom Penh and everything will change. The change will cost you $22.15 per day.
9. Goa, India
We all think we have an idea of Goa and then you go to Goa to have it come true except it comes in 10 folds and keeps expanding. The beaches, the small islands, the parties, the food and the people are second to none. Come ready with $22.39 per day.
10. New Delhi, India
Last but not the least; we end with the country of a billion plus people. Unfortunately, compared to the rest of the list, the hostels, hotels, private rooms are a bit pricier than what people usually anticipate coming in. The food is excellent, the night life and sights will keep you wandering around with enthusiasm endlessly for days at the rate of $22.85 per day.