As the cost of travel drops, it is time for you to pack your bag and explore new destinations! We have talked about this many times. So instead of just sharing tips, this post will share some places in Asia, where you can survive on 50USD per day.
As you know, Indonesia is a wonderful place to be. There are so many off the tourist tracks paths and touristy-but-beautiful destinations. You can visit Belitung Island for 4 days, head up to Lake Toba. Or visit Bali. Or East Java.
- Accommodation per night: from US$3-10 (depending on where you are) and the average cost is like US$20 per night in a homestay or hostel
- Cost per meal: I usually spend US$2 for road side meals or US$7 for a meal at a nice restaurant in a buzzing city center
- Visit: Depends on where you are and what you’d like to do. Check out the series on Off The Tourist Tracks in Indonesia.
Vietnam is a fine place. It’s becoming more and more western when I return, but it’s good that the economy is booming. Vietnam still one of the most popular places for backpackers and travellers on a gap year. Most people speak English and the city is western enough to explore but traditional enough to explore the difference in culture. I lived in Saigon for 3 months and return every month for a year. It is very different from the other cities in Vietnam, and I highly recommend you to do a road trip on a motorbike!
- Accommodation per night: from US$3 (hostel in Saigon) and the average cost is like US$20 per night
- It is alright to stay further away, because transport via Grab is really cheap. They cost US$1-2 per ride.
- Cost per meal: I really love the local cuisine like Pho and Com Tam. They cost US$3-4 per meal
- Visit: things to do in Saigon, other cities, bike road trip
Cambodia is truly a wonder. It is both for backpackers and luxury stays without checking the price tag. From Phnom Penh, you can spend the days exploring the city and head to the other quieter cities. Or just fly to Siem Reap and check out Angkor Wat! I think Phnom Penh has changed a lot and developed incredibly fast. And things might get more expensive as more people travel to Cambodia, but it is all good for now!
- Accommodation per night: from US$3 for a hostel and US$28 for a fancy nice and clean hotel
- Cost per meal: beers cost US$1 each. Meals are less than US$5 per person. Maybe US$7 at a fancier place. International breakfast buffet for just US$12 at Khema Pasteu.
- Visit: Angkor Wat, Cardamom Mountain, Phnom Sampeu, Kayaking along Kampot River
I guess it is impossible to skip Thailand in this list! Thailand, like all the countries, can be super cheap to super expensive. It’s cheaper up north in Chiangrai, so you see plenty of digital nomads there. The islands can also be quite cheap, especially if you visit the rural islands. Bangkok will be your springboard point, and you can travel to the islands or other cities from there.
Ps: I love the “female only” hostels.
- Accommodation per night: from US$8 and the average cost is like US$20 per night in hostel right at the heart of the city
- Cost per meal: Meals are US$5 and street food are between US$1 to US$2.
- Visit: the islands in the south, mountains in the north, national park in the middle, Hua Hin, Bangkok rooftop bars
Bonus: Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is one of the underrated countries in South Asia. For 50USD a day, you can enjoy Sri Lanka like a king and explore the hidden gems.
- Accommodation per night: as low as US$3 for a shared vill. For other basic hotels, they cost US$25.
- Cost per meal: goes as low as US$2 for a meal, to US$14 for 2 pax (Check out the 10 food to try by BBCgoodfood)
- Visit: Sri Maha Bodhiya (Bodhi Tree Temple) in Anuradhapura and the Sri Dhalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) in Kandy, tea planation, beaches of the South Indian ocean, old trains with no windows
Trevellers is my way to change the world. Through my stories, tips and lessons learnt, I truly hope to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone, see the world and see who you truly are. Travel is more than just taking a selfie. Travel is an adventure, where you can truly become who you are, give you the time to reflect and grow to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.