Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent, with an area of 44,579,000 square kilometres, that is about 30% of Earth’s total land area, it houses more than 4.4 billion people. Given its size and diversity, Asia varies greatly across and within its regions with regard to ethnic groups, cultures, environments, economics, historical ties and government systems.
#1 Pokhara, Nepal
Pokhara is considered as the most beautiful tourist destination in Nepal. It is less hectic than Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. April, May, October and November are considered the peak season. The non-peak season could get you the rates that are half or even less. Mountain hiking and trekking could add significantly to the cost.
Daily Estimated Cost: NPR1,688 = US$15.75/day or SG$21.60/day
#2 Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi is a very picturesque city, since 2014, Hanoi has been voted the top 10 world’s destination on Tripadvisor. Most of the cheaper hotels are located in the old city. Peak season usually starts from October to April, but the difference between peak and non-peak is about 10%.
Daily Estimated Cost: VND381,800 = US$17.20/day or SG$23.40/day
#3 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Prices are pretty similar to Hanoi, Vietnam. Backpacking travellers most often frequent the Phạm Ngũ Lão Street and Bùi Viện Street, District 1. Food and Drinks are relatively cheap in Vietnam. Peak season usually starts in December. Check out their Free Walking Tours managed by university tourism students.
Daily Estimated Cost: VND408,000 = US$18.30/day or SG$25.00/day
#4 Goa, India
Goa is located at Southwest of India, it is one of India’s richest states. The state of Goa is famous for its excellent beaches, churches, and temples. High season is from November through March, with a major spike during the weeks around Christmas and New Years. During this peak season Goa hotels will often double or even triple their rates, and still most things get booked up, so if you are coming then it’s best to book early. During April and May it’s mostly domestic tourists, and from June through August the area is mostly empty due to the dramatic monsoon season.
Daily Estimated Cost: INR1,238 = US$18.50/day or SG$25.25/day
#5 Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest and second most popular cultural city, after the capital of Bangkok. Most of the attractions are free or quite cheap. Peak season runs from November through March, while April through October you can often find excellent bargains at the fancy places. Check out the 7 wonders of Chiang Mai
Daily Estimated Cost: THB668 = US$19.15/day or SG$26.20/day
#6 Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world visit Kathmandu’s religious sites such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Budhanilkantha. Peak season starts from April through November. Hotels usually offer bargain rates, sometimes half their peak season prices during the non-peak period.
Daily Estimated Cost: NPR2,106 = US$19.71/day or SG$27.00/day
#7 Vientiane, Laos
Vientiane is yet another great bargain for travellers to Southeast Asia, with nearly everything cheaper than Bangkok. Peak season starts from October through February. Local dishes based on rice and noodles are cheapest, while sandwiches, pasta dishes, and pizza are slightly more expensive. Check out the 7 wonders of Laos
Daily Estimated Cost: LAK161,600 = US$20.00/day or SG$27.38/day
#8 Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang has both natural and historical sites. The Town of Luang Prabang is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms.
Daily Estimated Cost: LAK184,200 = US$22.80/day or SG$31.20/day
#9 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo is the capital and the largest city in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is quite cheap overall and it’s good value even compared to neighbouring countries, but it does lack a real budget traveller infrastructure. Food can be incredibly inexpensive if you eat rice and curry like most locals. Peak season starts from Christmas to March with most of the rest of the year being the off season.
Daily Estimated Cost: LKR3,360 = US$23.08/day or SG$31.60/day
#10 Delhi, India
A fine blend of old and new, ancient and modern, Delhi is a melting pot of cultures and religions. Most of the city’s attractions are free or cheap, but Delhi is still a relatively more expensive city compared to the rest of India. Peak season lasts generally from October through March, while non-peak season runs from April through September.
Daily Estimated Cost: INR1,576 = US$23.50/day or SG$32.15/day
#11 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The beauty that made it a ‘Paris of the East’ before 1970 is hidden beneath the reality of modern day Cambodia. Understand the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodia Genocide. Peak season is definitely December through February, plus a spike in visitors during the July and August holidays.
Daily Estimated Cost: US$23.75/day or SG$32.50/day
#12 Manila, Philippines
Manila is the main gateway to the Philippines’ many destinations, it is a blend between UNESCO World Heritage Site and modern architecture. Most of the tourist attractions are free or cheap, the transportation and food tend to be a bargain as well.
Daily Estimated Cost: PHP1,162 = US$24.24/day or SG$33.16/day