Budget holidays beyond India
Top budget destinations to explore outside India.
Always dreamt of holidaying outside India but never planned one thinking it might be too expensive? It is time to put your travel dreams back on track and plan a vacation out of India as some of the beautiful destinations of the world do not necessarily have to burn a hole in your wallet. Check out these amazing budget travel destinations that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but are totally worth your time and money.
A country favored by all genres of travelers, the major appeal for Thai travelers is to realize how affordable this destination is. Brimming with grand temples, dynamic cities, gorgeous beaches, and scenic natural beauty, Thailand has some of the best ways to offer you a seamless blend of nature, adventure, culture and modern cityscape. It is also a much sought after destination by budget travelers as it is, in fact, one of the most affordable and cheap places to travel in the world.
- 1 INR is approximately 0.46 Thai Baht. You can spend a day in Thailand which includes accommodation, transportation, and meals from 5000 to 7000 INR on reasonably priced travel services.
Cocooned within the abundance of nature’s pristine landscape intertwined with the reminiscence of historic pasts, Vietnam offers a flawless medley of nature’s beauty and historical ruins. As one of the cheap travel destinations of the world, Vietnam is quite famous among backpackers who just love to wander around the cities and countryside at their own pace to get the first-hand experience of the local lifestyle.
- A stay at a backpacker’s hostel or a budget hotel will cost you less than 1000 INR. Transportation and three meals for the day would cost between 1500 to 2000 INR per person.
One of the most underestimated destinations in Asia, Laos is a breathtaking country teeming with densely forested terrains, ethnic settlements, somnolent river townships, beautiful monasteries, and French colonial remnants. Unlike its neighboring countries, Laos is untainted by mass tourism and being shrouded in dense greenery dotted by gorgeous waterfalls makes it an idyllic spot to experience a serene nature getaway. Being ethnically diverse, Laos also offers you to witness the best of South East Asia in a nutshell.
- A basic day spent in a guesthouse accommodation with local meals and transportation will cost you around 3000 INR.
A quaint country located at the foothills of majestic Himalayas, Nepal offers a perfect blend of grand Himalayan vistas, charming townships, and jungle adventures. Wherever you are in Nepal, you would always be able to view the grand Himalayas looming in the background. A favorite among trekkers, Nepal offers an amazing assortment of mountain hiking trails that vary from mild adventures to challenging difficulties.
- A simple budget hotel with meals and transportation would cost around 3000 to 5000 INR per day.
Don’t get fooled by the petite size of Sri Lanka. The teardrop-shaped island country located off the southern coast of India is jam-packed with natural and historic attractions. Endless beach shores, sprawling dense rainforests, rich wildlife, lush green tea plantations and ancient, historical attractions together offer you a bountiful of experiences in a compact size. Sri Lanka is also renowned for its lip-smacking cuisine and marvelous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sri Lanka is also home to some of the best surf beaches in the world and is also turning into a popular scuba diving zone for underwater adventure enthusiasts.
- A day spent in Sri Lanka would cost around 5000 INR which includes a stay at a guesthouse, meals in local cuisine and transportation by public bus or train. Buses and trains are a popular choice among budget travelers in Sri Lanka as they are quite cheap, frequently available and have a vast connection with all regions within the country.
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Infused in culture and history, Cambodia takes you back into an era of regal splendours. The architectural wonders of Angkor Wat would leave you intrigued about its creation. Known for its sheer natural beauty, its wilderness sheathed landscapes are accentuated by verdant forests and cascading waterfalls. Its cities merge with the old world charms and offer its visitors a beautiful experience of the modern and ancient world. Cambodia’s Southern Islands are now teardrop-shaped for island hopping excursions that let visitors witness the unparalleled beauty of untouched natural panoramas.
- An average daily cost per person per day in Cambodia will cost around 2500 INR. However, destinations such as Angkor Wat and Siam Reap are now bit expensive than other places in Cambodia.
Indonesia is a tropical haven. It is all about sun, sea, and sand. Being an archipelago country, Indonesia offers a myriad of isles to choose for your perfect beach escape and plenty of countryside settlements to indulge in its rich cultural ambiance. Though places like Bali and Kuta offers an amazing range of chic resorts, they would totally put stress on your holiday budget. For budget travelers, Indonesia offers an assortment of charming budget resorts and vacation stays at really nominal prices.
- You can spend an entire day in Indonesia on a budget of 3000 INR if you opt for basic hotels and accommodation options. If you are looking for a spa experience, don’t opt for high-end resort spa deals. Instead, try the local, low-cost options which offer an excellent rejuvenating experience with simple facilities.
Boasted as the happiest country in the world, Bhutan is a neighboring nation to India bordering along its majestic peaks on its northern side. The country’s majestic mountain terrain and lush forests along with the tranquil vibes make it an ideal destination to get away from the chaos of daily life. The sights of fluttering prayer flags, the silence of deep valleys accentuated by soft voices of monks chanting soothes your mind, body, and soul. Bhutan’s essence of calm would also stop you from taking stress regarding the budget on your holiday as it is also one of the most affordable countries to visit in Asia.
- Even though the official currency of Bhutan is Bhutanese Ngultrum, Indian Rupee is widely accepted in Bhutan and you can find an amazing array of vacation rentals and budget hotels that offer deals within 1000 to 1400 INR for a night.
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If you are a budget conscious traveler, there are few tried and tested ways to make sure you get worth of every penny you spend in a foreign land. In every destination, one of the ways to assure you experience a reasonably affordable holiday is by trying to stretch your money. Opting for homestays and vacation rentals are a great way to save your money. These would also give you the opportunity to mingle with local people and get an insight into their cultural aspect and lifestyle. Other two ways that help a lot in effective cost-cutting is traveling on public transport and eating as the locals do. A little bit of research on where to go and what to do for budget-conscious travelers in a particular destination is all you need to do to make your travel dreams into reality in a cost-effective way.
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I guess Bhutan is cheap only for neighbouring nations. As other nationalities have to pay 200-250$ a day to be in the country. By the way, amazing list you have posted there. I personally have been to all of the countries mentioned here except Bhutan and Sri Lanka. I hope I will visit Sri Lanka next winter and Bhutan when the opportunity arise 🙂 Totally agree with the rest, they are cheap and there are a lot of things to do there.
Emilio Marcos Sierra
Thailand and Vietnam are in my top 5 countries I have ever visited! Could not agree with this list any more! Brilliant selection of countries, and as you highlight many a time, they are still budget trips! PS. I love India too!
These are good recommendations. I’ve been to most of them although I won’t really call Bhutan budget as the government requires you to pay $250/ a day before they grant you a visa.
great list! South East Asia is full of budget friendly places that are also beautiful to visit! My personal favorite is Indonesia, especially Bali and Lombok – there is something about the culture there that I find just makes me feel so relaxed on vacation!
Ee Sing Ng
Thailand is definitely top of the my list when it comes to budget travelling. There is a variety of good food, cheap accommodation and all kind of sightseeing activities. Definitely a good list of budget travels.
South East Asia is a fantastic region rich of stunning naturala and historical wonders and among my favorite places on earth. I am looking forward to visit Sri Lanka soon and as said, despite the small size, there is so much to see.
These are great list. Traveling to Southeast Asian countries will really maximize your vacation, as they are close to each other. And really a budget friendly trip too
Being a Family Traveler I like to read about Family and Pocket-friendly destinations 🙂 This post is going to be a good reference point for me in the future. Cambodia is high on my list 🙂
I’m not even in India, but all of these options sound wonderful. You did a great job of indicating what’s appealing about each place. I do wonder how long the flight is and how expensive they tend to be from India.
Wow it looks like Southeast Asia is the place to go for budget travel! I’ve actually never been to any of these countries. Maybe 2019 will be the year it happens!
These are great destinations! We really want to go to Shrilanka this year. Nepal is also an interesting choice. May have to look that up more. Thanks for sharing