With the influx of budget airlines and ease of booking flights and hotels, we Malaysians are becoming more empowered to travel the world – alone. Read this to understand why you have to travel solo at least once in your lifetime. Asia has so much to offer so we recommend travelling around Asia if  it’s your first time!

Our top picks + suggestions on budget lodgings while you’re there:

Cambodia

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Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat is one of the best places for solo travellers to visit in Cambodia. You won’t feel overwhelmed or pressed for time when you’re travelling alone. Despite the long distances between each temple, taking a stroll around Angkor Wat will be worth it.

Oh, did we mention how beautiful the sunrise at Angkor Wat is?

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While you’re there, stay at the: Tranquillity Angkor Villa (RM 50 per night) and book via Agoda. There’s free wi-fi in all rooms!

Thailand

Thailand is, hands down, one of the most-visited Southeast Asian countries by backpackers. Shopping and food are cheap there – be sure to visit the renowned Khao San Road and Platinum Mall. Put your bargaining and shopping skills to good use there!

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Chances are, you’ll probably meet a fellow backpacker or solo traveller at the dorm or hostel you’re staying at. You won’t really be alone the entire trip!

While you’re there, stay at the:  S1 Hostel (RM31 night), on AirAsiaGo. Don’t forget that if you book 10 nights with Hotels.com, you get one night free!

Vietnam

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For first-time solo travellers, Hanoi is a good place to visit first. The famous Ha Long Bay is a popular attraction where you can sail through stunning limestone islands and marvel at the scenery.

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If you have the time, be sure to visit Sapa as well – one of the most scenic regions of Northern Vietnam.

While you’re there, stay at the: 4 Boys Guesthouse (RM 64 a night), on Agoda.com – reviews speak praise of this guesthouse, and it’s near yummy food places.

China

Have you ever hiked the Great Wall of China? Well if not, you should. China is a growing economy and one of the most lucrative cities in the world.

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Shanghai is called the “Pearl of the Orient” for a reason, encompassing a beautiful mix of traditional and modern cultures and infrastructures. As a fashion and shopping capital, visit famous shopping districts like: Huaihai Lu, Maoming Lu, Xingle Lu and last but not least, Nanjing Lu.

While you’re there, stay at the:  Naked Cult Homestay Pudong (RM 35), on Agoda.com. Living at a guesthouse or hostel in China would be the best way to experience their culture.

Japan

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With the Japanese Government abolishing the need for a short-term entry visa for Malaysians, visiting Japan is now much easier. The cost of living can be expensive and getting around is a little complicated in Japan if you don’t plan and research well enough. But don’t worry, the Japanese are the politest people – expect a lot of bowing when you’re there!

While you’re there, stay at the:  1 Night 1980 Hostel (RM 104 night), on Hotels.com. Take advantage of Hotels.com promo codes to enjoy a discounted rate. With good reviews and comfortable bedrooms, it’s really value for money, considering the high cost of living in Tokyo. Not satisfied with this hotel?