Are you already planning for your next holiday getaway? Escape the crowd and check out other cheap Asian destinations that you probably have not heard of but just as beautiful and fun as the popular Bangkok or Taiwan!

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Hanoi is one of the cheapest cities in Asia to venture out for a holiday! Did you know that their local beer, Bia Hoi is the cheapest beer in the world? If you enjoy backpacking, this destination would be a dream vacation for you. Having hostels charged as low as 90,830 dong per night, with such an affordable price with amazing attractions and scrumptious food to indulge in you would definitely want to travel over to Hanoi! Eat local, and you’ll enjoy spending only a few dollars per meal. Definitely check out UNESCO World Heritage site, Imperial Citadel of Thang Long which is a symbol of Hanoi. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is also one of the popular tourist spots along with Hanoi Opera House and the Hanoi Old Quarter with French colonial architecture. 

Vientiane, Laos

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Laos’ capital city, Vientiane marks as one of the most affordable places in Asia to travel to. It is a low-key travel destination due to uprising development in the country but that won’t stop them from fascinating culture and cheap cost of living! Being wedged between the popular Thailand and Vietnam, Laos is filled with mountains and forests, a paradise for outdoor activities like trekking, climbing, kayaking, zip lining, and hot air ballooning at a budget price! Highly recommended attractions are like Buddha Park which showcases amazing religious statues with great sculptures dating back to 1958, That Luang also known as The Great Stupa with the most beautiful architecture in the country, Patuxai Victory Monument which is a war monument for the independence from France.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Cambodia has been less ventured to compared to Thailand and Vietnam. You’ll have to visit the Royal Palace, Central and Russian Market, Wat Moha Montrei which is a pastel coloured temple,The Killing Fields or Choeung Ek Memorial and the Independence Monument. The main attractions in the city are very cheap, if you’re looking for a relaxed and cheap destination with cheap beer in restaurants by the river Phnom Penh is your pick! Bask in Cambodian culture when you make your stop in this low-key affordable destination!

Vung Tau, Vietnam

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Vung Tau is a city away from the main city Ho Chi Minh, showcasing the bautiful and picturesque landscape by the South China Sea. There are a couple of amazing beaches like the Front Beach, Back Beach and also Con Dao with clear crystal water and white sandy beach. Some famous landmarks to visit in Vung Tau to understand their culture are like Thich Ca Phat Dai, a combination of religion, architecture and landscape, Statue of Jesus Christ claimed to be a smaller version of the famous Rio De Janeiro statue. You’ll be able to catch some local festivals like Tran Temple Festival and Dinh Co Festival! Yummy seafood can be found all around Vung Tau, being at the seaside concludes their specialty food as seafood.

Doi Mae Salong, Thailand

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Doi Mae Salong is at northern side of Thailand, which is not typically a tourist destination. It was a Yunnanese settlement founded in the 1960s hence why the town feels more Southern Chinese than a typical Thai town. You’ll be thrilled to tour about their tea tasting plantations, horse trekking, enduro riding Akha village and home stay, Wat Santikhiri and Chinese Martyrs’ Memorial Museum to complete the Doi Mae Salong tour! Since it’s a own filled with history, you will also get to indulge in all the old buildings form that era. Food wise would probably lean to the Yunnanese restaurants rather than Thai food.

Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

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Sanur, one of Bali’s gems can be one of the most Instagrammable places to visit! Explore the Big Garden Corner, filled with vibrant colours with whimsical tree houses, beautiful coloured umbrellas and photogenic landscape! If you love walks by the beach, Sanur has one of the prettiest coastlines with paved walkways, ideally for evening sunsets or morning walks. Many water sports can be done like diving, underwater walk, snorkeling and even kite surfing. There’s even a Turtle Conservation and Education Centre near Serangan Island for animal lovers to be educated and also watch baby turtles and rescued turtles.

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