Affordable Asia

@maximax8 (31164)
United Kingdom
December 4, 2012 3:28am CST
I read that Asia is the an affordable place to visit. Although from Europe is a pricey flight once there costs are low. It mentioned Thailand, India, Vietnam and Indonesia being very cheap once there. It talked about Myanmar being a very exciting place to visit that is fairly new to tourists. I wonder why it didn't mention the Philippines. I would love to visit the Philippines for some island hopping and snorkeling. It even mentioned Japan and said for travelers to get a rail pass. If I went there I would be worried about the cost of accommodation. It didn't mention Taiwan or South Korea. It did talk about China. It even talked about the Maldives which having been there I know it is very expensive. What do you think?
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• India
4 Dec 12
I cant tell you about other places but you are surely welcomed to India and receive its warm hospitality.
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@maximax8 (31164)
• United Kingdom
4 Dec 12
I would like to visit Delhi, Agra, Goa and Kerala. India seems to be a great destination and not too expensive. I read that a visa can be obtained for 42 pounds from a website and that is much cheaper than relying on a visa agency.
• India
4 Dec 12
It seems that you have thorough knowledge and you picked great spots in first pick.And i am sure you will have great time their and good luck with your visa and come soon India is waiting for ya.
10 Dec 12
I agree that it can be affordable but, from Europe, the cost of the flight is what makes it more expensive. When I worked in the leisure side, we used to see really cheap deals to Asia, especially Thailand and I would easily sell many holidays there due to how cheap it was! I am hoping the next tiem I go to Asia, it will be to Cambodia and vietnam
@Life11211 (452)
• India
4 Dec 12
India is very big as you can able to select one or two place to visit. I checked in one response you planned Delhi, Goa and Agra and Kerala one is in North other is in west (very far from each other) If you go by air then will take few hours, but if you plan you travel by train or road transport will take days to reach different destinations. Rough calculation if you plan 2-3 days in each place considering transportation and stay will cost you 8000-10000 US dollars. (in this above, I am not considering transportation from your place to India) and considering US dollar at Rs. 48 (dollar price keep changing)
• India
4 Dec 12
This is considered minimum amount considering 2-3 star accommodation, but if you plan to stay in five star accommodation, then above figure will double.
• India
4 Dec 12
Na it will not cost that much but i agree as a foreigner she will opt for planes than train.But then to it will not cost what your saying.
• India
4 Dec 12
This is rough calculations but she is planning delhi, goa and Kerala three different directions and It need proper guidance and time to book trains and that too with take good hours of journey. You know all airlines companies are in heavy losses, and their is lot of problem in kingfisher and Air Transportation cost becomes very high now a days in India.
@betty1989 (751)
• China
4 Dec 12
I bet Malsives must be very expensive to so since it is the famous touring site in the world. As you mentioned you take the cost of accommodation into consideration. Travelling to China is a good choice for you. There are many places to visit and the cost is not very expensive since I am Chinese.
• India
4 Dec 12
Same about India to you can afford everything here.
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@maximax8 (31164)
• United Kingdom
4 Dec 12
I got a two hundred pound flight to Male in the Maldives. I spent over one thousand pounds whilst there though due to its high prices. I would need a visa to visit India and China. Once there I would be happy with the prices.
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@sishy7 (27254)
• Australia
4 Dec 12
When thinking of going overseas for a vacation, most people here would choose Bali for its beaches and affordable costs. Some also prefer Phuket and, lately, even Vietnam. From Western Australia, Bali is only less than 4 hours away and there are plenty of discounted flights available. Once there, the costs would be considered low compared to most other overseas vacation destinations. It seems trending now that couples would even make plans to get married there; for roughly the same costs, they would probably get better venues and higher rating star hotels to have the wedding there instead.
@maximax8 (31164)
• United Kingdom
5 Dec 12
I have seen photos of Bali and it looks magnificently beautiful. It is the ideal destination for those that live in Western Australia. It a person flies to Bangkok discounted an add on destination could be Phuket. Yes a couple would want a luxury sort of accommodation for a wedding and or honeymoon.
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@zandi458 (28116)
• Malaysia
4 Dec 12
Once you are in any Asian countries it would be cheap to fly out to another Asian country with airasia the most affordable airlines in Asia. They can even go to zero fare which means you have only to pay fuel charges and airport tax. But this crazy offer doesn't come often and need to book one year in advance. I am also a keen traveler and my next trip is going round the other parts of Malaysia sometime in April. Next will be to thailand. B
@maximax8 (31164)
• United Kingdom
5 Dec 12
Hi Zandi. I like the sound of only paying fuel charges and airport tax. Air Asia has some tempting routes for keen travelers. Good luck planning your trip to other parts of Malaysia and then Thailand.
• Vietnam
4 Dec 12
I like traveling but I have never gone oversea so far. What a pity! each nation has their own beauty. we can`t compare between China or Viet Nam, for example. Why not try it your way?
@maximax8 (31164)
• United Kingdom
5 Dec 12
I hope that you will try out visiting your next door country. You could have lots of fun exploring it and seeing new sights.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
4 Dec 12
Yes maxi,most of the Asian countries is affordable places to visit specially for the Westerners. There accommodation and food prices are cheap in comparison with other countries. As you mentioned about Thailand , India, Vietnam and Indonesia you can save money if you take there country made foods. Western foods are costly there. Moreover you will enough local currency in exchange of Dollar or Pound. But Japan is very costly country like American and European countries. I think Taiwan and South Korea would be costly for the travelers.
@maximax8 (31164)
• United Kingdom
5 Dec 12
Hi Bhanu. You are completely right about local food being much cheaper than local food in the Asian countries. Rice is a common food in Asia. I found US dollars were better for exchanging than Australian dollars in Singapore and Malaysia.
@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
4 Dec 12
Unfortunately you wouldn't be able to get a budget priced ticket to Asia like you could if you were travelling within Europe as your destination. China has always fascinated me in that it is so clean there, I absolutely love the food, and the Chinese women are very very beautiful, I would love to travel on the Bullet train because I love trains, this would be quite an adventure. The expense wouldn't worry me, what would would be the long flight to get there. The longest flight I've been on is 4 hours within Europe. I am not a keen flyer so spending too much time on a plane is not my idea of fun.
@maximax8 (31164)
• United Kingdom
5 Dec 12
Hi Wolfie. I can see you are not keen on long haul flights. I know you prefer to stay in Europe. I suggest stop offs so the flight time on each leg of the journey is less. Istanbul, Cairo and Dubai would make good stop overs I imagine. Yes, Chinese food is popular. I am glad you would would like to ride on a bullet train.
@greenline (14847)
• Canada
4 Dec 12
I have been to a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region, very enchanting and beautiful. There are places which are very expensive to stay, yet there are others I would say very reasonable. Island countries certainly have the attraction for spending the holidays.
@maximax8 (31164)
• United Kingdom
5 Dec 12
Hello Green Line. It is great that you have been to many places in Asia and the Pacific. I liked visiting a little island off the coast of Malaysia. I found Sumatra in Indonesia very cheap and it was a superb adventure.
@vernaC (1491)
• Romania
4 Dec 12
I would love to recommend you Boracay in Philippines, it's amazing. And since you like the medieval look of seghisoara, right? Try to search the Vigan City in Ilocos Philippines as well, not medieval but hispanic sort of look of it's town. And there's a beautiful beach also in northern part of Ilocos. I haven't been there but it's another place I would love to visit.
@maximax8 (31164)
• United Kingdom
5 Dec 12
I have seen pictures of Boracay Island and they are beautiful. Yes, Vigan Ciry sounds like my sort of place too. Thanks for your superb suggestions will very much appeal to me.
@sweety_81 (2125)
• India
13 Dec 12
Well, many people from India are visiting Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore these days as well as Cambodia. Not many are going to Phillipines though. Myanmar has ancient connect with Indian civilization, but not much popular destination it is. If you come to India, you would have a wide range of accomodation, though I have read that some of the Indian five star hotels have very high rates for foreign tourists in Dollar terms. So, you can look for 2 or 3 star hotels, or may be budget hotels.
@RawBill1 (8537)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Dec 12
I hear (from a friend that lived there for six months and my brother in law who currently lives there) that Vietnam is a much more affordable place to visit than Thailand for westerners as they do not make things overpriced as much just because you are white. You get a similar culture and experience, but you get it cheaper and are not hassled for money as much. I have personally never been to either country, but I would love to experience the region while we have family living there. Indonesia can be very affordable too, but there are some parts that are not very safe to travel through.
@Shavkat (113631)
• Philippines
7 Dec 12
If it will be based on the foreign currency, it is really cheaper to travel in Asia. I've been to Central Asia, it somewhat cheaper to take the costless travel. In Hong Kong or Singapore, the place is expensive for some people who had traveled in this country.
@weye13 (114)
• Philippines
6 Dec 12
Asia is quite affordable due to the lower standard of living. This makes accommodations and food a lot cheaper than in Europe of the US. With lower wages, services are also much more affordable. So eating at a sit-down restaurant won't cause you an arm and a leg. But how about airfare to Asia? Being farther, I would think the airfare would also be more expensive so I guess it will end up cheaper if you stay in Asia for a longer period. Like go on an Asian tour, I suppose. I'm surprised they mentioned Japan. My stay in Tokyo was quite expensive: accommodations, food, transport, etc. Plus the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto was quite steep. As for not mentioning the Philippines, many travel magazine tend to overlook the Philippines. Perhaps cause it's not quite as popular as its neighbors like Thailand, Vietnam or Indonesia...?
• United States
5 Dec 12
The reason they did not mention the philippins is it is expensive to live her and not really safe to travel on your own. Yes there are some nice places here, but the citys are dirty.
@Mavic123456 (21980)
• Thailand
5 Dec 12
Sumaguing Cave - This is just one of the challenges inside the cave. this opening according to the tour guide is elastic.. as it conforms the body of the one who will pass through it. Yes, it was quite difficult to crawl... and walk and walk and cross. we survived the challenge.
This is too bad for us. maybe the author had experienced not so good about Philippines. It is very sad. but you are going to love the Philippines if you are an adventurous one. Aside from island hopping and snorkeling, we also have other challenging activities in the Philippines. One of which is the caving. The Sagada, Mountain Province own two very well preserved, and maintained caves, namely Lumiang and Sumaguing Caves. Inside the cave we did a lot of physical challenging activities such as walk... walk.. walk... cross from one big stone to another. We crossed underground river chest deep with very cold spring water... Up.. up.. up.. walk.. walk... rappel.. rappel.. rappel... We started at 1pm and finished the exploration at 7pm. Truly upon exiting the cave you will be shouting "I survived!" tourist guides are available and can communicate in English, so no problem with the communications, unless you don't speak English or Filipino. Affordable? yes, it is very affordable even the inns around the area. There are many places you can go in the Philippines with different activities you will surely enjoy.
@youless (105451)
• Guangzhou, China
5 Dec 12
Usually the eating and living in China is not so expensive. If you don't eat in a five class restaurants and hotels. But somewhat I think the entrance tickets are expensive. For example, many years ago when I visited the Summer Palace and the The Forbidden City, the tickets were already very expensive at that time. Now the price will be much more expensive. And this is why my friends tell me that it is cheaper to visit Thailand. Besides, it has beautiful beaches and nice fruits. I shall visit there one day.
@allknowing (97721)
• India
5 Dec 12
India is indeed cheap. While I paid a dollar a banana when I was in the US on holiday for the equivalent of a dollar here in India I could get around 15 of those. A cup of tea in Europe cost me 3 US dollars with that money here I could get around 20 cups!! and so is the case with several other commodities including even your dental treatment. I know of Indians living abroad coming here and attending to all their medical needs. They even buy shoes here. So welcome to India maximax. And with British Pounds you could have a ball!
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
5 Dec 12
I do agree that there are a lot of countries in Asia which is very much affordable for travel.It has many great beaches and cultural scenery in which would be very helpful in gaining knowledge. Island hopping in the Philippines is great, together with snorkeling I am sure you will find our country an amazing place to visit. Hoping you will enjoy your visit.. -Happy Mylotting-