Cheap Places to Travel in Southeast Asia

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Before we get into where cheap places to travel to in Southeast Asia are, we should identify the countries that are in the Southeast Asia region.

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Southeast Asian Countries

It is generally accepted that 11 countries comprise the region of the globe known as SE Asia. The following is a list of them with a small detail:

Brunei– This is a very small nation that is located on the island of Borneo. The nation is rich in oil and is considered a developed country. The capital is Bandar Seri Begawan.

Cambodia- This country is situated between Thailand and Vietnam. After many years of war and revolution, Cambodia is quickly advancing in the economic and human resource sectors. The world’s largest temple complex is located in Angkor Wat. The capital city is Phnom Penh

East Timor– The small country can be found on the eastern tip of the island of Timor. It gained independence from Indonesia in 1999. It is the newest nation in SE Asia; it is also one of the poorest. The capital city is Dili.

Indonesia– This country is made up of over 13,000 islands. It is the 4th most populous country in the world. It has the largest Muslim population on earth. Jakarta is the capital city.

Laos– This country is surrounded by Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and China. It is very mountainous. It has recently become popular with backpackers. Vientiane is the capital city.

Malaysia– This peninsular country shares borders with Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia. It has a culturally diverse population. The capital city of Kuala Lumpur is home to the Petronas Towers.

Myanmar– Formerly known as Burma, the country has been struggling through a civil war that has lasted for decades. It is the second largest country in the region. The capital city is Naypyidaw/Nay Pyi Taw.

Philippines-This country is the largest English-speaking nation in SE Asia. The country has abundant natural resources and is also rich in biodiversity. The capital city is Manila.

Singapore– This nation is a city-state. It is known as a financial capital in Asia.

Thailand– This country is known as the “Land of Smiles”. It has a robust tourist infrastructure established. The capital city is Bangkok.

Vietnam– This SE Asia country has one of the fastest growing economies in the region. Hanoi is the capital city.

Cheapest Travel Destinations in SE Asia

This is a list of the overall cheapest places to visit in SE Asia. The overall price factors considered were accommodations, food, activities, local traveling and shopping.

  1. .Vietnam is the overall winner in all categories. The Vietnamese government has been on a fast track to embrace capitalism. The tourist industry is booming.
  2.  Cambodia comes in second place. Cambodia is following its neighbor very closely in regards to developing the tourism industry there.
  3. Indonesia places 3rd in the overall ranking. There has been a well-established tourist mecca on the island of Bali for decades. That has resulted in that local economy becoming expensive to the budget traveler. Tourists are now going to lesser well-known locations in Indonesia and enjoying it.


In this brief article, we have only scratched the surface of the many budget-friendly destinations in SE Asia. It is highly recommended to the reader to perform more research so you can find your own cheap places to travel in Southeast Asia.

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