South East Asia has many beautiful countries that are often forgotten when planning your travels around the world. The lower costs and endless beauty should put this region of the world on everyones travel list. There are landscapes for everyone to enjoy, if you are looking for beaches, forests, vast mountains or anything in between. We have compiled a list of the top 5 amazing and cheap destinations you must go to in South East Asia.
Vietnam is a beautiful country that has a lot to offer. You could be in Vietnam for a month and it wont be enough time. We did not get to go to so many places due that we only stayed for 5 days. Our favorite city is Ha Long Bay. Some of the places we locals and other tourists said are amazing to visit: Hội An ( recommended time 3 days), Huế (2 days), Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park (2 days), Hanoi (2 days) and Ha Long Bay (3 days).
Vietnam is pretty cheap compared to the US or Europe. You can get a 1 hour massage, mani pedi and get your eye brow waxed for less than 20 euros. To read more about Vietnam, please read our post.
Thailand is a gorgeous country, and our favorite so far in Asia. Thailand has beautiful buddhist temples, floating markets, amazing beaches and scuba diving, my favorite and lets not forget about the party scene in the south of Thailand; Phang Nga Bay and the Full Moon Party on Ko Pha Ngan Island.
Thailand is cheap if you go to Bangkok and even cheaper in the north. In the south prices are higher due to the large amount of tourism. Phuket is a nice place, located near James Bond Island and Ko Panyi, a floating village. But Phuket is too crowded, it feels like South Beach during Spring Break.
The main cities to go in Cambodia are Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, we did not go to the last one but travelers we ran into said that was marvelous for its beaches. You must not miss the massive Angkor Wat, a stone temple complex outside of Siem Reap.
Cambodia’s ever expanding tourism sector is great for the economy, but leaves you waiting in long lines or walking through overcrowded destinations.
Nepal is know for their affordable mountain trekking and their beautiful landscapes. Its long and rich history provides much for those visitors who are not interested in hiking tall peaks.
Unfortunately, during the 2015 earthquake, many of the important monuments collapsed or were damaged, making the capital not as attractive as before. Yet, the people are amazing and doing everything to get back in their feet. There are also troubles with India, which is not allowing imports go through to Nepal, so there are some food and gas shortages. It is a great place to visit so do not let this scare you away.
Laos is one of the greatest places in South East Asia due to its more limited tourism, and great untapped beauty. While the capital city of Vientiane is absolutely stunning, it is the less traveled paths that make Laos a must visit.
You must not miss out on the spectacular Plain of Jars, as well as visiting smaller villages out on your own.