Best Solo – Budget Trips in Asia

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Hike along DMZ
Solo hiker in Thailand

If you are an avid solo traveler or taking off on a solo trip for the first time, have no fear! Traveling across Asia is usually easy and getting started with a solo travel journey due to the affordability of traveling there will ease your pockets too. So, what is your best part of traveling solo? For me, it’s getting around with friendly locals and exploring the city from head-to-toe, and honestly there is no better place to begin the trip of discovery than Asia. If you are looking for an explosion of nature, culture, tradition, people, food and history, the Asian continent will offer plenty of that.

These destinations are taken into account, keeping in mind the safety, infrastructure to meet other travelers, the budget and of course the friendliness of the locals. Sometimes it takes a little push to embark on a trip alone, but if you want to start closer to home, these destinations should be the best places to begin with.

Thailand – Food and stay on a budget

A destination that is jam-packed with the beauty of islands, sightseeing options and fantastic shopping, solo travelers are sure to enjoy a rich and diverse experience well within budget. Thailand is convenient, safe and cheap. To explore the serene beaches and islands, you need to live like a backpacker and oh the food? It’s to die for! (especially if you love sea food) All over this country, you can find young crowds chilling or chatting over beer and music. And if you are lucky enough, you may find a great companion during your stay.

Vietnam – Breath-taking landscapes on a budget

If you have watched Kong: Skull Island, you will know exactly what Vietnam is known for. Vietnam is a hidden gem which only the locals will be able to express. Halong Bay, Phong Nha Ke, Bang Caves, Hoi An Ancient Street and Cham islands are all that define natural beauty. It is those bits that will surprise you at every turn. This country is too picturesque to miss.

Floating village and rock islands in Halong Bay, Vietnam
Kuala Lumpur – Nightlife on a budget

KL is quite known for its pubs and bars and the nightlife only starts rocking post 11:00pm and usually ends by 3:00am. The city is bustling at nights, and if you are seeking fancier clubs, there’s plenty of options. Some of the bars and pubs also enforce a dress code which would mean, a collared T-shirt, trousers and covered shoes for men. Most of the pubs cater to the youth and offer all-in-one experience of dancing, food and drinks. The live music shows are something you just cannot miss. Places such as Hard Rock Café, Zouk, Pulse, Qba and Maison are the ultimate nightclub destinations in Kuala Lumpur.

Singapore – Culture on a budget

The country is quintessentially a culturally rich city. If you love history, arts, culture & heritage, Singapore is filled to the brim with awesome sights of culture, tales of history and creative arts. One of the most popular attraction called Chinatown offers a vibrant and interesting site to experience a unique identity which has been conserved over the years. For the history buffs, exploring museums such as National museum of Singapore, Asian civilizations museum, Singapore Art museum is an idyllic option. With a diverse list of things to do, you can also explore its temples, mosques, churches and appreciate the religious communities. There are also abundant tours available to discover the many threads of Singapore’s culture.

Laos – adventure on a budget
Luang Prabang, Laos

Laos is a land of indigenous, multi-dimensional beauty and exotic cultures and you will only experience extra friendliness here. There is no barrier between travelers and locals – it is genuine and it only gets better with the hospitality. An incredible travel destination, Laos is also famous for its mountains and adventure. If you’re the adventurous sort, there are plenty of activities such as kayaking, trekking, rock climbing, and even hot-air balloon in Vang Vieng. If photography excites you, do not miss the majestic views of the karst hills, caves and rivers.

Have similar stories to tell? Let me know what makes them such great destinations to travel on a budget.

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