By Mary Charie / 22/08/2018

5 MOST AFFORDABLE DESTINATIONS OUTSIDE THE PHILIPPINES 2018

Since travelling is now very trendy specially backpacking in Southeast Asia, cheap ways to travel are getting more and more attention. In the Philippines, we already have in our mind that travelling is expensive. Thus, travelling outside the Philippines is a dream way far beyond our reach. This idea made us think that there is no reason to hunt for cheap flight tickets or ways to travel cheaply, oops, not to mention visa restrictions.

However, travelling is constantly developing, nowadays, this is something that other people see as a lifestyle. Thanks to the Europeans and westerns who travels a lot, this forced the airline companies to compete against each other who can offer the cheapest flight tickets. This also resulted in affordable hostels keeps growing in every touristic country. Now, let’s take advantage of that!

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NOTE: All prices are in US Dollars and Philippines Pesos

VIETNAM TRAVEL COST


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Forget about the Pho they offer to your favourite Vietnamese restaurant, get on the plane and try the tastiest, freshest and cheapest Pho you will ever have! Vietnam has a crazy number of tourist every day, and it keeps growing. Because of this, cheap hostels and affordable tours can be found in every corner of the streets.

Why Is This One Of The Most Affordable Destinations Outside The Philippines?

Daily Budget

Accommodation and food alone should not cost you more than $15-20 a day (825-970 PHP). There are tons of budget-friendly hostels around, whilst cheap and tasty food can be found almost everywhere. Even beers cost next to nothing!

Flight Tickets

$140 (6,700 PHP) or less, I managed to fly there for  $60 (3,000 PHP) for one-way of course, most of the time, it's cheaper if you get a return flight. Most affordable flights are leaving from Manila or Cebu, make sure to check the flights from those two cities to find the best flight. >check for cheap flights<

Hostels

$4-5 or 193-240 PHP – Sharing a room with 2 or more bunk beds. If you are travelling with a friend or someone else, it's cheaper to get a private room which starts at $10 (500 PHP)  >check thse Best Vietnam Hostels or my recommended hostel in Vietnam that I personally stayed at<

Meal​​​​

$1-3 (50-140 PHP) from a street food to a casual restaurant or fast food chains. There are also convenient store like VinMart, Family Mart, and Circle K that offers ready to eat meals for great prices.

Transportation

$12 (580 PHP) for an 8-hour bus ride. Local buses around the city are around $0.20  (11 PHP) but the traffic is pretty bad, you can take a motorbike taxi for as long as $.50 (25 PHP). Maybe motorbiking in Vietnam sounds appealing to you as well.

Tours

Tours starts about US$25 up depending what you are looking for to do. There are also free things to do like visiting Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum in Hanoi. I joined the Mekong Delta tour in Ho Chi Minh City for $12. Check the super cheap tours here. or here.

Visa

Filipinos are free t ostay for 21 days. If you want to stay longer than 21 days, you can do it too > Apply here!< check this Vietnam visa guide

CAMBODIA TRAVEL COST


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The beautiful Angkor Wat, the markets in Battambang, the beach in Koh Rong, and not to mention the happy pizza (Oops!). Whatever your reason is, Cambodia is definitely worth a visit. With its affordable food, hostels, and beers, there is no excuse not to travel here anytime soon.

Why Is This One Of The Most Affordable Destinations Outside The Philippines?

Daily Budget

You can easily survive with $15-20 (725-960 PHP), tours and visit to Angkor Wat are excluded. It’s very easy to find budget food and hostels. Transportation should not be expensive too, and remember to always bargain when you use tuk-tuk. >>Important things to know before you arrive in Cambodia.

Flight Tickets

The flight are about $162(7,800 PHP). Most flights are leaving from Manila and arriving in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. But the trick is to fly to Ho Chi Minh City and take the bus to Phnom Penh, since the flights are cheaper there and the bus is only $12 (600 PHP) >check for cheap flights<

Hostels

Dorm beds in a mixed room are about $4-6(193-280 PHP). Again, sharing a private room is also cheaper. >Check Hostels in Cambodia that I personally stayed at<

Meal

You can find $1 or less (48 PHP) for a street food or $2 for side street restaurant that can leave you full. While restaurant are about $3-$4 (150-200 PHP). 

Transportation

Taxi should cost you around $1-2 (48 -986 PHP) per 5 kilometres. For a short ride with tuk-tuks, it should not be more than a dollar. Buses are around $10-12 (480-580 PHP) for 9-10 hour bus ride. Local buses are $5-6  or less.

Tours

You can find cheap tours in Phnom Penh for about $3, these are some tours that you only need to pay for the transportation.  Find more information about affordable tours here or here.

Visa

Visa Free for 21 days for Filipinos– Cambodia Visa GuideApply here!

THAILAND BUDGET COST


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Wait, what?! I thought Thailand is supposed to be expensive? Well, that’s quite accurate, unless you budget and plan well. Perhaps turn your focus up in the north instead of the islands? Both of us know that we have more than enough islands in the Philippines. Thailand is one of the main destinations in Southeast Asia, because of the growing number of backpackers here, Thailand offers affordable hostels and food to its travellers. If you are going alone (because your friends are “puro drawing”) no need to worry, you will meet heaps of solo travellers here.

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Why Is This One Of The Most Affordable Destinations Outside The Philippines?

Daily Budget

If you stay out of the restaurants and private rooms, $20 -35  (960-1,690 PHP) will be enough for your daily budget. To be honest, you could even spend less if you will look harder for cheaper food and accommodation. Consider putting your feet to use instead of taking taxi or tuk-tuks. Chiang Mai should definitely be on your list because it’s somehow cheap than Bangkok and its nature is a must explore.

Flight Tickets

Flying from Manila and landing in Bangkok, there are flights starting $146 (7,100 PH), there are a lot of cheap flights now as well, I found one for $80 (4,000 PHP) for one way.

Hostels

For as cheap as $5-$8 (240-450 PHP) for dorm beds and $10-12 (500-600 PHP) for private rooms. >>Check Hostels in Thailand : Booking.com <

Meal

$1-$4 (48-190 PHP) for a street food and casual restaurants or fast food chains. Look out for those local restaurants that look like Carinderya, they are the affordable ones.

Transportation

Taking buses around Bangkok should be around $0.50 (25 PHP) whilst taking taxis, fair starts at $1 (50 PHP). Motor taxis and tuk-tuks are around $1 as well for a short ride. Bangkok also has a metro, they are cheaper than taxis for sure however, they don't cover many areas of the city yet.

Tours

$12 can be fond all-over Thailand. There are actually cheap but great tours in Thailand. or even Bangkok tours for $22 US or here for less.

Visa

Free for 30 days (Filipinos) - you can more information about Thailand visa here

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INDIA TRAVEL COST


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Hello, Taj Mahal and Indian food, who can resist these two? Pack your bags and head to India to try the real curry, perhaps an epic shot of your Instagram on Taj Mahal? India is a huge country, most travellers need more than a month to have a good grip on this country. Most Indians also speak English, which made it a lot easier to travel around.

Why Is This One Of The Most Affordable Destinations Outside The Philippines?

Daily Budget

A backpacker could easily survive in India with $20-35 a day (960-1,690 PHP) excluded the tours. Whilst a backpacker with a great talent for budgeting can survive with $18 (870 PHP). Sounds good right

Flight Tickets

$250 or 12,000 PHP or less if you are smart enough to spot the cheap flights. Remember to look for flights leaving Manila also get a return flight to make sure you can leave the Philippines without a hassle and to save more money.

Hostels

You can book a mixed dorm room for $5-7 or 540 PHP >> Check Hostels in India on: Booking.com – HostelWorld

Meal

There are $1 or less (44 PHP) street food. India is a good place for vegetarians. However, you can, of course, find places that offer meat dishes.

Transportation

$0.50 to $1  (24-190 PHP) as a starting rate for rickshaws and taxis. Local buses around the country are from $10-12 (480-580 PHP), that is for 12-15 hour bus trip. Some travellers even say that you can get on a train for free if you don’t mind to be cramped with the locals on the lowest cabin of the train.

Tours

$5 or less, depending on the tour you want to do and where in India. Check out some tours for India  while you can find the cheap ones here.

Visa

You musust apply for a e-visa before arriving -   Apply here!

MALAYSIA TRAVEL COST


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Always wanted to see the famous Twin Tower in Kuala Lumpur? Or the vibrant city of Malacca? Even though Malaysia is not very cheap compared to other destinations below, it is possible to travel cheaply. Planning in advance, you can find cheap hostels and flight tickets. Affordable meals can be found in the local eateries and street food stalls as well. You should also keep in mind that Kula Lumpur can be pricey but doen't mean the entire country is.

Why Is This One Of The Most Affordable Destinations Outside The Philippines?

Daily Budget

Daily budget in Malaysia is around $25-30(1,200-1,500 PHP), however, if you keep yourself away from restaurants and taxis, and dig down for cheap hostels, you can easily go for $20-25 (906-1,200 PHP) a day. Street stalls are everywhere, you can easily run into a good meal for $6 (290 PHP), or an affordable one for $2-3 (96-144 PHP)

Flight Tickets

The best thing about flyin to Malaysia are the affordable flights like $73 (3,525 PHP) or check the cheapest flight here. I managed to get a flight from Naila to Kuala Lumpur for $60 (3,000 PHP) for one way.

Hostels

In Kuala Lumpur, hostel are not cheap but in Langkawi, you can find ones for $7 (338 PHP) >Check Hostels in Malaysia that I personally stayed at<

Meal

You can score a $2 (100 PHP) for a cheap eats like street food, while casual restaurants are about $4 (200 PHP). Some hostels have their own kitchen, which means, you can cook and save money.

Transportation

For transportation, prepare to spend about $2-7 ( 96-338 PHP). Buses are relatively cheap, if you take a bus from the airport to George Town that should cost $0.78 (38 PHP), renting a bicycle is also affordable, it’s around $2.50 per day (120 PHP) , whilst renting a motorbike is quite popular and should be around $7.50 (360 PHP) per day.

Tours

Therea are free things to do around Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Malacca, and Langkawi. There are actually very affordable tours in Malaysia, as low as $8 US!

Visa

Free visa for 30 days -  Apply here if your nationality needs to

Where else?

Laos – Free Visa for Filipino (30 days). A bit less touristy compared to Thailand and Vietnam, you can find spots where it’s more laid back and chill. Most prices are like Vietnam and Cambodia, maybe a little bit higher. Daily Budget is around $20-25 (906-1,200 PHP). Here’s a Vietnam-Laos Border guide.

Indonesia– Free Visa for Filipino (30 Days). If the mountains and beaches in the Philippines are not enough for you, why not enjoy Indonesia’s active volcanoes and badass beaches? Indonesia may be a bit more pricey than the others, however, it is still possible to enjoy the country with good budgeting. 

I hope this list of most affordable destinations outside the Philippines can help you feed your travel bug even just for a week or two. Travelling is not cheap, that’s for sure, but it is affordable!

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Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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