We are certain some of you wish you could escape from all the gatherings and gift exchanging during the festive season, however not all of us can afford a getaway every now and then. But no worries! Be it the shopaholic or the adventurer, we’ve got the budget vacation just for you.
Note: All prices were accurate at time of search, prices may fluctuate on a daily basis.
For the Shopaholic: Bangkok
Flight fare: $300 – 350
Total budget for 4D/3N: $600
For the shopaholics, do not give Bangkok (aka shopping heaven) a miss! Super affordable clothes, accessories and shoes are abundant AND the best part is bargaining for an even lower price! But you do get what you pay for so don’t expect the quality of the clothes to be superb and try not to get overly excited and bust your budget on the first day.
Get your shopping done at Platinum Mall and Chatuchak Market in the day and then check out the night markets at Khao San, Patpong, Rod Fai Market or Petchburi at Pratunam!
How can we forget about food?! Eat your fill at Sukhumvit Soi 38 and immerse yourself in the local dining atmosphere! Must tries are the Grilled Seafood/Meat, Thai Wanton Noodle, Phad Thai and Mango Sticky Rice. It has been said that you can have a feast there for just 150Baht (approx. $6)!
For the Scenery Lover: Phuket
Flight fare: Approximately $260 – $300
Total budget for 4D/3N: $650
If you are about soaking in the scenery and getting to know more about the culture of a place, Phuket might be your ideal destination. Consider staying at a guesthouse and travel down to locations such as the famous Patong Beach, Wat Chalong Temple, Phi Phi Island and the Big Buddha.
If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch some intense Muay Thai action aka Thai boxing at Patong Beach.
For somewhere off the beaten track, check out the heritage rich Old Phuket Town. You will find shrines, temples, ornate and beautifully preserved ‘shophouses’, quaint cafes, tiny printing shops, impromptu private and public museums and even a mini ex-red light district.
For the Beach Freak: Langkawi
Flight fare: Approximately $250 – $300
Total budget for 4D/3N: $600
You need not spend a fortune just to feast your eyes on the marvellous scenery of the clear blue ocean! Laze around in Langkawi, an isle on the west coast of Malaysia, which also happens to have crystal clear waters that you can use as a backdrop for some Instagram worthy shots.
Best of all, it’s possible to book the budget friendly resorts located near the picturesque Langkawi Beach!
Travelling around would be an issue if you don’t rent a car so instead of travelling out, explore the vicinity of your resort! Stay somewhere nearby, walk down to the Pulau Payar Marine Park and sign up for the beach package that costs approximately $59.05 for a chance to snorkel and swim with the fishes. Psst.. it’s a full day thing so you don’t have to be worried about getting bored.
And if you are somewhere near Langkawi’s iconic Eagle Square, make sure to take a picture there and strike it off your bucket list!
For the History Enthusiast: Ho Chi Minh
Flight fare: Approximately $260 – $280
Total budget for 4D/3N: $550
People with the passion to learn more about what happened during the Vietnam War would love Ho Chi Minh. It is not only rich in history and but also the largest city in Vietnam with a fast growing economy.
Learn more about the history of this beautiful place through various means such as visiting the War Remnants Museum or the Cu Chi Tunnels in a half day tour to find out more about these tunnels which were used by the Vietnam soldiers back during the Vietnam war.
As for your accommodation, do try out the Hong Kong Kaiteki Hotel. It’s a once in a lifetime experience, you don’t get to sleep in an enclosed capsule that is big enough to fit one everyday right?
For the Adventurer: Phang Nga
Flight fare: Approximately $240 – $310
Total budget for 4D/3N: $700
For the thrill seekers, Phang Nga Bay or aka James Bonds Island is just for you. Other than enjoying the scenic view of the majestic nature and the turquoise blue ocean, you can also put your kayaking skills to action by kayaking around Phang Nga Bay which is approximately $150 for a day tour where you’ll get to see the crystalline limestone caves up close and personal. Or you can even go for rock climbing, white water rafting and biking.
If you have enough budget, you can even consider exploring nearby town Krabi, which is around 1.5 hours away by bus for just 80Baht (approx. $3.20)!
Bike Cycle Hostel is a peaceful and the perfect stay for youths. You can get a private room for 2 or even go for the dorm for 4. Their rates are super affordable and it includes free bicycle rentals and breakfast! We approve.
Any location that caught your eye? It’s never too early to plan for your trip, so start saving up!