23 Jan Far Flung Travel on a shoestring
When heading to far flung destinations two things are extremely important; time and money. You’ll need a good few weeks – and in many cases months – to really explore and appreciate the places you visit and truly absorb the culture. Going away for so long means you’ll need to make sure you budget properly, but it can be done on a shoestring.
Today we’re going to have a look at South East Asia and how that can be done without blowing your budget. We’ll give you a few tips to save your money, see some interesting areas and perhaps go a little off the beaten track.
Thailand was one of the original budget travel destinations and while you can still do it on the cheap, the onset of mass tourism has made it a little harder in popular areas of the country. Travellers are recommended to fly into Bangkok, however, as the flight prices remain low and it’s a great starting point and a gateway for the rest of South East Asia.
Travel links from Thailand to Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia are cheap and easy and with low cost airlines operating between the major cities it’s really easy to get around on a shoestring. For those really looking to spend as little as possible, local buses and trains are a real experience.
If you want a little time by the beach you should head away from the islands in the south of Thailand and look further afield to places such as Sihanoukville in Cambodia, or Mui Ne and Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. The scenery here is equally stunning as Thailand and you’ll be able to find wooden bungalows on the beach for a pittance. If the party atmosphere of the full moon forms part of your required travel experience, Sihanoukville or tubing down the Mekong in Laos will more than cater for your needs.
Travelling in South East Asia is as much about what you can see as what you can do, so head to Siem Reap in Cambodia and spend a few days marvelling at the temples of Angkor or travel to the ancient city of Hue in Vietnam. The cuisine in all of these South East Asian countries is absolutely delicious, so make sure you eat at the street vendors stalls as this will give you an authentic experience and will cost you next to nothing.
Budgeting is always about how much you spend when you’re there, but it’s also about going at the right time. As currency exchange rates can fluctuate, especially with the increased tourism in Thailand, it’s always important to compare currency exchange rates to ensure you make your trip at the best possible time.