Asia prices

In addition to having more than half the world’s population, Asia is home to most of the world’s cheapest cities for travelers, along with a few of the most expensive. Almost anything is possible in Asia, and even those on the lowest of budgets can thrive if they know where to go and what to do.

We’ll continue adding new cities to this site as time goes on, but for now you can get a close idea of nearly anywhere you might plan to go. Smaller cities that aren’t yet on the list below will almost always be at least a little cheaper than the larger cities in the same country.

Asia travel prices

Bangladesh

  • Dhaka costs – Crowded, fascinating, and cheap

Cambodia

China

Hong Kong

India

  • Delhi costs – Crowded and a bit expensive, don’t linger here
  • Goa costs – This former Portuguese colony is a thriving beach resort area
  • Mumbai costs – Overwhelming and insane, worth a look for sure

Indonesia

  • Kuta, Bali costs – This surfer/backpacker village is cheap and probably the worst place to stay on the island

Japan

  • Tokyo costs – Asia’s most expensive city by far is worth it if you can afford it

Laos

Macau

  • Macau costs – The new gambling capital of the world has a split personality

Malaysia

Nepal

  • Kathmandu costs – Nepal’s capital is fascinating and cheap, but best used as a quick transit hub
  • Pokhara costs – The tourism center is scenic, friendly, and extremely cheap

Philippines

  • Manila costs – An odd mix of cultures come together in weird ways

Singapore

South Korea

Taiwan

  • Taipei costs – Exploring Taiwan means a stop in this modern city

Thailand

  • Bangkok costs – An excellent mix of exotic, old-world, and modern
  • Chiang Mai costs – Thailand’s second city is amazingly cheap and interesting
  • Pattaya costs – This beach town south of Bangkok is possibly the prostitution capital of the world
  • Phuket costs – This large island in the south is mostly new resorts

Vietnam

  • Hanoi costs – The country’s capital mixes madness and charm for cheap
  • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon costs – Sprawling and westernized but still worth a look
  • Hoi An costs – The place to have clothes made is an amazing bargain regardless
  • Hue costs – A pleasant central city that disappoints some visitors
  • Nha Trang costs – Vietnam’s best large beach city, though not very Vietnamese
  • Sapa costs – Small touristy town in the mountains is a great side trip from Hanoi