9 Best Asia destinations in July of 2024 from cheapest to most expensive

While July is perhaps the most popular month for vacations and traveling in most of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s kind of a tricky month in Asia. The larger cities in the north of Asia are mostly sizzling in July, and air-conditioning is not common outside of nicer hotels. The rainy season begins in most of southern Asia, although it’s easy to work around the quick storms this early in the season.

The July list is one of the shortest of the year because so many of Asia’s top cities are in the rainy season then, but there are still plenty of great options. This year we ranked them from cheapest to most expensive so you can use that information to help you decide where to go. We use our Backpacker Index, which is an annual ranking of over 120 global cities for typical budget traveler daily expenses, and specifically the Asia Backpacker Index. You may be surprised to learn that the cheapest cities can be visited for around US$20 per day if you are a backpacker, while the most expensive ones are close to US$100 per day. In other words, in Asia, it really matters where you choose to go.

Hotel rates in 2024 look about the same as the year before, and in some cases they are lower. Tokyo in particular is a great bargain in 2024 and all of Japan is as well.

This article was last updated in April, 2024

Important July 2024 Holidays in Asia

  • July 29 – King Vajiralongkorn’s Birthday Holiday in Thailand.

9 Best destinations in Asia for July from cheapest to most expensive

Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • July avg high: 89F/32C
  • July avg low: 75F/24C
  • July avg precip: 6.3″/15.8cm

Chiang Mai highlights

  • Doi Suthep Temple complex a bit outside of town
  • Famous night market for food, entertainment, and shopping
  • City walls and moat and great photos
  • Fabulous, cheap food that is different from Bangkok’s
  • Amazingly cheap hotels and short-term rentals

Chiang Mai is known most of the year as a place to escape the heat of Bangkok, but in July it’s pretty much the same weather. Again though, the storms tend to come and go pretty quickly, and they often leave behind a more pleasant feeling than just before the rain.

Bargain hunters adore Chiang Mai because it is one of Asia’s cheapest cities and possibly its best value. Hostels and hotels here are so cheap that the prices look like mistakes. The food and drinks are quite cheap as well, and there is plenty to see and do in the area. If you are looking for a place to just chill out for a few days or longer, this is a good one to consider. Even those on backpacker budgets can afford a nice and clean hotel room in a place with a swimming pool and plenty of affordable restaurants nearby. The Night Market here is a major highlight and it’s especially good in summer because most locals stay indoors all afternoon and are ready to enjoy things again after the sun goes down. You can shop, eat, and be entertained for very little money.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from $13 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from $28 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from $7 per person

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Chiang Mai Backpacker Index for 2024: US$23.19

Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • July avg high: 89F/32C
  • July avg low: 79F/26C
  • July avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Nha Trang highlights

  • A long, sandy beach with good swimming
  • Beach massages at amazingly low prices
  • Long Son Pagoda and Loc Tho Pagoda
  • Po Nagar Cham Towers
  • Cheap hotels near the beach, great Vietnamese & international food

If you haven’t toured Vietnam, you probably have never heard of Nha Trang. It’s the country’s largest beach resort, on the southern coast just east of Saigon. Nha Trang gets very little rain itself, so it’s one of Asia’s rare beach destinations that isn’t in its wettest months in July. However, most of the rest of Vietnam is very wet in July, so it may not be the best time for a full tour.

Nha Trang is a relaxing beach town with a decent expat population so there are restaurants from many cuisines to go along with the ubiquitous and excellent local food. Again, if you just want a cheap beach city to relax in during July, this could be perfect.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from $11 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from $15 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from $5 per person

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Nha Trang Backpacker Index for 2024: US$24.08

Bali, Indonesia

  • July avg high: 83F/28C
  • July avg low: 76F/24C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Bali highlights

  • Great beaches and surfing in many parts of the island
  • Amazing temples and monuments all over the island
  • Really nice and cheap hotels, with reasonably cheap food and drinks
  • Fascinating Hindu culture and local gamelan music
  • Excellent resorts in purpose-built Nusa Dua area

With its location just south of the equator, Bali actually has its “winter” in July. In this case it just translates to the dry season and lower humidity in general, since temperatures are pretty much the same all year. In other words, Bali is one of the best places to go in south Asia in July, even though it’s part of high season.

Hotels in Bali are quite cheap by international standards, even in high season. But that said, you have to choose carefully because quality is uneven. The main tourist area of Kuta/Legian/Seminyak is now so over developed that we don’t really recommend it unless you only care about partying in large crowds. Head to Lovina on the north coast if you want something resembling the magic that Bali once had all over.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from $18 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from $21 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from $7 per person

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Bali Backpacker Index for 2024: US$27.97

Bangkok, Thailand

  • July avg high: 91F/33C
  • July avg low: 77F/25C
  • July avg precip: 6.1″/15.3cm

Bangkok highlights

  • Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew, & Grand Palace are all very photogenic
  • Suan Lum Night Bazaar among others
  • Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
  • Street food and amazing cuisine in general
  • Cheap and well located hotels at great standards

Like everywhere in Asia in July, Bangkok is hot, although it’s not as hot as it is in April or May, believe it or not. You’ll get afternoon cloud covers on many days, and that actually cools things off enough to make it somewhat pleasant. And if you do get a thunderstorm, it’s usually over within 30 minutes or so. Since the storms usually happen in the late afternoon and you’ll see them gathering with plenty of notice, they are usually only a minor inconvenience for most visitors.

Bangkok is wonderful most of the year, and July is an ideal time to sample its amazing culture, food, and world-class shopping. Hotels here are quite cheap by international standards, and there is a great selection even in the bottom of the price range and hostels. This really is the best city to launch a multi-stop trip to Asia because they have the most well-developed tourist infrastructure in the region and it’s easy to get by speaking only English.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from $16for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from $26 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from $9 per person

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Bangkok Backpacker Index for 2024: US$28.42

Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • July avg high: 86F/30C
  • July avg low: 77F/25C
  • July avg precip: 4.8″/12.0cm

Sri Lanka overall highlights

  • Nuwara Eliya (fascinating hill town)
  • Ceylon Tea Gardens
  • Galle (Colonial beach town in the south)
  • Kandy (scenic mountain town)
  • Colombo itself for a couple days

The entry here is for Colombo, which is the capital of Sri Lanka. In reality, it’s probably only worth stopping in Colombo for a day or two because Sri Lanka is all about the scenery and beaches and even wild life. You might get some rain, especially in some of the popular hill towns, but still July is one of the more pleasant months in Sri Lanka.

Many people divide their visit between the hill region for scenery and some of the beaches along the southern coast. In either area, things in Sri Lanka are pretty reasonably priced. They still don’t have many cheap hostels or 1-star hotels, but you do get good value up the scale from there.

As of 2023, Sri Lanka is still struggling with political turmoil and shortages, so it’s not really a good time to visit. We are leaving it on the list because it should be stable again soon and there is a lot to like under normal conditions.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from $23 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from $57 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from $11 per person

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Colombo Backpacker Index for 2024: US$32.33

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • July avg high: 90F/32C
  • July avg low: 74F/23C
  • July avg precip: 5.0″/12.5cm

Kuala Lumpur highlights

  • Fascinating mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian cultures & cuisines
  • Modern business district but still fun and great shopping
  • Very cheap 4-star hotels for a large Asian city
  • Excellent food at surprisingly good prices
  • Nearby temples and important sights that are easy to reach

Similar to Bangkok (below), Kuala Lumpur is very hot every day of the year. Fortunately, July is one of the dryer months, even if the rainfall total mentioned above doesn’t seem too dry. The good news is that rain tends to come quickly and heavily, and is almost always over in 30 minutes or so. The downtown area also has long elevated and air-conditioned walkways so you can go between hotels, shopping centers, and attractions without being outside or getting wet or overheated.

Kuala Lumpur is truly one of Asia’s best tourist cities (and my personal favorite) because it offers so many different things from traditional to ultra modern, and it’s available in any price range. You can probably afford a 5-star hotel here, but bargains are available up and down the scale. If searching for a budget hotel room it’s common to find the cheapest rooms with no windows at all. I don’t recommend those for most people so be careful.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from $18 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from $41 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from $9 per person

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Kuala Lumpur Backpacker Index for 2024: US$36.83

Malé, Maldives

  • July avg high: 84F/29C
  • July avg low: 79F/26C
  • July avg precip: 5.9″/14.8cm

Maldives highlights

  • Malé itself is tiny, crowded, and only worth a short look
  • The Maldives has over 80 private-island resorts with water villas
  • Turquoise lagoons at most resorts are beyond incredible
  • Most islands have white, sandy beaches all the way around
  • Excellent diving, snorkeling and water sports

You actually don’t want to spend any more time than you have to in the capital city of Malé, but you might want to come to the Maldives anyway. You probably know that the Maldives is the water villa capital of the world. But you might not know that July is one of the cheapest months of the year at those resorts, so you can get some surprising deals.

July can be a bit wet, but it rarely rains for more than an hour or two here or there. And the temperature is pretty much exactly the same all year round. Even if you don’t want to book a water villa, there are some affordable hotels near nice beaches on the island attached to the airport, and many other modestly priced resorts on nearby islands.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from $69 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from $119 for two people

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Malé Backpacker Index for 2024: US$63.12

Tokyo, Japan

  • July avg high: 84F/29C
  • July avg low: 73F/23C
  • July avg precip: 6.4″/16.0cm

Tokyo highlights

  • Imperial Palace, shrines, and gardens
  • Ginza shopping district for posh styles and fashions
  • Tokyo somehow feels like visiting the future
  • Harajuku District for fashion and trends
  • Some of the best and most varied food on the planet

July is fairly hot and steamy in Tokyo, and it can rain a bit here and there as well. Still, this city is so modern that it has air-con everywhere, and you don’t usually spend all that much time outdoors anyway. Hotel prices aren’t nearly as bad as you may have heard.

Tokyo is the obvious place to start a visit to Japan, but it’s easy to take high-speed trains to Kyoto and Osaka, which are also very interesting, not to mention a bit cheaper as well. The Japanese Yen is also at historic lows so the country is actually a bargain compared to years ago when it was one of the most expensive places on earth. This is a good time to visit and even splurge on something you probably didn’t think you could afford only a few years ago.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from $53 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from $57 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from $16 per person

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Tokyo Backpacker Index for 2024: US$63.25


  • July avg high: 87F/31C
  • July avg low: 78F/26C
  • July avg precip: 6.7″/16.8cm

Singapore highlights

  • Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino in its basement
  • Orchard Road shopping district is an Asian classic
  • Singapore Flyer Ferris Wheel for incredible views
  • Raffles Hotel (home of the Singapore Sling)
  • Hawker food centers for cheap and excellent food

Singapore is only a bit south of Kuala Lumpur (see above) and so it has basically the same climate. That means that you might see a bit of rain, but it’ll be over quickly and you’ll be back outside or maybe still enjoying food and drinks at some of Asia’s best restaurants. Since the release of Crazy, Rich Asians, Singapore has become trendy with western travelers and the city generally lives up to the hype as long as you aren’t on a backpacker budget.

Some things in Singapore have become insanely expensive in recent years, with hotel rooms being the prime example. But if you can find a bed that you can afford, you can probably afford everything else. Excellent food is available for very cheap from hawker centers all over the city. Singapore also has many cheaper hotels with rooms with no windows, and those are best avoided by most people.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from $100 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from $117 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from $19 per person

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Singapore Backpacker Index for 2024: US$73.15

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  1. Vishal says:

    Going to vietnam and bali in July with family please advise itinerary

    1. Roger Wade says:


      It depends on how long you have in each country. In Vietnam I would visit at least Hanoi, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City, with a train ride between them all being a major highlight.

      Bali is tricky because it really depends on your goal. The island (at least before the pandemic) had become so crowded with terrible traffic that it was barely any fun to go to the major tourist areas. They were very slow to allow tourism again so I imagine anywhere is fairly nice until the crowds are fully back. If you can afford to stay in the Nusa Dua area in the south of the island, I think it’s the most pleasant and has the least traffic. It’s worth spending a few days in Ubud as well if you can. Let me know and I can answer more questions if you have them. -Roger