12 Best Asia destinations in June of 2018

Most of us from North America or Europe could easily assume that June is a perfect weather month for just about anywhere in Asia, but that is far from the truth. June is part of the rainy season in much of the Tropics, so figuring out where you should go this month could be tricky.

The good news is that the rainy season doesn't start until later in the year in some of the best Asia destinations. The hottest month is actually in April in the warmer areas closer to the equator, and by the time June rolls in you start to get afternoon cloud covers that make it cooler and nicer. Read below for the 12 best places for a trip to Asia in June. Click to read more

19 Best Asia destinations in May of 2018

If you are planning a trip to Asia in May you'll have probably more great choices than in any other month of the year, but it's still important to plan carefully. The main cities in southeast Asia such as Bangkok and Saigon are extremely hot this time of year, and you might get some rainfall as well.

Fortunately May is a perfect weather month to visit Japan, China, or South Korea, so stringing together a bunch of those places is ideal if you've got the time. Parts of India are still nice, and we have some good island destinations listed below as well. Click to read more

19 Cheap and warm Easter & Spring Break beach destinations for 2018

By the time Easter rolls around, usually in March or as late as mid April, everybody who lives in the north is so sick of the cold that they are dreaming of spending a week on a warm beach. Fortunately, there are warm beaches all over the Tropics, and many of them are very affordable even during peak travel weeks such as Easter and Spring Break.

The busiest week is usually the week that leads up to Easter Sunday, but some American universities take earlier weeks as their Spring Break. Families usually go in that popular week as well, so booking early is wise if you can do it. Hotels are often available at the last minute, but the cheaper flights will sell out well in advance, especially for weekend flights. Click to read more

31 Asia cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2018

Hoi An BridgeAlmost all of Asia is a travel bargain once you get there, so finding an affordable flight is often the main obstacle for exotic holidays. For the 8th year we have updated all of Asia's major destinations and ranked them from cheapest to most expensive. A few things changed, but most of the ranking will look familiar to someone who has seen any of the previous lists.

Nearly all Asian currencies gained slightly against the US Dollar in 2017, but the Euro actually gained even more so Europeans should find Asia even a bit cheaper in 2018 than they did in 2017. Inflation was mostly low throughout Asia as well, although there was a few exceptions and all of that has been factored into the list below. Click to read more

18 Best Asia destinations in April of 2018

April is a wonderful month for a trip to Asia since you have so many great choices. It's still dry in southeast Asia, even if it's extremely hot, and April is warm enough to visit China or some of the other places a bit farther from the equator.

This is also one of the best months of the year for travel bargains since it's low season in the beach areas as well as the bigger cities. April is also the first month of the year when Bali isn't in its rainy season, so you can choose from nearly every good Asia destination and save money in the process.

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24 Cheap destinations for 2018 with great weather in April

Phuket Beach Chairs PatongApril is the perfect month for cheap vacations in much of the world because most people prefer tropical holidays in the months ending in March, so you can still find perfect weather combined with lower hotel prices in many fantastic destinations.

Much of Latin America has ideal weather this month, while April is (weirdly) the single hottest month in most of Southeast Asia, so that budget-traveler hot spot is really better avoided until autumn.

Those looking for a cheap beach vacation will have many really good options because even places with scorching weather can be quite bearable if all you are doing is sitting under an oversized umbrella sipping cocktails all day long, with breezes always rolling in. Click to read more

16 Best Asia destinations for March of 2018

March is the last great month of the high season in southern Asia, but still a bit too cold for the northern countries such as China, Japan, and South Korea. Still, as you'll see on the list below, you've got a lot of excellent choices, including a few amazing cities.

One great thing about March is that it's sort of an in-between season month, so you can get cheap flights in and cheap hotels in many places as well. The list below contains many beach destinations and quite a few very interesting cultural destinations as well. Mixing a couple from each category can make for an even more memorable trip. Click to read more

28 Cheapest overwater bungalow resorts in the world in 2018

Show a person a photo of an overwater bungalow or water villa and suddenly they have a new goal in life. Unfortunately, most of the 180 or so resorts that feature overwater rooms are quite expensive, usually well over US$600 per night, even in the off season.

Well, there is a bit of good news then as it turns out that not all of them are priced only for the super-rich. Thanks to the overwater bungalows and water villas guide, which lists every overwater resort in the world, we know that there are some affordable options out there. Click to read more

26 Cheap destinations for 2018 with great weather in March

Pokhara Boats HDRThe month of March is one of the better ones on the calendar for budget travelers since it's well before the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter crowds in the tropical areas are starting to thin out at the same time. Through much of Latin America and Asia you can find perfect weather with off-peak hotel prices and reasonable crowds.

For those starting in North America or Europe you'll find that most of these places will require a fairly long flight to reach, but that's the price you pay for warm weather this time of year, and those staying for at least two weeks can easily justify the airfare by the cheap prices they pay once they have arrived. Click to read more

China by tour or plan and go independently? Here’s how to decide

China famously has about 20% of the world's population, but it hasn't been a tourist hot-spot for most outsiders. I knew I had to see it for myself so in September of 2017 I painstakingly planned a 14-day visit there. At first I considered doing it on an organized tour because that's how the vast majority of people visit this huge country, but in the end I decided I should try to do it myself so I'd know how easy or difficult it really was.

It turned out to be more difficult than I had imagined, although certainly not impossible and I very much enjoyed my trip. I've now been to just about every major destination in Asia and I was surprised by how different visiting China was compared to the rest. If you are thinking about visiting China you absolutely should. If you are wondering whether to plan it and go on your own or go on an organized tour, I think you'll find the information below useful in making your decision. Click to read more