Asia a strong force in list of world’s cheapest travel destinations

Phewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal. Pic: mariusz kluzniak/flickr

IN a new list of economical travel destinations of 2016 by Price of Travel, Asia is heavily featured in the top ten.

Pokhara in Nepal is the cheapest travel destination in the world, followed by Vietnam’s capital Hanoi. Coming in third is Saigon (Vietnam) followed by Goa (India), Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Kathmandu (Nepal).

According to the list, tourists can visit Pokhara for just over US$15 a day. The city – Nepal’s largest city after Kathmandu – is a picturesque destination in the Annapurna region that is host to some of the country’s best treks.

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Meanwhile, in Hanoi, one can get by with approximately US$17 a day, a bonus in a city that boasts some of the best food in southeast Asia. Even a meal fit for a President costs a mere US$6.

A fruit seller in Hanoi, Vietnam

A fruit seller in Hanoi, Vietnam

Here’s the full list of cheap travel destinations of 2016:

  1. Pokhara, Nepal
  2. Hanoi, Vietnam
  3. Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
  4. Goa, India
  5. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  6. Kathmandu, Nepal
  7. Vientiane, Laos
  8. Kiev, Ukraine
  9. Quito, Ecuador
  10. Luang Prabang, Laos

Metropolitan Asian cities also featured in the list, albeit much further down. Singapore clocked in at number 84 while Singapore jumped in at 104th place. Beijing and Shanghai are at positions 33 and 51 respectively.

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On the other hand, some of the most expensive cities for tourists are Zurich, New York City, Venice, Helsinki, Boston, Bergen and London.

The list was tabulated by adding up the daily prices of necessities when traveling including accommodation, three meals, two public transportation rides, one paid cultural attraction and three beers.

While this data is catered to budget travelers, the proportions will be nearly identical, so the list should also be useful to those on a more lavish budget.