Top 5 Cheapest English-Speaking Destinations in Southeast Asia

Most people know Southeast Asia offers cheap accommodation for travelers. So, how do you narrow down your list of destinations? To make planning your trip easier, look more into these five places.

These vacation-friendly destinations are cheap. Most frugal travelers can get by comfortably on $35 to $45 per day, and many beach bungalows go for $10-$20. These locations are also easy to enter, requiring only a passport or issuing visas upon arrival. They are also convenient for finding English speaking locals, making your trip relatively smooth and hassle-free. The bottom line, you get what's most important from any low-cost getaway; fun, adventure, & relaxation.


Malaysia is well known to be more suited for westerners. It is one of the better countries for traveling families. Transportation is readily available, food is plentiful and varied, and the water is safe in most areas. Entertainment is also abundant.

Kuala Lumpur tops the list of cities to visit in Malaysia. You can also conveniently get a longer visa for Thailand at the Thai Embassy. This is good for backpackers wishing to stay longer than a few weeks.


Here's where even the most budget conscious traveler would want to escape for a few nights. Thailand really has something for just about everyone from seasoned backpackers, to honeymooners. Beautiful beaches, diving, trekking, elephant rides, and golden temples are a few of the things to see and do. Food is varied, abundant, and not to mention world famous. Of course there is also plenty of shopping; custom, handmade clothing with tailoring is widely available for low cost. Popular spots include Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Tao, Ko Phi Phi, and Ko Samet.


Another suitable destination for budget conscious travelers is the Philippines. Boasting over 7,000 islands with English being widely spoken, it's an ideal spot for fun in the sun. The most famous Philippine beach, Boracay, has some deals if you know them ahead of time.

Other popular and cheaper beach islands include Palawan, Bohol, Cebu, and Puerto Galera. A beach bungalow can be had for as low as $10 a day with meals running less than $5 for a couple. Expect most travel to be by air or boat.


Volcanoes, tropical rainforests, lush green landscapes, and beautiful coral reefs are among the many sights you can enjoy in Indonesia. Some of the more popular islands are: Sumatra, Bali, Java, and Borneo.


You're probably thinking Brunei doesn't belong on this list, but think again. It's true that Brunei is an oil-rich state, and you would think that means you high prices. However, if you're looking for something more luxurious at a cheaper price, consider this destination. Deals can be had with a bit of googling. Popular beaches include: Meragang, Serasa, Muara, and Pantai Seri Kenangan.

So, there you have it. If you're thinking about going to Southeast Asia on a budget, take a closer look at Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines, Indonesia, and Brunei.

Source: Yahoo voices 

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