With the Eid holidays here, many are looking for affordable and exciting travel destinations abroad.
Fortunately, there are numerous options available that offer unique experiences without breaking the bank.
There is something for everyone, from stunning beaches to ancient architecture and rich cultural heritage. During the long holiday of Eid, a considerable number of individuals opt to travel overseas. Airlines and tour companies provide diverse offers to entice travellers during this festive season.
Here are some of the most affordable yet nicest destinations to explore during the Eid holiday.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia is a treasure trove of attractions that tourists would not want to miss. Depending on the date, a one-way air ticket starts from Tk33,000, and depending on the area, the hotel price starts from Tk5,000 per night for two people. However, if you go with a tour package through different agencies, the price will be quite low.
The country consists of a rich historical, cultural and natural heritage that is simply breathtaking. The capital city of Kuala Lumpur alone is home to numerous architectural landmarks and historical sites that are worth exploring.
However, there are also other incredible states and cities, such as Selangor, Pahang, Perak, Putrajaya and Melaka, that are often overlooked despite having a plethora of underrated gems waiting to be discovered. One’s journey to Malaysia would be incomplete without experiencing all of these remarkable destinations.
Darjeeling and Kalimpong, India
If you love visiting picturesque hill stations, then Darjeeling and Kalimpong are two destinations you should not miss. While the plane fare to Darjeeling starts from Tk17,000, other alternative methods such as bus or train will be way cheaper. Hotels in Darjeeling start from less than Tk1,000 per night. However, if you go with groups, you can cut the cost significantly.
For a starting price of Tk22,999 per person, you can go for a five-day tour package that provides hotel accommodation in a three-star hotel, daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at restaurants. You will have the opportunity to explore Darjeeling’s hill resort and visit popular tourist attractions such as the Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop, Japanese Temple and many more.
This tour offers the perfect opportunity to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of the city while taking in the stunning natural scenery.
Thailand always comes to mind when we expect a budget trip in Asia, as it tops our list of preferred destinations. With its bustling capital city of Bangkok and captivating beaches in Phuket, Thailand is an essential place to visit. While Thailand was once more expensive, today, it is renowned worldwide as a budget-friendly tourist spot.
A day in Thailand can be enjoyed for as little as Tk2,500 to Tk3,000. However, going to Thailand with a group will be the cheapest. Usually, different travel groups offer a three-day, two-night package tour that can cost only Tk29,999 per person. This incredible offer includes return air tickets, along with all travel taxes, comfortable hotel accommodation in a three-star hotel on a twin-sharing basis, daily buffet breakfast, and convenient airport-hotel-airport transfers.
Additionally, one will enjoy exciting sightseeing activities as per the itinerary and meals according to the schedule. Thailand has become one of Southeast Asia’s most affordable destinations, particularly for budget-conscious travellers. The Grand Palace, Railay Beach, and Wat Phra Kaew are among Thailand’s most popular tourist attractions.
Going to Kathmandu with a group is also cheaper. You can get an unforgettable journey to the heart of Nepal with a two-night, three-day package starting from Tk31,500 per person. You may contact different travel agencies for more plan options.
The standard offer for a two-night, three-day package typically comprises a round-trip airfare, transportation to and from the airport, cozy lodgings at a three-star hotel, and daily buffet-style breakfast and lunch at nearby eateries. Explore the city’s ancient cultural heritage by taking a leisurely stroll on its vibrant streets.
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the awe-inspiring Swayambhunath, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world, and the historical Darbar Square and King Palace. This is the perfect chance to immerse yourself in the rich and fascinating culture of Nepal.
Although Sri Lanka may not be the first destination that comes to mind, it is quickly gaining popularity among budget-conscious travellers. While neighbouring countries are already developed and expensive, Sri Lanka is still developing as a tourist spot, making it an excellent alternative for those who want to explore South Asia without breaking the bank.
Yala National Park Safari, Sri Pada, and Sri Dalada Maligawa are just a few of the many fascinating attractions to see in Sri Lanka. The country offers an incredibly affordable daily budget of Tk2,000, which covers accommodation starting at just around Tk700 per night, as well as delicious meals for less than Tk500 each.
Seafood is abundant and cheap, while Sri Lanka’s flavorful street food is also very reasonably priced. However, the plane fare starts from Tk30,000.
Sikkim is a budget-friendly tourist spot for young adults. So travelling in groups will be cost-effective. For example, some groups offer a three-night, four-day tour package. Priced from Tk27,000 per person, this offer includes comfortable accommodation in a three-star hotel, daily buffet breakfast and dinner, and an English-speaking guide to assist you throughout your journey.
During the tour, you will visit the famous Rumtek Monastery, Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok and Himalayan Zoological Park. If weather conditions allow, take a full-day excursion to the picturesque Tsomgo Lake, which is a must-see attraction.
However, you can also go for a solo or couple’s tour. Although there is no direct transportation link between Dhaka and Sikkim, there is an alternative route that you can take. Firstly, you can take a train from Dhaka to New Jalpaiguri, and from there, you can hire a taxi to reach Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. As per the Bangladesh Railway, the fare from Cantonment Railway Station to New Jalpaiguri station will be Tk4,905.
The Philippines is renowned for its stunning beaches, tropical climate, delectable cuisine, and hospitable locals who enjoy conversations with and playing music for visitors. The country has numerous breathtaking destinations and an abundance of exciting activities to engage in.
In particular, its capital city of Manila is a bustling metropolis filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Travellers to the Philippines should budget around Tk2,500 per day. Some of the most popular tourist attractions to explore include the Chocolate Hills, Malapascua Island, Boracay Island and Siquijor Island. Flights to Manila, Philippines, start from Tk50,000.
Indonesia has an abundance of diversity, with islands waiting to be explored, each offering its own unique culture and beauty. However, the country’s budget varies significantly from island to island, making it challenging to estimate a daily budget.
Generally, though, an individual can expect to spend around Tk1,500 to Tk2,500 per day. The country is home to numerous popular tourist destinations, including Borobudur Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Tanah Lot Temple and many other historical sites. When it comes to food, Indonesia offers a range of affordable and delicious options.
Popular Indonesian dishes include Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Rendang (spicy meat stew) and Mi Goreng (fried noodles), among others. By budgeting around Tk300 to Tk500 per meal, you can balance your expenses while still enjoying the local cuisine. Dhaka to Bali, return plane fare, starts from Tk39,000.
Vietnam is a breathtakingly beautiful country in Southeast Asia that captivates visitors with its stunning landscapes, including waterfalls, islands and hills. It is no surprise that it is considered one of the top destinations to visit in Asia. For city enthusiasts, Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is a true paradise.
The city has a rich blend of iconic buildings, golden temples, modern skyscrapers, and quaint cafes, offering a variety of experiences to keep you engaged and entertained throughout your visit.
Vietnam is an incredibly affordable country to visit, with a daily budget of around Tk1,600 per person covering all the essentials, including accommodation, food, transportation and activities. This makes it an ideal destination for budget-conscious travellers. The Dhaka to Vietnam round trip starts from Tk65,000.
Laos is one of the most affordable countries to visit in Asia, with an average daily cost of around Tk1,500 per person. Its stunning natural beauty, including lush jungles and cascading waterfalls, coupled with its rustic charm and friendly locals, has made it an increasingly popular destination.
For adventurous travellers, there are plenty of things to do, such as white-water rafting, hiking, kayaking, and exploring the dense forests. Some of the most popular attractions include Kuang Si Waterfall, Phousi Hill and the Golden Temple. Dhaka to Vientiane, Laos return trip will cost around Tk60,000.
There are numerous affordable travel destinations for Eid holidaymakers from Bangladesh. By exploring neighbouring countries such as India, Nepal, Thailand and Sri Lanka, travellers can experience a variety of cultures, cuisines and landscapes without spending too much money.
Additionally, countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia offer an exciting blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage and modern amenities at reasonable prices. With proper planning and research, tourists from Bangladesh can plan a memorable international trip without having to spend a fortune.