This lockdown made us daydream about going on vacation. Most of us had plans for travelling in 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic became an obstacle. But finally, the travel restrictions which were set up as safety measures are being lifted gradually. Many countries are promoting tourism so that the tourism and hospitality sector can grow again. If you are also longing to go on a vacation but at the same time want to keep your budget low, here are 10 inexpensive countries that you can visit from India.
Vietnam is a land of striking landscapes. It is located in southeast Asia. Ranging from the lush rice terraces and forested mountains in the north to the picturesque valleys of the Central Highland and the fertile delta and beautiful beaches of the south, Vietnam has everything a tourist longs for. Included in the mix are booming cities, colonial towns, traditional villages and otherworldly islands.
Places to explore– Tam Coc, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong delta, Nha Trang, Sapa, Hue, Hoi an, Hanoi, Halong bay.
Cambodia is filled with many beautiful sites, including what it is most popular for- the Angkor Wat temple complex. Other than the stunning archaeological ruins scattered throughout the country, you can also find beautiful natural reserves, untouched beaches, and various exotic animals.
Places to explore– Sihanoukville, Kratie, Kampot, Battambang, Kep, Angkor, Koh Ker, Phnom Penh
Visa- E-visa/on arrival
This country offers you countless adventures, from waterfall rappelling in Vang Vieng to climbing a picturesque waterfall in Luang Prabang. Laos is a tropical country in the heart of Indochina. It is one of the most fascinating countries in South East Asia: a sleepy paradise that is slowly awakening. It is a land trapped between age-old traditions and modern way of life.
Places to explore– Bokeo Nature Reserve, Nong Kiau, Tham Kong Lo, Luang Namtha, Wat Phu, Si Phan Don, Phonsavan, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Luang Prabang
Visa- E-visa/on arrival
From mesmerizing mountains to historic cities, pristine blue waters to sandy deserts, Oman has something for everyone. This country has a reputation as a modern Arabic country that retains much of its old desert tradition. In a country that is 80% desert, Salalah is a real treat and every trip to Oman is adorned by the hospitality of its welcoming people.
Places to explore– Wahiba sands, Wadi Shab, Nizwa fort, Jebel Akhdar, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Al Alam Royal Palace, Wadi Bani Khalid, Royal Opera House Muscat, Jebel Shams, Bait Al Zubair
Visa- Visa required
The landlocked country of Nepal is mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes part of the Indo-Gangetic Plains. 8 of the 10 tallest mountains in the world are found in Nepal. Besides the magnificent mountains, the country also has beautiful valleys, rivers, some of the best trekking sites, impressive architecture in the Kathmandu valley, and many religious sites.
Places to explore– Everest base camp, Lumbini, Tilicho lake, Annapurna base camp trek, Upper Mustang track, Rara Lake, Khapdak National Park, Panch Pokhari (historical place in Nepal), Ghore Pani Poon Hill trek, Chitwan National Park, Gosainkunda lake, Janakpur Dham
Visa- Not required
6. The Philippines
The Philippines is an island nation located in the Western Pacific. The region boasts one of the world’s longest combined coastlines due to the nation’s seven thousand tropical islands. From pristine beaches and marvellous natural wonders to interesting historic sites and beautiful coral reefs, the Philippines pack many exciting things to see and do.
Places to explore– Vigan, Bohol, Manila, Donsol, Tagaytay, Cebu, Siargao, Ifugao Rice Terraces, Boracay, Palawan
Visa- Required/ on arrival
Jordan is an extraordinary country. Although small in size and young in terms of the nation-state, it is blessed with some of the regions most well preserved historical treasures, most spectacular scenery, and most hospitable people. This country has the most majestic desert landscape you are likely to witness, a place where orange sands drift against towering red cliffs under vast desert skies.
Places to explore– Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, Baptism Site of Jesus Christ, Madaba, As-salt, Jerash, Amman
Kenya is one of the best choices for a classical African experience. From the Marsabit National Park in the north to the Masai Mara and Amboseli national park in the South, the planes of Kenya are teeming with wildlife of all shapes and sizes offering, along with its neighbour Tanzania— the best place in the world to view the game reserve.
Places to explore– Amboseli National Park, Diani Beach, Brooks Falls, Hell’s Gate National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, Lake Nakuru, Mount Kenya, Nairobi National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Tsavo East National Park
Visa- Visa/ on arrival
Thailand is a collage of animated scenes that incorporates bustling modern cities crowded with tuk-tuks, Buddhist temples tended by orange-robed monks, hill tribes selling handicrafts, lush landscapes dotted with traditional farming villages and stunning coastlines peppered with gorgeous beaches and blue lagoons. That is why Thailand is Southeast Asia’s most popular travel destination.
Places to explore– Ko Chang, Chiang Rai, Ko Tao, Railay, Khao Sok National Park, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Ko Phi Phi
Visa- Visa on arrival
With over 1800 islands, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. The island nation is home to 167 active volcanoes, far more than any other country and has some of the largest remaining tracts of tropical forest anywhere in the world. Indonesia is both, a leisure Seeker’s
dream and an adventure’s playground. Whether you are looking to bronze on beautiful beaches, hike in search of endangered orangutan, scuba dive among some of the most beautiful coral reefs on earth, this country has something for everyone.
Places to explore– Raja Ampat Islands, Flores, Torajaland, Lake Toba, Mount Bromo, Lombok, Komodo National Park, Yogyakarta, Bali
Visa- Not required
So, these were some of the inexpensive countries you should plan to visit from India. Which of these would you love to explore? Do let me know down there!
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