#StampingMemories: Six most affordable international destinations to visit and why

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For Indians eager to explore the world, a vast array of landscapes, cultures, and experiences awaits… but worries about finances can easily dampen the excitement. Sandeep Arora, Director, Brightsun Travel, India introduces to TheGlitz, six incredible destinations that won’t break the bank yet will ensure an amazing adventure without burning a hole in your pocket.

6 Destinations, 6 Experiences

Sri Lanka: Serene Beaches and Ancient Wonders

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka


A short hop from mainland India, Sri Lanka promises an island paradise brimming with cultural treasures and breathtaking natural beauty. Budget travellers rejoice – Sri Lanka offers a plethora of affordable guesthouses, homestays, and hostels catering to your wanderlust without straining your wallet. The island boasts stunning beaches perfect for relaxation, with hidden coves like Arugam Bay and Tangalle offering a serene escape.
Beyond the Beaches: Delve into Sri Lanka’s rich heritage with a visit to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore magnificent temples like Sigiriya, a colossal rock fortress, and marvel at the Dambulla Cave Temple complex adorned with centuries-old Buddhist frescoes. Nature lovers can embark on a thrilling jeep safari in Yala National Park, spotting majestic elephants, leopards, and diverse birdlife.


Thailand: Unveiling the Land of Smiles

Thailand


Thailand, a Southeast Asian gem, has long been a haven for budget travelers. With an abundance of low-cost carriers operating between India and Thailand, securing a flight won’t leave you teary-eyed. Accommodation options cater to all budgets, from backpacker-friendly hostels to luxurious beachfront resorts.
A Culinary Paradise: Thailand’s street food scene is legendary – a kaleidoscope of flavors and aromas that tantalize the taste buds without breaking the bank. Sample fragrant curries, fiery stir-fries, and delectable noodle dishes, all at incredibly affordable prices.
Beyond Bangkok: While the vibrant capital, Bangkok, is a must-visit, venture beyond the city limits for a truly enriching experience. Explore the majestic ruins of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. Hike through the lush jungles of Chiang Mai, a haven for elephant sanctuaries and stunning hill tribes. Relax on the pristine beaches of the southern islands, like Koh Lanta and Phi Phi, offering breathtaking scenery and world-class diving experiences.


Vietnam: A Tapestry of History, Nature, and Affordability

Vietnam
Vietnam


Vietnam, a land steeped in history and boasting dramatic landscapes, offers a unique blend of affordability and adventure. Obtaining a visa is a breeze with options for visa on arrival and e-visas. From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the charming French colonial architecture of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam pulsates with a captivating energy.
A Journey Through Time: Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s rich past by exploring the ancient temples of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cruise through the otherworldly beauty of Halong Bay, a mystical landscape dotted with towering limestone pillars. Travel down the Mekong Delta, a vibrant ecosystem teeming with life, and witness traditional farming practices aboard a local boat.


Malaysia: A Melting Pot of Cultures and Affordable Delights

Malaysia
Malaysia


Malaysia, a Southeast Asian nation known for its cultural diversity and stunning natural beauty, caters to budget-conscious travellers. The country boasts a well-developed transportation network, with affordable trains and buses allowing for easy exploration. Foodies will rejoice at the abundance of delectable street food, from fragrant satays to flavourful curries, catering to all palates at wallet-friendly prices.
Nature’s Playground: Hike through the verdant jungles of Taman Negara National Park, one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Ascend Mount Kinabalu, Southeast Asia’s highest peak, for breathtaking panoramic views. Relax on the pristine beaches of Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands offering stunning scenery and world-class diving opportunities.


Indonesia: Island Hopping Paradise on a Budget

Indonesia
Indonesia


Indonesia, an archipelago of over 17,000 islands, offers a treasure trove of experiences for budget travelers. Budget-friendly accommodation options abound, ranging from guesthouses and homestays to hostels, allowing you to explore this diverse nation without burning a hole in your pocket. Several budget airlines connect India with Bali, a popular tourist destination known for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and world-class diving.
Beyond Bali: Venture beyond the well-trodden path and discover the hidden gems of Indonesia. Trek through the lush jungles of Borneo, home to orangutans and other fascinating wildlife. Explore the mystical temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in Java, showcasing the grandeur of ancient Javanese architecture. Relax on the pristine beaches of the Gili Islands, a haven for tranquillity and world-class snorkelling.


Bhutan: The Land of the Thunder Dragon – A Unique Budget Adventure

Bhutan
Bhutan


Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas, offers a unique travel experience unlike any other. Unlike most countries, Bhutan prioritizes Gross National Happiness (GNH) over Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This translates to a focus on sustainable tourism practices, with a minimum daily expenditure required for foreign visitors. This might sound restrictive, but the fees go towards responsible tourism initiatives, infrastructure development, and cultural preservation, ensuring a more rewarding experience for all.
A Cultural Immersion: Witness the vibrant Cham dances performed in ancient monasteries, a captivating display of Bhutanese culture and tradition. Hike through the breathtaking Paro Valley, adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Explore the magnificent Dzongs (fortresses) that dot the Bhutanese landscape, offering a glimpse into the country’s rich history and architecture.
While Bhutan may require a slightly higher budget compared to other destinations on this list, the return on investment is undeniable. You’ll be contributing to the well-being of the country and its people, while experiencing a pristine and culturally rich destination.


Conclusion


The world is full of diverse landscapes, vibrant cultures, and captivating experiences, all waiting to be explored. This article highlights six amazing destinations that showcase how international travel can be affordable and enriching. With careful planning and a touch of creativity, you can embark on an unforgettable adventure that broadens your horizons without breaking the bank

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