Ridiculously Cheap Places to go on Holiday in 2018

1. Penang, Malaysia


BY:skyscanner



The island of Penang is one of Malaysia’s most popular locations. With beaches, forest walks and one of the country’s biggest cities to explore, it’s easy to see the attraction.

The biggest city, George Town, is a fusion of British, Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures which brings about an eclectic mix of architecture and dining styles. Hidden among the narrow streets are some of Southeast Asia’s best street art.

Along the north coast of the island you’ll find the tranquil Batu Ferrenghi beaches and farther along you’ll find the Penang National Park, a paved walkway through green forest that leads to Monkey Beach, a name that comes from the frequent macaque monkeys that visit.

Flights: From $336
Accommodation: From $32
Price of beer: $4.13
Average cost of dinner for two: $20.63; $7.60
Cost of activities: $20 (adult entry to Entopia tropical sanctuary)



2. Xi An, China




Xi An, found in central China, is a historic city known for being the start of the fabled Silk Road. Its most famous attraction is the Terracotta Army, where you can see more than 8000 lifelike statues that date back to the third century BCE.

Being a hub for the Silk Road, Xi An has long welcomed visitors and new cultures, and these influences can be found across the city, however there’s plenty of Chinese history in its pagodas, museums and city walls too.

Flights: From $389
Accommodation: From $23
Price of beer: $0.99
Average cost of dinner for two: $17.74; $5.92
Cost of activities: $24-$30 (adult entry to see Terracotta Army)


 3. Surabaya, Indonesi

If Bali doesn’t tickle your fancy (or you’ve already been half a dozen times), there’s plenty of other options for great holidays in Indonesia’s 6000 inhabited islands.

Another cheap holiday destination in Indonesia is Surabaya on nearby Java. Much more developed than Bali, Surabaya takes a bit of exploring to enjoy – from its rich Arab culture and integrated Dutch past to one of the country’s largest Chinatowns.

Like in Bali, beer, food and accommodation are all ludicrously cheap, making it a great way to start exploring the rest of Indonesia.

Flights: From $421
Accommodation: From $21
Price of beer: $2.01
Average cost of dinner for two: $14.33; $5.74
Cost of activities: 50-70 cents (adult entry to Suroboyo Carnival Park)



4. Kochi, India

Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, may only be the 75th biggest city in India, but its metro population is close to half of New Zealand’s national total.

Its coastal position has seen it take influences from the Brits, Dutch and Portuguese explorers of yesteryear, and it’s also heavily influenced by Chinese traders and fishermen, giving the city a different feel to much of the rest of India.

In amongst this you’ll find traditional Indian culture, art and, most importantly, food. And when you can get a delicious curry for $3, there’s little else that matters.

Flights: From $512
Accommodation: From $30
Price of beer: $1.82
Average cost of dinner for two: $10.10; $3
Cost of activities: 10 cents (entry to Mattancherry Palace)
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