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Where to go in Southern Asia for a week?

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1. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 6y

I live in Korea with my wife who is originally from the Philippines and we have promised to take her brother on holiday next year for a week when he graduates from university. We are right at the beggining of our plans and so far we are thinking of either:

Malaysia,
Vietnam,
Indonesia,
Thailand
or perhaps Taiwan.

Basically the cheapest I think we can travel is to fly with Cebu Pacific from Korea to Manila and then fly on from there, that is why we chose these particular countries as they are pretty cheap to fly to from here in Korea.
We are really looking for which country our money will go furthest in. We obviously go to the Philppines a couple of times a year anyway and we want to take her brother out of the Philippines as he has never been abroad before.
Our budget is as cheap as possible as I am an ESL Teacher here in Korea so I don't have loads of money.
We will probably only be going for a week so we won't really have the time to travel a lot when we get there.
I have been to Thailand before so that one is probably last on my list, but if it turns out to be the cheapest then I think we could go there.
If anyone has any thoughts or ideas then it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks guys

2. Posted by pomelo (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

From Manila, you can get a cheap flight to Saigon, and start your week with Mekong delta and some beach time you are beach person. Or go up to central highlands is a fun trip too. You can have a trip with one of the easy rider in Dalat.

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 6y

Vietnam is certainly the cheapest of the countries on your list. I love it there, but others hate the place. I suggest you do your homework about the culture and the scams that you might encounter. I'm not a fan of Saigon, but Hanoi, Sapa and Hoi An are wonderful destinations.

I live very very well on $45. - $50. a day in Vietnam, but other (usually younger) travelers say that $30. is possible. Vietnam Airlines is excellent for domestic travel.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Oct-2010, at 10:42 by Daawgon ]

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5. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 6y

Hiya, if you were thinking about Malaysia/Indonesia, you could pick up some cheap "promo" flights (ie. Seoul to KL) with AirAsia. KL is also a transport hub to other SEA locations which you could pickup equally cheap AA flights. They seem to have monthly promotions, announced through their online newsletter (if you subscribe to it), but you can only buy these flights online.