The 10 Cheapest Southeast Asian Islands You Need To Travel To At Least Once In Your Life
It's time to embrace island life.
Asia is home to some of the most amazing countries in the world, they are filled with culture, nature, and amazing cuisines. Asia itself is the largest continent on the planet, so it's referred to in different general areas. Southeast Asia is comprised of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore mainly.
Each of these countries are home to their very own tropical islands, which are easily accessible by boat and are home to some of most amazing beaches, marine life, and tropical ecosystems in the world. These islands are so unbelievably gorgeous you probably won't believe it when I tell you that they're actually affordable to travel to!
Check out the list below for prices and all the amazing things you can experience on these insane islands!
1. Tioman Island, Malaysia
Cheapest Meal: $2.55
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $73/night
Cheapest Beer: $2.75
This island is definitely one of the best you can find and a lot of tourists know about it. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. The island is pretty built up and has lots of fun activities for tourists to enjoy. They are known for their gorgeous white, sandy beaches and bright blue water filled with amazing sea creatures for you to discover while you snorkel or scuba dive! Enjoy camping and stargazing at night as well.
2. Pulau Bintan, Indonesia
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Cheapest Meal: $2.50
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $52/night
Cheapest Beer: $4.90
Indonesia is an amazing travel destination for so many reasons, and the most important is that it's super affordable for tourists. Pulau Bintan is basically two islands split, Pulau on one side and Bintan on the other. There's so many amazing things to do here such as water activities like snorkelling, boating and scuba diving, or you can spend an evening sipping a fruity cocktail and watching the gorgeous Indonesian sunsets!
3. Koh Mak, Thailand
Cheapest Meal: $2.82
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $84/night
Cheapest Beer: $2.60
The islands in Thailand are some of the best you're going to find in South-East Asia. Koh Mak island is located right in the middle of Koh Chang National Marine Park, which offers some amazing marine life to explore through snorkelling and scuba diving. It is a relatively new island so it has remained protected from the hoards of tourists that Thailand attracts every year. This will be a quiet, relaxing vacation destination if you're looking for a peaceful escape from your everyday life.
4. Koh Tonsay, Cambodia
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Cheapest Meal: $2.75
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $13/night
Cheapest Beer: $1.o0
Koh Tonsay, also known as Rabbit Island, is the definition of a paradise island. It's only accessible by a 30 minute boat ride across the refreshing blue waters. There are no hotels on the island, the locals own small, modest huts for visitors to stay in on the single strip of beach land. The locals own their own little restaurants and bars where they catch your seafood and cook it right as you order. All you have to do is sit, relax and enjoy on this island!
5. Boracay, Philippines
Cheapest Meal: $3.50
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $80/night
Cheapest Beer: $1.40
Boracay is a popular tourist destination because it's just so beautiful. It also has some amazing and fun activities like parasailing, snorkelling, and ATV riding. There are also several smaller islands surrounding Boracay, which are great destinations for island hopping! Try a relaxing beach massage for an awesome spa experience.
6. Cat Ba, Vietnam
Cheapest Meal: $1.50
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $77/night
Cheapest Beer: $1.17
Cat Ba Island is like a jungle paradise. There's trees are bright green and luscious, even the water has a greenish tint to it, but don't worry it's still insanely gorgeous and refreshing! This island has an amazing national park, which avid hikers should most definitely check out to get some amazing views of the island and to see the mangroves, tropical forests, freshwater lakes and coral reefs!
Check out their other cool destinations such as Hospital Cave, a hospital built into a cave as a safe-house in the American War. Or if you're feeling like relaxing, spend a day on their amazing sandy beaches!
7. Mabul, Malaysia
Cheapest Meal: $2.55
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $53/night
Cheapest Beer: $2.10
This Malaysian island is home to crystal blue waters, several surrounding smaller islands and some amazing marine life. You should definitely try snorkelling because you're almost guaranteed to see some sea turtles and a whole lot of tropical fish. You can also try ocean kayaking and take a trip over to Bajau Laut, home to the Sea Gypsies who spend most of their time on the ocean waters!
8. Pulau Ubin, Singapore
Cheapest Meal: $10.00
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $50/night
Cheapest Beer: $7.50
Singapore is a slightly more expensive destination than others but there are plenty of ways to keep your trip here on budget. You should definitely take a guided tour of the Chek Jawa Wetlands to see some amazing wildlife, mangroves and other tropical wildlife! Enjoy some super fresh seafood in town, rent bikes and explore the entire island, and if you want to avoid hotel costs, camping is free on the island!
9. Macleod Island, Burma
Cheapest Meal: $2.75
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $150/night
Cheapest Beer: $1.00
This might be the most expensive island on this list but that's because it's so secluded and almost completely untouched. There is only one resort on the island, which is why the price of accommodations is so high. Exploring, however is completely free. Enjoy treks through the jungle, island hopping, sea kayaking or a beach massage!
10. Similan Islands, Thailand
Cheapest Meal: $2.00
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $37/night
Cheapest Beer: $2.25
There are no hotels on this island, the Similan National Park has island bungalows for visitors to stay in that are extremely affordable. These islands were voted in the top 10 dive sites in the world, so you can bet there's some amazing marine life to experience whether you scuba dive or prefer to snorkel. Experience the jungle wildlife by hiking the island and bird watch along the way! Or spend your day lounging on their gorgeous, sandy beaches.