Calling out all food lovers out there! We’re giving you 15 budget-friendly, drool-worthy, and super delicious menu items to try out in these best affordable restaurants in Manila! Get your camera phones ready, your tummies rumbling, and PHP200 ($4) worth of cash. We’ve got your cravings (and budget) covered!

1. The Burgery

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The Burgery is known for its juicy, medium-done patties and overflowing nachos. Considering their cheap prices, they offer more than what is expected from a budget-friendly meal, with each bite releasing a sweet amount of meat juice that’s perfect for meat lovers. We will not include this in the list of best affordable restaurants in Manila for nothing!

Bugsy Burger – PHP145 | Fat Tony Burger – PHP185
Location: Circuit Lane Makati, Riverfront Drive, AP Reyes St, Carmona, Makati

2. Chubs Chasers

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Formerly known as Chubs Steak at Manok, Chubs Chasers is the same casual Filipino-American diner serving their signature Divine Steak and Carvilicious Chicken. With the expansion of their menu, they have now included ribs, burgers, pasta, desserts, and other entrees into their menu.

Parmesan Flaming Wings – PHP 199
Location: 86 Visayas Avenue Extension, Tandang Sora, Quezon City

3. Lagrima

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Lagrima, located in Legazpi Village Makati, offers authentic tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. With a wide selection of fillings for both your burrito and taco, you are free to customize the flavors to your liking. Their amazing Horchata (Rice Milk) is loved by many too and it’s surely a must-try in their delicious menu. Get ready for an explosion of flavors when dining in this yummy taco and burrito joint.

Super Taco –  PHP 190 | Quesadillas – PHP 150 to PHP 200
Location: G/F BSA Mansion 108 Benavidez St, Legazpi Village, Makati

4. Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters

Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters is a fast food-type of restaurant that specializes in Pugon Roasted Chicken and other savory dishes, such as Kaldereta Mac n’ Cheese, Angus Beef Steak, and Sinampalukang Sopas. Guests are welcome to order unlimited rice for only Php 6.00, making their menu budget-meal worthy and perfect for unli-rice lovers. With a powerful distinct taste, you can easily tell from the flavor that it’s from Pugon’s. Even their Atsara is good. For anyone needing a hot meal served quickly, this dining spot is perfect for a quick dine out.

Pugon Roast Chicken  – PHP 99 to PHP 119
Location: Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City

5. Esquinita Kitchen & Pub

Esquinita Kitchen & Pub is a hole-in-the-wall, casual restaurant along Estrella in Makati offering affordable Filipino-Mexican cuisine, such as tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. Perfect for a group meal, this dining area will keep your tummies filled and satisfy your cravings.

Sisig Rice – PHP 99 | Crispy Sinigang PHP 169
Location: 78 A Estrella St. Bel Air, Bel-Air, Makati

6. The Wild Poppy

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The Wild Poppy is a hip garden rooftop inspired restaurant that serves modern Asian specialties like fried baos, other small bites, and signature cocktails. The ambiance of this bar & restaurant emits a cozy vibe that puts you in a relaxing mood while enjoying meals and cocktails. The interiors have a vibrant and warm contrast, giving guests a great time with great food.

Chicken Ren Damn  – PHP 120 | Hoi Belly – PHP 140
Location: 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila

7. Grape Escape

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Grape Escape is a wine lounge and kitchen and is the first of its kind in Maginhawa. It offers something far greater than the typical menu and is usually visited by students from nearby schools and institutions. They even have a wide selection of wines and a number of dishes to match the awesome food. If you’re seeking for a fancy but affordable place, Grape Escape if the spot for you.

Chicken Fritters – PHP 175
Location: 99 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village East, Teachers Village, Quezon City 1101

8. Gata

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Gata offers flavors of Bicolano cuisine, especially since most would consider it a piece of Bicol right in the middle of Quezon City. They serve authentic Bicolano dishes like Laing, Bicol Express, Adobong Bicol, all with fresh gata or coconut milk. All of these can be customizable so you won’t worry too much about the spice levels.

Adobong Bicol Rice w Egg | Homemade Bicol Longganisa with Garlic Rice and Egg | Crispy Danggit Bicol with Garlic

Rice and Egg  – All for PHP190
Location: Unit 3 143 Mother Ignacia Ave. Brgy, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila

9. BonBanhmi

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Known to be truly authentic when it comes to Banh mi sandwiches, this hold-in-the-wall dining destination is owned by a Vietnamese couple and is said to make the best Banh mi in Manila. Everything in their menu is under PHP250 that’s why it is one of the best affordable restaurants in Manila! So it’s perfect for a budget-friendly dine out.

All Banhmi  – PHP99 to PHP119
Location: Food Patio, 7th Floor, PBCom Tower, 6795 Ayala Ave cor V.A. Rufino St, Salcedo Village, Makati

10. Tittos Latin BBQ + Brew

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If you’re looking for the best affordable restaurants in Manila, visit Tittos. It is a taco place located along the foodie strip of Kapitolyo. It serves a menu of unique Filipino dishes with a Latin American twist. The ambiance is nice and it doesn’t get too crowded, so it’s just right for a simple, casual dine out with some friends. You might even want to try out their cocktails, which are a great compliment to their outstanding dishes.

All Tacos – PHP125 to PHP155
Location: 16 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

11. Bai Nian Tang Bao

Bai Nian Tang Bao is a soup dumpling specialty restaurant that serves a wide array of Chinese comfort food. You’ll find yourself enjoying their Soup Dumplings, Fish, Scallops, Rice Bowls and Pork Dumplings. Everything on their menu does not disappoint!

Chicken Soup Pork Wonton – PHP119 | Shanghai Scallion Oil Noodles – PHP179
Location: Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

12. Bento&Co.

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Bento & Co. is a neighborhood Japanese restaurant that thrives in their ‘make-your-own bento’ concept. You can modify your order based on your mood and hunger level. You can definitely feel the Japanese taste through their food and the ambience of the restaurant. If you’re down to customize your bento box to your liking, why not try out this awesome Japanese food spot.

Katsudon – PHP175 | Make-Your-Own Bento – PHP125 to PHP200
Location: No. 2 Scout Dr Lazcano, Paligsahan, Quezon City

13. Faburrito

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Faburrito is a healthy Mexican restaurant that serves freshly prepared wraps, burritos and other Mexican specials. Some of their menu items include Steak Salad, Nachos, Mango Salsa, Fish Salad, Chicken Quesadilla, Tacos and Lemongrass Tea.

Chicken Quesadillas – PHP 169 | Battered Fish Bowl – PHP 195
Location: G/F The Columns, Ayala cor Sen Gil Puyat Ave, Salcedo Village, Makati

14. Bowl Master

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Bowl Master lives up to its name by serving you fresh and flavorful bowls perfect for every meal! Their tipid meals are perfect for those who are always on a budget. Bowl Master is definitely one of the best affordable restaurants in Manila.

Rice bowls – PHP85 – 105
Location: Double Dragon Plaza The Meridian Pasay City

15. Kko Kko

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Kko Kko is a modern Korean chicken house that uses traditional and contemporary recipes that came from Grace Lee and her mother.  Their menu is divided into three main categories – Korean Fried Chicken, Korean Street Food, and Dosirak (Korean Lunch Cox), each narrating a story about the dining setting and customs of Korea. Find yourself enjoying authentic Korean cuisine in this sweet dining spot. Other food items include Onion Rings, Cheesy Chicken, Chicken Wings, Bibimbap, Bread Bowl, Beef Bulgogi, Soy Chicken.

2-pc Chicken with Rice – PHP118
Location: The Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas, Pasig City

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Many tourists are frequenting Southeast Asia because aside from having amazing destinations, it is also an affordable region to travel to. From visiting temples in Thailand to art-appreciation in the Philippines, the countries are definitely worth your time and if you’re looking for the cheapest places to travel in Southeast Asia, you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve listed 7 remarkable but budget-friendly spots to visit in Southeast Asia! Most of these destinations are either under $10 or FREE! Find out where you can spend your next budget-friendly trip!

1. Golden Temple of Dambulla in Sri Lanka

Location: Kandy – Jaffna Hwy, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Entrance Fee: 9 USD

Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in the country. The caves are nearly 2,000 years, yet they still remain remarkable and fascinating. Dress codes are strictly implemented, which means you can’t wear shorts and the women should have their shoulders covered. If you don’t bring the appropriate clothes, you may borrow a wrap from the entrance. This is definitely one of the greatest and cheapest places to travel in Southeast Asia.

2. Pura Lempuyang Temple Bali (Gateway To Heaven)

Location: Jl. Pura Telaga Mas Lempuyang, Tri Buana, Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia

Free Admission

The Gates of Heaven at Pura Lempuyang Temple is a stunning “split gate” in the style of Hindu Balinese architecture, which represents the boundary between the outer world and the outer realm of the temple. It is one of the oldest and most sacred temples on the island and it will surely leave you stunned and in awe. This wonderful landmark is definitely worth visiting when traveling to Indonesia and requires no entrance fee. However, they do accept donations. Don’t miss this tourist spot as this is one of the most beautiful and cheapest places to travel in Southeast Asia.

3. Singapore Botanic Garden

Location: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore

Entrance Fee: 3 USD

If you’re seeking for a nice stroll in the city, then this urban garden is a must-see in the heart of Singapore! The Singapore Botanic Garden showcases the best and most spectacular tropical floral set. You can view 300 species of plants in the Ethnobotany Garden and see full-blown beauty in the middle of this landscape. 2,000 hybrid plants and 1,000 different kinds of species are displayed in the garden for all to see and admire. From ponds to rain forests, guests are free to explore the magnificent landscape for just a few bucks.

4. National Museum of Natural History in the Philippines

Location: Teodoro F. Valencia Circle, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

Free Admission

The newly-opened museum is brimming with new pieces and historical artifacts. It houses the most important ethnographic, anthropological, archaeological and visual artistry of the country from the prehistoric period to the modern times. If you find yourself walking along the streets of Padre Burgos Avenue, Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila, this landmark is a must-see. Looking into the history of one’s country is vital in understanding its culture and people. So if you find yourself seeking a budget-friendly activity in the metro, we suggest you explore the National Museum of Natural History.

5. Batu Caves in Malaysia

Location: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia

Free Admission

Situated in Malaysia, Batu Caves is a limestone hill with a series of caves and temples that are said to be 400 million years old. It is being guarded by the Hindu deity Lord Murugan, so it’s no doubt that this is one of Malaysia’s national treasures. A majestic scene can be witnessed upon entering these caves, such as monkeys welcoming guests, bats fluttering beneath a light that seeps through the hills, as well as glowing stalactites.

6. Wat Arun in Thailand

Location: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand

Entrance Fee: 4 USD

Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand is one of the cheapest places to travel in Southeast Asia and easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok. The designs are quite intricate and distinct from many other temples found in Bangkok. Situated near a riverside, this landmark is brimming with color and decor, whilst standing on water.

7. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

Location: Pai Tau, Hong Kong

Free Admission

The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a mid-20th century Buddhist temple located in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. It consists of multiple temples and shrines and requires a steep hike up the hill. This tourist attraction is one of Hong Kong’s most famous Buddhist temples and can be visited by all.

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The numerous cheap, but enjoyable budget-friendly things to do in Southeast Asia prove that you don’t need to spend a lot to have fun! For just under $10, you can already enjoy delicious food, museums, performances, parks, and many more!

Here’s a list of affordable activities that you can do in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore!

Indonesia

Watch the Kecak Dance

Location: Bali, Indonesia

Cost: $8

tourists watching the kecak dance

Your visit to Bali will not be complete without watching some of the most captivating traditional performances. One of those is the Kecak Dance, a form of Balinese hindu dance and music drama that was developed in the 1930s in Bali, Indonesia.

Held in the open air at sunset, usually above a cliff facing the sea, the drama depends entirely on the natural light of day. What makes this dance unique is that the drama doesn’t use artificial backdrop and musical instruments. The focus is entirely on the concentric circles of about 50 to 60 men, bare-chested, wearing only distinct Balinese sarongs sitting cross-legged around a set of torches in the center.

Eat Babi Guling

Location: Everywhere in Indonesia

Cost: $4 – $10

Babi Guling is an Indonesian dish similar to the Philippines’ lechon. It is a roasted suckling pig. What people like about Babi Guling is its golden crispy skin and tender juicy meat. Don’t miss this when you’re in Indonesia.

Visit the Jakarta History Museum

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Cost: $0.5

inside the jakarta history museum

The Jakarta History Museum, also known as Fatahillah Museum, is housed in the former City Hall located in the old part of the city now known as Jakarta Kota. The museum exhibits a collection of antique furniture, pieces about the history of the capital from Dutch colonization to the Japanese occupation, an underground dungeon where Indonesian heroes Pangeran Diponegoro and Untung Suropati were said to have been imprisoned, and more.

Philippines 

Stroll in Intramuros

Location: Intramuros, Manila

Cost: $2

People touring intramuros in bambook bikes
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A trip to Manila isn’t complete without exploring its Walled City—Intramuros. Be amazed by the city’s preserved old hispanic architecture and cobblestone streets while riding a bamboo bicycle. The bamboo bike rental starts at $1. You can also go to Fort Santiago where the Philippines’ National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal was imprisoned before his execution.

Explore the National Museum of the Philippines

Location: Ermita, Manila

Cost: Free

facade of national museum of the philippines

If you really want the best budget things to do in Southeast Asia, you should already include the National Museum of the Philippines in your list. You’ll love it here if you’re an art and history lover. The National Museum of the Philippines houses some of the country’s greatest masterpieces—from history, art, and culture. You can find here one of the most precious art pieces in the world, Spoliarium, by Juan Luna, that features a glimpse of Roman history centered on the bloody carnage brought by gladiatorial matches. With a size of 4.22 meters x 7.675 meters, it is the largest painting in the Philippines.

The National Museum of the Philippines also has other branches and galleries you can visit like the National Art Gallery and Planetarium.

Food trip at Chinatown

Location: Binondo, Manila

Cost: $2 – $10

facade of the chinatown in binondo

Since you’re already in the Intramuros area, why not go straight to Binondo and have a food trip at Chinatown? Enjoy the Filipino street food and authentic Chinese food all in one place! From haka and toasted siopao to beef lamien and hopia. Plus, they’re so affordable so you can eat everything you want without breaking the bank. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Southeast Asia.

Thailand 

Ride a boat in the Floating Market

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Cost: $1 – $5

Complete your Thailand experience by riding a boat in the Floating Market. Shop like no other at the floating stores or just stroll around the area. The boat ride here is affordable but the goods sold in the floating market are kind of expensive compared to the ordinary markets. Also, don’t be too surprised when the river has a traffic, too because the floating market tends to get crowded due to tourist influx.

Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Cost: $2

sunset ambiance at Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Can’t think of what to do in Southeast Asia? Go to Thailand’s temples! The Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most sacred temples in Thailand. According to legend, the temple was built in 1386 to hold a Buddha’s shoulder bone. One of those bones was mounted on a sacred white elephant who then climbed Doi Suthep mountain. After trumpeting three times, the elephant laid down and died in the jungle. The place where he lay is where Doi Suthep’s temple was founded.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple also houses a meditation center where you can learn and practice meditation. And just a reminder, make sure you’re wearing proper clothes that cover your knees and shoulder before entering the temple as they are very strict with the dress code.

Eat Mango Sticky Rice

Location: Everywhere in Thailand

Cost: $1 – $5

colorful mango sticky rice in thailand

Oh when in Thailand, don’t you dare miss its famous delicacy—mango sticky rice! The mango is paired with sweet glutinous sticky rice with coconut milk. It’s very delicious and very filling that could already be an alternative meal. If you’re an adventurous foodie, you can try different flavors of mango sticky rice. Some sell it with colorful sticky rice with different flavors.

Malaysia 

Explore Batu Caves

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cost: Free

colorful stairs at batu caves

One of the best things to do in Southeast Asia that you shouldn’t miss is exploring Batu Caves. It houses several caves and Hindu shrines. While you’re there, you can visit the three main caves composing the Batu Caves: Art Gallery Cave, Museum Cave, and Cathedral cave—the most famous cave. To reach it, visitors must climb to 272 steps. The interior of which is decorated with ornate Hindu shrines and features a large opening at the top where the sunlight streams through.

Visit National Planetarium

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Cost: $3

students enjoying the planet exhibit

If you’re a science geek or just someone who loves astronomy, the National Planetarium (Planetarium Negara KL) is for you. It’s a fun and educational place to learn about the planet and universe. The main entrance shows a teleport chamber which leads into a series of halls containing two planetariums that have interactive exhibits: the touch-screen interactive computers and hands-on experiments, plus a Space Theater.

Eat at Purradise Cat Cafe

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cost: $5

Photo courtesy of @timeoutkl

Want a taste of a different cafe vibe? Check out the Purradise Cat Cafe where you’ll dine with cats of different breeds! Oh the cat moms are so gonna love this! While in the cafe, you may play with the cats, feed them and even take them home!

Singapore 

Watch a free movie

Location: Sentosa, Siloso Beach

Cost: Free

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On selected weekends and holidays, you can watch a free movie screening of popular movies at Sentosa. This is perfect for families and couples who want an unforgettable evening of entertainment under the stars. Watching a free movie by the beach is definitely one of the best budget things to do in Southeast Asia!

For more information about the movie screenings and date, check out their website.

Visit the Singapore Art Museum

Location: 8 Queen St., Singapore

Cost: $10

facade of singapore art museum

The Singapore Art Museum exhibits international contemporary art practices, specializing in Singapore and Southeast Asia. SAM houses the world’s largest collection of modern Southeast Asian art. From film to experimental media, you won’t find the typical oil paintings here.

Explore the Gardens by the Bay

Location: Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore

Cost: Free

people strolling around the gardens by the bay at night

If you don’t know what to do in Southeast Asia, just explore Gardens by the Bay and you’ll never be disappointed. It’s like being in a whole new universe when you enter. Entrance to this beautiful park is free and getting a glimpse of the giant SuperTree Grove is simply a Singapore-must. Come at night and enjoy a spectacular sight as the trees light up during the Garden Rhapsody lights show.

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For a lot of travelers all over the world, Southeast Asia is one of the best places to visit because of its stunning beaches, historical sites, delicious food, and so much more. Usually, people plan their Southeast Asia travel during November to April when the weather is cool and dry. 

For sure, you think that the ideal time for Southeast Asia travel is during the summer where the sun is at its peak, less to no rains, vibrant ambiance, and calm sea. But guess what? That’s what everyone thinks so, too! So don’t be too surprised when all you can see are pools of crowd obstructing the view. 

While there are many benefits of traveling during peak season, there’s also a fair share of perks from traveling during off-season. And not many people know this, hence, avoiding off-season trips that has become a common mistake of a lot of travelers.  

Here we’ve rounded up five reasons why off season travel in Southeast Asia is a great idea!

1. It’s cheaper in all ways

crowdless food stalls in asia

The flights, accommodations, tours, and food are way cheaper during off season travel in Southeast Asia than in peak season. And when we say affordable, we mean it. Plane tickets go as low as 50-70% off in this period. And hotels have a lot of great deals to accommodate guests. This is perfect especially when you’re traveling to Southeast Asia on a shoestring budget!

Southeast Asia is already famous as a budget destination, but the lean season means you can travel with spending even less!

2. Less tourists

girl on a hammock in philippines

Because it’s off-season, expect less to no tourists at all! This is one of the best reasons why everyone should travel off-season. Don’t you just like to enjoy the view without photobombers or have the beach all to yourself feeling like you have your own corner of a tropical paradise? Feels nice, right? That’s the best thing about off season travel in Southeast Asia.

3. Shorter lines

less tourists in airport

Less tourists means shorter lines! How does that sound? When traveling off-season, expect the airport, famous attractions or food stalls to have short to no queue. Gone are the days of lining up for about an hour or more to see just one tourist spot. No need to rush to take a photo because someone is waiting on the line for you to finish. In off-season Southeast Asia travel, you can take your time.

4. More flexible

girl on a train

Since there are less tourists, this means there will be more availability on all things about travel. You will not have to rush to get on the train first. You will not have to worry about making reservations. From the trains and buses to hotels and South East Asia tour, everything can be flexible because the operators and business owners don’t have much to accommodate during off-season compared to the amount of tourists they have during peak season.

5. More authenticity

people having fun at lechon festival

During the peak season in any popular destination, the amount of visitors seem to outweigh the local population. There are times that tourists occupy a destination more than locals. Come back in the off-season and you’ll see an obvious difference.

In the off-season, you’re more likely to have meaningful interactions with locals, make friends, and be involved in culture, and traditions than you are during high season. The true essence of the place you are visiting is often easier to grasp that will make your South East Asia tour more memorable.

To get an in-depth look at how different cultures work, festivals are a good avenue to explore. Fortunately, most Southeast Asian celebrations happen during June to October, so you won’t run out of events to visit. During the off-season, you will get the real experience. Because of this, you will make the most of traveling to Southeast Asia on a shoestring budget!

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The Eid Al Fitr a.k.a. Lebaran Holiday is an equally big deal in Malaysia and Singapore as it is in Indonesia. Also known as Hari Raya Idul Fitri, the joyous celebration in these two Southeast Asian countries are slightly different compared to the scale of that in Indonesia.

For instance, there is rarely a mass convoy during the evening of Lebaran Holiday in Malaysia unlike the outpour of people in the street that is usually an Indonesian local tradition namely Takbiran. While in Singapore, it’s customary for Muslims to wear Baju Kurung or traditional clothing such as kebayas.

The three countries may have different kinds of celebrations but they share the same spirit of Ramadan where love and enthusiasm run high all around town. More importantly, these three countries also share the similar holiday mood since the holiday coincides nicely in the calendar.

If you plan to travel around Indonesia, make sure to check out of top 5 destinations for Lebaran Holiday. But if you’re thinking of exploring to Malaysia and Singapore, then these are our chosen destinations that you don’t want to miss for an awesome Lebaran Holiday!

Malaysia

1. Penang

A wall art of two kids riding a bicycle

With its famous Georgetown area being designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008, Penang has an abundance of adventure to offer its visitors. Dubbed as the food capital of Malaysia, there is no shortage of scrumptious cuisines as well as beautiful coasts, sightseeing options, museums, temples, natural wonders to skyscrapers of malls that await.

Penang, too, is a place where you can enjoy the blend of East and West with a nuance of modernity that is hard to find anywhere else in the world. So whenever you’re ready to embrace the allure of northwest coast of Malaysia, check out ZEN Rooms for the cheapest rates but quality accommodation.

2. Malacca

houses with colorful murals

Malacca has a long history of being located in the most vital navigation position back in the colonial era. All major countries such as India, Portugal, England to Netherlands had long set their eyes on Malacca, which made it the darling of coastal state in Malaysia.

For that reason, Malacca is famed for its rich heritage and breathtaking sights. With a fine mix of cultures, this town offers plenty of architectural wonder from the old cathedrals ala Portuguese to ancient Chinese temples and ruins of forts with Dutch influence. For such a fine city, make sure you’re booked on the nicest place to stay with our listings.

3. Langkawi

a beautiful view of the langkawi bridge

Langkawi is one of Malaysia’s best coastal paradise where the white sandy beaches, mangrove forests and majestic mountains aplenty. This popular island is located just off the shore of West Malaysia facing the Andaman sea and is dotted with resorts, hotels, restaurants and other tourism facilities.

There are a lot of beaches to explore, but one of its most popular one is the Cenang beach. It offers a sweeping sea view with crystal blue water and warm sands. When you want to head up high, Gondola and Skybridge will connect you to its mountain top namely the Raya Mount and Mat Cincang Mount. You’ll surely need the total rest, so get the best accommodation with ZEN Rooms.

4. Johor Bahru

colorful structures at legoland malaysia

Commonly known as JB, this border town has constantly gone under renovations and developments to a point of rivaling the metropolitan beauty of other bigger cities in Malaysia. With its installment of Legoland Malaysia, a theme park of international caliber, many have flocked Johor Bahru and find respite they never knew existed.

Its close proximity to Singapore is also one of the best reasons why you should travel to explore JB along with its fine cuisines, tourism delights and many more. We’re well connected in JB rooms, you’ll be up for many surprises with our hotel chains.

5. Kuala Lumpur

night view of the petronas tower in malaysia

The list would not be complete without Petronas Twin Tower, Golden Triangle aka Bukit Bintang and other signature tourism spots only the capital city of Malaysia can offer. The endless entertainment from culinary ride, sightseeing spots, to its lively night scene is just a few of the things that made Kuala Lumpur always interesting and worth the visit.

For a stay that will make your Lebaran Holiday extra memorable, check out our accommodation offer.

Singapore

people strolling around the gardens by the bay at night

The small country with gigantic flavors, Singapore has continually proven itself as the one of the best destinations in the world for all kinds of traveler. While it may seem like an expensive city, there are endless ways for budget travelers to enjoy this city all just the same.

Suffice to say, Singapore is not just about fancy shopping malls, high-end restaurants, and luxurious entertainment. It’s also the home to vibrant history, diverse ethnics and cultures, family-friendly attractions and exciting public spaces.

With its superb public transportation system, going about is truly a matter of convenience. It’s a friendly city with English speaking residents and humble people. Not to mention, its cleanliness is an admirable virtue that will wow any traveler. From east to west of Singapore, we promise you a rich adventure in Singapore that fits the entire family.

Last but not least, plan your Singapore trip well by selecting our trusted hotel chains. These reputable names are going to be the best and most affordable stay with all the comfort you need when in Singapore.

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It’s that time of the year again! Eid al Fitr (Idul Fitri), or better known as Lebaran Holiday Indonesia, is one of the official Muslim holidays that marks the end of Ramadhan season. After a month of fasting, Muslims everywhere celebrate the joyous and holy occasion by taking trips to their hometown (mudik) to be reunited with their families, visiting friends and relatives, feasting and practicing atonement – an act of mutual forgiving any past wrongdoing.

The beautiful Lebaran holidays in Indonesia officially last for 2 days in the Indonesian calendar. Typically, the government also declares a few days before and after the Lebaran as bank holiday, allowing workers the timely break and making it the most perfect moment for traveling!


Lebaran Holiday Indonesia 2020

The dates of the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, Ramadan, vary from year to year, as the Muslim calendar is based on a lunar cycle of 29 or 30 days. The exact date is determined by the sighting of the new moon. These lunar calculations lead to an official announcement by the government on the eve of Ramadan and Idul Fitri so that the faithful know when to begin and end the fasting month.

In 2020, Ramadan will start on approximately April 25 and Lebaran Holiday Indonesia will fall on May 24 to May 25, 2020.

Planning your perfect Lebaran Holiday Indonesia 2020 starts with selecting the best destination for yourself and the family. To celebrate the festivities, it’s highly recommended that you travel to the places that has that Lebaran spirit and nuance to make you feel right at home, for all the best reasons.

So whenever you’re ready to explore and experience the most amazing Lebaran Holiday Indonesia 2020 , check out these top 5 destinations to visit for an ultimate trip.

1. Bali

A guy looking at the majestic view of nusa penida

Bali is a slice of heaven on earth that’s perfect all year round. With a combination of sweeping beaches, panoramic views, genuine local Balinese charm, endless fun and culinary adventures, Bali promises a holiday that fits for the entire family.

While Bali is dominated with Hindu population, the local people have enjoyed celebrating Lebaran Holiday Indonesia with just the same enthusiasm. Don’t let the crowded beaches spook you out, just be sure to visit their famous temples such as Pura Besaki and Pura Uluwatu, get up close with nature at Ubud Monkey Forest or taste the scrumptious fresh seafood dishes in Jimbaran.

2. Yogyakarta

a couple posing at a temple in yogyakarta

The soulful and artistic side of Indonesia unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, Yogyakarta is giving Bali a run for the money with its fine mix of metropolitan and traditional heritage that’s rich with pure Javanese arts and cultures.

Offering endless tourist spots from beaches to breathtaking natural wonders, there’ll be no shortage of activities that you can do here. Visit the famous Candi Borobudur, Prambanan or the Parangtritis beach, take a trail on the passionate shopping district of Malioboro, step into historical sites and Kraton palaces, you name it, Yogyakarta will deliver and more!

3. Bandung

unique tourist attraction in bandung

Say hello to Paris Van Java, where fashion is the heart of the city matched fittingly by its unique old deco charm. The atmospheric Bandung offers retreat for local tourists and foreign travelers alike who can’t seem to get enough of its architectural European style, cool breeze, lively fashion industry and countless natural attractions.

Settle yourself in any quaint cafe that’s dotted along any road of Bandung while watching the world celebrate the holy season of Lebaran Holiday Indonesia. Spoil yourself with delicious culinary options or simply enjoy a little retail therapy from the creative local brands of Indonesia. Last but not least, explore the gorgeous mother nature of Bandung such as Tangkuban Perahu Mount, Kawah Putih, to Geological Museum of Bandung.

4. Jakarta

the cityscape view of jakarta

Visiting the capital city is simply a must no matter where you hail from. Jakarta is a chic city that’s getting a lot of praises for its superbly wonderful and hidden tourist spots. Visiting the dynamic metropolitan during Lebaran will also allow you a side of Jakarta you have never seen before! Far from the usual humdrum and bustling traffics, you’ll experience a lovely, quiet and traffic-friendly Jakarta, available only during the Lebaran season.

5. Malang

colorful houses in malang

Malang is the next one on Indonesia’s map to be the most sought after tourist spot by all types of travelers. Already keeping up with international standard, Malang houses famous museums such as Museum of Transportation, Museum Malang Tempo Doeloe, D’Mask Kingdom Museum and more. Don’t forget the gigantic theme parks of Jawa Timur Theme Park or Malang’s Botanic Garden too!

Suffice to say, Malang is the best choice for the entire family for the most satisfying Lebaran holiday you will have in a while.

For a more comfortable and hassle-free trip, make sure to book your hotel in Indonesia at ZEN Rooms and you’re guaranteed a quality accommodation at a very affordable price!

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Being home to 48 countries, Asia is the largest continent in the world. While some Asian nations are known for being expensive places to travel like Japan and Singapore, there are cheap tourist destinations in Asia that offer amazing experiences for budget travelers.

Don’t worry about it anymore, we’ve got your back with a list of the cheapest places in Asia for you to travel to. They’re not just affordable, they’re also unique, fantastic, and (in most cases) delectable.

1. Puerto Galera, Philippines

white beach in puerto galera

Puerto Galera is a real gem for those looking for cheap tourist destinations in Asia. It offers fun activities that are very affordable like diving and kayaking. The beaches in Puerto Galera have been known to rival the best of the Philippines. This getaway destination, which translates to “port of the galleons,” is just a few hours drive from Manila making it a perfect weekend getaway destination. For a detailed Puerto Galera travel guide, read this.

2. Penang, Malaysia

a street art of a boy riding a motorcycle in penang

This unique location has been known as a “food paradise” but that’s not why it’s one of the cheapest places in Asia. Penang is cheap because it offers so much bang for its buck. It’s undoubtedly unique in its vibrant street art and cultural scene. Check out our short guide on exploring Penang’s street art for a fun trip to cheap tourist destinations in Asia.

3. Bangkok, Thailand

happy asian girls exploring a temple in bangkok, thailand

Thailand is one of the most affordable countries to visit in Asia. The beating heart of the country, Bangkok, is among the cheap places to go in Asia. It offers so much to do, even for those who want to travel on a shoestring budget. Once you’ve landed, head into town and grab yourself something to eat from the huge variety of Asian restaurants available. After that, check out the town’s unique culture and heritage at the Taling Chan market on the canals! You’ll find some of the cheapest (but unbelievably delectable) street food snacks there.

4. Batangas, Philippines

a photo pf a greek-inspired architechture in batangas

We’ve recently talked about how great Batangas is if you want to go hiking. But Batangas is not just all about hiking though. It’s a favorite quick getaway destination because it’s just two hours away from Manila. There are many beaches in Batangas where you and your family or friends can enjoy. Plus, it’s not too expensive to go there that’s why it’s one of the most beautiful cheap places to visit in Southeast Asia.

5. Yogyakarta, Indonesia

a couple posing at a temple in yogyakarta

With some of the world’s most unbelievable temple views, Yogyakarta is the perfect soothing and cheap tourist destinations in Asia. This place is perfect for culture buffs who are madly in-love with anything about art and history.

6. Cebu City, Philippines

girl swimming with the whale shark

Head to Cebu City to see some beautiful sea views. It’s a place where the big city meets island. Some places you can check out in Cebu City are the Temple of Leah, Sirao Flower Farm, and The Pyramid. While for an island experience, make sure to visit Bantayan Island, Malapascua Island, and Oslob where you can swim with the whale sharks. What makes Cebu an amazing travel destination is that everything is so affordable that is why it is one of the most beautiful cheap places to go in Asia. For a more detailed Cebu travel guide, read this.

7. Kandy, Sri Lanka

a happy girl hanging on the train in sri lanka

The list of cheap places to visit in Southeast Asia won’t be complete without Kandy, Sri Lanka in it. It offers a beautiful mix of culture, history, and class. Visit the city’s Temple of the Tooth for a look at Sri Lankan culture at its finest.

8. Chiang Mai, Thailand

a beautiful view of a temple in chiang mai

Chiang Mai is one of the amazingly cheap places to visit in Southeast Asia. Like Bangkok, you can enjoy both the old and modern view of Thailand in Chiang Mai. Make sure to drop by the Wat Phra Singh for an ultimate temple experience. It is one of the most popular temples in Thailand.

9. Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia is one of the best cheap places to go in Asia for those who want to party the night away in Sri Lanka. Oozing with vibrant and buzzing nightlife, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia is full of fun day and night activities. Take your gastronomic experience to the next level with the local Sri Lankan flavors at good quality restaurants, take a stroll along the beach, check out the many temples they have, or experience the wildlife by visiting the Zoological Garden.

10. Langkawi, Malaysia

a beautiful view of the langkawi bridge

Malaysia is one of the most affordable countries to visit in Asia. And if you’re asking where to go? Langkawi should be on your list! Dubbed as the Mini Jewel of Malaysia, Langkawi offers some of the country’s best beaches and nature getaway. And when in Langkawi, make sure to visit the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, Eagle Square, the Langkawi Sky Bridge, Underwater World Langkawi, Tengah Beach, and Tanjung Rhu Beach.

Where’s the best place to stay in Asia?

Now that you’ve seen all the cheap tourist destinations in Asia, it’s time to look for the best place to stay. To make your trip more budget-friendly, check out ZEN Rooms in your desired affordable countries to visit in Asia. Booking with ZEN Rooms ensures that you’ll have comfortable accommodation at comfortable and smart prices. This will leave you with more cash to make the most of your holiday in Asia, no matter where you want to go.

Exploring the world with the person you love is one of the best things in life. It lets you take a break from your everyday life, rediscover your passion, or rekindle the flames. But sometimes, with all the romantic places in Southeast Asia to enjoy, it can be quite difficult to decide where to go.

Check out our list before you plan your romantic escapade to experience a blissful getaway with your partner. No matter what the reason is, a romantic trip in one of these 10 places will fill your days with love!

10. Penang, Malaysia

temple in penang

Penang is one of the big hubs between the east and west of China. George Town is a great place for restaurants and drinks. There is also the Penang National Park’s jungle trails and the city is dotted with temples highlighting diverse beliefs in the area.

9. Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok and the Gili islands offer a great volcanic mountain to climb: mount Rinjani. Make sure to catch the most beautiful view of the island from Bukit Pergasingan and visit an infinity pool at the base of the mountain in The Rinjani Lodge. Also make sure to catch Gili’s famous sunsets, seafood restaurants and boat trips.

8. Yogyakarta, Indonesia

If you want to travel somewhere relaxing, consider visiting one of the most romantic places in Southeast Asia, Yogyakarta, where you’ll find yourselves immersed in history and culture. The Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono’s Palace is a great place to visit, followed by the Taman Sari and the unmissable Borobudur temple. Also, take a walk through the kotagede, the former capital of the ancient Islamic Mataram kingdom. Again, for those more interested in the outdoors, the volcanic Mount Merapi is just outside the city.

7. Cebu, Philippines

sweet couple posing in kawasan falls in cebu

Head to Cebu in the Philippines if you’re looking for the rush of a city (with some surprisingly beautiful beaches, too). You can find the best beaches in Moalboal, Bantayan Island, and Malapascua Island to catch the sun, sand and sea. To make your trip more romantic, take your significant other to Temple of Leah or The Pyramid.

6. Chiang Mai, Thailand

couple holding a lantern at yi peng festival in chiang mai

Chiang Mai is not just a great place to shop and eat some of the world’s best street food but it’s also one of the most romantic places in Southeast Asia. Learn about its great history in one of the many temples or catch the sunset and sunrise from the iron bridge. Make your trip more romantic by attending the Yi Peng Festival.

5. Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is a great place for the inner adventurer. The Phuket old Town is a sin-Portuguese mix, with some splendid scenery. Also, visit the giant Buddha atop the Nakkerd Hills. Finally, make sure to visit the Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples.

4. Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi’s big draw is the Pantai Cenang beach. You can also head to the beautiful Legend Garden. Finally, if you want to buy some local products, the Kompleks Budaya Kraf is a big local market for you and your traveling companions to browse.

3. Bali, Indonesia

couple holding hands in bali

Head to Bali to hike the volcanic Mount Batur and watch the sunrise. You can also go to the rapids for a bit of white water rafting or relax on lovina beach with dolphin watching, a meal and some drinks. For another great location, head to Desa Belok and walk through the sea of golden marigolds and watch your partner enjoy it. #PerfectView

2. Boracay, Philippines

Watching the sunset over the cerulean blue waters from your own private terrace or on a dinner cruise? Pure romance. Boracay surely is one of the most romantic places in Southeast Asia. Itoffers thirteen different beaches for you to hang out at; one of the best ones is the Puka Shell Beach. You can also go to the White Beach, the primary beach in the island, and get your own spot to watch the sun as it sets with a drink on one hand and your partner on your side.

1. Siargao, Philippines

man holding a woman's hand going to cloud 9 in siargao

What could be more romantic than Siargao? IT’s not just a safe haven for surfers but also for lovers. It’s a perfect place to feel the love all over again as the island hugs you with its calming vibe and beautiful spots. Go to Cloud 9 and watch the sunset, for sure, you and your significant other will love the view that will make you say “I love you.”

Make your trip extra romantic by staying at one of Southeast Asia’s best budget hotel chain. Book your rooms and you’re guaranteed a quality accommodation at an affordable price!

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