What’s better than spending Valentine’s Day at the best date restaurants in Manila to sweep her off her feet?

From garden restaurants, roof deck bars, and intimate hideaways, we’ve got it all covered for you for Valentine’s Day to give her the butterflies with good food in a stylish, intimate, but not-too-stiff setting.

For the month of love, we’re giving you romantic and lavish dining spots to check out in and out of the metro. Here are 12 affordable dining destinations you can find in Metro Manila and Tagaytay.

1. Le Petit Souffle – Metro Manila

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A mix between French elegance and Japanese aesthetic, Le Petit Souffle offers a serene and romantic ambiance that will surely impress you and your date. With its garden-inspired interior, this modern French-Japanese bistro gives an outdoor vibe while being indoors. Because of its decor, there’s truly no doubt this dining spot is Instagram-worthy, yet perfect for a casual dine out. Serving both sweet and savory food, guests keep returning for their much-loved Foie Gras Mac & Cheese and Squid Ink Rice. You might also enjoy some delicious desserts and Souffles to match the romantic hanging lamps, dim lights and imitation trees.

Third Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
Average cost: PHP 1100 for two people (approx.)

2. Rockwell Glasshouse – Makati

The Rockwell Glasshouse is a modern-day structure surrounded by lush green plants that mimics the feel of a greenhouse in the middle of the city. Huge Fiddle Leaf figs, gold details and lavish furniture adorn the interior of this elegant spot, which makes it the perfect place for an endless conversation over coffee or wine with your date. Natural lighting emits from the glass exterior, allowing for a simple, yet elegant ambiance. And the food tastes as lovely as the facade. Rockwell Glasshouse’s menu consists mainly of salads, pastas, sandwiches and coffee. The more indulgent meals include a selection of rice bowls, all-day breakfast fare, and cake. Must-try menu items include Bottarga Pasta, Fried Portuguese Sardines with Garlic Rice and Eggs, and the Parma Ham and Emmental Cheese Sandwich. This definitely makes to the list of best date restaurants in Manila.

R1-GH, The Glasshouse Rockwell Center, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell, Makati City
Average Cost: PHP 900 for two people (approx.)

3. Straight Up – Taguig

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Straight Up is a rooftop bar that offers a panoramic view overlooking the parks, upscale boutiques and restaurants of Bonifacio High Street. You and your date can definitely enjoy drinks with a breathtaking view of the city, lounge indoors or reserve a private room perfect for exclusive parties. Highlights of the menu include Italian cuisine, complimentary finger food with cocktails, as well as a separate buffet for wine lovers. In the evenings, you can catch live performances and fresh beats by singers and DJ’s who specialize in bossa, soul, house beats, and jazz. With a bar that offers a 360 degree view of the city, there’s no way that your date could get any more romantic. If this doesn’t make it to your list of best date restaurants in Manila, we don’t know what will.


15th Floor, Seda Hotel, 30th Street Corner 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Average cost: PHP 1500 for two people (approx.)

4. Cafe Juanita – Pasig

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A fusion of different Asian cuisines, this casual dining spot is a feast for the eyes. With its Asian antiques and adornments, the ambience of this unique restaurant is perfect for your Instagram feed. Some of the favorite menu items are the binagoongan, kare kareng gulay, and fish with tamarind sauce. Even their dessert offers a taste of heaven! Some of the must-try desserts include the cassava cake and toffee pudding. You can also include this as one of the best go-to coffee places in Manila. With the restaurant’s own musician playing piano on the side, this charming place is whimsical, homey and delightful in best way possible.

19 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Average Cost: PHP 1200 for two people (approx.)

5. Cafe Voi La – Tagaytay

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In the quiet outskirts of Tagaytay, you can find a unique and one-of-a-kind Asian-fusion themed restaurant that offers pockets of peace and serenity. The cozy and rustic feel of this unique cafe, combined with colorful interior and Asian art, makes this cafe a vibrant and picturesque spot for a romantic date. While waiting for your food to be served, you can find yourself admiring Thai and Vietnamese ornaments, as well as other Southeast Asian decor adorning the indoor and outdoor area. Some of the loved menu items include the Homemade Chicken Pork Adobo, Café Voi La Chicken Curry, Trio of Spring Rolls, and Café Voi La Pad Thai. However, the clear winner is their cheesecake! The name of the restaurant is derived from a Vietnamese word “boi la”, which means to cook with leaves.


Crosswinds, Tagaytay City
Average Cost: PHP 1500 for two people (approx.)

6. Filling Station – Makati

This American-inspired diner is nothing short of an Instagram lover’s heaven. Vintage decors, pop art, and a retro car displayed in the middle of the diner, it’s the perfect place for a unique and quirky dine out with your family and friends. Their menu includes classic American food items, such as friends, burgers and milkshakes. If you’re seeking to time-travel back to the retro days, this is the perfect spot for you! You’ll be greeted by waiters dressed to that time-period.

5012 P. Burgos Street, Poblacion, Makati City 12101210
Average Cost: PHP 1500 for two people (approx.)

7. Bag of Beans – Tagaytay

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If you’re seeking to unwind in a place far from the metro, Bag of Beans offers chic interiors, rustic surroundings, and Instagram-worthy features. This dining spot serves American-Asian dishes while being surrounded by a garden.

115 Aguinaldo Highway, Mendez Crossing West, Tagaytay City
Average Cost: PHP 1000 for two people (approx.)

8. Veranda – Tagaytay

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Veranda, located in Tagaytay is perfect for a romantic date outside the metro. Overlooking a magnificent view of Taal Lake, this dining spot has a traditional and elegant Filipino atmosphere with a food selection that brings back exquisite Filipino cuisine and international dishes. Serving a variety of refreshing platters, their menu will remind you of a classic, yet modern Philippine taste that’s enjoyed by all. If this isn’t romantic enough, their interior offers pristine lighting, luxurious interior, and a stunning view.

Taal Vista Hotel, Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, Tagaytay City
Average cost: PHP 1200 for two people (approx.)

9. Gallery by Chele – Taguig

Gallery by Chele is a fusion between modern Filipino and Spanish cuisine. Offering unique and innovative dishes, this restaurant is reasonably pricey for its quality, presentation and rich flavor. The casual, open ambience is adorned with nature-inspired and wood interior, making it the perfect place for an elegant and sophisticated dining experience. They even cater to vegetarians with their distinct menu and offers specialty items, such as Beef Curry, Bana – Lu, and Pearls and Clams. This is definitely one of the best date restaurants in Manila.

Fifth Floor, Clipp Center, 11th Avenue Corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Average Cost: PHP 1800 for two people (approx.)

10. Tsokolateria – Tagaytay

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Tsokolateria located in Tagaytay is the perfect spot for chocolate lovers seeking to satisfy their sweet cravings. With an amazing view of Taal, you’ll be closer to nature while enjoying a bundle of chocolate snacks in the outskirts of Manila. With their delicious menu, you’ll fall deeply in love with their chocolate dips, tablea mallows and hot chocolate. You can also enjoy cool breeze by the outdoors, making a sweet and romantic experience for you and your loved ones.

The Boutique Bed and Breakfast, 45 Aguinaldo Highway Silang Crossing East, Tagaytay City, Tagaytay City
Average Cost: PHP 800 for two people (approx.)

11. Sonya’s Garden – Tagaytay

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Fill your tummy with delicious food and your heart with love and romance. Sonya’s Garden is where the magic happens! A number of proposals that have taken place in this garden paradise, as well as wedding ceremonies and events. This dining destination isn’t just home to good food and a homegrown flower garden, vegetables are freshly harvested from their very own farm and guests quickly fall in love with its beautiful and charming ambience. Their menu items include Salad, Tea, Chocolate Cake, White Pasta, and Coffee.

Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Tagaytay City
Average cost: PHP 1400 for two people (approx.)

12. Dreamland’s Arts & Crafts – Tagaytay

This bohemian-inspired, Instagrammable cafe and restaurant in Tagaytay City is crafty, artsy and the all-around dreamy. Who wouldn’t want to dine inside a place full of art and color? Adorned with dream-catchers, paintings, fairy lights and other vibrant decors, Dreamland’s Arts & Crafts Cafe offers classic breakfast items and homegrown foods. Other items you can order are Nachos, Potato Wedges, Pasta, Hot Chocolate, Barako Coffee, Chicken Wings, and Burgers. This cozy spot is the definition of dreamland. You might just catch yourself dreaming for more!

Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tagaytay City, Tagaytay City
Average Cost: PHP 800 for two people (approx.)

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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

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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.

Keep ZEN Rooms in mind on your next adventure. Book your accommodation at a very affordable price so you can travel more and pay less!

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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.

With its proximity to Metro Manila, Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro is easy to get to, making it the perfect spontaneous getaway destination. From beautiful beach coves, waterfalls, abundant marine life, limestone cliffs, rock formations, coral gardens, dive sites, and mountains—the town is ready to welcome its visitors. And the best thing about traveling here is that your Puerto Galera budget doesn’t have to be a lot!

You can explore the whole town in under P3,000! How did we do it? Look at our Puerto Galera Budget itinerary below!

bulalacao island in puerto galera

Puerto Galera Budget Trip for 2 Days and 1 Night

ACTIVITIES EXPENSES
Bus from Manila to Batangas Port P200
Ferry ticket from Batangas Port to Puerto Galera P300
Terminal Fee P30
Environmental Fee P50
Tricycle to resort P50
Boat for Island Hopping (Good for 8 persons) P1,500-P1,800 (P188-P225/person)
Accommodation P700/night
Food P500
Ferry ticket from Puerto Galera to Batangas Port P300
Bus from Batangas Port to Manila  P200
Total P2,555

Water sports activities to try in Puerto Galera

If you have extra budget and time to spend, then you might want to consider these other fun activities with your travel buddies.

Unicorn: P2,500 good for 10 persons

King Cobra: P2,500 good for 10 persons

Flying Saucer: P2,000 good for 6 persons

Fly Fish: P1,500 good for 3 persons

Jetski: P2,000 per 15 minutes


Puerto Galera Tourist Spots

1. White Beach

white beach in puerto galera

The most famous beach in the area is the White Beach Puerto Galera, resembling that of Boracay. If you’re up for a whole day of partying, this is the perfect place to be. Just like in Boracay, White Beach Puerto Galera is a long stretch of white sandy shores with all kinds of bars and resorts. White Beach’s unending supply of all things hip and fun will definitely keep you entertained for days. 

2. Talipanan Beach

talipanan beach in puerto galera

Talipanan Beach is great if you’re looking to spend an evening out with friends, eating great food, and having a few beers. Sabang also offers a great nightlife (maybe even more vibrant), with a great shipwreck diving location as well, for during the day.

3. Mangyan Village

mangyan village in puerto galera

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Every Puerto Galera visitor should visit the charming village to witness Mangyans’ (Mindoro’s indegenous people) way of life, beautiful weaves, and the culture that has persisted through time. You can also witness and participate in their weaving tradition. You can even have a chance to take home souvenirs such as baskets that are crafted by local artisans. By visiting this village, you will be supporting this indigenous group’s cultural preservation and economic sustainability.

Seemingly hidden away from the rest of the world, Mangyan Village is an extraordinary look at a culture so different from the modern city. It’s like walking in history. Having been built to protect the Iraya-Mangyan tribe and their customs, the people here live life like they’re in a different era. The best part is there’s no entrance fee! You can purchase handicrafts and trinkets from the village people, if you wish. They are made to show off traditional Mangyan culture, by some of the last Mangyan craftsmen and women in the world.

4. Veranda Restaurant

Whether you’re looking for that authentic Filipino taste, or something a little more similar to what you would eat back home, Puerto Galera has some pretty good dining options.

That Authentic Filipino taste can be found at the Veranda Restaurant. Located in the Out of the Blue Resort, customers consistently say they would return again and again. The service is brilliant, and the food is cooked to perfection. Expect a lot of seafood. You’ll also find vegan friendly options here, if you need them.

Alternatively, if you’re in the Talipanan Beach area and looking for some delicious pizzas, then Lukas Bar is probably the best place for you. It’s cheap, tasty, and has a view of the beach.


Manila to Puerto Galera

The cheapest and usual way to reach Puerto Galera from Manila is via Batangas. From Batangas Pier, you will need to ride a ferry to either of the two ports in Puerto Galera. Balatero Port is closer to White Beach and Aninuan Beach, while Muelle Port is closer to Sabang. Manila to Puerto Galera takes about 3 to 4 hours. 

Don’t worry about your planned Puerto Galera budget because the bus and ferry tickets are not that expensive unlike going to other provinces.

If you’re looking for Puerto Galera hotels, there’s a variety to choose from, from high-ends to budget. ZEN Rooms offers Puerto Galera hotels starting from P700/night perfect for backpackers, budget and solo travelers!

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