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Planning for a backpacking trip but not sure where to go? We’ve compiled a list of the best budget-friendly backpacking destinations in Asia just for you!


It’s easy to see why Bangkok is an extremely popular destination for backpackers. The rich culture, cuisine and vibrancy are just some of the endless reasons why people keep going back to there for their holidays. Plus if you’re a hardcore shopaholic, Bangkok is the place to be.

Trendy and affordable, Bangkok’s shopping scene is one of the best in the world. While you’re there, be sure to check out the famous Platinum MallMBK and Chatuchak Market. There are also many malls near train stations such as Union MallTerminal 21CentralWorld and Siam Paragon that are worth a visit. Be sure to leave some extra space in your backpack before you go because it will be filled to the brim with all your buys.

Aside from shopping, do pay a visit to the magnificent Grand Palace in the heart of the city and temples such as the famed Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun.

Of course, what is a trip to Bangkok without its food? Everything on the local menu is delicious and delectable, the three must-have foods while you’re there would have to be Pad ThaiMango Sticky Rice and Tom Yummm. Be adventurous and try the street food as well, we recommend Fried Banana with SesameFried Chicken Wing and even the Fried Insects if you’re daring enough. You’d be surprise at how delicious and cheap they can be!

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