Travel in Asia for Php 16,000 or Less

Published: March 25, 2016 | Updated: July 23, 2021 | Posted by: Carlo Miguel Castañeda | Lifestyle

Summer is usually when people like to get out of the country, but that means that most tourist destinations will increase, and the price of everything tends to balloon. There’s the question of how much money you’d be willing to spend for your next vacation, even if it’s just in Asia.

There are countries you can travel without exceeding Php 20,000, it mostly hinges on the tickets, though. The increase of low-cost carriers and discounted flights has made it easier for people to go abroad, in addition to fewer restrictions on acquiring a visa.

But yes, you can travel in Asia on a Php 16,000 budget and enjoy that much-needed vacation.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong remains one of the most accessible among destinations that appeal to Filipino travelers. It’s a vast enough melting pot of both Eastern and Western culture in an urban landscape that you’d almost want to call it home.

It’s also the closest and easiest way to visit Disneyland, but is expensive if the trip is not well-prepared for. Carlo Dominguez of Travelosyo has a pretty awesome account[1] of his 4 day-3 night stay in HK (and a side trip to Macau) that cost him a total of Php 15,607 – all in.

Note that he also sets aside a little cash for pasalubong. What trip abroad wouldn’t be complete without a few souvenirs for your loved ones?

South Korea

Many Filipinos have visited Korea, and it continues to be a top destination for us. This could be for a lot of different reasons, like experiencing the culture, or just exploring the birthplace of K-Pop, or maybe see what it’s like to see gaming pros in action.
A Php 16,000 budget won’t get you too far if you plan on raiding record stores for the latest singles by your favorite artists, or raiding Dongdaemun Market and Myeongdong.

If the plan is to simply to go sightseeing, and maybe experience the snow, Tripzilla has a nifty little article[2] that shows you can spend a week in Seoul for Php 15,818.05 – all in.

Vietnam and Cambodia

These two countries are divided by flat plains and the road trip is one that you won’t soon forget.

Vietnam has been a major tourist destination since the 90s, with World Heritage Sites scattered across the country. Cambodia is known for its beaches, parks, and its share of ancient cities – like Angkor, and the more commonly known temple of Angkor Wat.

A trip to these two countries will set you back Php 15,000 – all in. The Traveling Nomad has more than a few recommendations for places to visit, along with a few things to look out for while you travel.


Thailand is a known stop for that backpacking around the world, which results in a pretty mixed crowd when you’re traveling. It also makes for a pretty good set of stories. If you love the beach, add Thailand on your bucket list.
Further proof that Thailand has a little something for everyone is its bustling nightlife when you want to party, temple complexes when you want to soak in the architecture, and Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar when you want to do a little shopping.
Your total budget for experiencing a little bit of everything in Thailand should be between Php 10,000 – Php 15,000 for 4 days and 3 nights. The Wandering Juan has a sample[3] for those leaving from Clark.

Final Thoughts

Traveling is something that everyone should do when they’re ready to experience more than their usual haunts. It’s a chance to experience other cultures, other cities, see pieces of history beyond the books you may have pored over in school.
Yes, travel has its costs, but it pays you back with experiences and memories that is worth more than what you paid for.

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