Although most of the Indian states can take your breath away, many Indians want to experience the taste of the world outside India. Unfortunately, they have to limit their options due to budget restrictions. Have a look at some incredible and cheap international destinations that will
amuse every Indian family! Here, we have compiled a cost list (for a family of 4-5) of the best family vacation destinations on a budget.
1.Thailand, Phuket & Bangkok
Approx cost per person: 22,000-35,000 for 5 days and 4 nights
Thailand offers its visitors 1000 miles of coastlines and beautiful white sand beaches with its ensuing beach activities. It is also a retreat for rejuvenating yourself by meditating, revitalizing yourself with the Thai spas and indulging yourself with the world famous Thai food. The capital, Bangkok, is a popular destination for avid shoppers who shop everywhere from the high-end malls and shops to the roads. Phuket, the largest island offers many activities for any type of traveler.
- Peak/best season to visit: Nov-Apr
2. Sri Lanka
Approx cost per person: 29,000-45,000 for 5 days and 4 nights
Sri Lanka, our next door neighbour, provides more activities than it is accredited for and has now become a popular honeymoon destination. As an island, it offers many over & under water activities as well as land activities. Also, because of its rich green cover, you can enjoy the nature and wildlife by going for the safaris, visiting the national parks, trecking, camping, etc. Besides, the 7 UNESCO heritage sites it contains means that every traveler must visit the cultural triangle in the north central plains. The Adam’s Peak has an interesting story and is regarded as a pilgrimage centre since 1st B.C. If you happen to go during the peak months, you can also enjoy a hot air baloon ride o’er the central plains or wildlife park.
- Peak/best season to visit: Dec-Mid Apr
Approx cost per person: 35,000-50,000 for 5 days and 4 nights
One of the favourites for the middle class Indian and for good reason too as you don’t need to spend too many days in order to see the best attractions of this place. Some of the top attractions include the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al-Arab, Dubai mall & museum, Jumeirah Beach, old Dubai, Dubai creek and souqs, etc. Dubai is also very popular as a shopping destination, its night life and its desert safari.
- Peak/best season to visit: Nov-Apr
4. Hong Kong & Macau
Approx cost per person: 49,000-1,12,000 for 7 days and 6 nights
Hong Kong is a very vibrant city-be it day or night! It is one of the best family vacation destinations on a budget as it caters to the needs of every member of the family. You can view the city from spectacular heights, go to its various theme parks such as Disneyland, Noah’s Arc and Ocean Park, shop from its numerous markets, visit their version of the Hollywood walk of fame, the Madame Tussaud’s gallery and so much more! Macau is just an hour or 2 away from Hong Kong and its key attractions are the Macau tower climb & bungee jump (highest bungee jump in the world) and the house of dancing water.
- Peak/best season to visit: Oct-Feb
Approx cost per person: 50,000-80,000 for 7 days and 6 nights
In Mauritius, you can go for various water and land sports, the dolphin tour, be up close with animals at the Casela Nature Park, visit Le Morne Brabant for some peace and best of all… get a great tan!
- Peak/best season to visit: Oct-June
6. Malaysia & Langkawi
Approx cost per person: 40,000-84,000 for 5 days and 4 nights
Malaysia, another Indian holiday favourite, is one that cannot be seen entirely in just one trip. Its colonial architecture, refreshing rain forests and many shopping malls will have you craving for more. Just an hour and a half away from Kuala Lumpur, is Malacca, a city whose Portuguese influence is clearly visible in its streets and buildings. It is a photographer’s delight. Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea that is so serene and peaceful, it is a very popular spot for honeymooners.
- Peak/best season to visit: Dec-Jan & June-Aug
Approx cost per person: 35,000-48,000 for 4 days and 3 nights
Indonesia, with its brilliant blue-green seas and clear beaches is a traveller’s paradise and it offers many water activities. Indonesia also provides many land activities and has some of the largest tropical forests with rich flora and fauna and breathtaking views that can rejuvenate anybody. No wonder many spas thrive here. Bali, an Indonesian island, has become a holiday retreat for all, especially newly weds.
- Peak/best season to visit: Apr-Oct
Approx cost per person: 90,000-1,30,000 for 9 days and 8 nights
China is so vast and is adorned with natural beauty, fascinating heritage, mouth-watering cuisine, and state-of-the-art cities that no person can truly experience China in less than a few years! Which is why it is a great budget international trip to take as it offers much more than your money’s worth! Besides, who wouldn’t want to see the phenomenal growth of China and shop at the cheap Chinese markets!
- Peak/best season to visit: Mar-May & Sept-Early Nov
Approx cost per person: 51,000-92,000 for 5 days and 4 nights
Apart from the flight tickets, Singapore, too, is a great affordable international destination trip to take with family. Singapore has wildlife, culture & cuisine, modern structures & architecture, monuments, beaches, zoos, parks and anything else you name! It is also the fashion capital of Asia!
- Peak/best season to visit: Nov-June
Approx cost per person: 45,000-60,000 for 4 days and 3 nights
Maldives is a popular honeymoon location and a very cheap international destination for all the beach and sea-food lovers. Its turquoise blue waters, clean beaches, exotic spas and fascinating underwater life will spoil you. It is also very well known for the water sport activities they offer.
- Peak/best season to visit: Dec-Apr for beaches and May-Nov for water sports
So here we have it: 10 family vacation destinations for Indians on a budget. If you don’t want to visit these tried and tested ones, check out our post on the 10 Offbeat & Affordable International Destinations for Indians!