Looking for cheap foreign destinations to travel to from India? You’re in luck! Here is an assorted list of beautiful countries that are not only easy on the pocket but also abounding with exotic experiences.
1. Krabi, Thailand
This tropical island on Thailand’s west coast is a popular destination for honeymooners and party-goers. It’s famous for its pristine beaches, night life, snorkelling and scuba spots like Phi Phi Island. Incidentally, that’s where 'The Beach’ starring Leonardo Di Caprio was shot.
Must do: The Emerald Pool at Thung Teao Forest Natural Park—a naturally cool dipping pool with crystal clear water coming in from a hot spring—is a vision in the middle of the forest.
Flight cost: Kolkata to Krabi, Thailand (1 stop at Bangkok)
7-hour flight for INR 23,576*
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2. Siem Reap, Cambodia
While most people visit Cambodia to see the ruins of Angkor Vat, it is also a great place to slow down and relax. Visit the night market, sample exotic fruit, get massages and sip on rice wine.
Must do: Visit the gorgeous war memorial honouring Vietnamese soldiers who died freeing Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge. It is a labyrinth of local deities and marvelous architecture.
Flight cost: Chennai to Siem Reap, Cambodia (1 stop at Kuala Lumpur)
13-hour flight for INR 19,599*
Read More: 5 Things to Do with Kids in Siem Reap
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Situated along the Persian Gulf's southern coast, Dubai is the largest emirate in the UAE, after Abu Dhabi. It’s luxurious skyscrapers and malls beckon one and all. It’s zero crime rate makes it one of the safest cities for travelers.
Must do: Dune bashing is a favourite sport amongst locals. Top this with a Bedouin-style barbecue dinner under the stars, falcon shows and belly dancing.
Flight cost: Cochin to Dubai (non-stop)
4-hour flight for INR 9,329*
Read more: Dubai’s Secret Hangouts We Bet You Didn’t Know About
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4. Colombo, Sri Lanka
This cosmopolitan city has something for everyone, from Buddhist temples and museums like the Gangarama Vihara to shopping and business districts. The country also boasts of sprawling tea estates and one of the oldest royal golf clubs.
Must do: Buy organic spices and oils with Ayurvedic properties, and get Sri Lankan cookery lessons at Euphoria herbal and spice farm.
Flight cost: Chennai to Colombo, Sri Lanka
1.5-hour flight for INR 10,492*
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5. Kathmandu, Nepal
If you’re crazy about heritage, you must visit Kathmandu. It has the densest UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites among all the capitals of the world. Within a radius of 15 km, you can visit the Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath temples, Boudha Stupa, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square.
Must do: Dine at the Garden of Dreams, a tranquil garden with European-style architecture and a fine-dining restaurant that serves both Newari and European food.
Flight cost: New Delhi to Kathmandu, Nepal (non-stop)
1.5-hour flight for INR 8,537*
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6. Hong Kong
A compact cultural hub with serious science and tech parks, art shows, monasteries, nature reserves and a permanent dazzling light and sound feature along its skyline after dark, make this vibrant city popular amongst tourists.
Must do: Visit the Flower Market Road for exquisite flowers and the lovely fragrance that puts you in a happy mood. Don’t forget to try the bakeries around the corner.
Flight cost: New Delhi to Hong Kong, China (non-stop)
5-hour flight for INR 32,445*
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7. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Dotted with French colonial landmarks like the Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, the port of Ho Chi Minh is an attractive city full of posh hotels, bars and cafes.
Must do: Make a day trip to the Mekong Delta area to get a feel of the place in a Sampan boat gliding along durian orchards and rice fields.
Flight cost: Kochi to Ho Chi Minh City (1 stop at Kuala Lumpur)
11-hour flight for INR 14,889*
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This sunny little island with amazing botanical parks and a night zoo, large fountains, a Grand Prix racing track and ‘the wheel’ make it an exciting family getaway.
Must do: The highest rooftop bar in the world, 1-Altitude is located at the top floor of One Raffles Place, 282 metres above ground level. Needless to say, it has a stunning view.
Flight cost: Bengaluru to Singapore (non-stop)
4.5-hour flight for INR 15,425*
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9. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Popular as a shopping destination, KL is the retail and fashion hub of Malaysia, boasting of the world’s fourth-largest mall ‘1 Utama', which covers 5 million square feet! It is also a great place to sign up for street food tours, especially if you love seafood.
Must do: Get a close experience with over 5,000 aquatic creatures at Aquaria KLCC, an oceanarium spanning over 60,000 square feet and featuring a 300-foot underwater tunnel.
Flight cost: Chennai to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (non-stop)
4-hour flight for INR 10,346*
Read More: 10 Things that Make Malaysia the Best Holiday Destination for Indians
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10. Muscat, Oman
The port capital of Muscat, home to the massive Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the old waterfront Muttrah quarter along Muscat bay with its souk and busy fish market, makes for an enchanting destination.
Must do: Make your visit richer by attending a musical or ballet performance at the majestic Royal Opera House, the Mecca for performing arts.
Flight cost: Mumbai to Muscat, Oman (non-stop)
2.5-hour flight for INR 12,223*
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