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8 travel destinations you might still be able to afford

8 travel destinations you might still be able to afford

Summer is definitely not a fun time in Pakistan. It's hot, in some parts humid and even the thought of leaving the house is stressful. The only thing that you want to do during this season is run away to another part of the world. Face it, you want to escape the heat and have an adventure in another part of the world but the rupee's present standing against the dollar makes travel very difficult. So Images got in touch with a few local travellers who have affordable travel recommendations you may want to look into. Here are some options to help you find a summer destination that's affordable and a great way to spend your vacation. Though some of these places may share the same weather as Pakistan, it helps that they have beautiful beaches and greenery to make up for it. Note: The costs listed below are rough estimates based on online information and quotes by recent travellers. You're advised to do your own research. Prices may vary. The old favourite: Thailand Landmark pagoda in doi Inthanon national park at Chiang mai, Thailand. This one has to top the list, for obvious reasons. It's cheap, easy to travel to and provides a diverse range of experiences within a small budget. A round-trip ticket currently costs an estimated Rs70,000+, add to that a three-month visa for Rs5,000 and you're good to go. "Hotels are inexpensive, but hostels for group/ solo travellers would be your best bet with rates going as low as Rs1,500 per night, plus you really get to experience the Thai life. And don't worry, hostels are reliable because there are always tourists about," says one frequent traveller Haider. He adds, "A trip to Thailand can be a 5-day or 15-day trip because there's so much to see. There are Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, the northern hilly areas of the country as well as beautiful beaches - although crowded - in Phuket and Koh Samui (island). Avoid the secluded beaches, they'll be pricey. You can also do adventure sports, rent a bike (but be careful of scammers), go see an elephant sanctuary." He feels the best time to go to the country is in the winter as it gets humid in summers. The street food will not let you down, you can expect tons of variety, it's good, low-priced (starting at Rs450) and stalls are open till late in the night. Travellers recommend trying their Tom Yum, Tom Kha Kai, Pad Thai (priced at approximately Rs600 each). Keep in mind that the food is a hit and miss. It does not entirely suit desi palates. Chatuchak Weekend Market, Chatuchak, Bangkok. "Bangkok is good for shopping, that's it. Spend the least amount of time there, perhaps a day or go for the weekend to see the Chatuchak Weekend Market, which is the biggest bazaar. After the weekend, bounce to some other place," says Anum who's visited Thailand a few too many times than she can count. (To be continued)

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