One of the most frequently asked questions from Xtreme Gap travellers is how much to budget and what typically does backpacking Asia cost?
Whilst everyone’s idea of what is expensive and what is good value can vary, depending on how fortunate you are with your travel budget, one of the main reasons people head to Asia or go backpacking in Southeast Asia in particular is because travelling on a budget is actually fairly easy.
Backpacking Asia costs very depending on which country you are in, for example Malaysia is more expensive than backpacking through Thailand, which in turn is more expensive than Laos and Vietnam, but the reality is you can eat and sleep for very little (from 20p to £2 for a gorgeous Thai meal) making your money go along way.
Travelling on a budget: How much should backpacking Asia cost?
One thing that helps manage your finances and enable you to travel on a budget is by joining one of our group backpacking tours, because you pay for the majority of your big expenses upfront like accommodation, activities and transport and in some cases food, or you are left to worry about is your actual spending money. This really comes down to beer and souvenir money, and a beer will cost about £.50.
If you’re one of those people who finds it difficult to budget, this is a particularly good option because when you book a trip with us you need to pay in full 12 weeks prior to departure allowing you a full three months to save for your spending money and flights. Flights from the United Kingdom can cost as little as £250 although on average the property somewhere in the region of £350, so you only need to put away about £300 per month in the final 12 weeks.
If you were to book a month long trip like the Xtreme Thailand experience, this can cost about £1000 so if you’re able to put away £200 per month, you can book a trip that departs eight months away and you are good to go.
How much does backpacking Asia cost? Usually most of our clients get away with spending only £500 per month in Southeast Asia.
Now if you were to travel independently, and by all your accommodation transport activities as you go you could spend up to £1200to £2000 per month depending on your lifestyle and choice of activities.
Travelling on a budget in Southeast Asia some trip ideas.
Xtreme Vietnam ExperienceUSD 1099
Take an epic three week road trip throughout Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. New friends on new adventures along the way, in truly one of the most breathtaking Southeast Asian countries. Fully guided full on bring it on! Insanely good value as well.
Bali Fitness & Beach AdventureUSD 1509
This trip combines two of our best experiences in Bali; our Bali bootcamp and our awesome 10 day Bali Epic. If you are looking to give your health and fitness a good boost and still have an adventure holiday, then this is the perfect combination for you.
This is the shorter version of our 4 week Thailand trip Xreme Thailand Experience our top-selling trip! The Thailand entourage is a 3 week trip through Thailand giving you a taste of culture, adventure, and stunning tropical beaches. An amazing itinerary showcasing the best this amazing country has to offer. Perfect for young solo travelers [...]
Perfect trip for first-time travellers who would love to see 2 fantastic Asian destinations. You do not need a huge budget and it is a great way to meet people as you join our groups! Don’t worry about being alone, 85% of travellers travel solo. You will be joining a group of like minded travellers, once you book you have an online buddy list to chat to others before you go!
South East Asia is a very interesting, fun, safe and beautiful part of the world. It has a well-trodden backpacking route for good reason. This group trip will show you the best sites in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos in a whopping 9 weeks!
Thailand Escapade 14 daysUSD 899
You’ll see plenty of sights along the way including traditional Thai temples, a huge golden Buddha, street vendors, markets, beaches, waterfalls, elephants and every ingredient to make it a trip of a lifetime. The Thailand Escapade is an incredible adventure for amazing value! THAILAND ESCAPADE
This is our top-selling trip! Loaded with activities there is never a dull moment. A great way to travel Thailand safely in a group, you have a jam packed itinerary showcasing the best this amazing country has to offer. You choose your activities. An intro week, an adventure week, an action week and a beach [...]
Thailand EntourageUSD 1299
The perfect mix of action, adventure, fullmoon parties and new mates in the best paradise Islands. This 4 week trip is a great way to see the many sides of Thailand whilst experiencing the varied nightlife, fun in the sun on some of the worlds best beaches and taking in stunning sites of Thailand. All of this with amazing guides and an epic group of new mates, perfect for solo and first time travellers.
Bali Fitness Boot CampUSD 509
Working out in the morning, exploring lush green rice paddies and chilling by the amazing beaches of Bali in the afternoon. Eat Sleep Workout Repeat. Getting fit and healthy in a tropical paradise with Xtreme Gap Year is the perfect remedy for everything bad modern life can throw at you!
Do you want see it all in one of the most exciting countries in the world? Join our guided Thailand group backpacking tour and have an incredible adventure. You choose your activities. An intro week, an adventure week, an action week and a beach week. You will be checking out the buzz in Bangkok with new mates and letting the good times roll.
See amazing sights, explore majestic temples, splash around in waterfalls, visit an active volcano, wander through rice fields, enjoy local coffee, discover islands and kick back on beautiful beaches. See wild monkeys, shop the markets, indulge in delicious food, learn to surf, snorkel in the crystal clear sea & dance the night away at the parties that Bali is famous for. You are never alone with our small intimate groups (up to 20 people) this is the perfect way to make new friends and share the experience.
Vietnam & Thailand Unleashed!USD 2699
This is awesome! Discover 2 amazing Asian countries in an unforgettable 7 weeks. Joining to group trips you will travel the entire length of Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh making new friends and experiencing a mind-blowing country. Then fly to Thailand. A completely cultural immersive experience, hang out with elephants, trekking the jungle experience Bangkok and then soak up the sun on a tropical island during the last week. Amazing value under £1999
An unforgettable 18 day Thailand tour in the land of smiles. All transport, accommodation and activities are included in your epic Thailand trip of a lifetime, so you do not need to worry about anything. Simply get yourself here and we will take care of the rest! This trip takes in all of the major islands that you need to see.
The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12-week experience giving you plenty of opportunity to dive with whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise with white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas, this is the world’s number one spot to do your Divemaster. You will discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work in the scuba diving industry all over the world.
See amazing sights, explore majestic temples, splash around in waterfalls, visit an active volcano, wander through rice fields, enjoy local coffee, discover islands and kick back on beautiful beaches. See wild monkeys, shop the markets, indulge in delicious food, learn to surf, snorkel in the crystal clear sea & dance the night away at the [...]
A whirlwind tour round Southeast Asia. Discover Thailand with this beautiful culture and action on pristine paradise islands, then head to the mountains to explore and Laos on hop on hop off adventure, finally finishing up in Vietnam with a three week awesome adventure. Three stunning countries, 9 weeks and unforgettable experiences.
This fantastic opportunity will see you working side by side with these majestic creatures, ensuring that they are fed, washed and kept happy the entire time you spend on the project.
Thailand Elephants & CultureUSD 859
Do you want see it all in one of the most exciting countries in the world? Join our group and have an incredible adventure. You choose your activities. An intro week, elephant conservation, Trekking in national parks or exploring temples!
This surf adventure is the same as the 6 Day Island Hopper but with more time on the tropical Island paradise, Nusa Lembongan. Spend one night in bustling Canggu, Bali, two nights in spectacular Kuta, Lombok and four nights on the breathtaking Nusa Lembongan. Spend the extra time on Lembongan to improve your surfing skills, [...]
You’ll experience amazing surf breaks, super fun nightlife, adventurous road trips, stunning remote locations, classic characters and of course the surfing will be awesome!! Not only that you have swimming Cliff jumping great food and beach parties to look forward to! Surf in Bali, Nusa Lembongan and Java with friendly local surf instructor/guides. This is a [...]
This trip is epic. Combining arguably two of the greatest backpacking routes in the world. You can immerse yourself in culture and good times in Southeast Asia. Prior to witnessing one of the most beautiful countries and adrenaline packed locations on the planet
An extreme six week jungle adventure on a mission to help protect the endangered orangutans in one of the oldest most beautiful rain forest in the world. We will take you deep into the jungle, where you will live. You help construct rope bridges, hides and viewing structures. Jungle training included!
Thai Khmer AdventureUSD 1199
We begin in Bangkok and cover the best bits of Cambodia, with a couple of Thailand’s little gems thrown in! The tour heads South from Bangkok to Rayong, journeying East along the coast of Thailand towards Cambodia via the beautiful Thai island of Koh Chang. On arrival in Cambodia we head to the beaches and parties of Sihanoukville and Koh [...]
Xtreme Japan ExperienceUSD 1959
A whirlwind tour of Japan! Bullet trains, mega cities and classical Japanese culture on this affordable backpacking trip.
We begin in Bangkok and cover the best bits of Cambodia, with a couple of Thailand’s little gems thrown in! The tour heads South from Bangkok to Rayong, journeying East along the coast of Thailand towards Cambodia via the beautiful Thai island of Koh Chang. On arrival in Cambodia we head to the beaches and parties of Sihanoukville and Koh Rong, then North, stopping along the way in Kampot and Phnom Penh to experience some Khmer culture, history and nightlife. The tour ends in Siem Reap to see one of the highlights of South East Asia – the majestic Angkor Wat. A really good group trip, easy to combine with other trips is Asia!
Thailand AdventureUSD 1279
Are you looking for a great value fun trip where you meet loads of other travellers? Do you want to experience some amazing adventures like elephant trekking and visiting temples? You will be enchanted by Thai culture and eased into your travels on a great intro week, you can pick fun adventure options in week two, you'll have a cultural exchange experience in week three and finish up with some serious beach time week four. included are all transfers, accommodation , activities and 3 weeks of meals!
Welcome to the Philippines! See amazing sights, explore stunning beaches, splash around in waterfalls, swim with whale sharks, snorkel the crystal clear waters, discover the filipino culture and enjoy the best sunsets of your life. Meet the locals, kayak through caves, take the leap of cliff jumping, relax in a lagoon, indulge in delicious food and party the night away.
Tropical Fitness BootcampUSD 899
Are you longing to get really fit? If you spend time at the Xtreme Gap fitness bootcamp, set in a tropical Thai jungle paradise, then you really will. Industry leading professional personal trainers will get you in peak condition in no time. After your training take your new six pack for a walk on the beautiful tropical beaches of Phuket. Feel the burn!!
The Bali ConneXion. This is our Bali arrival pack including airport pickup, one nights accommodation, breakfast, Balinese massage and yes ... you can add on a surf lesson. You will have experienced local guides who will introduce you to the people, amazing places and inform you about local customs, cultures and how to stay safe while having fun in the tropical Islands of Bali. The perfect way to start any Bali backpacking adventure.
So you want to do an amazing round the world trip, but not sure where to start? This is a pretty good option for you! The best parts of Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. All the must do activities, incredible places and incredible people await. From Thailand island hopping, to the East coast Australia and a mental few days in Queenstown, this is the perfect backpacking adventure.
An awesome 18 day loop around China starting and ending in Beijing. Shorter than the 27 day Xtreme China Experience put packs a punch of all the best locations. Mixing the old China with the new in the perfect cocktail of adventure and culture.
Xtreme China ExperienceUSD 1939
Explore China in 27 days on this Epic China Group Tour. Easy to get to and from as it starts and ends in Hong Kong. Taking in the best China has to offer by completing a loop you will see Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Macau en route. Big cities, to traditional China. Shaolin temples, great wall, jawdropping scenery and good times with new friends. Guided group gap year tour with an average of 12 people per trip. If you want to explore China then this is for you.
Step off the plane and into paradise, living on an incredible tropical island and getting paid for it! This once in a lifetime opportunity is not to be missed. Become an underwater videographer on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand, spending your days filming colourful and tropical scenes underwater, and your afternoons editing your footage into awesome movies! This is living!
Get off the beaten path and visit Laos! Let us take you off the beaten path on our backpacker trip in Laos. Starting in Bangkok Thailand, you can head through one of the most rewarding countries in South East Asia, and experience the joys of tubing, waterfalls and mind boggling scenery and beer Lao!
Thailand & Australia offer the perfect mixture when you want to go travelling. Stopping off in Thailand you will be blown away by the culture, beaches and stunning beauty of the country. Featuring a month long Trip you can really do it all, lazy days on tropical beaches. Partying in Bangkok, temples and action. Then it's on to Australia, where you will have an amazing first week followed by an exciting adventure up the East coast.
Xtreme India ExperienceUSD 1699
If you want to visit India, get under the skin of this fantastic country then the Xtreme India experiences for you. This whirlwind tour takes you through four different regions, big cities like New Delhi, palaces and temples Like the Taj Mahal, and stunning scenery. Explore the desert on a camel, trek in the Himalayan foothills and make new friends on this exciting group tour. Finish up in Goa for some serious beach time.
Epic Thailand 12 DaysUSD 999
Tropical beaches? Island paradises? Amazing adventure? Welcome to the trip of a lifetime; the ultimate bucket list journey through Thailand! If you love beaches, nature, adventure and a healthy dose of partying, then this is the trip for you! Amazing value, and perfect for first-time or solo travellers, you will instantly make a bunch of new friends in your travel group who will share amazing travel experiences with you.
The ideal way to start your backpacking adventure in Thailand! Travel as a group from Bangkok to Koh Phangan in 8 days. We will take care of everything for you including accommodation, activities and transport, plus your group leader will be on hand all week to ensure you have an awesome and trouble free trip. See the best of this amazing country and meet new friends whilst enjoying the experience of a lifetime! The best value for money backpacker tour in Thailand - everything only £499!
Start your trip with a stunning group trip through Thailand culture, actions and lots of well deserved beach time, get cultured up in Laos, join the tubing in Vang Vieng before getting serious and join or the Outback Cowboy course or the Learn to earn on sailing yachts course in Australia!
Tell me... Have you ever blown up a polar bear with M-16 assult rifle? Well with this awesome Vietnam arrival pack, the Ho Chi Minh conneXion you can. Not only do you get two nights private accommodation plus a visit to the water puppet Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City. You also get an airport pickup plus entrance and transport to the Chu Chi tunnels, built by the Vietcong to fight the Americans and French.
Vietnam XplorerUSD 949
Discover the exceptionally diverse vietnam with are exciting fully guided Vietnam Xplorer. Backpacking your way up the country from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, we take you to some incredible locations, from the classic rice paddy vistas, pristine beaches and stunning French colonial towns. You will be exposed to the chilling history of the Vietnam War, world Heritage locations like Hoi Ann with a group of like-minded adventurers.
South East Asia XplorerUSD 2305
A flexible hop on hop off adventure taking in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, starting in the capital of Thailand Bangkok and ending in the capital of Vietnam Hanoi. With the recommended a trip time of 56 days (min 38), this is the perfect guided group backpacking adventure taking in four incredible Southeast Asia countries. All transport, loads of activities included.
Thailand XplorerUSD 2019
Our amazing 24 day trip is the ultimate start to your trip in Thailand and South East Asia. See the best of Bangkok, Khao Sok National Park, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Phangan with an optional Koh Tao bolt on. Our tour includes all accommodation, travel & activities. It is not called the ultimate Thailand from nothing this is absolutely everything you want to see and do in this incredible country.
Koh Tao AdventureUSD 629
If you like the sound of die for beaches, superb nightlife and some incredible adventure activities with a cool group of travellers then the Koh Tao adventure is the trip for you. Each week has a new adventure. All you have to do is decide which activities to pick and how long you want to go for.
You’ll experience amazing surf breaks, super fun nightlife, adventurous road trips, stunning remote locations, classic characters and of course, the surfing will be awesome!! 3 Epic Surf Islands in 8 fully guided days! Bali Red Island In Java & Lembongan!
Do you want to try the ultimate in personal fitness training? Muay Thai training Thailand gets you closer to the culture and action. Set on a gorgeous tropical island paradise. You will train hard in a stunning jungle gym up a sandy track minutes from the beach. But will you be ready to step in the ring? Now there is an exclusive Xtreme Gap Year CrossFit bolt on available for only £100 per month for unlimited daily training sessions
Kung Fu Master in ChinaUSD 1499
Learn kung fu in China in a 2000 year old temple. Training under grandmasters, this is the ultimate Kung Fu in China experience. Our Western run academy with deep links to the Shaolin Temple, provides you with an incredible opportunity to develop serious kung fu skills. Whether it's one month or one year you will be amazed by what your body is capable of. Train from a few weeks up to a year!
Head round the world from West to East taking in the sites and sounds of South East Asia ´s Thailand and Laos, before heading to Australia and New Zealand for some serious action! Finish up in the USA completing an awesome road trip from LA to New York before flying home.
Cambodia XplorerUSD 780
Discover Cambodia with its exceptionally interesting history, hidden temples and stunning beaches. This is a group guided backpacking tour, with all transport included. Flexible hop on hop off so you can spend as long as you like discovering this amazing country. Start in Cambodia, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, or in Bangkok up to you.
Sri Lanka Experience A group travel experience like no other. A sun drenched, palm fringed tropical island with turquoise seas. There are lots of action packed weeks to choose from, plus a worthwhile and important turtle conservation project and a chilled beach week at the end! Explore Sri Lanka, its beautiful nature and friendly people while getting a real taste of local life in the tropics.
The Dubai ConneXionUSD 619
Dubai is the land of Xtremes. The world's highest building, the world's largest shopping more and even an indoor ski slope in the desert. On this awesome stopover program you can rip through the Arabian desert powering 1600 cc Dune buggy and sampling the best that Dubai has to offer. This is perfect if you are travelling and Emirates where you can take advantage of a free stopover en route to Asia or perhaps on the way home.
If you like beaches, this is YOUR trip! From island hopping in Thailand on to Bali and the Gili islands on to and awesome surf trip in Indonesia. The Australia, all along the East Coast before rewarding yourself with some serious Pacific beach time on a paradise islands of Fiji! Four awesome countries with loads of beachtime, activities and culture.
Train with Karate Masters in Okinawa This really is a unique experience, learning the original Okinawan karate, the most effective and pure form with some of the most respected Japanese karate legends. Once a year our ten day trip of a lifetime will expand your karate skills exponentially. The teachers are highly respected karate masters, not accessible under normal circumstances. We provide world class instructors, the best dojo in Okinawa, the spiritual home of karate, and interpreters where needed that are also qualified instructors. Not suitable for complete beginners.
So you wanna learn MMA? Then learn with the best. Mixed Martial Arts is the ultimate fighting style, and you will discover the secrets, techniques and methods delivered by one of the worlds top MMA fighters. Beginners, Intermediates or Advanced, by training at the Xtreme Gap MMA camp you will become one serious bad ass.
Freediving Course ThailandUSD 599
Mastering advanced Freediving techniques will enable you to dive down 20 metres on a single breath of air in just 2 days! You can train at our worldclass Freediving school, set on a cool tropical island in Thailand. We will teach you the correct techniques, the physiology and science enabling you to do advance freediving. Either complete an eye opening beginner or advanced course, or participate in a full blown freediving master or even instructor programme!
Learn To Dive In Koh TaoUSD 459
Learn to dive in Koh Tao on your gap year! Getting your PADI qualifications in Thailand is one of the must do activities when you go backpacking in Asia or as part of a round the world trip. Koh Tao is famous for diving, low prices and great experiences, and maybe even meet the Whale shark, the biggest and most amazing fish in the sea! Come join us and have a great time on Koh Tao.
Xtreme Nepal ExperienceUSD 2019
Have you always dreamed of immersing yourself in a foreign exotic culture, and learning all about the history, language, religion, traditions and people? Would you like to do all of this in one of the most fascinating, spiritual and breath-taking lands on earth, home to the epic Himalayas and the worlds largest mountains. An exciting 4 week journey with just the right mix of discover, adventure adrenaline and cultural experience.
Get up close to elephants in a sanctuary where they freely roam. Wash them, prepare their food, bathe and swim with them! The project takes place in a sanctuary where old, sick, disabled, previously abused or illegally-owned elephants now call a home. Here, we work for the elephants, not the other way around. This means there will be no elephant riding in the program. However, you will get the chance to experience and bond with these gentle giants.
Taking your IDC or Dive Instructor Course is a life changing step. Gone are the days of commuting, offices and general dis-satisfaction of everyday life in a modern world. Enter a life of living in the worlds most amazing beach resorts, a genuinely rewarding job and qualifications you can use to earn a living anywhere in the world. Hello complete freedom.
This is the SSI DIVEMASTER Equivalent: Gain your SSI Open Water through to Dive Control Specialist. Starting from the beginning and working up to a dive professional! Located in the gorgeous Gili islands, it is a little more expensive than doing your divemaster in Thailand, but the diving is much better and the experience is more refined. The Gilis are a piece of paradise on earth and you will love doing your dive training here.
Free diving is the name suggest is all about freedom under water. It's amazing what you can achieve when you push yourself (and when you have the proper instruction) makes this in with a beautiful tropical island deep clear blue seas and superb free diving instruction from some of the world's top free dive instructors and you're onto a winner.
Malapascua in the Philippines is the only place in the world where you can see the Thresher Shark on a regular basis. Although this shark is harmless to humans.This is pretty cool in itself, but then throw in Manta Rays, Hammerhead Sharks and really good macro diving and you have some great reasons to take your Divemaster in the Philippines. The other reason is that you will be living on a tropical island with warm waters, white beaches and lovely people!
An enlightening 3 weeks in Bali all inclusive, learn about the culture of this fascinating island and discover why Bali is famous for being such a beautiful islands, with friendly people and loads of inclusions, this might just be the highlight of your Asia trip
The Xtreme Bali ExperienceUSD 1759
Indonesia's Bali, is a tropical paradise island, created from an active volcano and the perfect setting for some Xtreme adventures. The perfect mix of cultural experiences, set over four different themed weeks, you will experience adventure, the unique culture of Bali and world-class surfing.
The Thailand Fullmoon party, one of the all-time top 10 must dos before you die. Awesome 13 day adventure around Thailand full guided with a group of fellow mentalists. The full moon party in Thailand is amazing. It's probably going to be the biggest and most fun night of your life. With extremes full moon party experience, You can join our groups and hit the full moon party in style. Don't worry about coming alone, most people do. You will meet loads of people, and experience the best party on earth in a safe group environment.
Burma ExperienceUSD 1099
An exception 11 day guide tour through Myanmar (Burma). Become a Backpacking Trailblazer and discover this exciting undeveloped country. This trip is best booked in groups of two or more to benefit from shared accommodation discounts.
Few things can change your life so drastically like a SCUBA diving qualification, specifically SCUBA dive instructor. As a diving instructor you have a license to earn money in some of the most beautiful tropical destinations, and live a life of eternal fun, socialising and awesomeness of diving every day and doing something fun for a living. You will completely escape the rat race and have a smug sense of satisfaction that life really is awesome.
Xtreme Gap Year has plenty of backpacking trips and adventurous ideas for travellers looking to travel on a budget and meet other people whilst doing some incredible adventures along the way.