Best alternatives to Bali for 2017 Featured

Thursday, 05 January 2017 00:00 Written by  Published in Australia News

If Bali is not your thing and you’re longing for a destination without the crowds but still a great price, Expedia has unearthed nine international holiday spots that still offer long beaches, cocktails by the pool and great value-for-money.

 

 MALAYSIA

Not only is Malaysia super cheap to visit, there’s plenty to do. Whether you want to enjoy white sand beaches, learn about fascinating history or tuck into delicious cuisine, Malaysia is a destination that quite literally has it all. Average cost of a flight price from Australia to Malaysia will set you back $317 and accommodation prices are at $103 on average per night. The Australian dollar has also gained 12% growth year-on-year (YOY) for the Malaysian Ringgit, making it a top destination for value-for-money.

It doesn’t get better than this: beachside on Vanuatu’s Isle of Pines.

It doesn’t get better than this: beachside on Vanuatu’s Isle of Pines.Source:Supplied

VANUATU

For travellers with a checklist of pristine beaches and balmy tropical weather, Expedia encourages travellers to check out Vanuatu. The stunning nation of islands offers accommodation prices at $106 on average per night and average cost of a flight from Australia to Vanuatu has decreased by 10% YOY at $398. And thanks to Vanuatu’s beautiful tropical climate, the weather is generally good all year round, so it’s never a bad time to snag a deal.

CAMBODIA

Hankering for a sun-kissed holiday without the crowds? Turn your attention to the less-travelled beaches of Cambodia. This holiday destination offers Aussies travellers accommodation prices that are 18% cheaper YOY, to just $68 on average per night. Thrifty travellers can also grab bargain with flights, the average cost of a flight from Australia to Cambodia will set you back $528.

SAMOA

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If you’re looking for a value-for-money trip that’s only six hours away from Sydney, consider the South Pacific islands of Samoa. Accommodation prices are down in Samoa by 5% YOY, to $142 on average per night and average cost of a flight from Australia to Samoa are down 10% YOY, to $636. Best known for its natural beauty — think crystal clear beaches, rainforests and waterfalls — this is a humble destination, devoid of tourists, mega-resorts and flashy attractions.

Sri Lanka has stunning tea plantations, and the hills offer respite from the heat.

Sri Lanka has stunning tea plantations, and the hills offer respite from the heat.Source:Supplied

SRI LANKA

With a number of new luxury resorts moving in, now is the best time to travel to Sri Lanka. Explore the island’s unspoilt coastal areas and lush landscapes but also take advantage of the Australian dollar’s 5% growth against the Sri Lankan rupee. Accommodation prices are also down by 14% YOY, to $152 on average per night, alongside a 7% YOY drop in the average cost of a flight from Australia to Sri Lanka, to just $576.

FIJI

Sun-drenched beaches, turquoise lagoons, swaying palm trees — Fiji supplies all the classic images of paradise. If you’re thinking of making this destination your next trip, accommodation prices are at $159 on average per night and an average cost of a flight from Australia to Fiji is $378, having decreased 15% YOY.

TONGA

Kiss the tourists goodbye — and within four hours and 30 minutes (from Sydney) say a warm ‘Malo e lelei’ (hello!) to the Kingdom of Tonga. With endless blue bays, sparkling beaches and ancient stone temples, it’s a great one for kayaking, whale watching and surfing. Average accommodation prices are down 15% YOY, to $153 on average per night and average cost of a flight from Australia to Tonga is down 30% YOY, to $488.

Vietnam has food, culture and scenery — like Ha Long Bay.

Vietnam has food, culture and scenery — like Ha Long Bay.Source:Supplied

NEW CALEDONIA

While it may have a reputation as an expensive destination for Aussie travellers, now is the time to grab a great value-for-money holiday to New Caledonia. Accommodation prices will set you back $143 on average per night and average cost of a flight from Australia to New Caledonia is down 5% YOY, to just $508. With the Australian dollar also performing strongly, it’s much easier to plan an inexpensive holiday to the Pacific. Only a three hour flight from Sydney and all-year-round balmy weather, there’s a range of activities that won’t cost a fortune.

VIETNAM

If you’re looking for a destination that not only boasts affordability but also incredible nature, intriguing culture and great food, Expedia advises you check out Vietnam. This destination offers accommodation prices at $114 on average per night and average cost of a flight price from Australia to Vietnam, at $658. And the value for money doesn’t just end with airfares and hotels, once you get there don’t be afraid to haggle!

This article originally appeared on Expedia and was republished with permission.

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