Sean Pavone/Shutterstock Cosmopolitan, clean, and visually striking, Tokyo is an urban paradise—a confluence of past and present with a mix of gleaming skyscrapers, imperial palaces, and ancient shrines. Spend your days exploring world-class museums, heritage sites, and Japanese pop culture in Harajuku, and your nights belting out karaoke in Shibuya or slogging back soju at pint-sized pubs in Golden Gai. It’s no secret that Tokyo is a gastronomic powerhouse with more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other place on the planet. But that’s just a piece of the dining mosaic. You can savor sushi prepared by legendary chefs or noodles from unassuming corner shops—and both will be the best you’ve ever had. This is the most affordable time to visit Tokyo.
Travel mania/Shutterstock Thai tourism is booming with more than 20 million people flocking to Bangkok in 2017—not that we’re surprised. This exuberant metropolis is brimming with ornate shrines, golden palaces, and floating markets. A jumble of street carts, no-frills joints, and elevated eateries, it earns its tasty reputation in spades. And when the sun goes down, Bangkok really comes alive. Its notorious nightlife comes in many forms, from ritzy rooftop lounges and racy go-go bars to basement nightclubs and flamboyant shows. And already low prices coupled with a favorable exchange rate from baht to dollars means you can spend a little and get a lot. On a budget? Check out these cheap vacations that still feel like VIP adventures.