OK, so you've settled on Southeast Asia and are gearing up for those palm-shaded beach-fronts on the Andaman, those culturally rich cityscapes of aromatic food stalls, rickety spice markets and ancient temples, the misty jungles with their swinging bonobos, the startling wonders of spots like Ha Long Bay and the Si Phan Don, and plenty, plenty more besides. Well, not to be a spoilsport here, but booking your tickets across to the tropics should really come before the dreaming, which is precisely why the folk over on Hopper's expert flight team have put together this list of the 10 cheapest airports in Southeast Asia to fly to from the United States, using millions of pieces of data to find the most accurate price averages for all routes touching down in the East. Check them out...
Nestled between the jungle-clad wilds and mysterious Mekong lands in the deep heart of Cambodia, the capital city of Phnom Penh is perfect for travelers looking to stray a little further from the typical tourist trail of Southeast Asia this year. Oh, and it's the tenth cheapest town to fly to in the region overall, with the little Phnom Penh International Airport boasting average flight prices on routes from the United States of just $1,036 round trip!
Kuta is calling and monkey-dotted Ubud awaits; the soaring volcanic ridges of Mount Agung and Batur loom large for intrepid explorers and the luxury beach-side hotels of Seminyak beckon the more refined. Yes sir, there are plenty of reasons why American travelers would want to hop across to postcard-perfect Bali in the heart of the Nusa Tenggara this year, and perhaps not least of all the fact that flights into the island's Ngurah Rai International Airport are currently rated the ninth cheapest hitting the region overall!
Perched midway up the Malay Peninsula and now offering a whole host of air connections to destinations right across Southeast Asia (thanks largely to its place as a hub for award-winning budget carrier, AirAsia), the Kuala Lumpur International Airport is a prime spot for kicking off any tour of this enthralling part of the planet. What's more, flights to its runways from the United States are currently rated amongst the cheapest touching down in the region as a whole, boasting an average price tag of just $982 round trip.
Ringed by the dramatic karsts of Ha Long Bay and infused with the cultural diversity of the Sapa Mountain tribes, Hanoi is a megalopolis were monolithic tombs of revered communist leaders loom in the Soviet style, brutalist buildings abut ancient pagodas, lily-dotted lakes lap serenely and bicycles tick through the streets. It's also one of the cheapest towns to fly to in Southeast Asia according to Hopper's research, with the Noi Bai International Airport boasting flight prices of just $981 on average!
Bucket-list cities rarely come quite as bucket-list as this! Yes sir, Bangkok's got it all: Fragrant food courts packed with pad Thai noodles; Siam Square with its towering business blocks; Khao San Road, its infamous nightlife and sleepless bars; Yaowarat and a sprawling Chinatown—the list goes on! Oh, and did we mention that the city's Suvarnabhumi Airport is currently rated as the sixth cheapest arrival point in all of Southeast Asia, boasting an average round-trip flight price of just $939?
A perfect gateway for the beach loving tourist, the Mactan–Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu sits just across the Mactan Channel from the province of Cebu, where paradisiacal sands slope their way down to a crystal-clear sea at spots like Moalboal, Alona and Bohol. If that's got you reaching for the flip flops and Hawaiian shirts, then great, and know this: Travelers arriving here enjoy one of the cheapest average flight prices of all the airports in the region currently serviced by connections between the United States and Southeast Asia!
A regular number one pick on lists of the most expensive cities in the world, Singapore rarely offers travelers easy savings between its banking highrises, chic fashion stores and enthralling multi-ethnic districts. However, Hopper's team has discovered that the Singapore Changi Airport is currently amongst the cheapest arrival points in all of Southeast Asia, boasting an average flight price of around just $896 round trip. That should help you fit in with all the pinstripe-suited locals and millionaires!
A mass of rumbling scooters and lurching buses, incense-scented Chinese temples, curious French architectural feats and tightknit downtown alleyways packed with haphazard eateries and roadside food stalls, there are few cities in Southeast Asia as frantically brilliant as Ho Chi Minh! And if that sounds like your kind of thing, then there's good news all round, because the town's Tan Son Nhat International Airport is currently the third cheapest arrival point in the region, boasting average flight prices from the United States of just $892 round trip.
Whether you hit Jakarta with the sun cream at the ready for the surfer spots and powdery beaches of Bali and the Gilis just a short connecting flight to the east, or primed for a heady fray in the frenetic downtown of the Javanese metropolis itself, then you're in luck, because Hopper's stats have revealed that flights into the Soekarno–Hatta International Airport currently have the second cheapest overall average price tag of all routes heading to Southeast Asia from the United States. Nice.
American travelers looking for the absolute best bargains on flights across to the far-flung region of Southeast Asia would do well to focus their search on air connections to Manila, because Hopper's stats show that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the sprawling capital of the Philippines is the single cheapest arrival point in the region overall. Flight prices into town are currently averaging just $872 round trip, while there are also oodles of carriers linking the spot with major ports in the United States (like JFK and LAX) with nonstop routes.