The trip was part of our one country one year plan. The decision was to be made between Thailand and Philippines. After some preliminary research, we decided to go ahead with Philippines.
The second step was to choose whether we wanted a tailored made trip by some travel agency or a trip planned on our own with few misadventures. The budget calculation favored the latter choice.
We booked the flights well ahead of the trip and it costed around Rs 30,000 per person for the round trip.