Now that you're armed with plenty of useful info, I wish you happy planning — and a wonderful first trip to Southeast Asia!
Check out her best money saving tips for SE Asia and learn more about Millie down below in the Author's Bio. This is a guest post from the inspiring, 21 year old Millie from the website Millie Goes. This will help you prepare for your big adventure and give you a betterchance of bringing home beautiful images.
Find the best places to go and things to see, and have a rough plan of what you want to photograph on your travels. Do as much research as you can before you leave home. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Compare flight prices on Skyscanner to get the best rates for flights , hotels and even car hire ! In countries like Thailand and the Philippines , tips are customary when encountering porters and housekeeping staff; set aside about 20 Baht for the former, and 10 to 20 Pesos for the latter. The same applies in Malaysia , where it's RM 2 to 10 per bag.
Overland transport between neighbouring countries is also fairly straightforward so long as you have the right paperwork and are prepared to be patient. Local transport across Southeast Asia is uniformly good value compared to public transport in the West, and is often one of the highlights of a trip, not least because of the chance to fraternize with local travellers. The clear tropical waters also offer supreme diving opportunities for novices and seasoned divers alike.
The beaches here are some of the finest in the world, and you'll find the cream of the crop in Thailand , the Philippines and Malaysia , all of which boast postcard-pretty, white-sand bays, complete with azure waters and wooden beach shacks dotted along their palm-fringed shores. Tribal culture is a highlight of many visits to less explored areas, and among the most approachable communities are the tribal groups around Sa Pa in Vietnam, the Torjan of Sulawesi in Indonesia, known for their intriguing architecture and ghoulish burial rituals , and the ethnic minority villages surrounding Hsipaw in Myanmar. Here's our advice for getting the most out of backpacking Southeast Asia for the first time.
In short, there is enough here to keep anyone hooked for months. At a minimum, your phone should be compatible with the GSM cellular standard, using the 900/1800 band. Cellphone roaming in Southeast Asia travel information, asiatravel.news, is quite easy, assuming your phone meets certain criteria.
Last year when I was 29 in Thailand solo I found it just as easy to meet people as I did when I was 22 and traveling solo. As for your age, it's perfect for traveling. Check out my blog if you wanna join me on my adventure!
I've been saving for the last two years and I'm about to embark on an across the globe backpack journey, living on 20 dollars a day. Thanks for all the great advice. This blog post is friggin amazing!
We have our flights booked and our vaccinations bought. Both myself and my girlfriend are travelling to south east asia for 167 days ( 5 and a half months) and our budget is 10,000 euro (max). I hope you have a great trip- there are a ton of backpackers throughout Southeast Asia so you will definitely have the opportunity!
Any feedback on your personal experience would be really helpful!!! I've travelled alone in Europe and am pretty confident but want to make sure I'm not in over my head. I'm looking to start a trip January 2016 and, as a solo female traveller am a little nervous about personal safety after some feedback I've received (albeit from people who had no/limited exposure to the region).
We are headed to backpack Southeast Asia a week from today. When it comes to arranging flights to the region, most people will book one flight into one part of the country and then a second flight home from another part of Southeast Asia. In fact, there are many destination routes that are so popular with budget travelers that they are traditionally thought of as a part of the region's 'Backpacker Trail'.