The must do’s when traveling in Southeast Asia
Do eat street food!
Everyone will probably tell you not to, but you’re really missing out on a big part of Southeast Asia then. Street food is the soul of Southeast Asia and there’s not many places where you won’t bump into a few barbecues. Before you eat it, make sure it’s properly cooked and that the place at least looks somewhat hygienic. Perhaps read some reviews about this place (if there are any) or see if it seems popular amongst locals.
Do travel to Vietnam!
It’s by far one of the most intriguing counties in Southeast Asia and shouldn’t be missed! The country is also one of the most affordable in Southeast Asia so it’s perfect for those backpackers that’s coming with a smaller budget. Even if you are ready to fully splurge, Vietnam’s the perfect country to do so.
Do rent a motorbike
Renting or buying a motorbike is one of the best ways to travel around in Southeast Asia. This way, you’ll get to see all the hidden gems, you’ll be able to drive through villages and really get to see the “real” life of locals. But only drive a motorbike if you have a license and feel absolutely safe doing so.
Do go to Koh Rong Samloem
The islands outside of Sihanoukhville, Cambodia has become a favorite amongst travelers and it’s not hard to see why. White sand beaches, turquoise water, palm trees, jungles and great food – what more could you want? Unlike its neighboring island Koh Rong, Samloem is a bit more chill and calm, although you can find a few fire shows and bars here as well. Head to M’Pai Bay for some hippie vibes, beautiful sunsets and some of the best falafels ever (surprising, right!).
Do visit the national parks
Even if it’s tempting to stay in the cities, don’t forget that Southeast Asia has some of the most stunning landscapes in the entire world! There’s national parks left and right that you need to pay a visit to. For example, Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park is stunningly beautiful and not many travelers find their way there because they’ve escaped to the islands. But for the ones who do go there, they’ll be rewarded with some of Mother Nature’s finest pieces of art.
Do dare to venture off the beaten track
Southeast Asia is known to be a safe travel destination and perhaps what’s why it attracts so many backpackers. It’s easy and fun to travel around in this part of the world and that’s one of the many pros of going here. So therefore, do dare to go somewhere where not many tourists travel to. Dare to get off the beaten track and spend time with the locals. It’s one of the best ways to truly get to know a country, by living with the locals and talking to them.
Do have fun!
This is always the most important thing when you’re traveling – have fun! You’re spending your precious time and money to do this so don’t forget to enjoy every moment. When things go wrong, don’t let it get to you. Instead, laugh it away with a cold beer! It’ll feel much better than moping around.
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