How to Make the Most Out of Your Southeast Asian Trip

Southeast Asia has been a popular route for tourist backpackers for many years now. The accessible region is endowed with rich natural resources and stunning views, which makes it a perfect choice for travel and vacation. You can expect to see lots of forests, volcanoes, beaches and coral reefs in the many countries in SEA.

Since Singapore is among the territories in Southeast Asia, citizens can enjoy a no-visa requirement upon visiting neighboring countries of Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, save for Timor-Leste, which issues a visa upon arrival which is good for also 30 days.

Getting the most out of your SEA backpacking experience doesn’t have to be difficult. This article will provide some practical advices for you to create wonderful memories during your trip to last a lifetime.

Try the local, street food
Southeast Asia is the home of the world’s tasty yet cheap cuisines. This makes it ideal for backpackers who are travelling on a tight budget. You can expect to see stalls in the streets selling inexpensive menu items without sacrificing the taste and quality of the food. Popular in Indonesia and Malaysia is the Satay — which is a seasoned, skewered meat served along a peanut-based sauce. The Philippines has Kwek-kwek, deep fried hard-boiled eggs coated in orange batter.

Visit temples
Temples are among the region’s esteemed tourist attractions. Myriad temple complexes present a beautiful and intricate form of architecture, such as that of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Picturesque monuments also abode countries such as Indonesia and Myanmar.

Learn from the locals
Countries in Southeast Asia have a rich cultural heritage. With that, learning about the culture of different tribes is a guaranteed highlight of any visit amongst less-explored places. Approachable communities such as the Torajan people of Sulawesi, Indonesia can tour you around their elaborate architecture and ghastly burial rituals. Ethnic villages in Hsipaw, Myanmar is also a good choice if you want to immerse yourself with local culture.

Go to the beach
Southeast Asia boasts of some of the finest beaches in the world — and it is definitely one place you must enjoy over the duration of your backpacking trip. Fine beaches abound Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, complete with white-sand coasts and azure waters which ceaselessly captures a perfect summer day. Don’t forget to pack your sun screen!

Take the local transport
Local transport in some countries in SEA can often become one memorable highlight of your trip. It is a unique experience in a sense that you get to fraternize with the locals and other travelers, as well as get a glimpse of the country’s cultural heritage. For instance, you can ride a Kalesa, which is a horse-drawn calash, in some parts of Northern Philippines. This mode of transportation is now mostly practiced for tourism, but it was first introduced by the country’s Spanish colonizers in the 18th century.