Backpacking in Asia
The Asian continent is home to many well-trodden backpacking trails, but there is still so much to discover. From Southeast Asia, to India & Nepal, to paradise islands, there is so much to see in this part of the world. Once you get your bearings, the tourist infrastructure is fairly built out and most locals welcome visitors, making Asia one of the best places to go backpacking.
Nevertheless, the diversity and pure expanse of this continent can also make it disorienting for travellers. Our country guides go into detail, but read on for some tips and tricks that will make for a smooth trip while backpacking in Asia.
How to Travel Around Asia
While traveling on a budget in Asia, you can take advantage of the many long-distance buses and trains. The transportation options in Asia range in comfort, some actually have fully reclining seats. The distances in Asia can be enormous and if you want to take a flight, Skyscanner is a great site to find cheap flights while backpacking in Asia.
Within cities, Uber is widely used in many countries in Asia – the fixed prices and driver-passenger rating system is a great way to ensure you’ll be getting a reasonable rate for transport.
Budget Accommodation in Asia
CouchSurfing is a great community that connects local hosts with travellers who are backpacking in Asia. HostelWorld has the largest inventory of hostels in Asia, with millions of reviews from fellow backpackers. And Booking.com has lots of advanced search and filters for finding hostels, hotels, and unique accommodation while backpacking in Asia.
Tours and Activities in Asia
Get your Guide is a popular site in Asia to book tours, skip the line tickets for crowded sites, or just to get ideas of what to do during your backpacking trip. Viator is another similar activity and tour search website.
And for those backpacking Asia alone who want to join a small group tour, or for adventure activities which require a guide, G Adventures is highly recommended.
Backpacking Insurance for Travel in Asia
As for any trip abroad, it is crucial to take out travel insurance for your backpacking trip in Asia. World Nomads is the company recommended by Lonely Planet & Contiki.
Asia Backpacking Guides
For more detailed information about backpacking in Asia, check out our free country guides. Find information about visa requirements, backpacking jobs, volunteer opportunities in Asia, things to do, and health and safety information.
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