Backpacking in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is home to many well-trodden backpacking trails, but there is still so much to discover. From paradise islands, to spiritual sites, to bustling metropolitan cities, 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 on average, most locals welcome visitors.
The diversity and pure expanse of this continent can also make it disorienting for travellers. Our country guides go into detail, but there are a few key Apps and websites that are used across Southeast Asia and that will help your trip run smoothly.
How to Travel Around Southeast Asia
Most budget travel in Southeast Asia is through regional long-distance buses and rail. They range in comfort, some actually have fully reclining seats. The distances can be enormous and if you want to take a flight, Skyscanner is a great site to find cheap flights.
Within cities, Uber is widely used in many countries – the fixed prices and driver-passenger rating system is a great way to ensure you’ll be getting a reasonable rate for transport.
Finding Accommodation in Southeast Asia
CouchSurfing is a great community that connects travellers with local hosts. HostelWorld has the largest inventory of hostels in the world, with millions of reviews from fellow backpackers. And Booking.com has lots of advanced search and filters for finding hostels, hotels, and unique accommodation.
Tours and Activities in Southeast Asia
Get your Guide is a popular site to book tours, skip the line tickets for crowded sites, or just to get ideas of common activities in various locations. Viator is another similar activity and tour search website.
And for solo travellers 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 Southeast Asia
As for any trip abroad, it is crucial to take out travel insurance. World Nomads is the company recommended by Lonely Planet & Contiki.
Top Backpacking Countries in Southeast Asia
Read our in-depth guides for various countries great for backpacking in Southeast Asia. Visa info, top sights, safety tips, and more…