Asia comprises of 48 countries. It would take years to be able to explore every nook and cranny Asia has to offer, so choosing where to start your trip can sometimes be overwhelming. Saying this, most travellers (myself included) tend to start their trip in Southeast Asia.
Different countries have different visa requirements, some you are able to get a visa on arrival whereas others need purchasing before you travel. It is important you check this before you turn up at the airport to avoid any unexpected costs of denied boarding!
Backpacking tends to be a particularly popular way to travel countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia due to the cheap travel and amazing experiences each country has to offer, but that isn't forgetting the luxury gems also available.
The one thing that's remained a very important aspect of Asia that I've taken away with me is the food. From the Thai Street food to the Pho of Vietnam to the nasi goreng of Indo, the variety of cuisine you will experience will leave an everlasting imprint on your taste buds.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
SOUTHEAST ASIA TRAVEL GUIDE
Generally, there is no right or wrong, good or bad time to visit Southeast Asia. I visited in the time period between November through February. This is claimed to generally be the best time to visit Southeast Asia when the drier, cooler weather prevails and you'll be blessed with the hot, humid weather characteristics of Southeast Asia.
One thing to keep in mind when travelling SEA, is the monsoon season. This varies from country to country and between north and south, so try and plan your trips around where the rain isn't hitting. Baring all this in mind, if your travelling on a budget, directly after the monsoon season is when you'll find the cheapest deals, as naturally, travellers tend to travel in the dry season.
The region boasts of some the worlds best beaches, lush jungles, hidden temples, epic tracks and bustling markets. So no matter what the weather, there is always something to do!
WHAT TO EXPECT
People have been travelling SEA since the 1960s, 1970s and is very well known amongst the backpacker's scene.
Starting in Bangkok, Thailand, most travellers make their way north before visiting Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and the back to the Thai Islands to party before heading down through Malaysia to Singapore.
If you're new to travelling, SEA is a great place to start as its easy to navigate, cheap and relatively safe.