In Asia you will find cheap countries to backpack. Backpacking in Asia is therefore very popular. Since the 1970s backpackers have traveled through this area. A popular route taken is from Bangkok via the North by boat to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and back to Bangkok. From here travelers often travel to the beautiful islands of southern Thailand and through to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
Countries in Southeast Asia
- Malaysia (partly island, partly mainland)
Southeast Asia Islands
- East Timor
Best travel time in general: November to February.
My travel time at the time: April to June (2007) and August (2011)
Visa: For some countries in Southeast Asia you need a visa. This depends on the length and purpose of your stay.
Vaccinations: If you travel to Southeast Asia you need vaccinations for DTP, Hepatitis A + B (Twinrix) and Buiktyfus. Are you going to India or to quite remote places? Then rabies (rabies) is also recommended.
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Fly to Southeast Asia
Most travelers start their trip in Thailand and therefore Bangkok is often the starting point of your trip to Thailand. A ticket to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) can be found at good rates for an amount between € 600 and € 800.
Are you traveling for a long time?
During my worldwide trip in 2007 I booked a Around The World Ticket at Kilory for € 1432 (including administration fee, money back guarantee and a student Go25 card). We then flew from London to Bangkok and Singapore to Brisbane, Sydney to Christchurch, Auckland to Hong Kong and Hong Kong back to London. All destinations between you must reach by country. So from Bangkok to Singapore, Brisbane to Sydney and so on.
The WTC also has world travel tickets to Asia. Check out the world tickets
My way to find cheap tickets can be found in this blog post
Accommodation in South East Asia
Accommodation in whole southeast Asia is cheap. All around the region prices are around $ 15-20 per night for a private air-conditioned room. Prices are higher in cities and tourist areas (and especially on the tourist islands such as Koh Phi Phi and Koh Samui) and lower in rural areas.
Food and drink
Especially if you eat from the street at one of the food stalls, it is very cheap to eat in Asia. For only a few euros you already have a meal. I experienced that I only paid 1 euro for a meal. But then it was 2007. In 2011 prices were a lot higher and next year I will return to Asia. I’m curious how much the prices have risen.
Take into account 1-10 euros for a meal, then you are always good.
In Asia it is quite normal to travel by bus or train. You can even by boat (tip! The boat from northern Thailand to Luang Prabang Laos) or by plane. Traveling with the local bus is the cheapest way to travel. There are so many people traveling through Asia that there is always a bus to that one place wherever you want to go.
For € 25, you can already go by bus from Vientiane in Laos to Hanoi in Vietnam. For € 16, take the train from Bangkok to Krabi to get the boat to Koh Phi Phi. Prefer to fly Try Air Asia, a kind of Easyjet in Asia. Often you can fly from Bangkok to Bali for no more than 50, as long as you make a reservation of course.
For some countries in Southeast Asia you need a visa. This depends on the length and purpose of your stay.
You can apply for a visa for Vietnam at the Vietnamese Embassy in The Hague before you travel. This visa costs you € 77 and the visa is valid for thirty days. Another way is the so-called visa-on-arrival. You can not get that at the border crossing in Vietnam alone. We then made it at Laos (Vientiane) at a time because we decided to go to Hanoi. I do not know the cost of it anymore. But a visa on arrival costs an average of $ 35.
Also in Laos you can get a visa-on-arrival at Vientiane, Pakse, Savannakhet and Luang Prabang Airports. We then managed to arrange that by someone in Thailand because we forgot it. We then took the boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang. For about $ 30 you will get a visa for Laos that is valid for thirty days.
If you plan to stay in Indonesia for more than thirty days, you can have a Visa or Visa On Arrival (on arrival) beforehand. A Visa On Arrival costs an average of $ 35. After these 30 days, you can renew the visa one more time for the same price. You can renew your visa at different immigration offices.
In Singapore, you do not need a visa as a tourist as a Dutchman. All you need is a passport that is valid for a minimum of six months on arrival.
In Asia you can take different routes. Below we have listed some popular routes (credits go to Kilroy)