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Southeast Asia is a region with a lot of tourism charm. Consisting of 11 countries, all of them have people living among beautiful nature and exotic culture. No doubt, this area of the world is an appealing place to discover. Once you come, you’ll return again and again.

Besides the staggering amount of countries to explore, there’s plenty of things to offer. The amount and the size of the region may be overwhelming and cause travelers to wonder what’s the best way to travel Southeast Asia.

Lucky for you, this article will help you suss out the top experiences to engage in. We are going to define how most people truly enjoy Southeast Asia. At least, these 10 things are the main ways to accomplish a perfect trip in each country of Southeast Asia from Traveloka.com

1. Travel with Airlines

The best way to travel around Southeast Asia is by taking airplanes. Moving from one country to another with airlines lets you save money, time, and, energy. You will have more time to explore the destination instead of spending all your time on night buses. Nowadays, airfare is cheaper than ever before, especially if you choose the right airlines. Speaking about the right choice, most travelers who visit Southeast Asia select Air Asia, which is one of the best low-cost airlines in the world. This airline will fly you to several cities all around Southeast Asia. It’s easy to find the best flight for your trip since Air Asia online booking is now available, and you can manage it conveniently by yourself.

2. Wear Backpacks

Due to the fact that most Southeast Asia countries are still a bit rustic and steeped in natural environments, it’s smarter if you leave the suitcase home and rely on a backpack to carry your things. It’s easier carry the bag on your back while exploring. Your hands will be free to do anything while a bag is on your back. The plus point? You can also use the backpack as a pillow when you need to sleep, specifically outdoors or on a train. Make sure your backpack is waterproof (at least covered with a waterproof case). If your backpack is made with canvas, rub wax all over the body to make it waterproof.

3. Find a Local and Unique Hotel

A lot of hotels in Southeast Asia countries comes with a unique concept that’s inspired by the local wisdom and design. Select these hotels to experience a more personal and authentic nuance of each country. Some of them feel so warm and friendly that it gives you the illusion of being part of the local people. Another great option is spending the night at guesthouses or doing a home stay. These are usually managed by local families that are welcoming and treat you like their own family. There’s a big chance they will bring you to experience more genuine local activities as well!

4. Sample the Local Food

Never ever visit Southeast Asia without sampling the local street food. All countries have their own culinary style that has very unique tastes. Enrich your culinary experience by enjoying the food at the real local places, such as in native house, waroong, traditional market, and a food stall on the street. Some countries also have bizarre food that will challenge your taste buds. Manado has grilled bat, rat, dog, and even monkeys. Thailand has grilled insects, and the snake’s essence soaked in alcohol. The Philippines has Balut (a chicken embryo) and fried maggots.

5. Refresh on the Beach

Most countries in Southeast Asia are surrounded by ocean. Accordingly, there’s plenty of amazing beach to discover. Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Myanmar have the best beaches for relaxing and water sports. Each beach has its own characteristic and some of them indeed are very unique.

6. Island Hopping

Many countries in Southeast Asia also has numerous islands (from small to big islands). Island hopping is a very popular travel activity that provides a complete experience. While exploring an island, you can bond with the local villagers, watch their traditions, be immersed in nature, and also learn about the local biodiversity. Some islands are still virgin and untouched, leaving you with the feeling of being an historical explorer discovering something magical for the first time.

7. Join Cultural Classes or Festivals

Cultural diversity is something that is long cherished in Southeast Asia. Most people come to his region to experience the culture and tradition. A lot of destinations have yearly festivals to partake in and cultural classes you can take, that are unique to that area. Don’t miss out on either of these. Participating or taking a class brings you deeper into the culture.

8. Visit the Ancient and Historical Sites

Southeast Asia is granted with magnificent ancient and historical sites. Visit each of them to enrich your knowledge and expand your spiritual experience. Cambodia has one of the biggest ancient monuments, called Angkor Wat. Indonesia has the largest Buddhist temple, called Borobudur Temple. Vietnam has a thrilling underground tunnel that’s a relic of the Vietnam War. And the list a lot larger than this!

9. Conquer the Nature

Embrace your time in Southeast Asia by visiting the volcanic mountain that spreads along the ring of fire in Indonesia. Dive and explore the mysterious Indian ocean with the best diving spots that spread along the coastline of Southeast Asia. Trek inside the rainforest in Borneo. You can also step into the earth’s belly, where the biggest cave in Vietnam is located, called the Han Son Doong Cave. Or maybe you just love to walk across a fresh paddy field in Ubud Bali. Nature is at hand for you and worth steeping yourself in.

10. Always Bargain While Shopping

The traditional market is the best shopping destination, instead of a typical  mall. Walk around a traditional market to see the local products and observe how the local people interact with each other. While you’re at it, try to bargain for some goods and get into it. Believe it or not, this is a way to bond with locals by bargaining. Imagine the rush once you’ve landed the best price! A sensation that’s not the norm in North America.

I hope these tips allow you to have an epic adventure in Southeast Asia!

Photo by Mayadewi Istyawardhani