I’ve spent over a 12 months dwelling, working, finding out, and touring round South-East Asia. I’ve fallen in love with this nook of the world. A budget costs, wonderful sights, and nice associates — it’s exhausting for me to go away. I wished to replicate on how superior my travels have been, so I put collectively this record of my prime 25 favourite South-East Asia experiences. Beware — after studying this you may simply ebook a one-way ticket to Bangkok to start your personal epic journey.
1. Exploring Bali by Moto
Bali is likely one of the greatest locations to lease a scooter, hit the highway, and discover the island. I had ridden motos round totally different elements of South-East Asia, however I actually assume that driving in Bali is once I actually “perfected” it. Driving by means of rush-hour visitors in Bali my first time was intense, however now I really feel like I can drive anyplace. From resort crashing in Nusa Dua, watching the surfers in Uluwatu, or driving to Tanah Lot to take a look at the sunet…Bali is defiintely one in every of my favourite locations for moto adventures.
2. Island Hopping in Palawan
I’ve mentioned it as soon as and I’ll say it once more, Palawan is likely one of the most stunning locations on the earth. It’s undoubtedly in my prime three locations in South-East Asia, and island hopping round Coron and El Nido was really wonderful. I met nice teams of individuals, swam in pristine waters, and was surrounded by stunning limestone cliffs. For folks on the lookout for pure magnificence, you’ll be able to’t beat Palawan.
3. Songkran Water Pageant
Palms down top-of-the-line experiences I’ve ever had. Songkran was 3 days wandering the streets of Chiang Mai armed with an excellent soaker and a bottle of Hong Thong. I met a ton of nice folks, shotgunned loads of beers, and celebrated the Thai New Yr the best way it ought to be completed. Why don’t extra international locations have a nationwide water battle? That’s a query that deserves a solution. In case you haven’t seen my video, test it out! Watch in HD.
4. Visitor Ex-Pat in Kuala Lumpur
I’ve been utilizing Kuala Lumpur as my “home-base” for all my travels out in South-East Asia. I acquired some nice associates out right here, a flowery luxurious condominium, and one bad-ass rooftop infinity pool that overlooks the town’s spectacular skyline. Each time I come again to KL I get a pleasant mixture of detox and rest, to loopy events and poker nights. I didn’t like this metropolis an excessive amount of the primary time I visited, however now it’s one in every of my favourite locations in South-East Asia. I even utilized for a number of jobs to show myself right into a full-time expat, however I ended up going a unique route.
5. Paradise Dwelling on Gili Trawangan
Dwelling and dealing on Gili Trawangan was undoubtedly top-of-the-line choices I made throughout my time in South-East Asia. I do know I’ll be transferring again there for one more spherical quickly sufficient. Don’t know precisely when that point will come, however I’m undoubtedly wanting ahead to getting again to my favourite island in South-East Asia. The right seashores, the attractive sunsets, and wonderful backpacker vibe — one go to to Gili Trawangan won’t be sufficient.
6. Snorkeling Round Flores
Palms down one of the best snorkeling of my total life, I had the best time exploring totally different snorkeling spots round Komodo and Flores. It really made me form of unhappy I don’t scuba dive, as a result of I believe it made me notice how spectacular exploring the underwater life will be. I thought of getting my PADI, however I’ve a listening to situation I don’t need to damage my ears anymore
7. Halong Bay Castaway Cruise
Ohhhh, this journey. This loopy 3 day disaster was a complete mess of enjoyable. Your complete journey is mainly a 3-day lengthy booze cruise. One night time acquired somewhat too wild for me, which occurs every so often…However I met the best folks on this journey, sailed and kayaked by means of Halong Bay, and had a blast. I’ve to offer a shoutout to the whole Halong Bay crew. You guys are the best. #NoDoubt
I really want to return to Halong Bay although, as there’s much more to see. My buddy Alison wrote this unbelievable Orchid Luxurious Halong Bay In a single day Overview article, and it sounds wonderful.
8. Maya Bay Sleepaboard
Most individuals who go to Koh Phi Phi make the journey over to Maya Bay, the well-known movie location of Leonardo DiCaprio’s hit film “Th Seaside”. Whereas there are sometimes complaints that this vacationer spot is just too crowded, I used to be fortunate sufficient to really get to sleep on the seaside. I went on the Maya Bay Sleepabroad journey, and couldn’t advocate it sufficient. I even advocate it as the best possible factor to do on Koh Phi Phi.
9. Wonderfruit Music Pageant
There may not be many music festivals in South-East Asia, however Wonderfruit was undoubtedly top-of-the-line weekends I’ve had in Thailand. The venue was stunning, I met some superior folks, and the music was bumping 24/7. I don’t know the place I’ll be in December, however I’m undoubtedly attempting to go once more this 12 months. Learn my overview of Wonderfruit.
10. Koh Phangan Raving
Find it irresistible or hate it, Koh Phangan is likely one of the greatest locations to celebration in South-East Asia. Whereas most individuals flock to this hedonistic island for the “Full Moon Get together”, there are different events on the island which are literally a lot better. I’m an enormous fan of music festivals and good techno music, however the music scene isn’t that nice out in South-East Asia. Koh Phangan is likely one of the few locations out right here the place you’ll be able to actually some wonderful DJ’s play a number of the greatest underground home and techno.
11. Komodo Island Journey
This 4 day adventures crusing from Lombok to Flores was a spotlight of my travels in Indonesia. Our boat was filled with nice folks, and the whole journey I used to be surrounded by stunning Indonesian islands. Nice snorkeling, stunning seashores, and large ass dragons. I believe this space was additionally one of the vital stunning areas of South-East Asia. If anybody is planning a visit out to Indonesia, I’d undoubtedly advocate them occurring one in every of these Komodo excursions.
12. Waterfalls, Seashores, Sunsets, and Events in Langkawi
Ive now visited Langkawi three seperate occasions, and I’m not mad about that in any respect. The waterfalls in Langkawi are stunning and supply excellent spots for a swim. The seashores are clear with nice smooth white sand, and the sunsets on Pantai Cenang are completely beautiful. Backpacking Langkawi ought to be a precedence for folks in South-East Asia.
13. Climbing Mt. Rinjani
One of many hardest hikes I’ve ever completed, Rinjani isn’t for the weak hearted. If you assume you’re getting nearer to the highest, you’re not. You simply hold climbing up and up, till your legs can’t transfer anymore. The sundown and sunrises up there although make the entire journey price it. I’ve no plans to do that hike ever once more, however I’m actually glad I did. I even acquired an image of mine featured on Buzzfeed!
14. Christmas on Koh Tao
Though it was exhausting to spend Christmas away from California, spending the vacation season on Koh Tao was an amazing expertise. It was superior being surrounded by fellow backpackers all carrying santa hats and purple singlets, and having fun with Chang beers whereas watching stunning Koh Tao sunsets.
15. Falling in Love with Laos
I had been dwelling and touring in Asia for awhile earlier than I lastly made the choice to go to Laos, and I completely fell in love with that tremendous nation. It’s exhausting for me to select a favourite, however Don Det was top-of-the-line final minute choices I’ve ever made. As properly, partying in Vang Vieng for every week was completely insane. I additionally met two superior English ladies that I traveled with the whole time. The entire 2 weeks I had in Laos was full of nothing however good occasions.
16. Moto Journey from Chiang Mai – Pai
This trip was completely stunning, and undoubtedly essentially the most enjoyable and adventurous option to get to Pai. It’s solely a 3-4 drive from Chiang Mai, and a comparatively simple trip. It does get actually curvy for awhile, but it surely’s all aside of the expertise. Then on prime of that, Pai was one in every of my favourite locations I’ve traveled to in Thailand. Backpackers in Pai can typically get caught there due to the extraordinarily relaxed vibe. The meals is scrumptious, there’s some first rate nightlife, and there’s no scarcity of wonderful issues to do in Pai.
17. Resort Crashing
One in every of my favourite issues to do in South-East Asia is sneaking into fancy 5 begin resorts, and utilizing their facilities. I’ve completed this in Langkawi, Bali, and Thailand. It may not be essentially the most moral exercise on the earth, but it surely’s lots of enjoyable. I simply love paying $5-$10 an evening for a hostel mattress, and swimming in luxurious swimming pools.
18. Future Music Pageant Asia
This was the primary music competition in South-East Asia I attended, and I had an absolute blast. It was unlucky although, as a result of the final day was cancelled on account of deaths. The primary two days had been strong although! I used to be with an amazing group of individuals, and I used to be fairly impressed with the precise competition. The primary night time Deadmau5 performed an honest set, and the subsequent night time at ASOT was nothing however high quality trance music.
19. Island Hopping & Snorkeling on Koh Chang
I hadn’t actually heard an excessive amount of about Koh Chang, however I’m actually glad I went there. The island hopping tour we went on was actually cool, and we turned it into our personal little booze cruise. I believe we completed 3 massive bottles of Hong Thong between 4 folks. Yeah, it acquired sloppy. The Chinese language vacationers didn’t know what to do with us.
20. Waterfalls & Whale Sharks in Cebu
Spending one month within the Philippines was top-of-the-line experiences of my total life. Swimming with whale sharks in Oslob was unbelievable, and I had no thought about how stunning the waterfalls had been on Cebu island. My 30 days within the Philippines wasn’t sufficient, however I do know that the subsequent time I discover myself in South-East Asia, I’ll be again for one more wonderful backpacking journey.
21. Submitting My Remaining Paper For My Grasp’s Diploma in El Nido
I’ll always remember the sensation of ending my grasp’s diploma, and celebrating on a non-public island celebration in Palawan. I met an amazing group of individuals in El Nido, and it was an effective way to complete my Grasp’s Diploma.
22. Koh Rong
“Nothing can go fallacious on Koh Rong.” I may need solely spent 5 days there, but it surely was undoubtedly 5 of the chillest days I’ve ever had. Nothing to do all day moreover chill out, swim, and luxuriate in paradise. Lengthy seaside is totally beautiful, and I witnessed one of the vital unbelievable sunsets of my life. I used to be fortunate sufficient to be there in the course of the Full Moon Get together as properly, and had a strong night time partying till the solar got here up.
23. Chinese language New Yr in Hong Kong
Not technically South-East Asia, however if you discover a $42 flight to Hong Kong for Chinese language New Yr…you are taking it. Hong Kong is a tremendous metropolis, and experiencing it throughout this unbelievable celebration was price each penny. It was ridiculously costly, however I undoubtedly had a blast. It was additionally actually nice to take a look at Hong Kong Disneyland (since I grew up in Anaheim), in addition to go on the Hong Kong Pub Crawl. Oh, and people fireworks! Unimaginable to witness in individual.
24. Perhentian Island Paradise
I used to be a backpacker on the Perhentian Islands throughout my first journey to South-East Asia, and wasn’t too impressed. Fortunately, I made the last-minute choice to go again for a second time, and couldn’t be happier that I did. I met a strong group of individuals, and realized how stunning these two islands are.
25. Buddies Visiting from California
Being a long-term traveler has been unbelievable, however there have been occasions the place I’ve been extraordinarily homesick. When two totally different associates of mine contacted me to plan a visit out to South-East Asia, I acquired actually excited to point out them round a few of my favourite locations. Shoutout to Rashad and Gina! We had some epic occasions out right here, and I can’t wait to for our subsequent adventures — wherever on the earth they could be.
THANK YOU SOUTH-EAST ASIA
In case you’re fascinated about reserving one-way ticket to South-East Asia…do it. As you’ll be able to see from these 25 experiences, I’ve had the best possible time touring this area of the world. I don’t know once I’m going again, however I’m undoubtedly wanting ahead to including to this record quickly.
“Generally it’s not in regards to the journey or the vacation spot..however in regards to the folks you meet alongside the best way.” — Nishan Panwar
Shoutout to everybody I’ve met throughout my travels out right here. Whether or not we traveled collectively for weeks or months, or we solely had a quick encounter – you all had been aside of what made my time in South-East Asia so unbelievable!
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