Southeast Asia Travel and Adventure Guide.
There is so much to do and see in Southeast Asia and it would be too daunting to try to list everything on one page. Be sure to visit our Thailand Travel Guide, Laos Travel Guide, Vietnam Travel Guide, Singapore Travel Guide, Malaysia Travel Guide, Cambodia Travel Guide, and Indonesia Travel Guide to see what to do and see in those specific countries. You will get extensive lists! However, below is the list of my top top spots while backpacking around Southeast Asia:
Go on jungle trekking
No matter where you do it, jungle trekking is a must for any traveler. The region is covered with amazing forests with diverse wildlife. There are plenty of wildlife and camping opportunities in these lush forests. You will also see serene waterfalls. The best jungle treks are found in northern Thailand, western Laos and Malaysia Borneo (these are also the most difficult and most intense).
Attend a full moon party
The largest one-night party in the world can sometimes be seen by up to 30,000 people. Party till morning and dance the night away with new friends on Thailand's Ko Phangan Island. As the name suggests, the party takes place on the full moon night. In case you missed it, there's always a half-moon party, a quarter-moon party, and a black-moon party. Frankly, there is a party here on Koh Phangan every night. There is no airport on the island, so everyone arrives by ferry. You can come to the mainland via Surat Thani or from the nearby island of Koh Samui.
Learn to dive
There are many great diving spots around the region. Learn to dive here at a fraction of the cost of coming back home. Some of the best locations are Tao (Thailand), Sipidan (Malaysia), as well as Indonesia and the Philippines. Ko Tao in particular is a great place to learn how to dive, and the typical diving course is completed in three days. A PADI course will typically run you 9,800 THB ($ 300 USD), including accommodation of three nights, although in smaller schools you can often negotiate up to 9,000 THB ($ 275 USD). An SSI course with accommodation will not go above 9,000 THB ($ 275 USD). If you are arranging your own accommodation, you can get a PADI course for 8,500 ($260 USD) or an SSI for 7,500 ($230 USD).
Eat in Singapore
Thought there was very good food in Thailand? Check out the Singapore hawker stall for great food. Don't forget to visit Little India (where great Indian food costs $ 5 SGD / $ 4 USD!) And Chinatown. They have some of the best and cheapest food in Asia! If you are looking for a good place to sit and eat, the best time to eat at Singapore's famous restaurants is during lunch when restaurants offer a discount of 20%, benefiting them immensely. The set lunch will give you dinner at a discount and allow you a bit more variety in what you are eating.
Overload your temple
Southeast Asia has a lot to offer - lots of food, islands, clothes, drinks and lots of temples. You cannot change a corner without seeing a Buddhist temple. You will sometimes get the weight of the temple, but visit as much as you can, which is unique to the country and the region of the temple. For places with a high concentration of ornate and beautiful temples, see Chiang Mai, Bagan, Angkor Wat, Hue, Hoi An and Luang Prabang.
Situated away from Malaysian Borneo, Sipidan is one of the best diving sites in the world. If you have your dive certificate, make sure you get out of here. Not many people come to this part of Malaysia but there is a lot to see here besides diving. Go the extra mile, and make your way a little farther down the tourist trail. Sipdan is arguably one of the best five dive destinations in the world. This place is full of life. You will see turtles, cave systems, sharks, dolphins, schools of fish, bright coral, bright fish and everything in between.
Fall in love with Bali
Bali is the most popular destination in Indonesia. Its famous Kuta beach (overrated) and is known for its parties and surfing. However, Bali has much more to offer than wild nights and sun-soaked days. Many beaches are great for families, while the rice terraces in the center will show you what green really is, and Ubud is an artistic city with great food and traditional dances. Cheap guesthouses and hostels typically cost around 120,000–200,000 IDR ($ 8–13 USD) per night. Most hostels do not offer private rooms, although free WiFi and free breakfast are generally included.
Take in Ho Chi Minh City
Frantic, chaotic and paranoid, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam is the embodiment of controlled chaos that ruled Southeast Asia. You may not find out how this crowd of people and cars work together, but it happens.
Watch the sunrise over an Indonesian volcano
One of the most popular tourist attractions on Java is Mount Bromo and its National Park. You will not miss to catch a glimpse of the smoldering Bromo volcano as it is surrounded by an almost lunar landscape of sand ocean. If you are in the middle of august