A Students' Guide: Backpacking Southeast Asia
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Backpackers have been exploring Southeast Asia for decades, and budget travellers and students love it so much that there are many destination routes that are now thought of as a part of the region’s ‘Backpacker Trail’. The region is a popular destination because it is moderately safe and inexpensive to visit all time of the year. Throughout the handful of countries on offer there are hundreds of activities to enjoy and some stunning natural and historic attractions. Here are our travel tips for if you are interested in backpacking Southeast Asia! Budgeting for your trip The main draw for backpackers and students is the price; it is super cheap compared to western prices for food, accommodation and transport. If you are very budget conscious you can manage on budgets as low as $20 a day. Some countries are more expensive than others and as a rule of thumb Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia are among the cheapest countries to explore, while Singapore and Brunei are generally the more expensive. Planning and key destinations Planning in Southeast Asia is the key to any trip, whether you are a first-timer or an experienced traveller. Typically in Southeast Asia travellers will fly into one country, trail around and fly out of another country back home, with internal flights in the region to take them from country to country. Internal flights are relatively cheap and many tickets can be amended cheaply. There are plenty of amazing sights in the region, so make sure you have done your research and have planned a route that takes in these attractions, such as Angkor Wat, Ha Long Bay and Bali to name just a few. Research events This comes under planning, but one thing worth considering is trying to tie in your itinerary with some of the biggest events in the calendar. Whether it’s Thailand for Songkran in April or Laos for the Boun Bang Fai Rocket Festival in May, the events can provide focus for your trip and can also be relatively inexpensive highlights. Transportation
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