The south east part of Asia is probably the most popular travel destination right now. Every other person on your Instagram has been to Bali or Vietnam in the last few years. The tourism industry has boomed over there, which is excellent news for travellers as it means there are more things to do and easier ways of getting around safely. Hopefully I’ll be jetting somewhere soon! But, for now, I’ve collaborated on this post to bring you the top South East Asia travel tips you need.
Most of you reading this, like me, will live far away from this part of the world. So, it’s a big trip to make. You’ll have to save up a lot of money, and you need to plan everything meticulously. As part of your planning process, why don’t you check out these excellent Southeast Asia travel tips for 2020:
Check if it’s safe to go
First things first, we have to address the elephant in the room. Obviously, the world is currently on high alert due to the coronavirus, which originated in China. As a result, there are some travel restrictions in place right now. The World Health Organisation has some travel advice that you should definitely read before you go. It is still safe to travel to a lot of countries in that area of the world, and there’s hope that everything will be okay within a few months. Realistically, most of you are planning this trip for the summer at the earliest. So, keep your eyes and ears peeled for any travel updates to make sure it’s safe for you to go.
It’s a very good idea to get travel insurance as well. This way you can still book everything, but if your flights end up getting cancelled or you can’t travel because of health concerns, then you can get compensation through your insurance provider.
Don’t travel on your own
Ideally, you should travel with at least one companion. I’d say this tip is relevant for all types of travel, but it’s particularly important when going as far abroad as this area of the world. Almost every town and city is extremely busy, so it’s not safe to go wandering around on your own. Especially if you don’t know the local language!
Ask your friends if they’re keen on taking this trip with you. If they’re not, then you can always look for tour groups to be part of instead. There are plenty of trips and tours to China, Japan, Vietnam, and all the other countries in this region. By booking one of these you end up on tour with lots of other travellers. There’s safety in numbers, but you also get an amazing experience by sharing it with different people and making new friends. Solo travelling can often be rewarding, but you should save it for places that you know more about – and preferably have a grasp of the language.
Think twice before taking your kids
Is South East Asia a family holiday destination? It really does depend! We think that, generally, it’s not the type of place to take your kids. I know that there are loads of countries within the region, but most of them are tailor-made for travellers that like going out and exploring new cultures. Kids prefer to relax or go to waterparks and do things that they think are fun. Will they want to go backpacking across Vietnam or explore the wonderful temples in Taiwan? Probably not!
Also, lots of kids can get scared when travelling, particularly if they have to travel a long distance. The flights from the UK to all of these Asian countries are much longer than they’re used to. So, overall, it’s probably best to plan something else for your family holiday.
Don’t stick to one place – travel around
The reason so many people travel to this continent is that there are loads of fantastic countries all within a reasonable distance from one another. Not only that, but there are decent transport links to take you from one place to another. With that in mind, my advice is to travel around as much as possible. Rather than spending a week in one country, spend a few days there, then a few somewhere else – just keep moving.
Why? Because you get to see so many of the beautiful countries this region has to offer. Each one provides some unique delights and experiences that you can’t find anywhere else. It would be a waste to come to this part of the world and not see as much of it as possible. After all, who knows if you’ll ever be back?
A few countries have already been mentioned, but here’s a list of the must-see places in South East Asia – which I’d love to visit too:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
I appreciate that’s a lot of names but try and tick as many off as you can. Incidentally, this brings me onto another one of my top South East Asia travel tips.
Make sure you’re there for at least a few weeks
There are so many things to see and places to go in South East Asia. In fact, there are too many for your typical holiday. Most people will go away for one, maybe two weeks, max. I don’t think that’s enough to get the most out of this entire experience – it may be a pricey choice though.
Most of the travellers that go there will be out in South East Asia for a fair few weeks. Some are gone for months – maybe even an entire year! You don’t have to go out for that long, and many of you can’t if you have a family to look after. But, it’s well worth planning this trip for a long time and saving up enough money to get out there for at least 3-4 weeks. This way, you have more chance of seeing all the must-see places and getting the most out of the whole travel experience.
At the end of the day, this is such a magical part of the world to visit. If you do manage to go there, then it almost feels like you’re in a completely different universe. The culture out there is so different, everything about the countries subverts what you’re used to. We say it’s brilliant and well worth checking out and I certainly will be. What would you add to my top South East Asia travel tips?