I arrived in Southeast Asia for the very first time 3 years ago, with absolutely no idea what to expect. My first hours there were epic. I was fascinated yet intimidated... It was the beginning of long love story. With its beautiful mix of volcanoes, rainforest, rice terraces, beaches, coral reefs and wildlife, Southeast Asia is a heaven for independent travel.
You can spend the day overflying desert islands and the night trekking on a volcano; attend a cooking class on the morning and ride a zipline in the jungle with wild monkeys around you on the afternoon; chill out in stunning luxurious hotels then eat the best dinner in a street food market. In short, it's a whole different world that awaits you with surprises you won't even imagine...
Pack your flip-flops, swimsuit and passport. You're off to a big adventure!
10 Things that will make you pack & go traveling in Southeast Asia... right now!
Every journey is different. And yours will be very special. Because you won't follow your original plans to the details, you'll meet wonderful people on the road and see the world like you've never seen it before. If you're going for a long trip, the only things to do would be to book your start and end flights and get some inspiration for your itinerary with our ebook Where Should I Go in Southeast Asia?. Let the adventure begins...
01. The good vibes [everything comes to you in the right moment]
Put on your positive pants: there's good vibes only here. Traveling in Southeast Asia will make you an (even) happier person. Don't stress, take chances, be happy and be yourself. Stress doesn't exist in Southeast Asia anyways, so you can forget about it. Enjoy the friendly people, the relaxed lifestyle, the outdoor life, slow down and enjoy life. Eat, surf/dive/trek, explore, sleep, repeat.
02. The great unknown [open mind = beautiful mind]
Southeast Asia is composed of 11 countries of impressive diversity: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam -each of them with their own history, languages, religions, traditions. Getting to learn about their cultures is absolutely captivating -I just can't get enough!
03. A food to die for [count the memories, not the calories]
"The only thing I like better than talking about food is eating". -oh, wise, wise, wiiise J. Walters. The man has probably traveled in Southeast Asia before saying that phrase. These eleven countries all have their delicious culinary specialities, with flavors you've never tasted before.
04. The iconic sights [history is an illumination of the soul]
Southeast Asia holds no less than 37 iconic sights inscribed on the list of World Heritage (UNESCO). This scenic and ancient area of the world literally overflows with historic marvels. You don't go to museums here, history is rooted in the ground.
05. THE great OUTDOORs [time to remember what it's like to feel alive]
Surf/kitesurfing, diving, trekking, motorbike, sailing, rafting,canyoning -Southeast Asia is an awesome playground for extreme adventurers. And not only there's a large quantity of activities to do, but also a real quality of the spots -for some sports such as surfing and diving, you'll find among the best places on the planet.
06. The natural paradise [all good things are wild & free]
The perfect tropical climate, chains of volcanoes, lush rainforests, sparkling waters and exotic wildlife are just a few of the things that make Southeast Asia such a captivating destination.
07. The ease of travel [travel is the healthiest addiction]
If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there... Plan for the unexpected: don't book too much. Once in your first destination, you will meet people who'll inspire you to change your plans. You will be surprise how easy it is to travel -though it may not be the epitome of comfort all the time- with many options depending on your budget and the time you've got.
08. The local people [Good people bring out the good in people]
It came as a shock to me, coming from France. These smiles, that happiness in countries where life is far from easy sometimes. Be ready to meet some wonderful people -and to be part of a new family.
09. the Value for money [live less out of habit and more out of intent]
It's no myth : traveling in Southeast Asia is cheap. At the beginning of your trip, there's a chance that you'll constantly currency-converting to make sure you’re not getting totally ripped off -because you won't believe how cheap everything is. If you've got money, you'll be able to stay in luxurious hotels you couldn't afford back home. And if you don't, you'll be able to explore Southeast Asia and enjoy it at its best anyway!
10. THE spectacular SUNRISES [mind over mattress]
Make the most of your stay by getting up early to catch the most memorable sunrises of your life. It can be from your bungalow, from the top of a volcano after a night hike, from your surfboard before catching the first waves of the day, while jogging in the jungle...In Southeast Asia, nature has the power of constantly surprising the traveler.
Don't call it a dream,
call it a plan!
Your southeast asian adventure starts here
Get an idea of your ideal itinerary before you hop on a plane! Read our ebook Where Should I Go in Southeast Asia?* and be inspired to explore this fascinating part of the world.
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*written by Lois from We are Sole Sisters and designed & illustrated by myself
This isn't the Ultimate Guide to Southeast Asia. It's a box. Filled with cherished memories, unexpected detours, secret destinations and handmade travel sketches.