This series of posts is dedicated to those who don’t really know where to go. Maybe you’ll find something you want to see and didn’t think about yet. I want to provide some short facts here. You may want to google bold marked words in order to get some images. There is much more to see, but you should get an idea of the regions.
South East Asia
- Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Phillipines
- Probably the most popular area for backpacking. It offers pretty much everything you could think off. Interesting culture and history, beautifull landscapes, stunning beaches, awesome diving areas, friendly locals, warm weather, many party options and well developed tourism infrastructure.
- With Thailand you have an easy option to get into travelling since it’s a very newbie-friendly country.
- Cheap to travel (except Singapore).
- Quite safe to travel (except very poor regions but that’s obvious I guess)
- Cultural highlights: Sukhothai and Ayutthaya former capital cities of Thailand. Loy Krathong (Thailand) a famous festival. Angkor Wat probably the most famous temple complex in Cambodia. Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar. Bagan (Myanmar) an ancient city in which over 10.000 temples, pagodas and monasteries have been constructed. 2.200 remained until today. You can do treks to mountain tribes in Thailand/Myanmar/Vietnam/Laos. Tanah Toraja home of the ethinc group of the Toraja in Indonesia. Borobodur and Prambanan world heritage sites in Indonesia. Penang a world heritage site in Malaysia. Nearby Ponsavan (Laos) are hundreds of ancient clay jugs. Some are up to 3 meters high. Quite bizarre.
- Natural highlights: Koh Phi Phi (Thailand) the unknown island from the movie “The beach”. Unfortunately not so unknown anymore. Chiang Mai (Thailand) stunning nature all around. Halong bay and Mekong delta in Vietnam. Cameron Highlands tea plantations and rainforest in Malaysia. Try the peach honey tea if you make it there. Chocolate Hills in the phillipines. Bali and Lombok in Indonesia. Unfortunately very touristic nowadays. Sabang underground river (Philippines) another world natural heritage.
- Other highlights: Full moon party Koh Phangan.
India and Himalayas
- Nepal, India, Bhutan
- India is considered a subcontinent. The diversity you can find in this country is insane. Completly different cultures and cenery, just a few hours busride apart. The 6 month tourist visa can be fully used, without getting bored.
- It’s more difficult to travel for beginners since people are exceptionally good at fooling you. Everybody who says he didn’t get fooled in India atleast once is simply lying, or just didn’t even notice it at all. Nepal is the same, but less intense. Bhutan is similar to North korea, you can only travel it with a guide. It’s a category of it’s own, and not very popular anyway. If you search for Bhutan in Google imagines you will understand why people go there though.
- Very very cheap to travel (Bhutan is very expensive though)
- Usually safe to travel for groups, women travelling alone should be carefull, but that should be well known.
- Cultural highlights: Jain temples in Ranakpuhr (India). Of course the famous Taj Mahal. Varanasi (India) where countless spiritual rituals and cremations happen. Mamallapuram (India) world heritage site. Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur (Nepal) the 3 king cities. Countless of temples, and a melting pot of different cultures. Lumbini (Nepal) birthplace of Buddha.
- Natural highlights: Valley of flowers (India) many beautifull trekking routes and rather unpopular since it’s time consuming to reach. Ootacamund (India) tea plantations, stunning botanical gardens. Andaman islands (India). Mount Everest (Nepal) probably the base camp is already on your bucket list. Annapurna (Nepal) beautifull trekking routes.
- Other highlights: Holi festival in India.
As always you are very welcome to leave additions/suggestions/opinions in the comments!
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