Southeast Asia is the dream destination for many people and every year thousand of travelers flock to the cities and islands searching for the ultimate Asian holiday. But not everybody is prepared for Southeast Asia, for the good and bad things you can only find in this unique part of the world. So here are the 10 best travel hacks for Southeast Asia.
Weather and rainy seasons
Sounds silly, but many people forget about it, so our list of travel hacks for Southeast Asia star with weather tips! Plan your trip according to the weather. Have in mind that the dry and rainy seasons can vary a lot between the Southeast Asian countries, so when it’s dry in northern Thailand can be pouring rain in Singapore.
The weather is divided into two seasons: dry and wet [and some super hot months in between]. The dry season is the best one, but the places will be packed with tourists, things get more expensive and accommodations are almost fully booked. The super hot summer is hot as hell. So If you want to face it be prepared with a hat and sunglasses.
The rainy season is not as bad as people imagine, and in some countries like Thailand, it’s possible to travel and have fun. In the other hand, Indonesia and Philippines are a bit hard to get around, as floods and big swells can delay flights and boats.
Visa and travek documents
The visa requirements are different among the 13 Southeast Asian countries. Depending on your nationality you can have 30 or 60 days visa free, or maybe you need to apply for the tourist visa in advance. To make sure you won’t have a sad surprise during your holiday, visit the country’s Embassy website and follow the instruction for getting the visa.
If you don’t need to apply for the tourist visa, even better. Although, double check if they don’t ask you to present a specific document when passing by the passport control. Some countries require an outbound ticket, proving that you are leaving the country before your visa expires.
Book flight connections wisely
One of the biggest mistakes people do when traveling to Southeast Asia is to think that all the cities and islands are easy to reach, well-connected with flights, buses, and boat. Well, that’s not true!! Traveling in Southeast Asia means spending hours on flight connections, night buses and boat trips.
To avoid missing your flights do a good research. You can go to traveloka website to find the best flights and connections. If you are traveling to The Philippines be really careful, allow plenty of time between flights, or between your flight and a boat ride. Delays happen very often there.
International drive license
If you want to explore Southeast Asia, especially the small towns and the islands you gonna need a motorbike. To explore the Thai Islands, to get to secluded beaches in The Philippines, or to see Vietnam’s countryside, you will need your own vehicle, and nothing better than a scooter.
Don’t be a fool, bring along your drive license, even better if you have an international one. In most of the Asian countries you can rent a scooter with your normal drive license, but if you want to rent a car the companies might ask for the international document. Plus, the police can stop you and ask for your document, if you don’t have it you will be fined. Don’t take the risk!!
Pack light people!!! Even if you are traveling for a month, there is no need to bring three bags, or those giant suitcases that have the same weight as a person. There are plenty of laundry in Southeast Asia, and they are cheap. Plus, if you are traveling to a beach destination you will be wearing swimming suit most of the days.
Pack light, have a small suitcase or a backpack. Otherwise, you gonna suffer rolling your luggage through the beaches, jumping in and out from buses and boat… I have seen big luggage loosing wheels while crossing the busy Khao San Road in Bangkok, or people carrying suitcase over their head to reach a nice bungalow on a cliff.
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