Backpacking in Asia – Where to Go and Why

Bangkok at night

The world is your oyster and all you need is the funds to make it happen. Saving up for a long travelling excursion may be a difficult process and one which will have to see you at your most frugal and disciplined best, but it will also deliver you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you are preparing for your overseas adventure, it makes sense to compare travel exchange rates in advance and get some extra value for that hard earned cash.

Many currency exchange providers offer very competitive exchange rates and low commission charges and putting in the extra time to find the best deal can be beneficial in the long term.

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Mesmerising Ha Long Bay

Asia has an abundance of amazing destinations and to omit certain ones from this list is very difficult as so many offer their own unique qualities. Halong Bay is a world heritage site, and it is a strong part of Vietnam’s history. In Ancient times it was a historic battleground and it has definitely contributed to the evolution of the Vietnamese culture. It is populated with large limestone karsts and mini islands which cover a total area of 932 sq. miles. Its periods of cultural and geological changes have created a diverse mix of wildlife, particularly sea-based species. The Thien Cung Grotto is one of the more famous caves which dominate this inspiring landscape.

Bangkok, Thailand

A full tour of backpacking through Asia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Thailand’s capital. Full of fervency and character this bustling city delivers flavourful food, interesting people and spectacular beaches. Khao San Road is known for its colourful culture and tourism, with many people calling it the ‘Backpackers Ghetto’. It is easy to find a cheap hotel or an even more primitive and cheaper form of accommodation if need be. It’s generally a great spot for other backpackers to meet, discuss their journeys so far, and where they plan to head next.

Bangkok at night

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia’s capital is one of the most visited south eastern destinations in Asia, and although it has a more of a commercial appeal than many other large Asian cities, its interesting history, extraordinary architecture, and vibrant art scene, make it a must see for all backpackers. If you are someone who loves to shop and you feel like you can fit a few more items in your backpack, then the extravagant malls will keep you entertained for hours. It is influenced by a mix of Asian cultures such as Filipino, Indonesian, Malay and Chinese. The food is exquisite and the broad range of Asian influences is reflected in the many different meals available at very affordable prices. It may be useful to learn a handful of Arabic terms as Islam is the dominant religion of the country.

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