Southeast Asia is on many a backpacker’s bucket list and it’s easy for our Ultimate Travel crew to understand why! Whether it be Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, etc, as soon as you arrive, you’re welcomed by a burst of culture that you don’t find in areas that have been ‘westernised’. That can be a slightly scary prospect but it’s also one of the most exciting things about the wonderful adventure that comes with travelling through Southeast Asia!

There’s no denying that Southeast Asia has a certain allure for the avid partygoer and if it’s buckets, bars and full moon parties you’re after, you will not be disappointed. But, there are so many other reasons to come and explore this part of the world.

Meet the friendliest people …

Everywhere you turn, you are greeted with the warmest of smiles from the locals. So endearing and friendly are the people, you will find it impossible to walk down the street and not return their grins. By the end of the day, your face will most likely ache but the affection you will feel for the people you have met will make up for it!

The food …

Pad Thai is probably the first thing that comes to mind when associating food with Southeast Asia but for all you foodies out there, you will find yourself, quite literally, in heaven! A fusion of flavours that will tease and tantalise all five of your senses can be found at every twist and turn. While you’re in the neighbourhood, why not take a local cooking class and learn how to recreate some of your favourite dishes, that way, you’ll always have a little of bit of Southeast Asia with you, wherever you go! We’ve got some great recommendations here!

Getting lost is much more fun …

There is so much to do and see in these parts that will appeal to your sense of adventure and need to explore. If you ignore the beaten path, and make a new one of your own, you’re rewarded with some incredible and exotic delights. Spend a night on a deserted island, visit lost temples, eat and sleep with ancient tribes and find villages that will give you an insight in to how Southeast Asia was 100’s of years ago. Some of the more popular ancient attractions in Southeast Asia include Sukhothai and Angkor.

Leave your comfort zone …

When you go exploring in Southeast Asia, you are going to visit places where not speaking the local language could make things ‘interesting’. We get used to going to places where, at worst, the locals speak at least a little bit of English, even if it is broken. In some of the more remote parts you encounter on your travels, this is not likely to be the case. It won’t hurt to learn a few handy phrases (see our handy Thai phrases here) and it will be much appreciated and respected by the locals you are trying to communicate with. If all else fails, who doesn’t love a game of charades – and at least you tried!

Save money without missing out …

If you’re visiting Southeast Asia on the way to, or back, from another place and you’re having to watch those pennies, you’re in the right place. It’s not unrealistic to live on a budget of less than $30 (about £16/€20). You can expect to pay more if you stick to Western food or plan on drinking your bodyweight in buckets but you probably didn’t come all this way to do that every day!

So what are you waiting for … Southeast Asia is calling your name and you’re only a flight away! Why not kick your travels off with our Ultimate Thailand tour, a great 10 day itinerary that will more than help you get in to the swing of things!