Q&A: Backpacking around South East Asia

Well hello to you my reader chums! Backpacking around South East Asia was one of my favourite adventures to date and I loved every second of it. It allowed me to experience a new culture, venture across 4 different countries, try some of the most delicious food and see plenty of beautiful sights. If you're planning a trip to South East Asia or would love to learn more about my trip, here are a few questions I've been asked.

Q&A: Backpacking around South East Asia

Are there any packing tips you would give in hindsight? And also is there anything you packed that you didn't need? 

I went travelling for 2 months in total so getting the balance right of what to pack was quite tricky. I think I nearly got it right but did end up over packing my tops and flowy trousers as I thought they would come in handy. My main packing tip is to pack versatile clothing that you can use on lots of different occasions and bring more light-weighted items as possible. If you don't think you brought enough clothing, you can easily buy plenty as you're travelling and the same goes with beauty items too. The only thing I would say to overpack on is suncream as it's really expensive in Asia. For more information, check out my packing guide and beauty essentials post.

Q&A: Backpacking around South East Asia
What's the most important thing to be open-minded about?

This is a really interesting question! I would say the most important thing to be open-minded about the culture, mannerisms, and religion. Buddhism is the main religion in South East Asia that it's important to be respectful in all aspects. When you visit temples, abide by the rules, wear respectful clothing and generally be respectful when others are praying. The same goes for their culture; in Asia covering up, bowing as they say thank you, and having kids running around in a family restaurant is all part of the norm. You'll get used to their culture and absolutely love how chilled and lovely the locals are.

Q&A: Backpacking around South East Asia

Q&A: Backpacking around South East Asia

What's your favourite place you've been?

It's hard to pinpoint a favourite place as I literally loved every single place but some places stood out more than others. Out of all the places I went to the ones that stood out are Chiang Mai, Koh Lanta, and Koh Tao in Thailand, Siem Reap in Cambodia and Hue and Halong Bay in Vietnam. Each one of those places I loved for different reasons, but overall it was because of the laidback vibe and how I felt at home there. I'd happily go back to all of those places again!

Q&A: Backpacking around South East Asia

Q&A: Backpacking around South East Asia

What state is your backpack in?

It's a lot dirtier and lighter now!

Favourite photo from the trip?
Q&A: Backpacking around South East Asia

I took thousands of photos on the trip and there are too many favourite pictures that it was hard to pick. However, I love this one of me and my boyfriend Dan as it shows our love for each other with a beautiful backdrop on our favourite island, Koh Tao.

Would you do it all again?

100%! Now it's a few months on, all I keep thinking about the incredible time I had.

Q&A: Backpacking around South East Asia

Hardest thing you had to deal with?

I think the hardest thing was definitely being away from home for a long period of time, and also stepping out of my comfort zone. Although by stepping out of my comfort zone, I overcame so many fears and feel amazing for that.

Favourite part of the holiday?

This is a really hard question, each part had so many highlights that it's hard to pinpoint one. My highlights include meeting the elephants in Chiang Mai, island hopping in Thailand, visiting The Angkor Wat in Cambodia and rowing along the Mekong River in Vietnam wearing the traditional hats.

Favourite country you've visited?

It's definitely a tie between Thailand and Vietnam. I was in Thailand for 5 weeks and fell in love with it more every day but with Vietnam, I only felt like I scratched the surface and can't wait to revisit, and explore more.

Q&A: Backpacking around South East Asia


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