Backpacking through Southeast Asia is becoming a rite of passage for young travelers. The budget is on point, the landscape is beautiful, and the culture is rich and diverse. Not to mention the food–you can’t forget the joyous thing that is Southeast Asian cuisine. Any type of traveler can find a place in the region: luxury or budget travellers, outdoor junkies and spirituality seekers.
I planned my time in Southeast Asia along the way, forgoing sidetrips to Laos, Vietnam, and Malaysia when I felt a longing to spend more time in Thailand and Cambodia. The result was a budget-friendly itinerary that covered all my bases: beaches, temples, mountains, food, history, and the chance to gain a sense of the true lifestyles in these countries. I spent more time exploring, learning, and feeling free than on buses, planes, and trains.
Without further ado: