Backpacking through Southeast Asia - beginners guide

Backpacking through Southeast Asia – beginners guide

With 3 months now under our belt of backpacking through Southeast Asia, and with experiences of a lifetime, we now want to share with you a few things we wish we knew before we planned our trip. We’ll try to keep each section short so it’s a quick guide for you to refer back to – we haven’t included any blabber that isn’t necessary!

Tips everyone must know

The best way to bank in Asia

Hotel discounts and rewards

Pre-travel costs

Which vaccinations do I need?

Which entry visas do I need?

International driving permit

Travel insurance

Overall budget

Tips everyone must know

Presenting… the Asian Uber!

Absolute life saver, and money saver for that matter. Simply download the app on your phone and book a driver. It’s super cheap and you can build up points for rewards! There is also a Grab Food app which is also cheap and convenient – cheap taxis and cheap food, you’re all set! (sometimes Taxi’s on a meter can be cheaper though!)

Offline maps

We were informed by an avid traveller of the app “Maps.me”. We would have actually been lost without this as we arrived in new countries with no sim cards and no idea where we were going. Before your trip simply download each destination you’re visiting, and enjoy navigating your way around, with or without internet!

Can you drink the tap water? 

As you may or may not have heard, the water in Asia in general isn’t that great and definitely isn’t drinkable in the likes of Vietnam or Cambodia. Locals are known to refill branded water bottles with tap water, so always make sure your bottle has a plastic seal on it when buying in these places. We also recommend keeping your mouth closed in the shower, and brushing your teeth with bottled water too, just to be safe and to prevent you from falling ill.

The water situation is similar in Thailand but the bottles will not have seals, so seem a little more trustworthy. If your trip extends over to Malaysia, Singapore and Japan, you can relax a little as their water is a lot cleaner and filtered in most places. With that being said, it is recommended that you don’t drink the tap water in big cities such as Kuala Lumpur, or in high-rise flats.

TIP: If boiling water for coffee or noodles, hold the kettle button down for a little longer once it’s boiled, just to be on the safe side!

Did you just see that?!

Bibbing & rules of the road – more like what rules?! Holy crap, this was the biggest shock of our lives. We started our trip in Hanoi, which had the worst roads we’ve ever seen. Picture hundreds of scooters, no lanes and even more scooters. It was so noisy and hectic, yet everyone seemed to avoid each other still somehow? It was nerve wrecking at first, but after a short while we begun to put trust into our drivers, because after all they’ve been doing this their whole lives! We soon learned that the over use of the horn wasn’t out of anger or impatience, but simply just to warn people of your presence (mainly used when over taking), so don’t let this startle you.

The big debate – backpack or suitcase?

This was such a tough decision we found ourselves getting tangled in before we left. We really wasn’t sure and there were so many mixed opinions online. We have come to our own conclusion that a suitcase probably would be totally fine. The worst roads we’ve come across were the muddy, bumpy ones in Vietnam – we assessed the situation and definitely could have still managed these with a suitcase. However, we didn’t experience too much wet weather, so that may be a different story – but you can always carry a suitcase if you really need to, and it’s never too far from a bus or taxi to your hotel door.

What about my phone contract?

Phones – can’t travel without them (well you could, but we wouldn’t like to try…). You’re going to need an Asian sim card, so your current contract is obsolete. Do you need to pay off your current contract? No. All we heard before our trip is “you have to cancel your contract”, but all this does is incur extra cancellation fees that aren’t unnecessary. Just take your sim out and keep it safe, and leave your contract running as normal. If your contract ends while you’re away, just be sure to phone up and cancel it when it ends.

Now that you have kept your contract running, you will be able to use it again back home once your trip is over! There are huge fees for using your foreign contract abroad, so don’t even consider this. You can get Asian sims for as little as £3-5 a month for 10GB of data, or even unlimited! Asia 1 – 0 West.

So far through Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan, we’ve had to get a different sim for each country, so be prepared to switch them around often!

What’s the deal with ATM/bank charges? 

When visiting Asia, it’s a good idea to be aware of any ATM or bank charges in advance. For example, in most places in Thailand you get charged £5 per withdrawal which adds up QUICK, so make sure you draw out quite a bit of cash at once to avoid an abundance of charges. 

On top of this, regular UK banks have their own ATM fees too, at around 2-3%, but we found a way around this. We were recommended by several people within our Instagram community, to open an account with Revolut – best decision we made, we’ve explained below why it’s so amazing.

The best way to bank in Asia – Revolut

Revolut travel card

Revolut – a relatively new (2015) online banking platform with THE most amazing app, we cant believe we hadn’t heard of it before! You receive a regular debit card, in which you can draw out cash, make in-store or online payments, and even use contactless. Holiday money cards are a thing of the past! (and yes Mum, travellers cheques are long gone too…)

Free international money transfers, fee-free global spending, and always at the inter-bank exchange rate. It’s on another level – we’re even considering using it still when we get back home (soz Santander). The app has fingerprint ID, budgeting, analytics and the most important thing, the security is just WOW.

All within the app, you can turn off/on at the touch of a button: swipe payments, contactless payments, ATM withdrawals, online transactions and even location based security. This means you cannot make a payment on the card unless it is within a certain distance of your phone, how crazy is that! These features are great for extra precautions as you can just keep them all switched off until you need to use it (as long as your phone doesn’t die while you’re out…).

Hotel discounts & rewards – our gift to you

As our travels have progressed backpacking through Southeast Asia, we’ve managed to save some money on booking sites, as well as generating offers to give to you lovely people.

TOP TIP: a great way to save money with is hotels.com, which is our go to site, as they have a great rewards system – it’s a bit like getting that morning coffee, buy 10 get 1 free. It works the same for rooms which saves you a bit of extra cash on the side – so far we’ve saved about £60 which is a lot when you’re backpacking!

£25 off your first booking (new users/new email)

£20 reward after your first stay (new users/new email)

$50 off your first booking (new users/new email)

Pre-travel costs – don’t get caught out

Why didn’t anyone give us a heads up? Yes, of course we knew we had to spend quite a bit before we left to get prepared, but £1,000 each? Nope.

Jabs – they turned out way more expensive than we thought they were going to be and totalled to £500 each. This took a big chunk out of our budget, but we wasn’t done there.

Backpack – you will also have to consider your luggage. If you’re like us and haven’t been backpacking before, you’re going to need a lovely new backpack aren’t you? We’re lucky this didn’t set us back too much as we found a great deal for our backpack, but this is still something you need to add to you budget – read our review of our backpack and how truly perfect and affordable it is!

Visas – not so much a pre-travel cost, but something you need to budget for. You may of course need to pay for certain visas in the UK before you leave, such as a Chinese Entry Visa – this can also be done in Hong Kong if you happen to be visiting.

Shopping – despite the heaps of clothes we already have in the wardrobe, tucked under the bed, and in black sacks in the loft, we always find the need to buy brand new, bright shiny clothes for a holiday. It’s the fun part, and can never have too many sunglasses or bikinis! Set some money aside so you don’t eat into your budget, which is for important things like you know… food.

Bills – again, not something you will need to fork out for initially, but if you’re planning a long trip, you’re still going to want to account for your everyday outgoings while you’re away – phone bill, car insurance, road tax, rent. If you own a car, consider selling it so it doesn’t turn into a lump of rust that wont start after 3 months (like ours). You can buy a new one when you get back!

Which vaccinations do I need?

Based on Southeast Asia, the below are the recommended jabs you will need to get. At the bottom of the list we have also mentioned additional vaccinations you may consider. The highly recommended ones should definitely be a must – serious illness, or death, can be caused without them. No one wants that do they?

Book an appointment with your GP for advice and prices, but you can also go to see a local travel clinic – we found that the prices elsewhere were a substantial amount cheaper than with our GP. In the UK you can visit places such as Superdrug Travel Clinic, or Nomad Travel Clinic if you’re in the London area.

You will be asked for your lifetime vaccination history, which you should have in a record booklet, so you will need to have this or know which vaccinations you had as a child. If you have previously had any of these vaccinations, you may just need a top up.

As mentioned in the above section, our jabs totalled to £500 each, so just keep this in mind when budgeting for your trip. This was the cost for all of the below, apart from Yellow Fever.

Hep A – manditory/highly reccomended (2 doses)

Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can cause mild to severe illness. The hepatitis A virus (HAV) is transmitted through ingestion of contaminated food and water or through direct contact with an infectious person. Almost everyone recovers fully from hepatitis A with a lifelong immunity.

Hep B – manditory/highly reccomended (3 doses)

Hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). You can get infected through contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.The hepatitis B virus can be spread in the following ways: unprotected vaginal or anal sex. living in a household with a person with chronic (life-long) HBV infection.

Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio – manditory/highly reccomended

You can get Tetanus through a cut or other wound – Tetanus bacteria are commonly present in soil, dust, and manure.

Diphtheria is caused by a bacterium, Corynebacterium diphtheriae. The actual disease is caused when the bacteria release a toxin, or poison, into a person’s body. Diphtheria bacteria live in the mouth, throat, and nose of an infected person and can be passed to others by coughing or sneezing.

The polio virus usually enters the environment in the faeces of someone who is infected. In areas with poor sanitation, the virus easily spreads from faeces into the water supply, or, by touch, into food. In addition, because polio is so contagious, direct contact with a person infected with the virus can cause polio.

Typhoid – manditory/highly reccomended

Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection that can spread throughout the body, affecting many organs. … It’s caused by a bacterium called Salmonella Typhi, which is related to the bacteria that cause salmonella food poisoning.

Rabies – manditory/highly reccomended

Rabies is a rare but very serious infection of the brain and nerves. It’s usually caught from the bite or scratch of an infected animal, most often a dog.

Japanese Encephelitis – highly reccomended

The virus is passed from animals to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Pigs and wading birds are the main carriers of the Japanese encephalitis virus.

Cholera – recommended as an extra precaution in high risk areas

A person can get cholera by drinking water or eating food contaminated with the cholera bacterium. In an epidemic, the source of the contamination is usually the faeces of an infected person that contaminates water and/or food.

Yellow Fever – mandatory, but only if you come from a region with a high risk of Yellow Fever (Africa & South America).

The Flavivirus causes yellow fever, and it’s transmitted when an infected mosquito bites you. Mosquitoes become infected with the virus when they bite an infected human or monkey. If you’re from the affected areas, you will need a certificate of vaccination and immunisation to enter most Southeast Asian countries.

Which entry visas do I need?

The visa situation for each country varies, so we’ve listed below the entry requirements for each country with prices.

Most visas on arrival require 1-2 passport photos, so it’s a good idea to take a bunch of these with you, along with copies of your passport just in case. For most countries, you are also required to have a passport with at least 6 months before the expiry date, and to have 1-2 free pages for the stamps. If you’re an avid flyer, make sure your passport isn’t too full before you jet off!

For UK travellers – other nationalities may vary

VietnamCambodiaMyanmarLaosBruneiThailandMalaysiaSingaporeIndonesiaPhilippinesTaiwanJapanHong KongChina

Vietnam

Do I need a visa? NO

How long is the free visa? 15 days, or pay $25 for 30 days – only cash dollars accepted at the airport

How do I apply for 30 day visa? Online prior to your trip to attain your entry certificate. There is an additional fee for this, between £13-50, depending on your length of stay.

Cambodia 

Do I need a visa? YES

How do I apply? Tourist visas are available on arrival at the Phnom Penh or Siem Reap international airports.You can also apply for your visa online prior.

How much? $30

Myanmar

Do I need a visa? YES

How do I apply? You can apply online, or contact the nearest Burmese embassy for a visa

How much? Starting at $50 for single entry

Laos

Do I need a visa? YES

How do I apply? On arrival, or you can contact the Laos embassy in London prior to your visit.

How much? Around $35 (or 1,500 THB)

Brunei

Do I need a visa? NO

How long can I stay? British citizens may enter Brunei for up to 90 days without a visa. Those with other types of British nationality should check with Brunei immigration authorities about visa requirements. 

Thailand

Do I need a visa? NO

How long can I stay? British passport holders arriving by air or land can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa – this is known as a visa exemption.

Can I stay longer? If you need to stay longer, it’s possible to extend your stay once, from the expiry date of the original visa, for up to 30 days, for 1,900 THB (£46).

Malaysia

Do I need a visa? NO

How long can I stay? You will normally be given permission to stay for 90 days on arrival

Singapore

Do I need a visa? NO

How long can I stay? You will normally be given permission to stay for 30 days on arrival

Indonesia

Do I need a visa? NO

How long can I stay? Up to 30 days, and must hold proof of sufficient funds for visit

Philippines

Do I need a visa? NO

How long can I stay? Up to 30 days

Can I stay longer? You can also get a tourist visa from the Philippine Embassy before you travel, which will allow an initial 59 day stay. You can also obtain the visa at the immigration office at the airport.

How much? Around £45 (3,000 PHP)

Taiwan

Do I need a visa? NO

How long can I stay? You may spend up to 90 days in Taiwan without a visa. You can then extend this by a further 90 days once you have entered Taiwan.

Japan

Do I need a visa? NO

How long can I stay? If you have a ‘British Citizen’ or ‘British National (Overseas)’ passport, you can enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days without a visa. You may need to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket.

Hong Kong

Do I need a visa? NO

How long can I stay? British nationals may visit Hong Kong without a visa and stay up to six months. However, if you wish to take up employment, establish or join a business, study or settle in Hong Kong, you have to obtain an appropriate visa before arrival.

China

Do I need a visa? YES

How do I apply? British nationals normally need a visa to enter mainland China, including Hainan Island, but not Hong Kong or Macao. With effect from 1 November 2018, all visa applicants aged 14-70 will need to make their visa application in person at a Visa Application Centre. This should be done at home prior to your trip.

Apply in Hong Kong – you can also apply for a visa in Hong Kong. You can read more on the Travel China Cheaper website on how to do this.

International driving permit

How on earth did we manage to forget this? It was at the top of our to-do list but let it get lost amongst our pre-travel excitement. Although in most Asian countries you can probably get away with not having one, it’s definitely not advised. The main reason being, is if you have an accident and get hurt, your travel insurance is completely obsolete and you will not be able to make a claim – this could set your bank balance back a lot. It’s just not worth the risk so make sure you apply for the permit in advance.

You will need it in all countries, and Brits can apply in person at the post office, or by post with the AA.

The cheapest and quickest method is in person at the post office, which only costs £5.50, and the permit last 12 months. You will need your driving licence abroad, as well as your permit, as the permit is just a translation of your original licence. 

Travel Insurance

Due to travelling a lot, we have used the same couple of insurance companies. We’re going to share with you our favourites below, and despite not having made a claim yet (thankfully), we stick with them as they have great reviews and cover all bases!

When searching for policies, take into consideration the activities you may be doing, and whether or not the policy will cover all of your gadgets. We advise separate/additional gadget cover if you have a lot of electronics (laptop, phone, camera, drone). This can be done through the Insurance companies below, or we also use Protect Your Bubble.

You have probably heard of them before – these guys are trusted and great for adventure and sports travel, and backpacking. You can make a claim online from anywhere in the world, and they are pretty flexible when it comes to choosing your package. You can choose from a standard plan or an explorer plan, which you can read more about on our World Nomads article. You can also fill out a form online to build your own quote and get an instant price!

We used Alpha for our big Asia trip, as we found after A LOT of research, that they were the cheapest and most reliable. You can choose from short-stay, long-stay, multi-trip and winter sports packages. There are also discounts for couples, however the cover for both people isn’t much more than individual, including for gadgets. So we created separate policies to ensure we had the most cover between as, as we had a lot of luggage! As mentioned above, we haven’t experienced a claim.

Overall budget

We know exactly what it’s like trying to budget for every little thing before your trip, but not knowing exactly how much everything will cost is annoying if you’re a control freak like us! Everywhere is completely different, but we’ve generalised some prices below for you just to give you a little idea. We have not included any attractions or tours as these prices vary a lot, so just keep this in mind and put money aside.

As we mentioned in the pre-travel costs section above, don’t forget to budget for any bills you will be paying while you’re beach hopping abroad – phone bills, rent, or car insurance back home.

If you want a bit more detail, or can’t find a destination below, we have found this great budgeting website than can help you further!

*Hotel and taxi prices may vary according to seasons – these are based on October – January*

Vietnam

Hostel: £4+ per night

Hotel: £10+ per night

A bit more luxury: £16+ per night

Meals: £1.50 – £3 (£4 being the very high end)

Taxi: £1-2 for 15-20 min drive

Thailand

Hostel: £8+ per night

Hotel: £13+ per night

A bit more luxury: £20+ per night

Meals: £3-5, but a lot more high end meals too, £6-10+

Taxi: £3-4 for 20 min drive

Kuala Lumpur rooftop pool

Malaysia

Hotel: £10+

Hostel: £5+

A bit more luxury: £20+

Meals: £3-4

Taxi: £3-4 for 20 min drive

Singapore noodles

Singapore

Hostel: £15+

Hotel: £30+

A bit more luxury: £40-50+

Meals: £5+

Taxi: £5-6 for 20 min drive

Tokyo, Japan

Hostel: £20+

Hotel: £50-60+

A bit more luxury: £90+

Meals: £5-6+

Taxi: we didn’t need one! The underground trains are great and pretty cheap too.


Travelling is not easy, and we can only hope we have eased a little bit of that stress with this information! We only wish someone had told us some of this prior, so fingers crossed it helps you. We’re totally up for questions, so if you have any at all regarding backpacking through Southeast Asia, please just drop a comment below and we’ll get back to you 🙂

28 Comments

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    Strahinja

    Hello and thank you for this thorough and informative article. You really did an amazing job. You also covered all the most important topics and information I was searching for. I am travelling to Cambodia and I was not sure about the quality of accommodation because I rather picky. Also, I was not sure if I needed special medical precautions, like to stay away from some areas in this country? Do you happen to know that by any chance.

    Cambodia has really lot to offer and I am looking forward travelling there, especially since you can get tourist Visa when you arrive there.

    Thank you.

    Strahinja.

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      Kelly

      Hi Strahinja 🙂 

      Thank you so much, that means a lot! How exciting that you’re going go Cambodia, you’ll have the best time. Unfortunately we don’t have enough info to comment on places to steer away from, but you should visit a travel clinic or your GP before you leave. They’ll give you the relevant vaccinations and all info you need to know about locations with high risk of illness and disease.

      I hope this helps and enjoy your trip! All the best. 

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    Lok Which

    Thanks for sharing this information. This is a must read for everyone who wants to explore southeast Asia . This guide is really of big help because i have been thinking of doing this and reading this has really informed me on things I really need to know. Once more thanks for this information.

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      Kelly

      Hey, thanks for reading!

      We’re really glad this has helped and has inspired you. If you have anymore questions about Southeast Asia just let us know 🙂

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    Antoinette Song, PhD

    I love traveling. But, I have not been to Asia yet. Reading your post certainly enlightened me. I loved your website, the gallery is awesome. You certainly triggered in me the desire to visit Asia. Through your website, I can find useful information that removes the skepticism of the unknown.

    thank you, great post.

    dr. A. Song

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      Kelly

      Thank you for reading and thank you for your comment Dr. Song!

      We’re glad we could inspire you, Asia is truly amazing and we cannot wait to see more of it. We hope you get to visit one day too!

      All the best  🙂

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    free4life

    Well, you tow certainly make us folks in the US jealous. While I seriously doubt that my wife and I will ever be so blessed as to be able to travel as you two are, you certainly did go into great detail about all the ins and outs of traveling SE Asia. Some of these we had heard, like the water, but that is in so many places warning you about the water. But many, most, of them we had never heard of and would likely never have thought of. So, as we will likely never be able to make use of them, we can surely pass them on and maybe sound a bit more informed now if we get into a conversation about traveling in SE Asia. You two be safe and keep having fun. 

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      Kelly

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      We really are lucky to be able to travel like we do, and can only try to inspire people to travel more. We really hope you and your wife find the time to make a great trip somewhere – can’t beat a good weekend away or local road trip!

      We’re glad you enjoyed the read, hope you have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by!

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    Emmanuel Buysse

    Great post and good info. 

    There is only one country in Asia I want to visit, and that is Japan. 

    I don’t know why, but I’m attracted to that country, the people, the nature, and of course, the way of living. 

    It would be strange if the water there wasn’t safe, but like Vietnam and so, I’m not surprised. 

    Anyway, I will follow up you in your travel through there, it seems to be one to never forget, and that is what it is about! 

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      Kelly

      Hey Emmanuel,

      Japan was truly incredible! We’d really love to go back and explore outside of Tokyo and the Fuji area – Kyoto looks lovely, and we really enjoyed the rural parts too. You have to get yourself there one day, it really does live up to expectations!

      Thanks for your comment 🙂 have a lovely day

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    Leo

    Many good tips man!

    Gives me the inspiration to get there again.

    Southeast Asia is super affordable!

    Pretty cool to get some insight on how the budget could look like. I was originally planning to backpack Vietnam this February, but it felt more tempting to visit Indonesia as I started to look more into it.

    Indonesia has so much to explore, and I’d rather see something completely different when I go backpacking.

    Have a nice day,

    Leo

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      Kelly

      Hey Leo, thanks so much! 🙂

      Glad we could inspire you, that’s one of our main aims – nothing can beat a bit of travel! We didn’t actually get round to Indonesia this time, but our bucket list is growing, we literally have about 40 things to see on there haha think that will be a trip on it’s own to be honest!

      Hope you have an amazing trip wherever you end up this year!

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    Louis

    Hello Kelly & Luke

    Fantastic article you have written. This is really in-depth as you have been there first-hand. Must really have been a fantastic experience.

    I want to know though it seems has been specifically written for a uk audience or are the visa entry requirements the same for other people with an EU passport.

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      Kelly

      Hi Louis!

      Thank you so much, we tried to make it as informative as possible as we know exactly what it’s like being a newbie to backpacking! We had a great time thank you

      Yes we have written mainly for UK residents, as we are very lucky to have a lot of freedom with our passport. Entry for Europeans outside of Britain have to obtain visas, which we do not know enough about to comment.

      “As of 9 October 2018, British citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 186 countries and territories, ranking the British passport 5th in terms of travel freedom (tied with Austrian, Dutch, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Portuguese and the United States passports).” – I hope this helps!

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    charles39

    Well hope you enjoyed yourself I live the middle East and I will concurrent with it always very good to be on the safe side especially on your health wise and safety. water is very important to human health but it can also course allot of problems if you take water which has not been treated. Mode of transportation is also very important regarding one security convenient and cost if you put all that into consideration your holiday will be just fine and it seems you guys had ablast and that why you are giving us the tips of what expect ,what avoid, and mostly enjoy our holiday thenks for this great work.

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      Kelly

      Oh wow, where abouts are you from? We’re yet to explore the Middle East more, the closest we’ve been is Egypt and Turkey!

      Yeah I think water can be an issue in most places unfortunately, so it’s good to always take extra precautions. We agree with you, once you put all the safety measures in place first, and be sensible, the rest of the trip will be lovely!

      Thank you for your comment and kinds words Charles 🙂

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    AbiodunS

    This is a very informative article. It allow some one to have a proper plan before embarking on a journey to Asian countries. Malaysia and Japan are my area of interest. 

    That least I now have a knowledge of how I should prepare my self for the journey. Thank you very much for this information. 

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      Kelly

      Thank you so much, we try really hard on this one – we wanted to make sure we didn’t miss anything out. Japan and Malaysia were both incredible, and in ways similar too actually. We lived in Malaysia for 3 weeks, so really got a feel for it 🙂

      Thanks for your comment, glad you enjoyed the read!

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    phranell86

    The information you shared is priceless. Getting the best out of any travel experience comes with proper planning and that can only be done with the right information at the right time. I’m glad I found your website. For someone like me, I am always apprehensive when visiting unfamiliar lands with strange cultures and etiquettes. Map and grabs are a must have apps for my next planned trip. Strangely enough, I haven’t heard of them until now.

    When talking about recommended vaccines, you mentioned Typhoid. Is there actually a vaccine for Typhoid? 

    For traveling, I always prefer backpacks as they are more convenient to carry and can take so much more. I totally enjoyed how you laid out everything to the finest details. I would definitely be back for more.

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      Kelly

      Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

      There is definitely a lot of planning involved, and yes like you said it’s the timing too! Hopefully we can help some people just at the right time. We also hadn’t heard of the above apps until our Asia trip, there must be sooo many apps out there, so glad we could share a few!

      Yes Typhoid vaccine is given in a jab form, we had lots of jabs and this was one of them haha. We did like having the backpacks too, you don’t need to worry about luggage as much when it’s attached to your back!

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    Tsquare

    Nice to know about life traveling to China. China is nice to visit for business, education and tourism. I have a friend doing his doctorate degree on full scholarship. My friend is a Nigeria and likewise me. According to report China government is trying to provide the best of basic amenities including water. Although I’m hearing this for the first time. Its good to know that transportation is cheap in China because if transportation is high then many people with low budget will struggle. 

    If I eventually join my friend in China for academic purpose your article will helpful. 

    Thanks for your educative price. 

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      Kelly

      Hey 🙂 thanks so much for your comment! We didn’t travel to China itself, but I’m sure it’s very similar to other Asian countries. I could imagine it being very similar to Japan – lovely, polite people, everything organised and in order, and just amazing culture and landscapes!

      The great wall is on our bucket list, and although we didn’t make it there this time around, we really hope to go there soon – We’ll definitely have a blog post on this eventually.

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    Andi

    Amazing blog post with a lot of useful information including some that i wouldn’t even think about. We are happy to have you back guys 💜

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    Emma

    Such a well published blog full of all the information any traveller will worry about before setting off. Google has nearly too much information whereas this was written straight to the point and things I have fretted over while planning. Well done 👏🏼

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      Kelly

      Thanks so much Emma! Definitely too much info on the internet haha but we previously done tonnnes of research online before our trip, as well as gathering some info on the way – and came up with this, bundled into once post! Hopefully some people find it useful 🙂

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    Shirley Menster

    Wow! A great insight to letting people know what you need to do before you even start to travel and the costs involved 👀 I would never have guessed the jabs would even be that much. Great information about everything 👌

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      Kelly

      Thank you! 😀 if only someone had told us some of these things haha but that’s all part of the fun I suppose – learn as you go!

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