Bathing suits, short-shorts, and tank tops are not appropriate in most situations. When you're not at the beach, cover up a bit more and dress appropriately , especially when visiting temples.
Even though it's a hot region, most parts of this area are fairly conservative. Make-up - Remember that it is really hot and humid in most parts of Southeast Asia and you're likely to spend a lot of time sweating off your make-up. As your blog is super helpful for me. I will keep all your points in my mind as i am thinking of visiting few countries in southeast asia.
I just want to thank you. Do you have any banker recommendations? I opened up a Charles Schwab account for the ATM card, but I wanted to get a credit card with 0 foreign transaction fees as well, just as a precaution.
Quick question: did you get a credit card for this trip? You have really helped me out as I plan for my backpacking trip to SEA, Australia, and New Zealand (leaving in 65 days!!-but who's counting?!). HUGE fan of your blog and the advice you give.
My idea is to save a bit more before your trip and really enjoy the time there …. if you find yourself penny-pinching then wait for another season and build those extra bucks…The worst thing is to see something that your friends enjoying while you couldn't afford. Apparently one of the requirements for Thailand's free 30-day tourist visa is to have proof of an onward or return airline ticket within 30-days of arriving." I'm planning on flying to Bangkok and staying there until my 30 days expire, at which point I'll heading to Cambodia -> Vietnam -> Laos via LAND transport however (i'm planning on buying my bus and train tickets when I get there). Note: Though I spent roughly three months in Thailand, and six weeks each in Malaysia and Indonesia, for the purposes of this article, I crunched the numbers to make it a month each for simplification and easier planning.
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In rural areas, mosquitos can be rife, and with dengue fever and malaria common in some parts like Cambodia and Myanmar, it's important you take precautions. You'll be in hot weather and the sun can be relentless here. For Asia, bringing SPF, Mosquito spray, malaria tablets (prescribed) are all necessary.
All very important to not get lax on those, as it can dramatically cut short your solo adventures! Think of clothing cover, repellents, water/drinking safety, food and personal hygiene as an example. Addition to that, don't forget to take your common sense with you though too!
Most of the time you will go to your own local travel clinics depending which country you are from. Typhoid, Hepatitis A & B, Japanese Encephalitis and Tetanus vaccinations are all common vaccinations to get prior to your travels, with malaria medication purchased in form of oral tablets. Because you'll be travelling throughout countries that have environments that can impose diseases and viruses foreign to you, as well as practices and facilities being a little less strict, getting the necessary travel vaccinations is something to definitely consider as a priority.
Travelling solo really does bring out the best in you, as you're constantly pushed out of your comfort zone and that not only benefits you on your travels, but also in the rest of your life too. Your hard work of doing what you want based on how you feel and when you want will pay off, you meet new friends and you will push your independence all whilst travelling vastly into your unknown world. Traffic never stops in South East Asia, and people have a real passion for honking: they honk to get others out of their way; they honk to get the traffic moving; they honk just to say they are driving by. Personally, I can't stand the noise of traffic when I am trying to sleep so I was really glad I had carried a pair of ear plugs to wear at night - at least I could get some decent sleep.