What 6 Months Backpacking Southeast Asia Looks Like

Ever since those Lonely Planet guys released that Southeast Asia on a Shoestring back in 79′, travellers have been exploring the region like there’s no tomorrow. I can totally understand why. Backpacking Southeast Asia is one of those classic trails that’s just so accessible, exciting, and relatively cheap. Here’s a taste of what our 6 months backpacking Southeast Asia looked and felt like.

Riding our motorbike on the Mae Hong Son Loop, holding tight onto Jonas and just silently driving through the mountains.

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The beaches in Southeast Asia weren’t so bad either

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Making a pair of shoes out of a rubber tire I collected from the side of the road and some earrings out of beer cans. Because upcycling.

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Watching Jonas build a solar oven and semi-successfully bake a cake with it.

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Borneo’s jungles and the world’s largest caves.

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Vietnamese coffee and bahn mi! I almost forgot about those complimentary iced green teas. Love those.

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Discovering forgotten caves in Thailand

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Eating like a Sarawakian.

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Staring at my feet for 14 days and basically being held captive by Thai monks who said I was not ready to be released. Yep, 14 day Vipassana silent meditation retreat.

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The Head Monk….”You need one more week….”Thailand Meditation Retreat backpacking southeast asia 6 months

Malaysia’s food. It’s just. Ah, please go to Malaysia just to eat. Check out my Kuala Lumpur food guide.bananleaf backpacking southeast asia 6 monthsbackpacking southeast asia 6 monthsbackpacking southeast asia 6 months

Everything about Bali

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The kind Sarawakians we will never forget

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The children of Vietnam and being Miss Sasha (hardest name ever for them). Here’s how to teach English in Vietnam

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The food of Vietnam (Vegan heaven!)

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Climbing volcanoes because what else are we going to do today

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My daily sugarcane juice

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8 dollar hotels that weren’t horrible

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Learning how to cook Thai food at our favourite restaurant in Chiang Mai

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Always a temple to visit. Definitely check out my Northern Thailand guide if you are into that.

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The Street Art of Georgetown, Malaysia

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My (almost) daily dragonfruit

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I will stop myself there. Looking back, we had so many different experiences in that 6 month time frame. I think the best part about Southeast Asia or any travel in general is that it is really whatever you want it to be and whatever you make it.

Have you been to South East Asia? What were some of your highlights?

2 thoughts on “What 6 Months Backpacking Southeast Asia Looks Like

  1. Hi there guys,

    Making your own sandals and “jewelry” from reused stuff looked really cool, any more info on where I could try this?

    Love your adventure, great with all the pics if you just want to be inspired and not read tons of text!

    Cheers,

    Sam “Äventyrsresenären”

    1. Hey Sam! Sorry for the late reply. Yes, that was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at Biji Biji Initiative (http://www.biji-biji.com/) They have a makerspace and now 2 hostels actually. Definitely get in contact. We found them originally on Helpx.net which in an exchange program for volunteers travelling. 🙂 It’s hard to read so much text on the computer, I agree as well!

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