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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 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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These are actually ancient “death ships” used to take the deceased on a journey to the next life.

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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Jonas trying to capture my zen moments after being let go. The Head Monk kept insisting “you need on more week…. for your staaaate of mind”

Malaysia’s food. It’s just. Do me a favor and please go to Malaysia just to eat. Check out my Kuala Lumpur food guide

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Everything about Bali

The kind Sarawakians we will never forget

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Borneo will always be my favorite country.

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!)

Climbing volcanoes because what else are we going to do today

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We literally cooked a breakfast of eggs and bananas with the hot steam from the volcano.

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Having a mud bath because what else are we going to do today?

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

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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?