I know this is a silly question but im great with them so please bare with me! I am travelling to SE asia in September and am planning to travel as lightly as possible (being a female i will find this hard!!!). I was just wondering if i end up doing some walking/ hiking would light hiking boots be better than runners (trainers). i just dont want to lug anything to heavy or bulky around as my ruck sack isnt very big. Runners may be more versatile and thats why i ask would they be sufficient.
I don't know what level of the hiking/trekking you gonna do. September in SE Asia means the middle of rainy season, so getting wet and walking in muddy track are to be expected for the jungle trek, like in Lao, Cambodia. In this case, the booty ones should be better. (This is especially when you trek in the leach infested area as they give better protection to your feet.) Well, you may feel burdened when they get wet, but it is worth to wear them along.
But if your hiking is just between the traditional attractions, or hard&flat terrains, then the runner ones should be OK.
Enjoy travelling and rains.
I'd say go with the more walking boat types, I have a pair that are neither boats nor trainers but light walking shoes, there ok but not waterproof which I wish I had to be honest... other than that I always wear flip flops!
I'm female and travelling for 14 months with only a 35 litre rucksack! You can pack light just pack, repack and pack again each time eliminating things that you really just dont need!
Enjoy your trip
Insect repellent and suntan lotion are really important in that area. It is awfully warm/hot throughout the year in that region regardless of when you go there. Try to avoid bringing a jacket/coat. If it rains, just enjoy the feeling of getting soaked!
Thanks guys for your info. Think i might just bring my good sturdy waterproof hiking boots to try and stay dry and comfortable. they're quiet heavy but i suppose i just wear them as much as possible to save lugging them in my rucksack. I am quiet an active person and have done some mountain walking in Scotland so am not afriad to go off the beaten track and have an adventure! hopefully i will find some like minded people to keep me company!
Insect repellent and a good rain jacket. If it rains everyday you'll thank God you brought it. Light hiking shoes (not boots) are good for many conditions.
...oh, and salt for the leaches. They're not so bad.
choose clothes that dry up very fast because you will be travelling during rainy season.just pack a couple of clothes only.If you need them you can buy at a very cheap price in those countries.Rain jacket would be better compared to umbrellas.
A pair of slippers would be better besides water proof boots.You can buy the slippers when you need in those countries.
Insect repellent , specially mosquito repellents , are a MUST.
A torch light.
Medicines for fever, stomach ache,cold and cough.
I suppose all above are a must.
ok so i shall leave the hiking boots at home then and try and get a light pair of walking shoes or boots. all this talk of rainy season is getting me down a bit!! coming from Ireland thats all i really get!! is sept/ oct not the end of the rainy season??? I will bring a light jacket and all those other essentials too. what do you mean by slippers?? here we wear those around inside when ready for bed to keep our feet warm....