What to do? What to do? Information Needed...

Travel Forums Asia What to do? What to do? Information Needed...

1. Posted by Balthazarb (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Im not completely new to the backpacking scene,
but i want to spend 1 year with my good friend
backpacking trough asia.
What should i think about? what are the dangers?
Where should i go? What should i bring?
Any kind of help is really appreciated!
thank you! Balthazar

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have nothing to offer on where to go, you will decide what is important enough visit. With one year to travel, you should be able to see everything on any list.

What to bring: Bring the minimum. Everything you will need is available in Asia at cheap prices; clothes, personal hygiene articles, etc. I would bring an inflatable pillow and sleep sack for hostels. Make sure you can easily carry your loaded rucksck. Carry less and wash more is the smart way to travel Asia. A digital camera.

Dangers: Have an undergarmet money pouch for your cash, travel checks, ATM card, passport, airline tickets, etc. Use an ATM card rather than carry too much cash. Have a cable to lock your rucksack when leaving it in rooms. Make it difficult for thieves to ruin your holiday.

What to think about: I would get some maps and decide what countries you want to concentrate on and start planning your route. Good Luck.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello Balthazarb

There is a really great source of information most of us use. We dont leave it to trial and error.
We usually use one of the following books.

Lonely planet
Rough guide
Lets go
On a shoestring

These books cover just about every county in the world. Get the ones, for the Asian countries(some of the books cover more than one country)u are interested in visiting. They give information, about what to see, how to travel, safety and health issues, accomodation, money etc etc.

These books are available in most book stores around the world, in English and various other languages.
They usually cost around 25$ US each, but are worth splashing out on.


4. Posted by dbchase53 (Full Member 88 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Balthazarb

One other book which I feel is worth looking at is the Footprint guide (it tends to be a little more critical than the others)

Be mindful when buying (a) guidebook(s) as to their publication date. SE Asia is changing very fast and a book can get dated rather quickly.

I also quite liked this website that I found today which is probably a decent read for the novice traveller:


It is a compilation of FAQs on Asia budget travel

I can help with specifics on Cambodia but there is much of the region I have not visited.

Kind Regards