Backpacking route is highly popular especially for slow travelers who love exploring each country independently and slowly through Southeast Asia. Read out the entire list of countries you can enjoy traveling throughout Southeast Asia:
You must have heard of the famous tourist attraction for travelers which is budget-friendly i.e. Thailand where you can enjoy living at a cheaper cost with amazing food options. It is one of the safest and easiest place where you can start slow traveling.
Bangkok serves as a perfect hub for solo travelers when talking about Southeast Asia especially Thailand. This place offers easy public transportation which allows you to travel at a faster pace and that too at cheaper rates. Bangkok also offers amazing hostels for travelers where they can connect with different travelers and enjoy having diverse work opportunities.
Thailand is the most common starting point for slow travelers around Southeast Asia. Most of the solo travelers choose accommodations near Khao San Road which is the perfect district throughout Southeast Asia. You can walk throughout the roads, sip on your favorite drinks and have a perfect massage experience.
After you are done exploring Bangkok, travel by train or bus to reach Chiang Mai which serves as a gateway to North Thailand. This place has famous weekend markets and indulge yourself in the stunning cultural activities like Muay Thai, meditation, yoga and amazing Thai massage. If you love slow traveling, then hire a motorbike and explore the entire town while enjoying the amazing ride.
While you are traveling to Chiang Mai, you can also stop at Sukhothai which is the perfect historical place for history lovers. It is the best place for digital nomads who are interested in diving into the ancient Thai culture that includes beautiful temples. It is located to the south of Chiang Mai.
In the west of Chiang Mai, you can visit Pai that offers beautiful mountains, hot springs, and stunning waterfalls. You can enjoy working there with live music and amazing street food options. Other optional places include Mae Hong Son Loop where you can stay for 3-5 days.
In the north of Chiang Mai, you can travel to Chiang Rai where you can enjoy trekking opportunities and visit the White temple and Blackhouse. Now take the journey to Chiang Khong and further to Laos where you can enjoy the amazing scenery.
In Laos, you can enjoy the epic views while staying at the first destination Luang Prabang. It is a beautiful old historical place where you can enjoy visiting the temples, old local markets, and French-based cafes.
After Luang Prabang, you can visit Nong Khiaw, which serves as a perfect paradise for adventure lovers. It has beautiful limestone cliffs where you can perform kayaking, rock climbing or trekking. After this place, you can enjoy visiting Muang Ngoi, Vang Vieng, Vientiane and in Southern Laos the famous Four Thousand Islands.
From Laos, you can reach Vietnam within 27 hours through the bus. In Vietnam visit Hanoi which offers the cheapest beers throughout Southeast Asia.
After Hanoi, try exploring Sapa which is the mountainous hill town within Vietnam famous for the highest mountains within the country where you can go hiking and explore different minorities staying at this place.
Halong Bay is the must-see destination in Vietnam where you can enjoy exploring their heritage experience of stunning beaches, caves and floating villages. After Halong Bay, it’s optional to visit Ha Giang, Ninh Binh, and Phong Nha National Park.
You can reach there by bus or flight landing directly at Phnom Penh which is the capital of Cambodia. Next, you can travel to Kep which offers colonial beach resort and is well-known for seafood. Next visit to Kampot, Koh Rong, Siem Reap. Now go back to Thailand and visit Malaysia.
Malaysia a perfect place where you can enjoy different climates with hill stations and beaches. Travel to Langkawi by ferry or take a local flight where you can enjoy the beautiful sunsets with stunning beach view.
For relishing the cooler breezes with mountains visit Genting Highlands by car or bus. You have different working opportunities with slow traveling options at this place as well. There are many attractions for visitors in Malaysia like museums, shopping malls, several local markets and a variety of amazing food options.
The only disadvantage while traveling to Kuala Lumpur when compared to Bangkok is that it’s slightly expensive. The topmost hostels for solo travelers in Malaysia are Back Home, Sunshine Bedz and Reggae Mansion. Kuala Lumpur serves as the second most common starting point for slow travelers within Southeast Asia.
Penang is 2 hours away from Langkawi which is known as the well-known food capital with a mix of different cultures. Other than Penang you can also visit Perhentian islands where you can enjoy amazing water sports like diving, relaxing near the beachfront and snorkeling.
From Perhentian Islands, you can go to Taman Negara which is the stunning rainforest where you can enjoy wildlife adventures and trekking. From Taman Negara, you can go to Cameron Highlands which offers a perfect destination for slow travelers who love cooler temperatures with fabulous views.
Next after Malaysia, you can reach Singapore, this well-known island is a few hours away from Kuala Lumpur. You can also visit Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Borneo Malaysia, and others while on your backpacking route to Southeast Asia.
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