Destinations in Southeast Asia for Every Type of Traveler


Southeast Asia is the perfect destination for every type of traveler. If you love backpacking, Vietnam and Laos are easy and cheap countries to travel through, experiencing cheap but hospitable hostels and delicious food cooked by the side of the street. If you like traveling with your family, The Philippines can be a wonderful child friendly destination with plenty of stunning beaches and family orientated activities such as water sports, nature trips and cultural spots. For couples, there is no better destination than Bali, with its dreamy jungle surrounded resorts and dinners wit a sea view.

Whether you’re traveling solo on an extreme backpacker budget or you and your new hubby are celebrating your honeymoon, there is a spot in Asia for you.


For Backpackers…


Southeast Asia is generally thought to be the ultimate place for backpacking travelers. With months’ worth of clothes crammed inside a backpack and a not so high budget, backpackers are always on the move, hopping around from one city to another following the cheapest routes, often involving long bus journeys.

Take the common Vietnamese Halong Bay to Ninh Binh transport route as an example. This route takes you directly from the popular Halong Bay to the stunning Ninh Binh comfortably, and even more important, safely. The trip takes about five hours from start to finish and everything is 100% organized for passengers. And the best part of all is that it costs less than £8.

But cheap travel is not the only thing offered by Southeast Asia. This part of the world also features mouthwatering cuisine; just imagine having access to all of the authentic Pad Thai or Pho you could ever ask for. On top of a satisfied belly, the rich cultural heritage of the area never seizes to impress.

To experience all of this and more, check out these top SE Asia destinations for backpackers on a budget:


Bangkok, Thailand


Bangkok might be the best place in the world for sticking to a budget and also the best place to start your backpacking Thailand itinerary. It is completely possible to find a cheap yet comfortable place to stay most of the times only for a few pounds a night. Walking through the city is the best way to experience authentic Thai culture. Don’t be afraid to try the strange food all throughout the street markets; this is the best place to venture out of your comfort zone.


Hanoi, Vietnam


Similar to Bangkok, Hanoi is another major Southeast Asian city. The capital of Vietnam is both charming and fascinating, due to the strong French influences but also the Chinese heritage. Would you imagine visiting a cathedral that looks just like a smaller replica of the famous Notre Dame from Paris, but in Hanoi?

During my trip first trip to Vietnam, I kind of fell in love with Hanoi and I wished I had time to return last year, when I visited again the South of the country. Ho Chi Minh City is beautiful as well but it lacks the allure that Hanoi has.

In Hanoi, Backpackers will love the cheap food, cheap hostels, and friendly locals.


Penang, Malaysia


Penang is an island just off the eastern coast of Malaysia. It’s a nice change from the fast-paced lifestyle experienced by the majority of Asia. A trip to Penang is the ultimate way to slow things day and experience some salt and sand while in Malaysia. George Town is a perfect example of of a heritage city in Asia, where the rich culture embraces with the historical architecture.

For an even quieter island, I recommend stopping by the Perhentian Islands in the East of Malaysia as well. My top tip is to experience diving in the Perhentian Islands – it was the highlight of my trip there.


For Luxury Seekers…


Some travelers are surprised to find that SE Asia isn’t just about sticking to a budget but it’s also about experiencing luxury in a way that you never have before. Many destinations here cater to travelers seeking a luxurious experience.

A huge perk of experiencing this luxury is that it won’t necessarily break the bank. You can easily book a 5-star hotel for less than £80 a night and eat in a top rated restaurant for less than £15 per meal, as long as you do a little bit of research before your trip.


Bali, Indonesia


Staying in Bali is the epitome of luxury. Bali is by far the most touristic destination in the Indonesian islands, and it’s obvious why. You can stay in a luxury villa and feel like a king, then grab a taxi to a restaurant down the road that serves nothing but high-quality food (without the high price tag).


For Families…

Maybe the thought of bringing the entire family to Southeast Asia doesn’t sound that appealing. You’re probably thinking that the entire travel process will be 1,000 times more difficult with the kids but think about how much they will be able to learn by experiencing different cultures and traditions than at home. Southeast Asia is a very child friendly destination.


Palwan, Philippines


The island of Palawan has been dubbed one of the most family-friendly destinations in the world. Part of the reason for this is the influx of kid-friendly hotels and resorts, especially in Puerto Princesa. Almost all of the restaurants and establishments in Puerto Princesa not only allow children, but welcome them with open arms.




Singapore might not be within your family vacation budget since it is one of the most expensive destinations in the world. If it does fall within your budget, though, consider this as your next family vacay spot. There are tons of activities that the kids will love, including the Universal Studios and the Wild Wild Wet Waterpark.


Have you been to Southeast Asia yet?



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  1. My husband and I visited Bali together in December, it was so beautiful and everyone we met was so kind. I would HIGHLY recommend Bali to couples. I still want to visit Vietnam and Thailand in the near future!

  2. I’ve been to most of these spots pre-kids (traveled throughout SE Asia a lot during my 5 years living in Japan), but now we have 3 in tow so it looks like it’s time to hit up Palwan! Thanks for the tip!

  3. Nope, I’ve never been to Asia before. I hope to make it one day. I would be all about going to Bali. The water there is gorgeous.

  4. You should visit the Philippines too, you will be amazed on how diverse and exciting the culture, people and most especially you will enjoy the food.

  5. I live in Singapore which is one of the attractive countries in Southeast Asia.I’ve been to some other countries mentioned in this post.Yes,these are worth visiting destinations.

  6. I love visiting warm destinations, Asia in particular during winter, the weather is amazing and it is ideal for people who hate cold like my husband and I. Hoping for Bali this winter

  7. Reading your post brings back so many great memories because I have actually been to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. I have not been to the Phillippines yet but I did enjoy my stay in all those countries. Amazing culture and food.

  8. Hi there,
    Once I’ve traveled to Thailand. It was an amazing trip. Thank you very much for sharing stuff with us! This is useful for my travel book very much!

  9. I haven’t been to the area yet. I’d love to visit Hanoi. A girl in my son’s class is from Vietnam and had such stories of beauty to share with us about it at a Show and Tell. Made me want to go!

  10. Umm, I would love to travel to ALL of these places please!! Honestly, they’ve all been on my bucket list for a while now.

  11. Haven’t been to Asia at all yet, but it’s on the list. It will be difficult to make my fiance go back to Thailand, though. I really want to see it, but he didn’t like it that much.

  12. Completely agree. South East Asia Provide for every type of traveler. You want to explore the world and on your own. It’s perfect. Bali, Singapore, Vietnam, they are amazing to visit and explore.

  13. This post brings back so many amazing memories of my friends from Malaysia. Traveling there and to Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia is my dream. Looking forward to visiting the Phillippines.

  14. I couldn’t agree more! I have visited all of those except Bali (would love to someday). I definitely miss travelling1

  15. Vietnam mah favorite place ever.. i visited this place before 2 years.. still everything glimpse in my eyes.! wonderful place !! thanks for reminding me everything!

  16. I’ve never been to Asia, though I would like to visit someday. It would be amazing to see Thailand and Bali, and to have authentic Southeast Asian cuisine.

  17. I’d love to visit Singapore. It always looks amazing when people share pictures or videos of it. I do think I’d struggle with the heat though, as it tends to get super warm there, doesn’t it?

    Louise x

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