Must-Read Blogs Before Any Southeast Asia Travel Adventure

I am a mere 3 weeks away from embarking on my 5-month travel adventure through Asia! Obviously that means all I’m capable of thinking or talking about these days is travel (which, let’s be real, is not a far stretch from how I usually am).

I’ve been immersing myself in all sorts of travel blogs this month, mostly by bloggers who are champions of solo travel. Since I’ll be travelling alone as well, their writing has been EXTRA inspiring and has made me even more excited for my trip! Here are some Southeast Asian adventures I will and won’t be embarking on:

Things I will NOT be doing in Southeast Asia:

vientiane to hanoi bus

Spending 30 straight hours on a bathroom-less bus from Laos to Vietnam

As someone who routinely makes a bathroom run every hour, this sounds like my personal hell. I can barely make it through the 4-hour drive from New York to Boston without using the bathroom at least once. Do I really want to be subject to sporadic stops the bus may or may not make on a 30-hour drive, dropping trou on the side of the road with god knows how many other bus riders? I’m still undecided about whether I’ll make it to Laos, but if I do it will NOT entail this bus ride from hell! (photo credit: southeastasiabackpacker.com)

Indulging in a “bucket” on the beaches of Thailand

I’ll admit, the idea is brilliant – vendors on the beach selling buckets full of ice, liquor, and energy drinks, with straws for you to drink your cocktail straight from the bucket. But if you know me, you know that’s not my style.

Getting trapped at the Cambodian border

I’d heard about scams at the border between Cambodia and Thailand well before I started to plan my trip. Who knew obtaining a visa would require so much work and stress?

Things I WILL be doing in Southeast Asia:

bali yoga

Dabbling in yoga in Bali

Okay, confession time. I’m a self-professed health nut and fitness fiend, but somehow I just cannot get into yoga. I’m well aware of its many benefits, so I’m going to make an effort to embrace yoga while in Bali. Seems like the right place, if any, to do this, yeah? (photo credit: baliecostay.com)

Getting some custom-made clothes in Hoi An, Vietnam

I am intentionally packing minimal clothing so that I can stock up on tailor-made dresses and skirts in Vietnam. I love the idea of having a few things made to fit me like a glove, at a minimal price. And it’s one of those “When in Vietnam…” things I feel like I just HAVE to do while I’m there. (Well, that and have a cup of their famously delicious coffee every.single.day)
railay beach climbing

Participating in Songkran in Chiang Mai, Thailand

I’m not 100% sure where I’ll be April 13-15th, but if I’m anywhere in northern Thailand, I’ll be getting my super-soaker on for this festival. It’s essentially a 3-day water fight to usher in the Thai New Year, with the added benefit of cooling you down during what’s just about the hottest time of year in the country.

The 2-Day Slow Boat Trip from Thailand to Laos

If I’m making it to Laos at all, it’s going to be via slow boat. It just seems significantly more comfortable than the 30-hour bus ride, though admittedly I AM wary of the bathroom situation (or lack thereof).

Rock climbing on Railay Beach in Thailand

OH YEAH, this is happening. I’ve spent the entirety of last year honing my rock climbing skills at Brooklyn Boulders and I’m ready to put them to use ourdoors. Specifically, on a gorgeous beach off the coast of Thailand. (photo credit: yourkrabi.com)

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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  • How exciting! Yoga in Bali and rock climbing in Railay are still some of my favorite SE Asia memories :)

  • Nicki

    Getting clothes made in Hoi An is SUPER addicting! Have fun!! :-)

    • lindsaypunk

      Oh god, I can imagine! Someone told me about the leather boots and winter jacket they had designed there and I’m thinking I may have to follow suit!

  • linda

    so… if you have to go to the bathroom every 1 – 2 hours (like me) how did you do in your nepal trekking to Everest Base Camp?

    • lindsaypunk

      It actually wasn’t so bad! I always made sure to use the bathroom right before we started trekking, which usually meant I’d go at both the start and end of every meal. You can also stop at tea houses in any village you trek through and use the bathroom there. I only recall having to go in the woods ONCE while on the go – not too bad!

      Also, I notice that despite drinking a ton of water, if I’m physically exerting myself for awhile, I won’t have to use the bathroom as often as my liquid intake might normally require. I don’t know if there is scientific evidence behind this, but I think that you must burn it off in the process of staying hydrated.