7 Tips For Travel In Southeast Asia
Published on December 12, 2011
I started off in SE Asia on a group tour and actually found it to be a helful way to meet people and become acquainted with backpacking for the first time. But now that I've seen how much cheaper it can be done without the guided tour, I'd never do it again.
great tips! I've got a similar article on my blog at ... http://sotcblog.com/2011/07/27/backpacking-lessons-ive-learned-the-hard-way/
Great tips! I have to add a caveat to your guide book suggestion: sometimes Lonely Planet is the best because they've been around forever, and have had many editions of their country guides. We used a Moon guide for Fiji and it was totally inaccurate and lacking basic info, since it was the first or second edition. I typically get a Lonely Planet for the maps and basic country info, then make sure not to stay at the hotels listed but to check nearby hotels. That way you aren't in an overpriced, backpacker flop house :)
When it comes to India, its really good idear to stay longer in fewer places. Thats the best way to really get the country under your skin and get to know people. Read my tips for India here: http://theconstanttraveller.com/category/india/
Great picture of the squat toilet on the link -- I feel like someone should start a Tumble blog with that theme.