You can call it reasons if you describe yourself as a rational person, if you’re in denial or if you are already convinced…

Reasons, excuses… Same-Same.  (But different.)

 

 

40 Great Excuses to Travel (or To Go Back) to Southeast Asia:

 

  1. You don’t need to be rich to travel to Southeast Asia. (And in this exact moment, your bank account is also considering this option. #ThisIsNotHypnosis)  You know that in most countries, you can travel for USD20 a day (more or less).

 

Albay, Philippines

Albay, Philippines

 

  1. Fact; you consider living there for a while especially if you want to teach English or focus on your digital career. You wouldn’t say no to a temporary settled down life in Southeast Asia, would you?

 

Borobudur, Indonesia

Borobudur, Indonesia

 

  1. There’s just a little something about their smiles. They are constantly smiling.  You can’t even remember the last time you were surrounded by happy vibes.  Oh yeah, it was probably that time in Asia.

 

Lashio, Myanmar

Lashio, Myanmar

 

  1. It makes you appreciate the little things that you take for granted. Especially regarding toilets.  You feel the excitement of having a flushable one.  You just know that you have nothing to complain about.

 

Coron, Philippines

Coron, Philippines

 

  1. You are aware of the power of your passport and you know you are lucky to be out there. You happily spend hours talking about the world with others.  You are willing to learn new perspectives.

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

  1. You feel happiness and you wonder why it’s quite different in your own world. You could wave at the kids for ages and you’ll be there; asking for more.  Could you say the same about the kids in your hometown?

 

Battambang, Cambodia

Battambang, Cambodia

 

  1. You realise that you should let go of a lot of things because you worry too much about the insignificant.

 

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

 

  1. You have a lot of respect for locals; they are hard workers. You realise how most of us are plain lazy.  They will be out there, working every day and their smile will still shine.
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Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

  1. When you dare to go into the villages, you meet the secret language of a smile. Isn’t it the universal language anyway?  It should be.

 

Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Lake, Myanmar

 

  1. You taste the culture and the difference right in your plate. (You can even smell it.)  Especially when that chili pepper hit your tongue.  You enjoy this little kick and you can handle the risk.

 

Ha Long City, Vietnam

Ha Long City, Vietnam

 

  1. Fact; you will be able to find food everywhere on the streets. You could easily eat something different every day or stick to your comfortable Pho.  You know that street food is like Russian roulette but you are always up for it!

 

Albay, Philippines

Albay, Philippines

 

  1. You discover history you haven’t heard enough of in school. You realise how lucky you are but you also develop a strong empathy for others.  It makes you appreciate your reality and the difference.

 

Ijen, Indonesia

Ijen, Indonesia

 

  1. You hop around the temples and appreciate pure beauty. You could sit there for ages; meditating.

 

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

  1. You like to observe Buddhism as you walk your way around the streets. You’re curious about their rituals and you appreciate their devotion.

 

Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay, Myanmar

 

  1. You simply love contrasts. You enjoy shocks too.  You love when cultures meet and you were caught by the travel bug.  You saw the edge of your comfort zone and you decided to run away from it… leaving behind every crumb of your comfortable life.

 

Singapore

Singapore

 

  1. You will be able to find a ride everywhere. Fact; drivers will offer you a ride wherever you are.  Hop on that bike, tuk-tuk, taxi… and you are on your way.

 

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne, Vietnam

 

  1. You appreciate the untouched. You walk across nature (fighting for your life) without having to go through a platonic path, stairs or rails.  You do it as the locals do and you realise how dangerous it can also be.  (And this is why you’ll be happy to have travel insurance.)

 

Banaue-Batad, Philippines

Banaue-Batad, Philippines

 

  1. You could try something different every day. Food wise,  cultural-wise, adrenaline-wise.  There’s so much to do, to try out there.  Get your scuba-diving licence, learn how to surf, snorkel to find Dory, catch a bamboo train in Cambodia, fly your way around in the Philippines… Name it.
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Bromo, Indonesia

Bromo, Indonesia

 

  1. You can ride a motorbike nearly everywhere for nearly nothing. It’s the easiest way to get around (and the cheapest way too).  You will ride across small villages, chickens, pigs and flooded streets.  This is your Top Gear experience.

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

  1. And you can find someone to fix your motorbike without going to the garage. Most of the people know how to fix a motorbike or a flat tire.  You won’t have to spend or worry too much to get back on the road.

 

Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

 

  1. You realise that happiness is found when drinking a coconut… on the beach. Listen to the sound of the waves, refill your energy and enjoy the scene.  Happiness is in the simplest things.

 

Coron, Philippines

Coron, Philippines

 

  1. You can get anywhere easily… without breaking the bank. Overnight buses are pretty popular in Southeast Asia and fares are ridiculously cheap.  You won’t have to waste your time by taking a bus during the day as you can travel at night in a comfy sleeper bus.

 

Lashio, Myanmar

Lashio, Myanmar

 

  1. You don’t need to pack too much stuff. The weather is generally good so you will be able to handle the ultimate travel lifestyle with carry-on baggage.  You won’t have to pay for checked in luggage and this, my friend, is what I call a great deal.

 

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

 

  1. Fruit lovers; get ready for your craziest fantasies. You’re going to love markets and your fresh juicy fruits.

 

El Nido, Philippines

El Nido, Philippines

 

  1. You could opt for the fit lifestyle. Squat toilets will definitely make you stronger.

 

Bromo, Indonesia

Bromo, Indonesia

 

  1. You may find many different hidden scenes. Rice terraces, stunning beaches, tea plantations, active volcanoes… You won’t get sick of those landscapes, will you?

 

Da Lat, Vietnam

Da Lat, Vietnam

 

  1. You know how to enjoy a cold shower when you need to and how to be grateful when you see a hot tap. You lost your fussiness somewhere between Myanmar and the Philippines.  It happened.
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Lashio, Myanmar

Lashio, Myanmar

 

  1. You will be able to have a bath as the locals do in the villages – in this bloody cold river out there. You learn how to live simply and somehow, you love it.

 

Coron, Philippines

Coron, Philippines

 

  1. You can afford the luxury of a 5 star hotel, a business class train ticket or a comfortable coach as it’s still cheaper than you expect. Is this a bumpy train? It’s more fun, isn’t it?

 

Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot, Cambodia

 

  1. You have the freedom of wearing those colorful and extra-large pants. You proudly wear your backpacking outfits and enjoy the cheap laundry services.

 

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

 

  1. You will also be able to create your own outfit within 24 hours in one of those many shops in Hoi An.

 

Hpa An, Myanmar

Hpa An, Myanmar

 

  1. Get a massage every day if you want to. Try different kind of massages as you travel your way around Asia.  Your aching backpacker’s back deserves it.

 

Coron, Philippines

Coron, Philippines

 

  1. Enjoy your motorbike ride through traffic jams. Crazier the better.

 

Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

 

  1. Catch the best sunsets and sunrises from different corners. The island life doesn’t get any better.  Your insanely long ferry ride finally gets a reward.

 

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

 

  1. You will never feel alone; there are so many backpackers and travellers in Southeast Asia. It’s easy to meet people along the way and if you’re going the same way, you can always share your happiness with them.

 

Lashio, Myanmar

Lashio, Myanmar

 

  1. When you avoid crowds, you meet the loveliest people. They could be surprised to see you around, but they will always make you feel welcome.

 

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

 

  1. It makes you question your lifestyle and the western way. You are wondering what makes you happier, what makes you feel alive.

 

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

 

  1. You realise that money doesn’t buy happiness. Fact; money doesn’t even make you kinder.  It makes you greedy.

 

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

  1. Somehow you know that there is something about Southeast Asia…

 

Hsipaw, Myanmar

Hsipaw, Myanmar

 

  1. …That makes you happier.

 

Lashio, Myanmar

Lashio, Myanmar

 

Are you convinced? Next step: 50 Great Travel Tips for Backpacking Southeast Asia.

 

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