Reading List: Southeast Asia

Buckle up and get ready for my compilation of reading material bundled up in this Southeast Asia travel guide. I’ve put together some of my articles I’ve written in the past about my travels through Southeast Asia all in one place for easy reference as you look for inspiration for your ultimate Southeast Asia adventure.

It’s important to note that I have not traveled to everywhere in Southeast Asia, and I’ll be regularly adding to this list as I do travel to new places within SEA. It’s also important to double check some of the information in older posts as things change quickly, businesses close, and different/new things may be available to you in each of these destinations since I last traveled there.

Alright, enough talking, here are some articles to help inspire your SEA adventures.

A Southeast Asia Travel Guide. Photo of 2 girls at temple in Chiang Mai.

General Tips & Highlights

Girl on boat in El Nido, Philippines

The Philippines

Sample Itineraries:
How to Spend 2 Weeks in The Philippines
Two Days in Loboc, Bohol
Two Days in El Nido, Palawan

How to Pack for Two Weeks in The Philippines

Things to Do:
Ultimate Guide to El Nido, Palawan
Ultimate Guide to Banaue and Batad (the rice terraces)
Off-the-Beaten-Path in Tagaytay
Island Hopping in El Nido
An Inland Tour in El Nido
Visiting the Tarsiers in Loboc, Bohol

Where to Stay:
Banaue Homestay
Nuts Huts (Loboc)
The Henry Hotel (Manila)
Our Melting Pot (El Nido)

Note: I had a terrible experience at Manila International Youth Hostel near the airport in Manila. Read about it here and avoid it.

Surviving the Overnight Bus to the Rice Terraces

Cost Breakdown: Two Weeks in The Philippines

Girl at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand


4 Days in Koh Phi Phi

Things to Do:
You Gotta Do This: Chiang Mai
The Only Way to See Maya Bay (note Maya Bay has been closed to tourists since 2018 but there is talk of them reopening it soon)
Ziplining and Rafting in Chiang Mai
Visiting the Elephant Nature Park (I also wrote about my experience here)

Tip: Please educate yourself on elephants in Thailand and ensure any experience you’re having with them is ethical.

Where to Stay:
Lub D Hostel (Bangkok) & Hug Hostel (Chiang Mai)
Krabi, Koh Phi Phi & Ao Nang Hostel Reviews

The Thailand Sleeper Train
Why You Shouldn’t Ride Elephants in Thailand

19 Hours Later, We’re in Bangkok
We’ve Arrived in Chiang Mai
Thai Islands, We’re Here!
A Day at Railay Beach
Island Tours & Maya Bay
Farewell Ao Nang, Hello Bangkok

Girls in Luang Prabang, Laos, part of the Southeast Asia Travel Guide


2 Days in Luang Prabang, Laos

Where to Stay:
Liberty Guesthouse Review

Things to Do:
You Gotta Do This: Luang Prabang
Kuang Si Waterfalls & Laos Temples

Girl at Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia


One Day Exploring Angkor Temples

Where to Stay:
Mad Monkey Hostel Review

Things to Do:
You Gotta Do This: Siem Reap
Angkor Wat Temples

Hello Siem Reap, Cambodia

A Southeast Asia Travel Guide: Two girls at Halong Bay


Where to Stay:
Little Hanoi Hostel Review

Things to Do:
You Gotta Do This: Hanoi
Cruising Through Halong Bay

Halong Bay, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Of course, you can tell I only scratched the surface on some of these destinations and there are still so many countries in Southeast Asia I haven’t visited yet. Let me know some of your favourite destinations in SEA you’ve visited and stay tuned as I keep adding to this Southeast Asia travel guide/ultimate reading list.

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