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3 Steps For Planning Your Routes Through Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia is a very exciting region to travel through, considering how different its countries are from one another. It can even take months to see the significant places in each individual country, as many are made up of thousands of islands. A trip to Southeast Asia is ideal for anyone who loves to go from one place to another, experiencing a huge variety of destinations and cultures.

But if you are going to be traveling from one city to the next, one island to the next, and one country to the next, you will need to plan your itinerary. While it is fun to just explore, proper planning is necessary to optimize your experience.

In particular, you will need to plan which routes you take. When you have an idea of where you want to go, you can use to book your ground and sea tickets.

Here are the 3 steps you need to take to plan your routes through Southeast Asia.

A temple in Bangkok, Thailand

A temple in Bangkok, Thailand

1. Check the Distances

One of the issues people run into when planning a trip through Southeast Asia is that they expect it to be as easy as traveling through Europe. It certainly looks this way on the map. One country isn’t so far from another, and they all look pretty small. The truth is, however, that the map is deceiving.

Indonesia alone is the size of the United States, and the Philippines has over seven thousand islands.

In other words, while you may want to travel between three particular places, that may not be practical. Instead, you’ll need to find cities, islands, or countries that are close in proximity to each other. Before you start planning a dream trip that is simply not possible, get a better idea of the size of each place and their real distances.

Walking around in Klang, Malaysia

Walking around in Klang, Malaysia

2. Choose a Direction

Once you have a few places in mind, find the direction which makes most sense. You don’t want to be going west from your first location when your last location is further east. This is not as simple as it sounds. Because of the inaccuracy of most maps, it is sometimes tough to determine which way makes the most sense or where it is best to begin. Furthermore, some routes are going to be far more difficult to organize than others, which will have an effect on your entire trip.

The best way to figure this out is to see what others have done before you. Don’t be scared to follow the beaten path. It may not be original, but at least you know it will help you get the most out of your journey.

Canal boat in Bangkok, Thailand

3. Find the Right Transport

Once you have your routes figured out, head over to the Bookaway website and find the best modes of transport to get there. Bookaway aggregates all your options, with information on how long the trip will take, what level of comfort is on offer, if there is Wifi, how much it costs, and a lot more.

Choose the option that makes the most sense to you. Remember that since you are going to be traveling a lot, the experience is important – don’t just consider it a means to an ends. A bad ride could put a dampener on your entire trip.


Author: We Are From Latvia

We Are From Latvia is a travel blog founded by Kaspars and Una, an inspiring travel couple from Latvia. Since 2013 they have been traveling extensively, spending abroad on average 6+ months every year. This blog is where they share their experiences.

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