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15 Hottest Backpacking Trips You Can Take in South Asia and Not in Europe


How about Pristine Beaches to die for in Thailand, Bali and Andaman & Nicobar Islands?

How about a mystic date with history at Angkor Wat Temple?

How about experiencing a vivid culture, traditions, language, festivals, beliefs, customs and life styles in different parts of South Asia?

How about experiencing the ever dazzling city skyline and fascinating metropolitan cities like Bangkok, Mumbai and Singapore?

How about experiencing myriads of Food starting from the streets of Mumbai to Malaysian cuisine to Bangkok culinary to Vietnamese banquets?

How about finding solace in Goa (India), Bagan (Myanmar) and Boracay (Philippines)?

How about exploring some world heritage sites like Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley , Historic City of Ayutthaya and Dam bulla cave temple?

How about a big time budget saver backpacking?

Then pack your bag and set off for South Asia and not Europe.

It is a known fact that Europe is the go-to place for all backpackers but we've compiled a list of places in South Asia for travellers where they'll have a better backpacking experience and witness mountains, rivers, nature, beaches, waterfalls, ancient caves, archaeological sites, the cuisine, the people and the festivals that they wont be able to find in Europe. South Asia is the perfect country for travellers and here's why!

So what’s the wait for? Drop the big budget Europe tour.

It’s time to plunge in these hottest backpacking trips in South Asia that would guide you travellers into an unbelievable world.

[1] Thailand

Travellers in Asia are tons but what they are unaware of is, that Thailand is one country of Asia that will embrace them with a once in a lifetime backpacking experience.

Breathe taking beaches and islands like the Railay beach, Khao Lak, Kata Noi beach, Phuket and phi phi islands. White sand beaches, clear blue sky, turquoise sea, green mountains in the backdrop makes these the hottest backpacking regions in Thailand.

Set a date with history when you visit the Sukhothai Old City. The ruins of old city, this one is a world heritage site will take you back in time. Visit the historic city of Ayutthya, another glimpse of ancient glory of Thailand.

Experience the one of its kind, the Floating market near Bangkok. Vendors are out in their long wooden boat to sell their goods.Visit the picturesque landscapes in Pai,Thailand oozing with rugged wilderness and mountains. Do visit the Pai Canyon.Get lost in wilderness in Khao Yai National Park. Abode of myriads of birds, you can watch elephants and cascading waterfalls.

It’s time to treat those taste buds in Thailand, Vietnam. Experience the Chiang Mai's Sunday Night Walking Street and taste Thailand culinary at its very best from pad Thai, chicken satay, samosas, crab cakes, fried bananas, sweet rotees, and fresh fruit shakes.

Next up treat your soul with some royalty in the Grand palace, Bangkok and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).

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[2] Cambodia

Cambodia would take you for a time travel. Pristine beaches, archaeological enigmas make spiritual Cambodia.

Angkor Wat: The largest religious temple will take you on a date with spirituality and tranquillity. The vivid carvings around the temple are wonderful indeed. Watch the beautiful sunset here. Angkor Wat drives many backpackers’ dreams.

Koh Ker: It’s another intriguing archaeological feet of Cambodia. The area consists of more than 42 structures, but one of the highlights is Prasat Thom, a seven-tier sandstone temple pyramid. Standing 98-feet tall with a mythical half-man half-bird guarding the top adds to the mystic nature of this place.

Visit the Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which is a royal silver pagoda. This is the trip for travellers!

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[3] Maldives

Maldives is the new age place and one of the hottest backpacking destination in modern times. Blue seas, shiny white sandy beaches, water sports, world famous spas, spectacular cruise rides, magnificent coral reefs has turned this Island country into a must in every back packer’s travel list. If you haven't been planning a trip here, then get to it now!

Feel the splash and go scuba diving at the Banana Reef. One of the world famous diving sites bestowed with rich marine life, myriads of corals and caves. Your days will be great in Maldives!

The Alimatha Island, one of the best places for back packing. Crystal waters and picture perfect back ambience. Also visit the Sun Island and discover nature like never before.

Witness the city vibes at the Male, Maldives. Also set your date with history of Maldives when you take a walk along the Utheemu ,Ganduvaru.Do visit the lagoon Island known as the Veligandu Island.

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[4] Goa, India

How about Freedom and tranquillity for the soul?

That’s Goa for the back packer. This is a state in western India with coastlines stretching across the Arabian Sea.

Visit the Calangute beach, the queen of beaches in Goa. In goa you will find spectacular beaches. Visit the restaurants, the casinos, excellent sea food and the night life. You can visit calm and quiet beach like the Baga beach.

Do opt for a Heritage walk in Fontainhas, an old Latin quarter of Goa with brightly coloured houses and narrow winding streets reflect the Mediterranean look and feel.

Dance, Party, and live life to the fullest here in Goa. Get a feel of Goa’s night life in Tito’s nightclub. Go for a shopping spree.

Witness the cascading waterfalls, Dudhsagar Falls and time travel in Reis Magos Fort.

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[5] Kerala, India

How about waking up on an exotic house boat amidst beautiful backwater?

That’s Kerala for the back packer. Ride the back water at Allepy. The beautiful back water with palm fringe surrounding is perfect for the back packer.

Visit the beautiful hill station of Kerala, Munnar. Take a stroll amidst the mist and transport yourself in a world of fantasy.Visit the Perriyar National Forest of Thekkady by boat. This one is indeed a grand experience.

Visit the Athirapally Falls: and breathe taking beach, the kovalam beach. Take the Ayurveda treatment, taste the local culinary and back pack to god’s own country.

Stay in Tree House in Wayanad.The mist, the clouds, the rains will guide you to a world of serenity. Surround yourself with the green, take a stroll around the tea plankton. Also you can visit land of majestic fort, Bekal.

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[6] Ladakh, India

Welcome to the roof of the World.

Experience out of the world Pangong Lake and get mesmerized.

The Zanskar Valley is every back packer’s dream.Ride along the Khardung-la pass- Highest Motor able Road in the World.

Nubra valley, desert among the snowy mountains. This is indeed incredible and belongs in every back packer’s dream list. The sand dunes of the Nubra Valley offer the tourists Arabian Nights like experience.

Defy gravity at the magnetic hills and visit the monastery at the hill top at the Spituk Gompa. Also visit the Shanti stupa and Hemis national park.

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[7] Singapore

Glitz and glamour, the city is the abode of sky scrapers and a spectacular night life. Explore the culinary here and this is the shopping nirvana for any tourist/backpacker. Singapore happens to be one of the hottest destinations in south Asia. A little bit of costlier side though.

Do visit the Night safari, Singapore and also the Singapore Flyer.

Watch the city’s spectacular sky line at Marina Bay. Do visit the delightful riverside at Clarke Quay.

The world famous Universal Studio, Singapore. This is an amusement park that would take your breath away. Visit the Garden’s by The Bay.

Visit the Sentosa Island. A collection of beaches, theme parks, golf, shopping, dining and many more tourist attractions present here in this island.

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[8] Philippines

Scuba dive at the Tubbataha Reef. This one is a spectacular experience for every back packer.

One of the top tourist attractions in the Philippines, The Chocolate Hills are unusual geological formations that consists of at least 1,268 individual mounds scattered throughout the interior of the island of Bohol.

Please visit the picturesque spot at the Mayon Volcano.

Your date with solitude will happen in a small fishing island of Philippines at the Malapascua Island. The island comprises of sandy white beaches, crystal clear waters bordered by coconut trees and colorful coral gardens.

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[9] Bali

Volcanic Mountains, coral reefs, pristine sea beaches, rice paddies and a religious and spiritual site. Also known for yoga and meditation retreats.

Take a cruise to watch the spectacular sunset in Bali. Also do visit Tanah Lot Temple for spirituality. This one is the most iconic temple, perched on a rock and surrounded by sea on all sides. Also visit the Besakih temple also known as the 'mother temple' of Bali sits on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1,000m.

Ubud art market: Explore the art and culture of Bali here. Go for Bali Safari and marine Park.

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[10] Andaman & Nicobar Islands

I believe this is one of the most unexplored places of India. Pristine beaches, Tranquillity in abundance, turquoise sea and natural beauty in abundance.

Visit the Havelock Island, A True Nirvana with beautiful white beaches and a canopy of green surrounding the island. Do visit the Radhanagar beach in Havelock Island. This beach is ranked “7th best beach in the world” by Time Magazine.

Visit the Neil Island. Do visit the Natural Rock Formation at the Laxmanpur beach, a spectacular view of naturally formed bridge like structure, a must visit.

Visit the North Bay Island for scuba diving and Ross Island. Also, don’t forget the cellular jail, a historic landmark that won’t disappoint you. Do watch the light and sound show here. Also visit the Baratang lime Stone caves in Andaman. Do visit the Corbyns cave beach in Andaman Island.

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[11] Sri Lanka

The Island country Srilanka is all about Beaches, coconut fringe, national parks and caves.

Visit the mysterious Dambulla cave temple.

Please visit Sigriya, Located atop a rock plateau overlooking verdant jungle the mysterious remains of the 5th-century fortress of King Kasyapa. It’s declared as world heritage site.

Set your date with the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. If you like mountains and cool climate visit the famous hill station of Nuwara Eliya.

Visit Colombo, the heart of sri Lanka with cafes, shopping, restaurants and many experiences.

Visit the Yala National park and Udawalawe National Park to set your date with wilderness. You can watch Elephants, monkeys, sloth bears, wild boars and the majestic leopards.Visit the famous Adam’s peak shooting up from dense jungle.

Sri Lanka is incomplete without beaches and islands. Visit the tear drop isle with miles of gorgeous coastline that encompasses a jungle-clad interior home to remarkable ancient ruins, attractive tea estates and wildlife-rich national parks. This is for those back packers in pursuit of serenity.

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[12] Myanmar

Do experience royalty at Bagan, the capital of Myanmar’s first dynasty. Decked with royal temples and stupas, this place is a must visit.

Other back packer’s destinations are the Inle Lake, Mandalay, Ngwe Saung Beach, Ngapali Beach, the Irrawaddy and the modern city of Yangon.

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[13] Vietnam

Hue: Dragon boats and war sites of Vietnam will make you travel back in time. Do taste Vietnamese culinary here.

Hon An: A river side town of Vietnam. Witness the serene beach of Vietnam here which is nearby from this small town.

Dong Ha: Experience the city life of Vietnam here, a very fast paced city.

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[14] Malaysia

Experience the night life at Kuala Lampur, The Malaysian capital. There’s some excellent shopping and lively nightlife here in the Golden Triangle home of the Petronas Twin Towers, two of the tallest buildings in the world.

Malacca, a world heritage site is considered one of the hottest destinations in Malaysia.

Penang, a small island off the west coast of Malaysia is worth the visit. Also do visit the Taman Negara National Park.

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[15] Laos

Luang Prabang: Discover a fusion of multiple cultures here. This one is indeed an enchanting city in Laos to understand the Laos’s lifestyle and culture. The market place, the old quarter on the banks of the river is home for many temples and museums in Laos.

Vang Vieng: Being a back packer this is the place to be in. A calm and serene vive is present here which is best for any back packer. Also you can try few adventure activities here. This one is a river side destination of Laos.

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Dear backpackers,

South Asia is indeed filled with unexplored Wonders waiting to be explored.

Don’t think twice. We have given you enough reasons to drop that Europe trip and set forth for that lesser known trail. Take the trails very few embark upon and get mesmerized with never before seen wonders.

Set your sail for South Asia Exploration and we Promise you won’t be disappointed.

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