Discover valuable backpacking tips
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Planning a trip to a region you barely know can be overwhelming and confusing. But don't worry. We're here to help you and offer excellent and true advice about Asia.

There's no such thing as bad journeys, only bad advice. 

The goal is to help you get the most out of your adventure(s) by sharing knowledge and personal experience from my journeys in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, South Korea and India.

Find valuable and practical backpacking tips, basically things you should know about to keep you safe and happy!

This website covers backpacking for beginners and intermediates, but even a veteran might learn a thing or two!

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I'll show you how to:

  • Build a flexible and realistic itinerary so you can visit the places you want in Asia and at the same time keeping it real
  • Travel cheaply, but never starve or how to flashpack without losing all your money
  • Build your confidence for backpacking alone and not end up in a ditch in Asia
  • Apply for a tourist visa and complete a border crossing as smoothly as possible

You'll find over 550 articles and posts at Backpacking Tips, with freebies and guides like packing lists and budget tutorial.

I'm confident that you'll pick up a few tips on how to get started! Backpacking Tips covers a lot more than planning a backpacking trip.

You'll find dozens of destination tips, completely honest reviews of guesthouses, hostels, hotels, restaurants and sightseeing attractions. This site will keep you busy ;-)

Don't know where to start?


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Backpacking Tips for Countries

Thailand is the major traveler magnet, with pearls like Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Tao, Kanchanaburi, Pai and of course Koh Phi Phi.

Maya beach in Ko Phi Phi, Photo: Dmitri Ivanov © Ivanov

Maya Beach, Koh Phi Phi

I'm also going to show you how beautiful and exciting Asia is.

... Not to mention, cheap and comfortable ;-)

You'll be reading about my favorite places like Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai, Koh Phi Phi, Kuala Lumpur, Varkala and much more!

Palolem in South Goa is one of my favorite beach destinations in India - it's definitely worth a visit.

If you get tired by the beaches in India, you might like exploring the museums in Delhi City or check out the hippie spirit in Pushkar. Vast and colorful, India offers the backpacker a large spectrum of things to see and do, including the ruins in Hampi.

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Pushkarini, Hampi, South India

Another favorite destination is Malaysia. Find out what Kuala Lumpur has to be offer the budget traveler; creepy cheap accommodation and delicious street food cuisine. Snorkeling around Sipadan island just outside Borneo mainland is also a must. Semporna is the gateway to Sipadan and surrounding islands.

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Beneath Cambodia's sad past, lies opportunities. Go off the beaten track in Battambang or spend some time on the beaches of Sihanoukville

Since I'm originally from the Philippines, writing about my native country is mandatory. 

If Laos is not your list, then you're missing a lot! ;-) You'll love culture center Luang Prabang. You might also enjoy the Bolaven Plateau just outside Pakse or chilling out at 4000 islands, including Don Det.

Southeast Asia is almost on everyone's list, but don't forget the other amazing Asian countries in the far east, like Hong Kong and mega city Seoul in South Korea.

Seoul, capital of South Korea

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Backpacking Tips is also about health and culture! :-)

  • Asian food is really, really delicious and you'll get addicted to food stalls and their cheap, lovely meals.
  • Reading about the local culture is recommended so you lower the chances of offending someone. 

When you're backpacking in Asia you have to expect to face both small and big challenges, from practical to almost dangerous situations.

And trust me, I messed up a lot of times. But I learned from my mistakes. I've experienced most of the common backpacking problems/dangers: anything from packing too much to moped accidents and scams!

So, be prepared, use common sense and follow your gut feeling!

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Lucas, Argentina: "Thank you very much Amanda!! You have been extremely helpful and your web page is like a Backpacker's Bible!!"

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