"Frequently Asked Questions about Backpacking in Asia"
"FAQ" was last updated on Jan 07, 2014
Want to go backpacking in Asia?
To make it easier for you, here are the frequently asked questions of this site, designed to answer your basic questions about backpacking.
This post is divided into two sections:
Hope this helps! :-)
Answer: I would recommend to start reading this article Getting Started Backpacking.
After that I would recommend to read these articles in the following order:
When you've decided the basics, continue reading these articles in the following order:
For the finishing touch:
Answer: It depends on how long you're going to travel, and where.
If the main goal of the trip is to trek as much as possible, it's obvious that you need more gear than a beach bummer.
For beach bummers traveling from 1 month up to 6 months, I would personally recommend 45-55 liters. Carrying any larger backpack than that would be too heavy and impractical for train and bus rides.
For trekkers I would recommend 55-60 liters depending on how long you're going to stay out in the wild, and the weather conditions.
Popular brands are Osprey, Lowe Alpine, Eagle Creek, Berghaus and North Face.
Try different brands and sizes - don't get blinded by the brand. Choose the backpack with best comfort.
Here's more information about Lightweight Backpacking and Backpacking Backpacks: Osprey, Lowe Alpine and Eagle Creek.
Answer: It depends on where you're going, when you're going and what you're going to do when you're there.
For backpacking packing list check out this page. Here you'll find a 'summer' packing list and 'winter' packing list.
Answer: Get your answers here Mosquito net and sleeping bag
You can get your laundry done in Southeast Asia and India. They have laundry shops in SE Asia and India. Otherwise the guesthouse you're staying at can wash your laundry for a cheap buck.
Answer: Again, it depends on how long you're going to travel, where you're traveling and the standard of traveling. It's common among many backpackers to spend between $ 1200-1600 a month. This gives you a good margin, and should include everything (a mix of cheap and mid-priced accommodation, a mix of food stall and restaurants, a couple of beers a week, visas, transportation cost, common activities like caving, tubing, elephant riding and snorkeling, maybe even a very cheap regional flight).
Other travelers have survived on a lower budget like $ 1000 per month (maybe even lower).
Answer: Where in Asia are you looking for accommodation? And how much do you want to spend on accommodation?
If you're looking for accommodation in Bangkok, click on Bangkok on the navigation bar. Scroll down to "Where to Sleep". Read the reviews there and make a judgment for yourself.
To help you I've rated almost each guesthouse: by location, service and room.
For most accommodation pages, I've added links to best-rated guesthouses at Tripadvisor.
Otherwise use the shortcuts as shown in the navigation bar. I've collected accommodations by cost: cheap, mid-priced and luxury rooms.
Answer: I've written extensively about route planners on this page: Backpacking Route Planner
If you still haven't found an answer to your question visit the backpacking forum.
Answer: The concept of this website is to provide you with real information. That means that I only include countries I've visited.
If you can't find information about the country you're looking for that means that I haven't been there...yet.
Answer: Yes, you can book a room by using the links or search boxes related to the guesthouse you're interested in. To be up front, I earn a small commission when you book through my site (3-5%). If you find this site helpful and want to help me maintain Backpacking Tips Asia.com, book a room by using these links or search boxes.
PS: I don't own a guesthouse. I use external sources like Hostelbookers, Hostelworld and Hotelscombined.
Answer: There are plenty of accommodations in Southeast Asia, India, South Korea and Hong Kong, and the main rule is that you don't need to book a room in advance.
There are exceptions though; here they are:
For example: Nov-Dec are popular festival months in India, as well as February and March.
Book in advance if you're picky about accommodation whether it's about cleanliness, location or budget. You don't need to book if you don't care about where you'll end up.
If you want to book in advance you can use Hostelbookers. I've tried Hostelworld, but Hostelbookers.com is cheaper and more user friendly.
When I want to book a hotel, I use Hotelscombined.Find hotels at Hotelscombined
Answer: Yes, you can.
Visit this site Link to us and follow the guidelines.
Answer: Whenever I return to a destination in Asia, I update the information as soon as I'm back in front of my computer.
I update prices for accommodations every year, around November.The visa-articles are updated whenever there's an important change in the rules.
I'm striving to keep this site up to date, if possible.
Answer: Yes, you can. Contact me here.
Answer: This site was born on Nov 17, 2008.
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