Consisting of a satisfying blend of rainforests, rice fields, beaches, volcanoes, and beautiful reefs, Southeast Asia has a ton to offer backpacking travelers. There are dozens of natural and man-made attractions that go along with the vast terrain, and you could easily spend weeks exploring. To get the most out of a backpacking adventure in Southeast Asia, here are a few helpful tips.

Indulge in the local street food.

The best way to get to know a city is through its food, as a city’s unique foods speak volumes about the locals and the culture in the area. Southeast Asia is littered with street food markets, so don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new.

The street food is tasty and reasonably priced. In fact, street food is some of the cheapest food you’ll find, so it won’t break the bank if you try a handful of different foods to decide which you like best.

Take a trip to a temple.

Southeast Asia is full of marvelous temples and sacred places of worship that are not only special to the locals, but also great to photograph. Many of the existing temples are still used and well loved to this day. Some of the temples worth noting are the Temple of Literature in Vietnam, the Wat Rong Khun in Thailand, and the Pha That Luang in Laos.

Discover the jungle.

Many travelers never get to experience a rainforest or jungle- don’t be one of them! Be sure to check out of Southeast Asia’s various jungles and rainforests. There are tours, treks, and expeditions that can guide you safely through these unique landscapes.

Be a guest at the Full Moon Party.

To check this off of our bucket list, you’ll need to do a bit of planning as the Full Moon Party is held on Koh Pha Ngan island in Thailand the night of, before, or after each full moon.

It’s an all-night party that draws tourists from all around the world. Party-goers can expect an array of music, alcohol, drugs, body painting, and fire skipping ropes. On average, each party sees an attendance number of 30,000 people.

The party is a blast, but always make sure that you’re cautious and careful when in attendance.

Go on a shopping spree.

The cities of Southeast Asia contain a plethora of great places to shop. From street markets to large retail shops, Southeast Asia has it all. Shopping locations are easy to find and prices are affordable. Items sold at the shops and markets are most often handmade and one of a kind, making them great souvenirs and gifts for loved ones back home.

A trip to Southeast Asia is an experience. Regardless of what you do or where you go, you’re bound to have a great time. There is plenty to do, see, and learn, and the locals are more than friendly to tourists. If you’re ever unsure of what to add to your itinerary, consider the options above.