As I get more and more excited to head out to Southeast Asia for the trip of a lifetime (more on that very, very soon!), I keep thinking of things I absolutely can’t miss! Aside from visiting the obvious tourist-y locations, like the Tiger Sanctuary in Chiang Mai or Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, which are all also on my bucket list, I have a toooon more specific sort of activities and ideas I want to try out while I’m there! So I don’t bore you to death, here’s just 7 of things not to miss while in #SEAsia:
1. Ride an elephant
A Bangkok classic but I actually plan on doing this in Laos.. Stoked to get my Aladdin on!
2. Eat as much local food as humanly possible
I love love LOVE (and live) to eat. However, I’ll be honest and say that street food isn’t really my go-to lunch or dinner when travelling (unless it’s Nutella crêpes… One must NEVER simply walk by a Nutella crêpe stand). While I’ve been in South Korea, I’ve been a lot more adventurous when it comes to trying new food so I’m going to carry this mentality on to my trip and ditch swanky western restaurants for the real deal local cuisine!
3. Scuba dive
Pretty much mandatory in Thai Islands. Koh Phi Phi, wait for meee!
4. Motorcycle my way across a country…
… Or city … Okay, or a small village. Lord knows I’m possibly one of the most uncoordinated people on this planet but when it comes to cars I’m actually pretty decent, so it’s basically the same for motorcycles… Right? Anyway, I’m dead set on renting a motorcycle, whether it be for a day or for a week, and head off to whereverland,
5. Stay at a local’s home
There’s nothing that excites me more than getting to learn head-on about a country’s culture.. And what better way to do that than by actually “living” there? Even if just for a day or two, I hope I get a genuine look into a family’s everyday routine. Praying that I don’t get eaten alive by bugs in the process.
6. Floating Lanterns Festival
New Years 2015. No words needed. My real life “I See the Light” (Disney’s “Tangled”) experience. I
might will cry.
7. Do a good action everyday
This is the one I most hope to accomplish. Whether it’s by helping out a local family, teaching something new to someone, buying food to a homeless peron or, heck, even carry a tourist’s heavy bags, I truly wish to end the trip feeling like I left some good in Asia. This should be a day-to-day philosophy rather than just a 40-day one, but hey, I’m starting somewhere.
Got any suggestions or activities you think I should try while in Southeast Asia? Let me know in the comments, I’m dying to know more!