When thinking of where to go on a backpacking adventure, many minds wander to Asia. Asia is one of the places in the world that opens the eyes of those who travel there, and allows you to find yourself through experiencing a whole new culture. Travelling through Asia is truly a trip like no other.

Asia is a very vast continent, meaning that there are many terrains and cultures to explore when you are there. If you are interested in visiting several locations when you are in Asia, like so many people are, then you may want to consider what types of things you intend doing in order to plan your trip better.

Travelling to Hong Kong from the UK is one of the quickest ways to get to Asia, so a lot of travellers find themselves here in the first instance. This is a great kick-off point for travellers, as it is very well connected to very popular areas of Asia, such as, mainland China and the Philippines. Some of the other more popular areas to travel in Asia are Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. In these areas you can enjoy tropical white sand beaches, ancient temples and explore the jungle, all while enjoying delicious food and vibrant nightlife. These destinations are all great for solo travellers looking to meet new people and make lasting friendships.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg! There are so many experiences to be had in Asia. No matter what countries you intend to visit on your backpacking adventure, it is important that you take out travel insurance to protect yourself against many unforeseen eventualities.

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We also wanted to help you to best plan for your trip through Asia, so you can spend your time booking flights, accommodation and excursions! 

There are several popular destinations that holiday-goers and backpackers flock to year after year. Here are some of the top destinations to explore when you visit Asia:

You could spend an entire holiday in each of these destinations, research each location to see what excitement and adventure it could add to your trip. 

If you are travelling alone, it can be daunting to imagine yourself for a prolonged period of time exploring solo. However, backpacking is a great way to meet people and travel alongside strangers. Here are some of the top destinations in Asia for solo travellers:

  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Koh Chang, Thailand
  • Pai, Thailand
  • Kuta Lombok, Indonesia
  • Gili Air, Indonesia
  • Flores, Indonesia
  • Nusa Islands, Indonesia
  • Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Siargao, Philippines

Many travellers go abroad from the UK to enjoy white sand beaches and soak up some rays. Asia is home to many beautiful beaches, here are some that we would recommend visiting during your trip:

  • Pink Beach, Komodo National Park, Indonesia
  • Pianemo Beach, Indonesia
  • Railay Beach, Thailand
  • Similan Islands, Thailand
  • Khlong Rahan, Thailand
  • Nyang Nyang Beach, Bali
  • El Nido, Philippines
  • White Beach, Boracay Philippines
  • An Thoi Islands, Vietnam
  • Sok San, Cambodia
  • Tanjunh Rhu, Langkawi, Malaysia

The accommodation you choose really can change the feel of your trip. Choosing the right accommodation as a solo traveller, might be different to those travelling in a couple or as a group.

Hostels are perfect for all types of traveller, alone or in a group. Some hostels are advertised as perfect for solo travellers, and can be a great place to make friends and meet future travelling companions as well. Look into any hostel that you are considering, read reviews and look at their website and social media pages. This will give you the best idea of whether or not that hostel is somewhere that you will enjoy.

Hotels can be a pricier option, but you will often find yourself in more luxury than a hostel. If you are looking to take a break from staying in a dormitory-style room, a hotel can be the next best thing. Most hotels have different standards of room, so if you search properly, you will be able to find something that suits you and your budget.

Airbnb offers a wide range of accommodation types at a wide range of prices. It is well worth looking to see if there are any affordable Airbnb's in the areas that you visit, you might find yourself surprised with the quality and price of some of them.

Travelling accommodation is also another great option for those of you looking to save some money whilst travelling. There are several trains that travel through the night, meaning you can get your accommodation and travel ticket all in one! Go to sleep in one part of Asia, and wake up in another to explore!

Travelling through Asia you can experience really high climatic temperatures. This can make it more difficult to explore and make the most of the full days you have. The cooler months in the dry season are between November and February, which means you’ll enjoy great weather and at the same time, be able to be outside more comfortably, for longer.

It gets hotter between March and June and it is more humid than other months of the year, sometimes making it more difficult to explore as it can be uncomfortable.

If you’re planning a backpacking holiday, you’ll understand the importance of being prepared for the unexpected whilst you’re away. The nature of backpacking is to explore the world, travel far and wide and sometimes just see where the wind takes you, so, this can mean that things don’t necessarily always go to plan.

Our Backpacker Travel Insurance is suitable for those that are aged 50 and under and plan on travelling a country, or bigger world adventure in one trip. For full details of the terms and conditions that apply, refer to the policy document.

Travelling out of a small wheelie bag or a large backpack can be challenging, but usually those who travel light find it liberating to be not have to worry too much about what to wear each day. We’ve put together a list of things you should consider packing for a trip around Asia:

  • 3-4 tshirts/tops
  • 2-3 light blouses/tops
  • 1 evening outfit
  • 1 jumper/zip up for colder weather
  • 2 pairs of trousers
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 swimwear outfit
  • 2 pairs of shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • 5-7 pairs of underwear
  • 5-7 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair leggings/tracksuit bottoms
  • Phone & camera chargers
  • Asian plug converters
  • Any medicine you might need
  • Details of your travel insurance policy
  • Essentials such as Passport, money and ID

Many bank accounts and credit cards come with some level of travel insurance cover. While some may be comprehensive, they may not cover you for everything you have planned whilst you’re away, particularly if you have adventurous plans or unusual excursions booked. 

Make sure you look into the travel insurance policy that you have before every trip, to make sure it’s suitable for you and your plans.

Purchasing a holiday using a credit card means you are often protected by Consumer Protection cover. In most cases, it allows you to get your money returned to you if your provider defaults and you cannot travel.

If you have booked a holiday through a tour operator or travel agent, it may be worth checking if you are covered by ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) or ATOL (Air Travel Organiser’s License). This type of cover means that your package holiday is protected if, for example, the travel company providing your holiday arrangements or the travel agent themselves fail financially or close down.

Your travel agents will be able to tell you if your holiday is ABTA or ATOL protected. Alternatively, use the links provided to check your cover at home.

Having a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will entitle you to the government-provided healthcare of the European Union country you are visiting and lowering the medical costs you would normally expect to pay. Although this is a good addition to take on holiday, it should not be seen as a replacement for travel insurance which could provide you with further protection and peace of mind whilst you are abroad. Our travel insurance policies can protect you against many unforeseen eventualities.
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