My South East Asia Backpacking Route when I was a Newbie Traveler (2 months itinerary)

By Kach Umandap - Howe July 1st, 2014 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 48 Comments

I was planning to be a low-cost typical Asian backpacker but ended up spending way more than my budget since I’ve been hanging out with mostly Europeans who find Asia very cheap- but no regrets, I really had a great time and still having a blast! In, 01 July 2013, was my 11th day in Koh Pah Ngan, Southern Thailand, attending a 21-day yoga retreat and just chilling after almost two months of crossing borders, partying hard, socializing, visiting temples and museums, etc.. Please also note that my younger brother and sister was traveling with me on my first 3 weeks – Thailand, Laos and Vietnam! It was incredible bonding time with my siblings and it was actually their first time traveling outside the Philippines!

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If you’re heading on your first solo trip, I highly recommend this South East Asia Backpacking Route that I did when I was a newbie backpacker! It’s called the PANCAKE trail!

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Walked 5 kms from the bus stop to the Thailand-Laos Immigration Border

Related Article: Looking for affordable accommodation? Check out our Ultimate List of Best Hostels around Southeast Asia.

South East Asia Backpacking Route


April 26, 2013 – I left Iraq. Flight back to the Philippines
April 27- Qatar Airport then Philippines!!
April 27 to May 07 – Philippines
May 07 to 09- Bangkok, Thailand
May 09 to 13 – Chiang Mai (North Thailand)
May 13- Crossed Thailand- Laos (Chiang Kong- Huay Xe Li Border)
May 14- 17 – Luang Prabang, Laos
May 17 – Crossed Laos- Vietnam (Here are the tips on how you can cross the Nam Can- Nam Khan Border)
May 17-18- Hanoi, Vietnam
May 19-21 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
May 21- Hanoi, Vietnam
May 22- 26- Hue, Hoi An, and Nha Trang
May 27 to June 02- Saigon/ Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
June 03- Crossed Vietnam- Cambodia (Moc Bai- Bavet Border)
June 03-05 – Phnom, Penh, Cambodia
June 05- 07 – Siem Reap, Cambodia
June 07-10 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
June 10-17- Sihanoukville and Koh Rong, Cambodia
June 18 – Crossed Cambodia-Thailand (Aranyapathet and Poipet Border)
June 18- 20 – Bangkok, Thailand
June 21 to 28- Koh Pah Ngan, Thailand (Southern Thailand)

Since I love Vietnam dearly then I’ve decided to book a flight on the 30th July to go to Hanoi, Vietnam. Stay there for a while.. planning to enroll to a Pole dancing class course ( as a sport/ physical workout and not as a career! lol), meet friends and explore the Northern Vietnam! Maybe apply for my Chinese Visa or until I figure out on what I want to do in the next few months until I finally decide to go to South America.

I love Asia! I love the people I’ve met, and I love life! Positive vibes!

Transportation Tip: If you’re looking for the cheapest way to book the Trains, Buses, Ferries, Transfers on this route, we use 12Go.Asia to compare the prices!

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Monkey DividersUPDATE in 2015: We’re still traveling after my South East Asia trip, and sadly I wasn’t able to learn pole dancing, but I became a Certified Yoga teacher in India! =)


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48 thoughts on “My South East Asia Backpacking Route when I was a Newbie Traveler (2 months itinerary)

  1. Hi Kach! Happy holidays to you and the hub. Anyway, I’m planning a backpacking tour around Cambodia-Vietnam-Laos-Thailand for two-weeks. Any suggestions on how can I enjoy that short stay? Thanks and hope to hear from you soon! ?

  2. Hello!
    I have the 2 months May and June to travel around. ( was rooting for south east Asia) But I’ve read and heard Asia is not a good option for a backpacking route since it will be the monsoon season.
    I saw you travelled around that time, would you recommend? And if not, any other options?

    Thank you!!

  3. That’s awesome, Melissa! Where in Vietnam are you going to teach? Then are you planning to have a Southeast Asia Backpacking too?

    1. That’s awesome, Melissa! Where in Vietnam are you going to teach? Then are you planning to have a Southeast Asia Backpacking too?

  4. I had one month in Thailand and Cambodia and after returning to London, I never eat in a a restaurant again as a nigh of stay there could let me enjoy a week or more in other south east asian country.

    1. When did you go to thailand and cambodia. Sally? Are you planning to continue the Southeast Asia Backpacking?

  5. Oh, this is super fun! I always wanted to travel but I didn’t get a chance to before I had a son. Maybe I can still do this someday. Keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

    1. You can, Nina. Why not travel with your son? How old is he? Hehe. Southeast Asia Backpacking could really be cheap but some could be challenging for the kids.

  6. Your blog post made me miss my single days when I used to travel a lot around Asia. 🙂 I used to frequent Thailand a lot because of my work before. One day, I will bring my family with me to go around Asia again. I’m sure it would be a more enjoyable and memorable for me this time.

    1. That would be amazing, Teresa! Southeast Asia Backpacking with the family would be fun. 🙂 Keep us updated here when will you do it,

  7. Thanks for the itinerary. Im planning to have a month long travel next year and still planning it. This is a good help 🙂 will be flying to hanoi too soon!

    1. Safe travels to Hanoi, Cai! Which Southeast Asia Backpacking route will you do for your one month trip?

  8. Waah! I really adore your blog because it is full of good travels around the world. Hope you could visit Philippines soon xo

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 143 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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