I’ve spent over a year living, traveling, studying, and working around South-East Asia. When it comes to travel resources, these are my absolute favorite websites and tools for finding the best accommodation, cheap flights, awesome communities, and more. For those planning a trip around South-East Asia, these will all make a big difference and save you time and money
Agoda.com — This has been my go-to recently for everything. They’ve got great prices on hostels and hotels, and is a great and easy platform.
Hostelworld — My favorite for booking hostels. Really easy to use, great user reviews, and you can always find a cheap place.
Hostelbookers — The alternative to the above. It’s good, and sometimes you can find a cheaper price online.
Booking.com — I used this one a lot in Europe, and still check it often for price comparisons out in South-East Asia. It has tons of options, and is still a great resource for booking a place to sleep.
Hotels.com — I just love this site because you get a free night for every 10 nights you book. Yeah, it does not add up to much, but it’s still cool. I’m the type of guy to eat at a place just to get his stamp card stamped.
AirBNB — Great for when you’re traveling in a group, and need to find an apartment. You can find some amazing villas in Bali, or cheap apartments in Chiang Mai. Definitely a great site to use once or twice.
Skyscanner — Rule of thumb: before you do anything…check Skyscanner. Amazing platform, and you can figure out the best options. My favorite aspect is being able to search from one city (or country) to another, and view prices for a specific day or entire month.
AirAsia — My FAVORITE airline in the world. I’ve flown AirAsia at least 15 times in the past year. They constantly have promotions, sales, and extremely low fares. They are also the largest budget airline, and have won a ton of awards. I couldn’t recommend them enough.
NokAir // — These airlines are particularly great for domestic flights in Thailand.
Malindo Air // Firefly — These are are flights for domestic flights in Malaysia.
VietJet — A decent budget airline for flights for getting to Vietnam, and domestic flights.
Cebu Pacific — The main budget airline for travel throughout the Philippines.
Couchsurfing — If you don’t have an account already, you should definitely start one. This is listed under the communities, but can also be a place for free accomodation. It can be great when you are traveling solo, and want to go to a CS meet-up in a city. Lots of expats and travel lovers are active all over the world.
Trampolinn — This is a new website that offers a cool mix between Couchsurfing & AirBNB. Definitely worth looking into, although I haven’t used it yet.
Facebook Groups — Whenever you travel to South-East Asia, look for backpacker groups, expat groups, and other forums for fellow travelers. It’s a great resource for asking questions, recommendations, and meeting other people abroad.
Travelfish — This website is full of incredible useful information for South-East Asia. It goes over just about everything, and you can definitely get lost on the website looking through all their content.
Tripadvisor — This website needs no introduction, the “Bible” of top things to do, hotel reviews, and so much more when traveling.
E Visums — A great website that goes over all the visa questions you have when traveling to SEA.
Lonely Planet — Another awesome website that gives great detailed information, active user forums, and can provide a ton of useful information.
Man In Seat 61 — This is the specialty when it comes to overland travel. This will go over train and bus schedules, fares, and information on how to book online.
Vietnam Tours — Really great website for tours especially for Halong Bay.
HeyMondo — A great provider of traveler’s insurance. Don’t leave home without it.
The Ultimate Guide To Backpacking South-East Asia — Migrationology
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