Tipping – The tipping culture varies throughout South East Asia, and while in many countries it is not expected, it is always appreciated. Check with your local guide or tour director if you are unsure of what is appropriate. Power plugs – When planning for your tour of South East Asia, be aware that the voltage and socket configurations may change depending on where you are heading. If you are touring through a few countries, it may be worth looking for a universal adapter and current converter. Currency – Each country in South East Asia has its own currency. ATMs are quite common particularly in cities and larger towns, but if your tour takes you out of the city it is recommended to carry cash. Check with your bank what options they would recommend, and what fees are involved.
What should I bring?
Dry Bag – A dry bag is handy to store your essentials while island hopping or kayaking through the waterways of South East Asia. It will also protect your gadgets and wallet in the event of a monsoonal storm that may roll in one afternoon while sipping your $2 beer. Light Scarf – While a scarf may not be top of your packing list for South East Asia, it is definitely a handy accessory for women while on tour. It can be used to keep the sun off your shoulders and to cover up when visiting religious sites along your itinerary. Sanitiser/Anti-Bacterial Wipes – Have a tube of sanitiser or some anti-bacterial wipes at the ready throughout your tour of South East Asia, as not all public amenities are equipped to leave you feeling squeaky clean.
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Devour a whole coconut – Often sold at roadside stalls throughout South East Asia, coconuts are a classic and refreshing way to rehydrate during a day of sightseeing. Hold onto the coconut once you have downed all its juices to snack on. Explore on two wheels – Cycling is a traditional way of getting around throughout South East Asia, and if you get the chance on your tour, is a great way to see the countryside like a local. You may also get the chance to take a scooter ride with a local driver – check any safety requirements with your local guide. Watch the traffic – Choose a rooftop restaurant or perch overlooking a roundabout in any South East Asian city and you can sit for hours amazed by the ebb and flow of cyclists, scooters, pedestrians, cars, and trucks weaving their way through the organised chaos. Cooking class – South East Asia is known for its cuisine. A cooking class is a great way to immerse yourself in the spices, produce, and methods of South East Asian cookery. If you are lucky, you may get the chance to do so on your tour.