How To Book Tickets Online When Travelling In Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is a very exciting region to travel through for the budget traveller. There are a range of very different countries to see, mostly at very low prices. Within those countries, you have so many different options as well. The Philippines has seven thousand islands, for example! If visas are not an issue for you, you can fly to one country and work your way through.
While you don’t need to have it all planned out in advance, you are going to need to know how to get around once you are there. The good news is that there are easy ways to book tickets online, such as Bookaway, where you can search for and book the cheapest way to get from one place to another.
Here is what you need to know about the various ways of getting around Southeast Asia.
Forget the world map
You know the commonly used map of the world? Forget about it. It is highly problematic if you start measuring distance by it. Indonesia, for example, looks like a tiny country. In reality, it is as big as the Continental US! Driving from the capital Jakarta to Bali will take 19 hours, even though they are relatively close compared to many other famous destinations.
In other words, sometimes you will need to take flights even within a country. Going by train or car or ferry isn’t always a very worthwhile option.
However, when they are options, the good news is that they are cheap.
“Short” train rides cost (almost) nothing
If you take a short train ride, lasting less than six hours, you won’t notice the effect on your pocket. You will likely pay less than a Euro for the trip. This is worthwhile when travelling within countries like Vietnam, or islands such as Java in Indonesia, Palawan in the Philippines, and others. Comfort is variable. Some trains are air-conditioned and have comfortable seats. Others feel hot and crowded the whole trip.
Long train rides can be fun
Most people I know don’t like the sound of a long train ride. An overnight train trip sounds like a perfect hell to many. However, they can be very comfortable and enjoyable. If you are on an overnight train, chances are you’re going to meet fellow travellers who you will really relate to. You also don’t have to worry about accommodation or stopping over at a midway point.
Ferries are hit-and-miss
Ferry rides are very useful for getting around the island countries in Southeast Asia. However, you need to be particularly careful with which tour operators you go with. Some really don’t care about their passengers.
Furthermore, you need to know some basic information about how the ferry system works. If you go expecting a long boarding process as with a plane, you are in for a surprise. Instead, it’s like getting on the subway. You rush in a crowd of people to get up the ramp and, before you’ve had time to settle, the ferry is on its way.
If seasickness is a problem for you, it is particularly important that you get to know which ferries provide the least bumpy ride.
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