Odd Things Tourists Ought to Do in Southeast Asia

A British traveler talks about the weird things that make Asia, Asia.
by | May 09, 2017

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This tourist staple

Are people just walking around in their pajamas all the time in Asia? I’m talking to you, foreigners. You and those multi-colored, usually elephant-printed loose pants that you love so much. Also known as Elephant Pants, it seems you’ll never go around Southeast Asia without one.

Cross a road in Vietnam

In Vietnam, there are roads, signs and traffic lights, but do these actually mean anything?! There is NO good time to cross the road in Vietnam, especially the cities. Remember to just close your eyes, walk and secretly pray! (I’m kidding guys. That’s dangerous, look at where you are going!)

Late night….bowling?

You go out, eat some food, have a few drinks, move onto the next bar, have a dance, drink some more, laugh, cheer and talk, head to another bar, then a club; these are the simple steps for pretty much anyone’s night out. But in Laos, things go a little differently. Luang Prabang has a strict curfew, so to keep travelers drinking, going bowling is the last stop that serves drinks. Random? Watch everyone struggle as they’re trying to put bowling shoes on at 1 a.m. after a few drinks. Strike!

Ever done any of these? Well then, share this list with your adventure buddies and go and relive the memories!

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Tommy Walker originates from Northeast England. He began his journey on the road back in 2012 throughout Asia, Oceania and Latin America. Now, over 4 years in, he is a freelance travel writer and content marketing specialist. Tommy has visited the Philippines twice and especially raves about Banaue. He has attended Sinulog festival, swum with Whalesharks and even DJ’d in Boracay!He was featured in the Business Insider, BBC and Choose Philippines. Tommy goes by his own motto “every new place is a good place.”If you don’t see Tommy focused doing Hot Yoga, trailing through rainforests, ducking into the ocean or eating local street food, you’ll see him at a small bar drinking what the locals drink!

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