Backpacking in Asia

The Asian continent is home to many backpackers, but there is still so much to discover. From Southeast Asia, to India & Nepal, to paradise islands in the Philippines or Thailand, there is so much to see in this part of the world. 

The diversity and pure expanse of this continent can also make it disorienting for travelers. Discover Evolution is here to help you as much as possible l, but there are as well few Apps and websites that we use across Asia that can also be beneficial and that will help your trip run smoothly.

How to Travel Around Asia

Most budget travelers use long-distance buses and rail. They range in comfort and  some actually have reclining seats & air con and if you are traveling on a shoestring we highly recommend you to use 12GO, they are the Best budget travel service all over south East Asia & you will be able to book your next trip with no problem. Sometimes you will have no choice and will have to grab a plane to go to your next destination,  Jetradar is a great site to find cheap flights, last year my wife and I flew to Thailand and back from Malaysia for less than $50 return !

Within cities, Grab is widely used in many countries, especially Malaysia – the fixed prices and driver-passenger rating system is a great way to ensure you’ll be getting a reasonable rate for transport and not get ripped off.

Finding Accommodation in Asia

CouchSurfing is a great community that connects travelers with local hosts but since 2020, you now need to pay a fee to be able to use it. If you traveling by bicycle you can also use Warmshower, they are also established worldwide. 


If you are the kind of person that like to reserve your hotel before to arrive HostelWorld has the largest inventory of hostels in the world, with millions of reviews from fellow backpackers. Agoda is also a great deal and has lots of advanced search and filters for finding hostels, hotels, and unique accommodation.

Airbnb has been a game-changer in our travel style! It’s allowed us to stay in some pretty dope places all over the world for a fraction of the price. Aside from the fact that we get access to things like a kitchen and a larger living space, booking an Airbnb more often than not is CHEAPER than a hotel.

If you’re looking for an Airbnb coupon code, click the yellow button below and instantly get $45 off your next Airbnb booking (regardless if you’re a new user or if you already have an account.)

Tours and Activities in Asia

Get your Guide is a popular site to book tours, skip the line tickets for crowded sites, or just to get ideas of common activities in various locations. Civitatis is another similar activity and tour search website.

Backpacking Insurance for Travel in Asia

As for any trip abroad, it is crucial to take out travel insurance. World Nomads is the company recommended by Lonely Planet.


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