Odd Things Tourists Ought to Do in Southeast Asia

A British traveler talks about the weird things that make Asia, Asia.

Southeast Asia can be described as a place filled with the weird and wonderful. Although much tourism is focused on the idyllic beaches, warm culture, and sensational cuisine, if you do visit countries in Southeast Asia, one or two things do stand out as being a bit, err, weird!

The beauty of the world is that everything’s a matter of perspective — and perspectives, as they come, are limitless. It really depends on where we come from, what we’re used to and what our expectations are. So, what’s normal to us can be odd to some and vice versa.

With more tourism coming to Southeast Asia more than ever before, there are some elements to these parts that make Asia, Asia for tourists from the West.

Buckets of alcohol

How easy do they want us to get drunk in Thailand? Well, you can get buckets that usually contain of up to half a liter of straight spirits followed by a soda. It’s completely understandable if you get drunk off one. I mean, that’s a lot of liquor!

Duck embryo, anyone?

Well, eating a fetus is a little strange don’t you think? I mean, we’ve all done it, boiled unhatched duck embryo isn’t exactly on everyone’s menu in other parts of the world. Still, it is tasty. Especially with salt and vinegar!

Or how about fried scorpion in Bangkok?

Back to Thailand, they take it a little farther into the extreme end of the spectrum. Fried insects are on the menu — and arachnids, particularly the scorpion. That’s fine though; if that grosses you out, then you can try cockroaches, snake, frogs or tarantulas!

A place for everybody!

Asia can get a little loose sometimes — I think we all know that. I’m sure if you’ve hung about in jungle or rural parts of Asia, maybe Indonesia for examples, monkeys seem to just pretty much chill wherever they want.

About the Author

Tommy Walker

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!