The fear of missing out is real; you spend thousands of dollars to fly half way across the world, plan an exciting itinerary, and then get home to realize that you’ve missed out on some pretty epic attractions.
Sure, it’s easy to plaster on a smile and say ‘oh well!’, and tell yourself that you now have the perfect excuse to plan another trip, but let’s be honest. It’s pretty disappointing.
Information is power, and having as much info as possible is key to planning a really successful trip. But we’re so spammed with ‘top 10 lists’ these days, that it seems almost impossible to get a full idea of things to do, so you can make your own decisions about what you definitely shouldn’t miss.
But, if you’re visiting SE Asia, the good news is that you no longer need to rely on those top 10 lists!
Traveloka is the leading online travel agency that specializes solely in travel to SE Asia, and they’ve always been my go to for flights and hotels throughout the region. But they have expanded their wings!
There’s a new section of the site called Traveloka Xperience which is kicking goals in terms of being a one stop shop for finding EVERYTHING there is to do in a destination; attractions, cinemas, events, entertainment, spas & beauty, local transport, food & beverage, and day trips.
They’re kicking FOMO in the butt by giving us one place to find out about (and book) everything!
Don’t Miss Out on Fun Things to Do in SE Asia – Use Traveloka Xperience!
Which Countries are in SE Asia?
South East Asia is a region made up of the 11 countries that straddle the Indian and Pacific Ocean. It’s the region that’s south of China, east of India, west of Papua New Guinea, and north of Australia.
With 620 million people, SE Asia is considered to be one of the most populated regions of the world. These are the countries:
Countries in SE Asia
➤ East Timor
Traveling to one of these 11 countries? Instead of Googling ‘things to do in Malaysia’, or Bali tour packages for your next trip, jump straight onto Traveloka Xperience.
As a discovery platform, here’s why it’s so impressive:
#1 A FULL List of Things to Do
Cu Chi Tunnels day trip from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
As a discovery platform, Traveloka Xperience provides a massive inventory of holiday attractions and lifestyle activities, making it really easy to access the most complete list of things to do.
They have more than 15,000 activities, though perhaps more importantly, the experiences on their site are split up across 12 categories, making it easy to find relevant experiences based on your interests and passions.
They make it easy for YOU to decide what YOU want to do, as opposed to picking their favorite top 10 activities they assume you’ll like, or have a vested interest in selling.
The categories of experiences they have on their side include attractions, movies, events, entertainment, day tours, beauty & spa, spots, playgrounds, transport, food & drink, classes & workshops, and travel essentials.
And they welcome input too – Traveloka recognizes that many travelers are experts in the destinations they travel to, and welcome any feedback that introduces new and exciting districts to explore, sites to visit, and food to try throughout their destinations.
It really does fill out the complete picture by educating people about the place they want to visit and what kinds of experiences they can choose in order to have that perfect trip.
And, even locals use it!
#2 Awesome Day Tour Options
Day tour of Angkor Wat from Siem Reap, Cambodia
Yes, there are 12 categories of experience and lifestyle activities, though as a traveler who really likes to explore, and discover as much as possible, my favorite of their categories is browsing through all possible day tours.
Out of habit now, I always try to keep 2-3 days free for day trips, as most destinations have some pretty incredible things to do in their immediate surrounds.
Take Bali for instance – yes, explore the neighborhoods of Seminyak on your own, and hit up the beach clubs, restaurants and stores. But there’s so much to do across the island that not taking day trips means you’re definitely missing out!
You can take reef cruises out to Lembongan island, take traditional outrigger boats alongside dolphins, trekking tours through lush bamboo forests, jungle buggies through back road country, and even take jeeps to an active volcano.
The reason I know about all of these options?
Browsing through the Bali page on Traveloka Xperience! It really is the most convenient way to go if you’re looking for a Bali tour package – or any destination in SE Asia.
#3 It’s What the Locals Use
Traveloka is already a household name for SE Asia travel for the 620 million people who live in the region, and while it’s primarily a site for domestic and international travelers, the Xperience feature has proven really popular with locals who aren’t on vacation.
And it makes total sense; considering the massive range of lifestyle activities like concerts, events, films, and spas, it’s not surprising that this provides convenience for locals too.
Locals have started using Xperience to discover and book something relaxing and fun to elevate their time off, and also find off the beaten path experiences, especially now that traveling within your own backyard has become such a big trend.
After-all, there are so many activities and life experiences around us, so why shouldn’t we take advantage of exciting activities around our immediate home?!
For the traveler, this huge local impact means that the workshops, courses, classes and events you see listed are a great way to immerse yourself within the destination, and a great way to meet / hang out with actual locals.
#4 There’s a Convenient App
One of the best things about Traveloka, even before they introduced travel and lifestyle activities, is that it’s a simple and easy-to-use platform for travelers.
And, like every decent booking platform, Traveloka has an easy to use, convenient app. You can make your bookings on the go, keep reservation confirmations accessible on your phone, and access 24 / 7 assistance from local customer service who speak your language.
Being that this is the platform SE Asia locals use for their own travel and lifestyle activities, the Traveloka app is one of the most popular in the region. It’s been downloaded more than 40 million times, and has more than 350,000 reviews.
Booking online in advance is a great way to skip the queues of the attractions you know you’re visiting; no need to line up when you already have a printed ticket, or confirmation on the app!
And there are a variety of payment options – 40 to choose from in fact!
#5 Pay However You Want To
The biggest thing about using Traveloka is that you can pay however you want to. They partner with the most reliable payment service providers to make sure that every transaction is smooth and worry-free, and there are more than 40 different payment options.
Can you even list 40 different payment options off the top of your head?!
Because they’re so specialized, yes, you can pay with VISA, Mastercard, PayPal – all the usuals. But they also allow payments via local providers in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.
This is great for expats in these countries who may have set up their banking and finances using localized apps and payment methods, and it’s great because you’re not limited in your choice of how you want to pay.
You can pay via cash installment plans (this really sets them apart from other travel agents in the industry), or make transfers via internet banking – they have various payment partners for funds transfers including Maybank, CIMB, Public Bank, AmBank, Bank Islam, and a huge range of others.
#6 More than Just a Booking Platform
Finding inspiration for things to do has never been easier, or more complete. Traveloka Xperience is WAY more than your average booking platform, and with flights and hotels as well, it really is now a one-stop-shop for a SE Asia vacation.
When it comes to flights and accommodation, Traveloka partners with more than 100 low-cost and full services airlines for domestic and international routes, bringing a choice of more than 200,000 routes in the Asia Pacific and Europe.
And they have the largest access to accommodation inventory in Southeast Asia, which varies from hotels, apartments, guest houses, homestays, resorts, and villas.
So whether you’re looking for things to do in Singapore, events in Vietnam, or day trips around Bali, check out Traveloka Xperience. If you visit SE Asia a lot, you should probably keep it bookmarked!