Around 130 million people travel to Southeast Asia each year, and that number is expected to reach 155 million by 2022. But traveling among the 11 counties that make up Southeast Asia can be a bit overwhelming and even intimidating when it’s your first time. It would be a total travel fail to allow your unfamiliarity with the region to keep you from fully immersing yourself in the culture, history, and natural beauty that Southeast Asia has to offer. With a few easy-to-follow travel tips, your adventure is sure to be one for the ages.

01Plan your destination spots ahead of time

Woman mapping out travel plans. TARIK KIZILKAYA / Getty Images

While it can be exhilarating to make spur-of-the-moment travel plans and hop from Malaysia to Indonesia to Cambodia on a whim, your trip to Southeast Asia will be much more enjoyable if you map out your route ahead of time. Doing so will put you in total control and greatly reduce the number of surprises and unexpected happenings that tend to naturally occur when traveling to a new country. Not to mention, this will ensure that you are intimately and intentionally involved with the experiences you’ll have in each country, and not spending the bulk of your time worrying about where you’ll go next, the best method of transportation for getting there, and so on.