What vaccinations do I need for backpacking Southeast Asia?

Get advice about what vaccinations you require for your backpacking Southeast Asia trip

Southeast Asia has been dubbed backpacker heaven for decades thanks to its low prices, high temperatures and unique cultures, and its popularity isn’t declining any time soon. With eleven vibrant countries to explore and a lot of ground to cover, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are our favourite five places you really can’t miss on your backpacking Southeast Asia adventure and details of the vaccinations you need before setting off.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is a small picturesque city that packs a big punch and is a favourite with backpackers of all ages and backgrounds. With its peaceful atmosphere, quaint harbour, incredible restaurants and general good vibes, it’s not hard to see why. Head here to get exquisite tailor-made clothes at a fraction of the price back home. Return time and time again on account of the friendly locals who go out of their way to lend a helping hand. There are also some stunning beaches nearby when you feel like catching some rays. All travellers heading to Vietnam should get tetanus, hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations to ensure they are stay safe while they’re away.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

No trip to Southeast Asia is complete without explorations of the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat. Be transported to another world as you wander through ancient Khmer temples which perfectly embody creativity and spirituality. Despite the crowds of likeminded backpackers, it’s easy to find peace among the ruins and get a sense of what life was like thousands of years ago. Stay safe in Cambodia by getting your tetanus, hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations before you go. Those going into rural areas are recommended to also get vaccinations for diphtheria, meningococcal meningitis, tuberculosis and Japanese B Encephalitis.

Mount Kimabalu, Malaysia

For an adventure you’ll never forget, climb majestic Mount Kimabalu. Deemed Southeast Asia’s tallest mountain, this peak makes for a challenging but rewarding trek. The fascinating flora and fauna in the area, including over 326 bird species and over 600 varieties of ferns, are reason enough to venture into its environs. Sooth your aching muscles in the geothermally heated Poring Hot Springs after you reach the summit. You require the same vaccinations for Malaysia as Vietnam and Cambodia – just make sure to also get hepatitis B if you’re planning a Mount Kimabalu trek.

Lake Inle, Myanmar

Taking a boat trip across Lake Inle is an unforgettable experience and one you should definitely add to your backpacking bucket list. It’s hard to tell where the lake meets the sky as everything is blue as far as the eye can see. Watch the local fishermen catch fish with their artistic technique and float by stilt-house villages, vibrant markets, Buddhist temples and floating gardens. Along with tetanus, hepatitis A and typhoid, it’s recommended that travellers to Inle Lake get hepatitis B and rabies vaccinations to ensure their safety.

Palawan, The Philippines

For the ultimate beach getaway, soak up the sun on the beautiful island of Palawan. What makes Palawan so special is its relative underdevelopment in comparison to other popular South East Asian islands like Phuket and Bali. Enjoy golden beaches, lush green mountains, unique rock formations, charming locals and incredible seafood. Make sure you get your tetanus, hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations before you go.

Inspired to embark on your own Southeast Asia trip? This stunning subcontinent boasts vibrant cultures, gorgeous scenery, mouth-watering cuisine and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Wherever you end up going, you’ll sure to have an absolute blast. Take the necessary precautions before you travel to ensure you have the best time possible.

Those travelling to South East Asia are strongly advised to book an appointment at a local TMB clinic to find out which vaccinations they require and to get the best advice about how to travel safely.

If you’re a student take advantage of TMB’s fantastic student summer offer. Receive a special student travel package from only €115 which includes a 10% discount on recommended vaccines, consultation with a TMB doctor, Malaria prescription where recommended and a voucher for Travelshop.ie. Simply present your Student Travel Leapcard to avail of this great deal.

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