Beverages in South East Asia are a delicacy and they are traditions amongst locals and travellers. From the bucket to the coffee, you’ll find something in South East Asia to tickle your taste buds. Here are some of our top picks:
Vietnamese Filter Coffee
Strong, chocolaty and thick; this sweet nectar is a unique treat for all those who love their coffee. Can be drank ice cold or warm. You can now sometimes even find this drink in Australia and the UK as some posh coffee shops have begun to import the coffee as a gourmet delicacy.
Bright Orange Juice
The name says it all, it is bright orange. You will find many street vendors selling this well known luminous drink and they always seem to appear just when you need a drink. When you’re hot, sweaty and feel like you can’t go on, this instant dose of Vitamin C powers you on for the rest of the day!
Notorious to this region, the “Bucket” lines the streets of the regions most famed backpacker areas. From the Khao San Road, to Phi Phi and Vang Vieng. Always served in a multicoloured childrens sand pit bucket these buckets usually include vodka, gin, rum and much more. However be careful these buckets are deadly. You haven’t been a true backpacker till you’ve held a bucket in your hands – just be careful that’s all we’re saying and if you cant finish it share with friends if you must!.
Located on busy streets of Hanoi and other cities in Vietnam, Bia Hoi junctions are a brilliant place to grab yourself a glass of Vietnam’s beloved local brew. Served on tiny chairs on street corners this drink is a must for any backpacker. Cheap and cheerful (around $.50) you can grab a drink for next to nothing. Its become a popular part of Vietnamese cultural tradition and it is also a great way to socialise with both locals and fellow travellers.
Fresh Coconut Juice
Apart from opening your mouth to catch rain drops, this is just about the most natural drink you can get. Served straight from the coconut itself this drink is natural, cheap and easy to find. Street vendors sell them by the truckload and it is also the perfect drink to recover from last nights ‘bucket’. It is even more rehydrating than water!
What are your favourite drinks from your travels in South East Asia, comment below and let me know!