The Phillipines is slightly off the standard backpacker trail, but given you can get a flight from Bangkok to Manila for $100, it seems a shame not to visit if you’re on an extended break. Far more untouched that Thailand, the country boasts some of the world’s richest and undiscovered beaches, as well as incredible surf.
The most famous surf destination is Siargao Island, accessible via a $45 flight from Manila or Cebu. Here you’ll find the legendary Cloud 9 famous for thick hollow tube waves. It’s also home to the the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition.
While it’s a challenge to get to if you’re just aiming to stop off in Indo China, Cloud 9 offers one of the best breaks in South East Asia. It’s also incredibly affordable for beginners – instructors come in at less than $10 an hour, and it’s not a whole lot more for whole day board rental.