My daughter wants to go backpacking in Asia and I’m worried she won’t be able to keep in touch while she’s traveling. Which countries have the best access to the internet in the region?
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Backpacking in Asia is something of a rite of passage these days and your daughter will be in excellent company as she completes her travels.
It’s also easier than ever to keep in touch with home whilst in the Asia Pacific region – pretty much every hostel she might stay in will have WiFi or an internet café to use.
In fact, there are some Asian countries with the internet that put the UK to shame. For the very best internet in the region, she’ll need to visit South Korea. Thailand’s got reliable internet, as do Vietnam and Malaysia (albeit slightly slower than what we’re used to in Britain).
The Philippines is probably the country with the weakest internet in the region, however, if your daughter is traveling to the tourist hotspots, she’s unlikely to have any issues staying connected and sending through pictures (or even videos) from her trip.
She’ll even have enough bandwidth to video call you, but maybe she doesn’t want you to know that!