Banana Pancake Trail

The Banana Pancake Trail is the name given to the well-trodden and constantly growing routes around South East Asia travelled by backpackers and other tourists. The trail has no clear definition but is used as a metaphor for places that are well-visited by mostly Western tourists who have left their marks on the local tourist industry, which has created restaurants, hotels and entertainment catering to these travellers’ needs.

This article is an itinerary.

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Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand, a notable stop on the Banana Pancake Trail

The term “Banana Pancake Trail” is usually used tongue-in-cheek as an affectionate nickname and in reference to routes connecting the many guesthouses, cafes and restaurants that serve banana pancakes as a form of sweet breakfast.

The Banana Pancake Trail is sometimes associated with travellers who use Lonely Planet travel guides, due to the fact that this publisher’s books were the first to provide information about the region and were therefore used by many backpackers. The influx of Western travellers led to the rise of many restaurants serving food adapted to their needs, including banana pancakes and other comfort foods like yoghurt with muesli and honey.

See Tips for travel in developing countries and Tropical diseases for advice that applies to many of these countries.

Many countries will refuse to issue a visa if the passport has less than six months to run. If your passport is near expiry, get a new one before setting out.

There is no firm (geographic) definition of the Banana Pancake Trail, as it is a metaphor to describe the ever-developing travellers’ trail going through many different places in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent (India and Nepal) rather than an actual route or road. But if you want to begin your journey by really diving head first into backpacker land, by all means book a ticket to Bangkok and make your way to Khao San Road. Yes, there’s a reason it is mentioned in the very first sentence of the #1 backpacker novel of all time: Alex Garland’s The Beach.

For many of these countries, many visitors will require visas obtained in advance; see the individual country articles or the foreign ministry website for your home country (U.S. Dept. of State for U.S citizens) for details. Visas can be obtained before you leave or in capitals near the destination; Bangkok and Singapore are popular centers for this. Bring extra passport-size photos if you have them; many visa applications require one or two. If not, get a photo taken wherever you are and get at least a dozen prints to cover the rest of your journey.

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