Whenever travelers want to explore and backpack Southeast Asia, they’re most probably referring to Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam-Laos route. This is the most traveled path in the region.
One of the main reasons is accessibility, from Thailand you can easily visit the neighboring countries by bus, maximizing the “Asian” experience.
And since Philippines is located on the other side of the plate, some travelers omit it in their itinerary.
Well, those who dared to explore the less traveled path, have expressed enormous joy for the whole experience.