Backpacking Southeast Asia

The hottest spot to travel these days is Southeast Asia, and for good reason. The culture is fascinating, and the food is amazing. With these three Surrey restaurants, you can experience a mini escape without having to go through customs. Backpack optional.

Sabai Thai – Thailand

If you’re looking for legit Thai food, look no further than Sabai Thai (10391 150 Street). “Sabai” translates to “healthy” and “relaxed,” which is exactly how you’ll feel after getting your fill of their exotic dishes and authentic cultural atmosphere. Eat in or take out, odds are you’ll be coming back again and again.

Cabizerra Bistro – Philippines

Cabizerra (14775 108 Avenue) opened its doors in May 2008. Since then, it’s been open every day offering the community delicious Filipino food accompanied with live acoustic music. Located inside a Spanish-style house, you get the vibe of being in an ocean villa (if ocean villas played Canucks games on the TV).

PHO Tau Bay – Vietnam

Specialising in the classic Vietnamese soup dish, PHO Tau Bay (10782 148 Street) serves it up hot and fresh. They use great cuts of meat cooked to perfection, and don’t skimp on the portion sizes. There are few foods that soothe the soul as much as a nice big bowl of pho. Hailed by many as one of the best pho spots in the lower mainland, this place is a must-stop.