it actually depends on your budget and expectations, as well as the time of the year you plan to travel:
1. E is way more expensive than SEA.
2. You can rough it more in SEA, whereas E is more sophisticated
3. Spring to autumn is a good time to backpack in E, but even then you will have to bring some warm clothes. SEA is warm all year long, even during rainy season.
Hope that helped and I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun wherever you go.
Michaela about 4 years ago