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So this stupid fucking website gobbled up my post AGAIN, but here's the cliffnotes version:
Ok, I realize this was posted months ago, but I want to share what's available in SE Asia for westerners. Every country is indeed different, but there's definitely drug staples in the area.
To begin, Ya ba is available everywhere, which is basically just meth pressed into a pill and possibly cut and stretched with other stim RCs, but the vast majority are just meth. You might think it would be hard to get, but Ya Ba absolutely exists in all the major touristy towns in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. They definitely exist in Laos and Burma, but those two countries aren't as accustomed to tourists. Bar girls (SE Asian slang for cute girls that are human trafficked in from poorer countries to be sex workers and generally make the bar more inviting) usually use Ya Ba at least occasionally.
You have the usuals, such as weed, which half the tuk tuk drivers will either offer to sell you some or to go get it. Despite this, do NOT smoke weed in SE Asia. If you really want weed, buy "Happy Pizzas" which are pizzas with weed cooked in. Because the weed is absolute trash compared to US/Canada, if you're a smoker you'll want the edibles anyways. If you eat a happy pizza in a sit down joint, they've already paid off the local police and they will not arrest you as long as you consume it inside. This is why I would be wary of mobile stands selling happy pizzas.
Shrooms are extremely popular if you're in the right place, such as the full moon parties every month. They're usually sold as shroom shakes. Again though, if you can't consume it in a sit down place, consume it as fast as reasonably possible and never under any circumstances travel with it.
Similarly, there are sit down places you can find poppy pod tea (PPT) but that's mostly just in Thailand and Laos (dunno about Burma). Again drink it inside and never travel with it, even if they offer to sell you raw opium. you can eat the opium and it's just as efficient as vaping it, but don't possess it outside.
Drugs that pretty much DO NOT exist in SE Asia: Cocaine, real MDMA, and psychedelics apart from shrooms. Sure you might get real LSD in Bangkok if you know a young local, but statistically it doesn't exist or it's an RC. If someone offers you Cocaine or Ecstasy on the street, especially both, it's either bunk, meth, or heroin.
Never ever buy on the street from random people who are offering you anything apart from maybe weed, and even then it could be a set up.
As for OTC drugs, Cambodia is the best because there is OTC morphine, dhc, codeine, tramadol, benzos, and even letamine sometimes. In Thailand it's just tramadol, benzos, and some good muscle relaxers like Soma. Just be careful because even though you can buy it, it's not exactly legal for possession.
While I would stick to sit down PPT, which can be hard to find, the heroin is cheap and pure as FUCK. if you get an actual dealer and aren't being ripped off, it's like $15-20 usd per gram, and that's already upcharged as fuck for foreigners. You'll only find opium prevalent in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.
Thai police are much more expensive to bribe than Cambodian police. Getting caught with weed is a $250-500 bribe and that's only if you agree to pay it right away. You do NOT want to go to Thai jail, not even for a day. This is not a country where you have rights.
but yeah, between all of that there's more than enough. They do stop and search you at check points, and sometimes the taxi drivers are in on it. They can jail you for fucking pissing hot, so be careful. ALWAYS offer to pay a "fine" right away and say you don't want any trouble.
My experience is 30% Thailand, 70% Cambodia though. The experience of my close friends is basically 90% Thailand.
In general, DO NOT fuck with weed+hard drugs in Thailand. Just try to beg for some limited benzos from a pharmacist (always best to have an empty bottle with your name on it even if it's years old, or you could even try someone else's bottle with the same gender name and tell them you don't have ID on you if they ask). Just stick to booze, nitrous balloons in the bars, and possibly shroom shakes on the islands/full moon parties (I feel safer doing shrooms in Cambodia tbh). If you're doing to buy meth/heroin/opium/especially weed, do it in Cambodia or Laos. Supposedly Vietnam is super strict about drugs on paper just like Thailand, but I'm not sure how bad it's enforced.
In Thailand, they can force piss test you on the side of the road or in a club, then demand a bribe if you piss hot. If you're going to piss hot for sure, I'd suggest trying to semi-low ball them before you even piss in anything, like ~$100-250. Even though I'd test positive for speed, benzos, and possibly suboxone, they're all script. I still wouldn't trust them to even care, or to be able to read English.
Any questions/comments? I HIGHLY suggest you go man. If you/your dad want cheap drugs, less prison risk, and cheaper beer/girls/etc., I'd say go to Cambodia. Just don't travel around on foot everywhere in the society, especially alone or if you're visibly injured.