If you’re looking for a great way to spend your long weekend or have a few vacation leaves in your pocket, you’ve come to the right place. Southeast Asia offers a collection of countries that are riddled with a combination of breathtaking landmarks, natural wonders, diverse cultures and amazing food. Geographically the countries are so close to each other that it is easy to see the similarities in cultures and characteristics but it’s not the similarities that draw huge numbers of tourists to this area, it is the subtle differences between them. These differences define the identity of each country and that mix of culture, identity and destination create an experience you will keep for the rest of your life.
Indonesia is a large archipelago consisting of over 13,000 islands. The numerous islands have their own identities as well, each province having their own delicacies and practices so you as a tourist have a number of options to go to. Indonesia is also known for their flavorful and spicy food, each province boasting its own delicacy. One of the islands that is most visited in Indonesia is Bali. Bali offers stunning views, serene beaches and accommodation that will cater to your relaxing needs.
If beaches are what you’re after in a vacation then there’s no other place but Thailand. Now is your chance to visit the amazing Krabi province and its pristine beaches. Great sand, great sun and clear waters, what else would you ask for in a beach. Thailand is also the home of one of the most popular cuisines in the world, Thai food can be found in almost every corner of the globe so it’s time to see whether your local favorite Thai restaurant compares to the original. Bangkok also offers a great shopping experience for tourists at prices you don’t even want to bargain with anymore.
This Southeast Asian country is well known for its historic connection. The biggest draw to Cambodia is the Angkor Wat civilization that once thrived this area. Angkor Wat temples, which have aged majestically through the years is a monument of a once great empire. Now it is covered in vines and gives tourists a chance to have their own Indiana Jones moment. Besides this adventure you could have, Cambodia also offers unique delicacies such as Luk Lak, a fried beef dish, and is a cheap option in terms of accommodation and beer.
Malaysia offers a variety of destinations from busy cities such as Kuala Lumpur, smaller towns such as Malacca and Penang, hiking options such as Mount Kinabalu and diving options in both Rawa and Tioman islands. Malaysia is a hotpot of different cultures from Chinese, Malaysian and Indian. Each culture offering its own flavor both in food and lifestyle. Being able to experience these cultures in one place and at an affordable price is an experience to rich to pass up. Mount Kinabalu is a great place to start your hiking adventure, anyone can climb it and enjoy the amazing fauna and bird species present.
These are just four countries of many in Southeast Asia and I’m sure you’re already itching to get out of your HDB in Singapore. and book the next flight out. Remember to be open to these different cultures and throw every expectation to the side because these destinations have different charms and just learn to enjoy them and live within the experience.