According to a report by Nikkei Asian Review, the tourism numbers continue to increase to destinations in Southeast Asia. The reason? Not only is it safe to travel, but it’s also more comfortable on the bank account. In fact, there are a lot of reasons to point your compass in the direction of the Southeast for your next trip; we narrowed it down to seven compelling reasons.
The travel basics such as a place to stay and meals will cost far less in Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam than London or Paris. A meal including pad thai with a smoothie on the side will only cost a couple of dollars at many venues, and hostels can be had on the cheap. A savvy traveler can get by on anywhere from six to ten dollars a day in many areas of Southeast Asia. Compare that to the daily cost of a destination in Europe, and this part of the world looks like a much better choice.
This area of the world is tropical and has three main seasons, hot and wet, hot and dry and of course, hot. If you are travelling during the rainy season, it’s not a bad idea to tuck an extra shirt in a plastic bag to change into if you get caught in a downpour. In coastal countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, or Myanmar, the beach will be the place to hang out during the hot seasons.
One common thread through Southeast Asia is the friendly people. Did you know Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles?” It’s a good idea to learn some phrases for the country or countries you intend to visit. The locals will appreciate your effort to speak with them in their native language. Chances are excellent you’ll leave new friends behind when your trip is over.
If you love nature, are a photographer or artist, Southeast Asia will enthrall you. There beautiful beaches, lush jungles, and Laos is the only country without a stunning coastline, which it makes up for with sleepy countryside villages. Several countries have gorgeous mountains ideal for hiking.
One of the best ways to get to know a country is through the cuisine. The flavors in this region of the world are fresh, spicy, and delicious; not to mention very budget-friendly. Try pho, the national soup of Vietnam. A spicy khao soi curry is a dish that should not be missed in Thailand. Street food and night markets are excellent opportunities to taste the diverse local cuisines.
Culture and history go hand in hand. Many areas in SE Asia practice Buddhism, and the opportunity to take in majestic temples awaits. In the areas where there are jungles, elephants are a common sight. In the towns, local markets are a great way to immerse yourself into the experience. Everything is sold in these markets from hissing cockroaches to beautiful textiles. One of the best-known markets is located in Laos, where you will find the not-to-be-missed night market in Luang Prabang.
There are numerous things to do in Southeast Asia. Grab your camera and go on an elephant expedition to see these majestic animals in their natural habitat. Zipline through the jungle for a thrill. Party the night away or lay on the beach and get the most amazing foot massage you’ve ever had.
There’s something for everyone in Southeast Asia. Create a customized touring vacation with Tour East Holidays. Ideas might be to build a holiday escape around the cuisines of different areas or set up activities such as a jungle camera safari or take in the view from a mountain in Malaysia. The best vacation is the one you planned for the way you like to travel. Book the best trip of your life to Southeast Asia today.