Whether you’re planning your trip or have already been travelling in South East Asia, how much do you really know about the region? Will this list surprise you? It’s time to find out…
In summer it rains. A lot!
If you’re planning on travelling in South East Asia, it pays to get your timing right. Avoid the monsoon season if you’re not a fan of heavy rain, strong winds and potentially scary storms
Backpack selfie bucket list
Maybe you snapped it while trekking through Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. Perhaps you were exploring Hanoi’s historic but bustling quarter in Vietnam. A backpack selfie, preferably with an Instagram-worthy backdrop, seems essential for many young people travelling in South East Asia.
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Wherever you are in the region, cultural experiences are varied and vibrant. Spending time in Cambodia? Don’t leave without witnessing the Aspara dance. Wondering when to visit Bali? Plan your Indonesian trip to coincide with New Year’s Eve on the Saka Calendar. You’ll be treated to a raucous parade of mythical figures through Bali, followed by a day of complete contrast – peace and silence.
On my gap year…
As one of the trendiest gap year destinations right now, it’s little surprise that if you went travelling in South East Asia recently and are under 25, you probably took a gap year. Forget joining the mile high club, when jetting off to South East Asia you’re far more likely to join the gap year club instead…
I fed the elephants!
Whether you bathed them, fed them or even helped clean up after them, did you really go travelling in South East Asia if you didn’t visit an elephant sanctuary at least once?
Travelling in South East Asia isn’t all about the culture and architecture of the past, it’s about the present and future, too. A visit to Singapore showcases this perfectly. In this well-connected city, you’ll find many sights to marvel over, not least Singapore’s Supertrees.
This manmade miniature forest is home to impressive plant life, while offering a sculptural spectacle too. Visit after dark to make the most of the light show that bathes these towering trees each night.
There are 9 million motorbikes in…
No, we’re not talking about Beijing! Try Bangkok, instead, where your days in the city centre probably featured the soundtrack of endless motorbike engines, although we can’t guarantee whether it was nine million of them…
Feel the island vibes
Maybe you chilled out in Thailand, where you could choose from Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi for blue ocean, sandy beach perfection. Or, did you embrace that feeling of beachy bliss with a luxury stay in Bali? Whether you’ve yet to go or are a seasoned traveller, make sure island escapes are on your next itinerary.
Sunset cocktails are essential
There’s little better than sipping a cocktail, ice cold, as you watch the sun slip slowly beneath the horizon. We recommend pairing the experience with a view – skyline, beach or riverside are best. Somewhere where the skies are open and expansive. Bonus points if you enjoyed this experience in luxury with a sunset cruise.
Chow down… on insects
Believe it or not, bugs are big news in Bangkok. In fact, they’re a bit of a delicacy. Were you brave enough to try them?
Discover the slippery delicacy that is sought-after in Japan right here – this one might even sound grosser than insects
Next stop, Thailand!
With the World Bank recording over 32 million people visiting Thailand in 2016 alone , if you went travelling in South East Asia and didn’t stop off in Thailand – where did you actually go?!
If you’ve already explored the region, how many of these could you relate to? Don’t panic if you think you missed out – you can always go back! And, if you haven’t been travelling in South East Asia yet, you know what needs to be on your must-visit list.
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