Top 5 Reasons to Visit Southeast Asia
Originally published 08 August 2011
Beaming smiles, bountiful waves and the warmest of welcomes await you in Southeast Asia.
You will be spoilt by the region’s unrivalled service and hospitality and if you learn a little of the local language you may well find you are invited into someone’s home.
Boasting 31 World Heritage Sites, Southeast Asia isn’t short of impressive landmarks.
Southeast Asia is not generally known for its mammals, and although there are still tigers, bears and rhinos in some areas, they are very rarely seen.
What it lacks in mammals however, it makes up for in other areas: birds of paradise in Papua New Guinea, Komodo dragons east of Bali, and of course the famous orang-utan in Borneo and Sumatra, the region has countless possibilities for memorable wildlife encounters.
Apart from landlocked Laos, every country in Southeast Asia has glorious coastline providing some of the best beaches in the world. You’ll find luxury resorts on Phuket and Bali and exciting new island hideaways in Cambodia and Vietnam.
Value for money
Generally speaking your money goes a lot further in Asia. You can get a three-star city hotel that is comfortable, well-located and staffed by friendly locals, whilst luxury resorts are generally half the price of a European equivalent.
Dine at world-class restaurants (without London prices), or for the savvy, hit the street stalls and use your small change to fill up on freshly-cooked rice and noodle dishes washed down with a local beer.
Tailor-made holidays to Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is a vast region of Asia, lying east of the Indian Subcontinent and south of China. It includes the mainland area, made up of Indochina and the Malay peninsula, and a string of archipelagos to the south and east.
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