Karen and I are back and could not have been more pleased. Everything went off without a hitch and each guide was fantastic and gave us great insight into their regions. I think my highlight was Cambodia. The temple ruins were all amazing. Karen's top spots would be Hoi An and Halong Bay. You planned a great trip for us! Thanks again!
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Things to Do and See in Southeast Asia
Given the vast amount of geographical and cultural space that Southeast Asia covers, there are no shortages of things to see and do. From the fast-paced city life and exotic foods of cities like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Saigon, to the idyllic tropical beaches of the South China Sea, from the ancient majesty of the ruins of Angkor Wat to the challenging history of the killing fields, there are many cultural and sensational experiences and adventures waiting to be had.
Whether you are more drawn to historic sites like the 2,000 remaining Pagan temples at the city of Bagan in Myanmar, or the natural beauty of the limestone islets of Vietnam’s “Bay of Descending Dragons” and the towering volcanoes of Indonesia’s Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, you are sure to find more than enough of what excites you on your vacation to Southeast Asia. And if you’re just looking to relax, then there are a great many luxury and moderately priced spas and resorts in the region to do the trick.
The Weather in Southeast Asia
The equator runs straight through the region. Because of this, the weather has a tendency to follow along the tropical patterns elsewhere in the world in that it is hot and humid nearly the year round, with a great deal of rain. Unlike many other tropical regions, Southeast Asia does not experience distinct wet and dry seasons.
Pack your rain gear, but keep in mind that the rains very rarely do much to cool the temperature down. The only areas in the region that experience cooler weather are the highlands and mountainous regions of each of the countries. Depending on where you plan to go and if any mountaineering is on your itinerary, make sure to pack accordingly.
Southeast Asia Transportation Options
Just as in many other parts of the developing world, the transportation options available to travelers in Southeast Asia vary greatly, depending on the traveler’s proximity to large cities and the main tourist attractions. In most countries, you can find buses, taxis, cars for hire, shared taxis, scooters for hire, and even bicycle and pedi-cabs. As part of your Southeast Asia vacation arrangements, we can also arrange private car and driver services or transfers for those who desire the efficiency, comfort and convenience, which also optimizes your vacation time.
Outside of the main cities, there will be bus service to most of the popular tourist destinations and attractions, river taxis available on the main rivers, ferry service to islands and other offshore attractions, and short-hop flights available. Most fares are negotiable when dealing directly with individual providers.
Hotels & Resorts in Southeast Asia
As with transportation, so it goes with accommodations, too. There are very expensive and moderately priced spas and resorts on the beaches and islands of the entire region. In the larger cities, there will be a range of accommodations available for a range of prices, but in the countryside and in smaller towns, it can be very challenging to find accommodations that are anything but humble, though prices should reflect this reality.
At TravelStore, our team of savvy contacts has first-hand knowledge of resorts and guides, and will arrange your itinerary to meet your exact needs.
Unique Adventures and Experiences in Southeast Asia
Because the region is so vast and so full of tremendous opportunities to see and do things that are generally unavailable in other parts of the world, it can be difficult to put together an amazing itinerary, especially if you are trying to take in the entire region in a couple of weeks. That said, if you are looking for something to do or see that’s farther off the beaten path, here are a few suggestions.
Witness and donate to the alms procession of Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang, Laos. Everyday in the UNESCO world heritage city full of classical Lao and colonial architecture, the monks line up in their bare feet and saffron robes for food offerings from the locals.
Visit the Buddhist temple deep in Chiang Dao Cave in Thailand. A short drive from Chiang Mai, limestone peaks rise above the rice fields of the valley. In these peaks you will discover a massive cave formation that you can tour independently, or with a guide. Within the cave, you’ll find a stream (with fish) and a Buddhist temple.
The major gateway of Singapore is the world’s only island city-state, and it’s known by many in the finance world as “the easiest place to do business.” The amalgamation of three distinct and major religions forms a unique cultural ambiance, and if you’re a die-hard foodie, Singapore is a veritable treasure-trove of culinary delights.
Witness the Thaipusam pilgrimage in Malasia. Join in the parade as devotees of various Hindu gods shave their heads, pierce various parts of their bodies with long needles, and carry heavy carved images of their deities through the city of Penang.
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