Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How to Make the Most of Your Southeast Asian Holiday


FEATURED ARTICLE: How to Make the Most of Your Southeast Asian Holiday

If you’re planning a trip to Southeast Asia, you’re in for one of the most memorable experiences of your life. There is so much to see and do, so in order to make sure your trip doesn’t fly by too quickly in a blur of Vietnam hotels, hotels in Bali, Laotian hostels and Thai jungle tours, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you get the very best experience possible.


Immerse Yourself in the Culture

Visiting somewhere as culturally diverse as Southeast Asia is sure to open your eyes. Not only is there a wide range of religions stretching from Buddhism to Islam and everything in-between, the customs and traditions of the region stretch back millennia, and are steeped in significance. With so much culture and spirituality around you, it’s essential to throw yourself in and experience as much as possible. Visit mosques, temples, festivals and sacred spaces. Learn about the reasons behind certain beliefs, and if you are invited, take part in local rituals. The world is a fascinating place, made even more so by the vast array of different beliefs in it, so let yourself be swept away with the magic of it all and let Southeast Asia’s culture get under your skin.

Try The Food, Leave The Water

While your mind and spirit might be captivated by the culture, your taste buds will surely be captivated by the food. There is so much variety, so many different flavours and so many different smells that you could spend an entire day just wandering around markets, letting your senses be overcome with the experience. Southeast Asia is responsible for some of the most delectable dishes known to mankind—from Pad Thai, to Pho, to chilli crab—our mouths are watering just thinking about it. Sanitation is somewhat different to what you might be used to in Southeast Asia, and the sight of meat being left out in the heat at market stalls is enough to make any westerner a little weak at the knees. While you should be careful about eating food that’s been left out, don’t let it ruin your experience—try as much food as you can, but only drink bottled water, as it is the water in many Southeast Asian countries that makes people sick.

Get Out Of The Cities

While markets and temples and culture are all part of the magic of visiting Southeast Asia, it also has some of the most fascinating wildlife and natural scenery known to man. Whether you’re trekking through the jungle in Thailand or wading through rice paddies in Bali, the steamy, exotic, tropical surrounds of this majestic region will leave you speechless.

From hotels in Malaysia to beach huts is Laos, travellers all over Southeast Asia agree on one thing—there’s no experience on earth like travelling in the region. Any holiday is better when you arrive armed with a bit of knowledge about how to get the best out of your destination, so follow these tips and be sure to soak up everything you can.

Summary: Southeast Asia is one of the most exciting travel destinations on earth. To make sure you make the most of your holiday, follow these great tips!

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