Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and for a reason. Some of the countries here have it all: a tropical climate, warm (or hot!) all year around, rich culture, gorgeous beaches, wonderful food and last but not least, low prices. While its history and modern-day politics are complex, most of it is also quite safe for the traveller and easy to travel around in.

Countries:

Brunei – Tiny oil-rich sultanate on the island of Borneo.

East Timor – One of the world’s newest and poorest states, though with abundant natural resources, encompassing the eastern side of Timor island.

Cambodia – Crime was a major concern and they are still recovering economically from decades of war, but Siem Reap near the ancient city of Angkor, is a charming town with few safety concerns.

Indonesia  – The sleeping giant of Southeast Asia and the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 18,000 islands spanning three time zones. Home of the Komodo dragons and too many sights to see in one lifetime, they have improved economically into a G-20 nation.

Laos – The forgotten, but growing, country of Southeast Asia, landlocked by Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. It is a mountainous country that is becoming more and more popular on the backpacker trail. The entire town of Laung Prabang is a World Heritage site.

Malaysia – Multicultural country covering the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur and the jungle headhunters of Borneo.

Myanmar (Burma) – Ancient country with a history that includes both ruling its own Empire and being part of the British Empire. Until recently rather isolated under a military dictatorship and now undergoing political changes and opening up to tourism.

Philippines – Asia’s sleeping tiger that has yet to achieve its full economic potential. A unique fusion of the Asian traditions of non-confrontation and respect for elders combined with Spanish ideas of machismo, romance and sophistication. The largest Christian nation in the region with over 7,000 islands — most with beautiful tropical beaches and flashing smiles

Singapore – Clean and orderly island-city state. The most economically developed country in Southeast Asia.

Thailand – The Land of Smiles with frenetic cities and chilled-out beaches, the most popular destination in the region. From the mountains in the north to the southern beaches; to the lights of Bangkok and Pattaya; Thailand has it all.

Vietnam – Firmly marching down the road to capitalism as one of the world’s fastest growing economies. One of the more popular tourist destinations in the area.

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