There are few better introductions to world travel than the enigmatic region of Southeast Asia. For many first-time travellers, it’s a toss up between backpacking around Europe for a couple weeks or heading for the beaches, temples, and jungles of Southeast Asia, where dollars stretch infinitely further, for longer-term adventures.
My first foray into Southeast Asia was on a trip across Indonesia from Jakarta to Bali. This first taste did the trick. Ever since, I’ve been unable to shake the region from my consciousness.
Every trip—whether to the islands of Thailand, the colonial quarters of Vietnam, the untamed jungles of Malaysia, the hawker stands of Singapore or white-sand beaches of the Philippines—showcases a different facet of this incredibly diverse region. Even each country’s flavours, although seemingly similar, spike palpable tongue-pleasing differences.
The term “adventure of a lifetime” is thrown around too often. In the case of Southeast Asia, it might be true. One long trip, sweeping across the whole sub-continent and taking in as much as possible, feels like a lifetime worth of travel. Even if you never step foot anywhere else again, the sights, sounds, and tastes of Southeast Asia linger around to remind of a life well-lived.
Top Countries in Southeast Asia
Top Destinations in Southeast Asia: Bagan, Bangkok, Bali, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melaka, Palawan, Penang, Siem Reap, Singapore, Vientiane, Yangon