Southeast Asia may not be the first region on the list when you sit down and consider your next place to jet off to. However, if it isn’t, many who have ventured to one of the following locations would tell you that it should be.
Southeast Asia is home to some of the most up-and-coming tourist locations in the world and a growing number of Brits are asking travel agents, or searching the internet, for the best ways to travel to the likes of Burma and Thailand. Read on to learn more about the appealing qualities of 5 of the best places to visit.
Burma is a country that is relatively traditional in its culture and still somewhat ‘behind the times’ in terms of its influence from the Western World, making it an intriguing place to visit. It has transformed from a place that tourists were warned to actively avoid, to a much safer place that has become increasingly irresistible. It’s truly magnificent temples and fascinating locals are just two of Burma’s many attractions.
The Philippines is considered to remain largely underrated and underappreciated, considering all that it has to offer. Similarly to Burma, it’s a place that is becoming rapidly more popular amongst tourists. If the wonders and wildlife of the sea fascinate you, The Philippines proudly provide some of the best diving experiences in the world. With thousands of islands, each one unique and brilliant in its own way, you must find the one for you to make the most of your experience.
Thailand boasts a flourishing tourism industry, whilst sustaining its authentic culture and history. People flock to the lively streets of Bangkok, but there is much more to see aside from the capital. Phuket is another tourist favourite, home to 30 incredible beaches. Some of the beaches are peaceful and mostly deserted, even at Thailand’s busiest times of the year, whilst others are well-known party locations. A trip to Thailand really isn’t complete without a trip to one of the many famous, beautiful temples. Bangkok’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (from which you can experience an incredible view over Chiang Mai), are just two of the overwhelming creations.
Cambodia has an array of qualities that make it an attractive destination, including some beautifully-crafted temples of its own, the most popular being Angkor Wat. Another of Cambodia’s most famous attractions is the Silver Pagoda, a magnificent building storing gold and Buddha statues. The country also prides itself on its tantalising local foods, stunning beaches and variety of wildlife tours.
If you are fascinated by wildlife, Malaysia also has a lot to offer on this front. Being home to the Taman Negara rainforest, amongst other attractions, makes it a popular place for tourists who thrive off tropical treks and intimate animal interaction. The country also has an abundance of other qualities, such as traditional music festivals, temples, shopping malls and markets.
TNT Travel Natasha Dunn