5 Reasons To Explore Southeast Asia

Whether you fancy exploring underwater wrecks, relaxing on a deserted beach or immersing yourself among rich culture and heritage then Southeast Asia will satisfy your every desire.

Take a look at a few of our favourite itineraries in South East Asia:
A Vietnam Journey – 19 nights from £2,726pp
Java and Bali explorer – 11 nights from £1,430pp
A Sabah Journey – 8 nights from £2,045pp
Thailand Safari and Beach – 11 nights from £1,265pp

Our Asia specialist Holly gives her top 5 reasons to visit this beautiful and diverse part of the world…

1. The People

As children greet you with beaming smiles and enthusiastic waves you cannot help but feel welcome as you wander through the towns of Southeast Asia. Learn the local dialect, traditional customs and even try your hand at cooking an authentic Asian dish. In Bali, Holly was lucky enough to be taken to a traditional Balinese Hindu ceremony, where local people prepare food as offerings to the gods. The warm and welcoming people made this a memorable and fascinating experience.

Loving life

Happy children

2. The Iconic Sights

Southeast Asia is rich in culture and visually stimulating, you will be spoilt for choice whether you choose to overlook the dizzying views of Singapore or visit World Heritage Sites and breathtaking landmarks. Check out Borobudur a colossal Buddhist stupa and temple located in Java, Indonesia. It is truly one of South East Asia’s greatest marvels. Venture to  Angkor Wat, Cambodia at sunrise and experience the most iconic image of the ancient Khmer Empire, with its intricately carved towers soaring skywards symbolising the mythological Mt. Meru, the centre of the universe.

Singapore skyline

Borobudur, Indonesia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

3. The Beaches

Southeast Asia is awash with idyllic coastlines with turquoise waters and white sandy beaches allowing your paradise island fantasy to become a reality. Explore the off the beaten track islands of the west coast of Thailand for a real desert island experience. Holly recommends Koh Lipe (but don’t tell too many people!) If you have a taste for luxury you will love Fridays located on Boracay island in the Philippines or perhaps choose more private beaches such as the ones you can discover on Panglao island, giving you the ultimate desert island experience. Vietnam is fast becoming the new beach destination in Asia, check out Nah Trang beach, 3km of golden sand. Heaven!

Crystal clear waters

Paradise beaches

Paradise beaches

4. The Wildlife

Borneo is famous for its orangutans and other magnificent creatures, and is at the top of our list when it comes wildlife in Asia. Visit monkey forest in Ubud, Bali, and be prepared to get up close and personal with (often naughty!) monkeys. The Philippines is blessed with an abundance of unusual and exciting marine life, with untouched corals filled with colourful fish, turtles, rays, starfish and some more unusual fish such as scorpion fish, giant moray eels and batfish.Take a look at Louise’s blog about the diving in Indonesia – she promises you won’t be disappointed!

Orang-utan Borneo

Orang-utan Borneo

5. The Cuisine

Dine in world-class restaurants or hit the street stalls and use your small change to fill up on freshly cooked rice and noodle dishes washed down with a local beer. Malaysia is home to many hawker centres, which are a great way to taste the many different types of dishes under one roof. In Singapore eating is a national pastime or some say it a national obsession, especially during the Singapore Food festival held annually. And of course Thai food, perhaps the most popular cuisine to come out of Asia. From delicious spicey Tom yams to freshly caught seafood served simply with pak choi and soy sauce, Thailand is a food lovers paradise. We are getting hungry just thinking about it!

Try the delicious local cuisine. Yum!

Food markets - Indonesia

Food markets – Indonesia

If you want to find out more about Southeast Asia or any of our other tailor-made holidays talk to one of our experts on 020 3111 9757 or send us an email at info@imagineafrica.co.uk

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