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The best of Southeast Asia; Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia

Updated on November 30, 2011

Southeast Asia

Southeastern Asia consists of the countries that are geographically south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia. The region lies on the intersection of geological plates, with heavy seismic and volcanic activity. Southeast Asia is a great place to visit during the winter months. While the snow falls in many of our cities, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia offers sunshine, warm seas and friendly locals.


Thailand's stunning beaches are especially popular among the numerous young people who book flights to Bangkok to take advantage of cheap food and accommodation, clear blue seas and party atmosphere in the sun. In Thailand you can find spectacular and varied ways to spend your vacation in, ranging from intense nights out in Bangkok, to beach parties, diving and elephant trekking. I believe Thailand is the most beautiful country in Southeast Asia although it’s the most exploited.


Take a flight to Vietnam and experience one of Asia's least exploited countries, with stunning coastlines and beaches, as China Beach, just outside the city Danang, where the tropical environment creates a comfortable temperature all year round. If you travel to Vietnam, you should not miss the historic underground Cu Chi tunnels, which played an important role during the Vietnam War and is now a popular tourist attraction. The tunnels stretching from Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, to the Cambodia border. Vietnam offers lots of splendid natural scenery, but in Ho Chi Minh City you will also find an intense nightlife, cheap shopping and countless restaurants and bars. You can also sew clothes at prices you rarely get in other places.


Singapore is a small state located just off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and a good introduction to Asia, with its polished and very clean cityscape lacks the "rough edges" that many other cities in the region has. Singapore is a shopper's paradise, so head to the shops at Orchard Road and the major fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Frenchtown Connection. Once you have left of the shopping bags at the hotel, it might be nice to relax with a stroll in the beautiful surroundings of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Visitors arriving by air to Singapore have something to look forward to; Changi is regularly named one of the best airports in the world and has lots of shops and restaurants as well as a butterfly garden and a large pool.


Malaysia is one of Southeast Asia's most active countries and visitors have a wide range of outdoor activities such as golfing, bird watching, sailing, cruises, cave expeditions and some of the best dive sites in the world to choose from. But although the nightlife is impressive; area Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur is colorful and glamorous - full of hip clubs and lively bars that stay open late into the morning hours.


Indonesia consists of islands and the official figure is 17,508 pieces, which is more than most people ever visit in a lifetime! But for most travelers, Bali is the favorite. The island lies between Java and Lombok and is the main tourist destination in the country, known for art, dance, sculpture, colors, leather goods, and music. For adventurous travelers, Bali also offers excellent surfing, river rafting, biking and four wheel drive excursions. Culture fans can watch performances of traditional Barong Dance or visit the small artists' Ubud, which has a wide range of galleries and museums. And if you want to relax, why not pamper yourself at one of Bali's world famous spas?


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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Wonderful informative hub with stunning photos of southeast Asia. Thanks for sharing them. Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Bbudoyono 6 years ago

      Indonesia has more than Bali such as Yogyakarta with Borobudur temple, Lombok with its beautiful beaches, Sumatra with lake Toba, North Sulawesi with Bunaken beach and many other.

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      laurathegentleman 6 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Absolutely stunning places - this Hub was great, and very information on travel to some of these exotic locations! Great read!