Country guides are bound to improve travel to Southeast Asia. Those tips aside though, simply enjoying the nations in this region should be the primary purpose of your trip. Southeast Asia has some incredible vistas, bustling cities, and diverse cultural variations. All of them can be enjoyed as part of your journeys.
Finally on the road to capitalism after several decades of upheaval and war, Vietnam has become a tourist destination par excellence. Ho Chi Minh City is a large metropolis bustling with activity and commerce. A new and vibrant economic center, Ho Chi Minh City is a perfect jumping off point in your Vietnam travel. One particular place of interest is Cai Rang, a city on the Mekong where you can experience the bazaar where hundreds of long-tail boats ply their trade in a loud and sense-intense spree. Traveling to Vietnam during the Lunar New Year, usually in late January or early February, is especially enjoyable.
The tiny nation of Singapore has become a place to stop in Southeast Asia in the past few years. It is known for its street food, sometimes called the best in the world. A combination of Chinese, Indian, and Thai food, your senses will be continuously assailed as you explore this immaculate city. While there are many things to do in the city with its museums and art works, eating seems to be a major pastime. Singapore is accessible from its new and ornate international airport. Cheap flights from Thailand and India are available daily.
Food is a major experience in Thailand, but there is so much more. From the lowlands in the south to the mountains of the north, the ever changing vistas of this proud country will keep you awake on the long bus rides. You will see people working in the rice fields, workers with elephants harvesting teak, and cities that are rife with activity and excitement. Beaches in the south were devastated by the 2005 tsunami, but have recovered well and are open for business with new hotels and resorts.
The burgeoning city of Kuala Lumpur is a gem that should be visited at least once in your life. The nightlife there is a symbol of the economic power that this once backward nation wields on the world stage. Cultural experience will abound in the cities and in the countryside that is dotted with jungle villages that hearken back to earlier times when life was simpler. The friendly people of Malaysia are always willing to help and to serve you delectable meals with simple, but sometimes spicy fare. Malaysia is a “must see” in your Southeast Asia travels.
Burma, also known as Myanmar, is emerging from decades of repression and iron fisted political rule. Although the nation is beginning to loosen requirements for travel, you may encounter problematic issues. It’s a personal decision to visit, but it may well be worth seeing a nation coming out of a backward state into modern capitalism. Private guesthouses are likely the best places to stay. They are inexpensive and the proprietors will go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. Eat the street food, buy water and snacks on the street, and purchase your souvenirs from vendors on the street. The street life is helping the country grow out of its past.
Although most nations in Southeast Asia are open for tourism, Burma in particular can make travel difficult. All the travel tips in the world will probably not prepare you if you have trouble going there. However, each of the above countries has much to enjoy and experience. Southeast Asia is a plum of travel and excitement. Experiencing different cultures is one of the best ways to learn about the world.