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It’s said to be a tapestry of cultures and a complexity of colours and histories. South East Asia is home to some of the world’s most incredible destinations, comprising of enticing cities, dense rainforests, beautiful rivers, impressive mountain-scapes and beautiful beaches. Below, we cover three of the most captivating countries of SE Asia and their must-see sights.
Holidays in Cambodia are renowned for whisking travellers away to amazing temples and ancient cities. In Siem Reap, visitors can explore the ancient city of Angkor Thom and the Angkor Wat temple or the Ta Prohm temple, where giant tree roots grow, as if by magic, out of the ruins. For a glorious sight, watch the beautiful sunset from the top of the Phnom Bakheng temple, which rests at the peak of a steep hill.
Further north, the French Colonial town of Battambang rests with its surrounding countryside, offering glimpses of towns and villages that showcase the reality of remarkable, Cambodian culture and life. For a unique experience, take a ride on the bamboo train or norry, which must be booked in advance. It’s a wonderful way to discover some hidden sights of Battambang – and meet the locals. Don't forget to explore the local Cambodian markets, a treasure trove of delightful dishes and great shopping!
Cambodian cuisine has long been overshadowed by foods from neighbouring
Asian nations – yet if you have ever been on a holiday to Cambodia, you
know that once you try the food, there’s no going back!
If you’re keen on holidays in Thailand, no doubt Bangkok is calling to you. From the Temple of Dawn to Wat Pho Temple, the Khao San Road and the wonders of the Old City, Bangkok is an eclectic melting pot of historical sights, endless shopping and amazing food. For an authentic Bangkok experience, tourists should eat at the floating markets, take a cruise down the Chao Phraya River and indulge in fine dining at the Red Sky restaurant, 55 floors above ground.
Holidays in Thailand, though, should always be adorned with a trip to the stunningly tropical beaches in Thailand and islands in the south. Visitors can choose from well-known beauties like Koh Samui, Koh Samet and Phuket or head for more remote escapes like Phang-Nga, Koh Chang or Koh Tao.
When it comes to holidays in Vietnam, travellers should expect a myriad of sights and experiences, all of which will have you falling for this colourful country. Common activities in Vietnam include taking a boat ride through Ha Long Bay to discover the limestone cliffs and beautiful waters and visiting the fascinating Hanoi Museum which houses ancient artefacts dating back to the 7th Century BC. Tourists can also take a dawn Tai Chi class or sip coffee or down a bowl of noodles at a café in the Old Quarter.
In bustling Ho Chi Minh, tourists can indulge in spicy soups, explore street markets, stroll through the Botanical Garden and visit the War Remants Museum. For a close experience with history, however, travellers should take a tour through the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, which were famously used by the Viet Cong throughout the Vietnam War.
South East Asia holidays offer travellers a unique chance to let their wild side loose, embark on an adventure-filled journey and take in some of the continent’s most wondrous surroundings and backdrops. Get outside and explore this magnificent region, try mountain climbing, cycling, trekking or even fishing. Self-drive holidays are ideal for those looking for more freedom and independence while on a holiday in South East Asia.
South East Asia City Guides
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