Happy new year wishes to you and here is to crossing off countries on your travel bucketlist for 2018! Here is part of my list. And of the most exciting destinations on the list, over half of them are in Southeast Asia.
January is often the month that you’ll begin to get itchy feet, and will want to begin making your travel plans for the year ahead. If you live in the northern hemisphere; you’ll probably be dreaming of somewhere a lot warmer this time of year, and will want to wear your short sleeves again. If you’re a regular traveler; exploring a new place will be just what you’re after, and they will be plenty of culture, history, scenery, and sunshine in many of the countries in Southeast Asia.
So, isn’t it time you popped one or several of the fascinating and beautiful destinations on your travel itinerary this year, and begin working out where you want to go and what you want to see? Thousands on backpackers, holidaymakers, and intrepid explorers head to have their Asian adventure every year, and if you decide to do the same; you’ll be able to discover what all the fuss is about.
Whether you want the hustle and bustle of a busy city, the chance to stretch your legs and see some breathtaking views, or need some time out to relax and unwind after a busy year; the southeast will have the perfect destination for you. Like with any trip abroad; the more planning and preparation that you’re able to do, the better your experience will be when you get there. You won’t have to waste your precious time asking for help, directions, and suggestions if you already have a clear idea of what you’re going to get up to and when. Therefore, now is the time to grab your notebook and pen, and begin writing a thorough list of where you what to go, what you’ll need to take, and budgeting for your adventure ahead. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for the traveler who is heading south this year and wants to enjoy an Asian escape they’ll never forget.
The hot and humid Malaysia is known for its beautiful beaches and breathtaking rainforests; you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities to do here, as long as you can handle the heat. Pack plenty of loose-fitting clothes that are made from breathable fabrics, along with something water-resistant to pop on when the rain pours down (and it will often). You won’t be stuck regarding communication in Malaysia, especially if you decide to take a trip to the capital of Kuala Lumpur, or an island like Penang; there is now a huge western influence, plenty of expats, and English-speaking residents, so it’ll feel like a home away from home, as well as giving you scenic and cultural differences.
Depending on the sort of escape you want about what you plan to do and how long you plan to stay, you’ll need to look into Penang Properties for accommodation options. There are plenty of affordable places to stay in the surrounding areas of the tourist hotspots; however, if you’re looking for a treat and some luxury; Kuala Lumpur has a plethora of high-end hotels that should satiate any needs you have for food, relaxation, and spa treatments. If you do decide to have a city escape; it’s worth taking some day trips out to the beaches, hills, farmland, and forests in the various regions and exploring some of the islands in Malaysia. You’ll be able to experience some more authentic and local ways of life, along with the opportunity to take some of the best photos you’ve ever taken on your travels.
If cuisine is always a major part of your trips abroad; you’ll have all the major chains to choose from in the more built-up areas of the country. However, it’s worth experiencing the food unique to the country, which has Malay, European, Chinese, and Indian influences. Grab a cup of milky Teh Tarik when the rain gets heavy outside, or indulge in some Malay curries to fill you up in the evening; research into some of the best restaurants, cafés, and even takeaways so that you’ll always have somewhere in mind when it comes to satisfying your appetite. When you’ve taken in plenty of fresh air and experienced the natural beauty of Malaysia; you might want to head back to the capital and look around the extensive array of shopping malls, skyscrapers, and some aesthetically intriguing colonial buildings. As long as you keep sipping water and are able to take a break in a cool environment regularly; Malaysia will be an escape you’ll love, and will never forget.
Nestled in the South China Sea; the Buddhist country of Vietnam is rich in culture and history. If you’re craving the sights of beautiful pagodas, statues, and museums full of relics and antiques; Vietnam could be the perfect destination to put on your travel itinerary. There are also plenty of pristine beaches to enjoy on the days where you want to lay back and relax a little. Life on the rivers in Vietnam is commonplace and will offer you lush, green landscapes, and plenty of local residents to get to know so that you can learn about a completely different pace and outlook on life to many western countries.
In contrast to the serene and simple countryside; Vietnam also boasts the bustling cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (which used to be known as Saigon). The cities are full of various cuisine to enjoy, landmarks, and cosmopolitan places to shop and see on your escape. Like many of the countries in Southeast Asia; Vietnam gives you a delightful contrast and mixture of environments, so there’s always something to do, or not do, depending on your mood. The marble mausoleum in Hanoi is worth visiting to see the country pay homage to the renowned leader during the Communist era; Ho Chi Minh. And there are history museums for war and soldier enthusiasts in many locations in each city. Take a look at some of the best places to get a sense of the array of modern and ancient history the country has to offer so that you’ll know just where to head when you get there.
Indonesia is made up of thousands of different islands and is the perfect place to escape for anyone looking for exploration, volcanic views, and discovery. Of course, you’ll have an array of gorgeous beaches to enjoy, but the fun will start when you get your best walking shoes or boots on, and begin exploring the depths of the beautiful nation. Indonesia is home to an array of different ethnic groups, ensuring that it’s a country steeped in various traditions, cultures, and influences, making it a truly unique and exciting place to discover. Wildlife lovers will enjoy the jungles which house elephants, tigers, and orangutans; it’s worth looking into organized tours so that you can enjoy the great outdoors safely, and you won’t get lost in the depths of the foliage and trees. There are also Komodo dragons to see if you’re brave enough, but again; make sure you’re not wandering off on your own, and have a reputable and experienced guide to make your trip as safe, extensive, and as fun as possible.
The capital city of Jakarta lies on the island of Java and offers a contrast to the nature of its surrounding islands and areas. Head to the center to discover the countries traditions, some unusual markets and places to shop, local gamelan music, and a plethora of food and drink options to satisfy any appetite. With so much vibrancy, contrast, and influences; Indonesia will excite your senses, and you’ll return home with incredible photos and memories to last a lifetime.
An extremely popular destination for travelers, holidaymakers, and backpackers of all ages alike; Thailand is a country that people keep returning to. The tropical beaches are like nowhere else on earth, and you’ll have the opportunity to lie on the cleanest sand and look out at the crystal clear waters of the sea ahead for hours. The array of beaches will allow you to go off the beaten track if you’ve done your research into where is safe and worth a visit, or you can enjoy one of the many luxurious hotels and resorts based around the coast. There really is something to suit all budgets, so look into your options regarding accommodation and where the best locations to stay are.
Thailand also provides any traveler with opulent palaces rich in royal history, temples and statues, ancient ruins, and Buddha figures galore. Therefore, if you really want to immerse yourself in the colors, sights, and experiences to be had in the country; it’s worth fine-tuning your list of things to do and see before you get on the plane so that you can fit everything into your adventure. Bangkok will bring you a complete contrast to the relaxation you’ll experience on one of the many beaches, and is a modern environment full of iconic landmarks, markets, malls, and places to enjoy. If you’re craving a fun night out; head to the capital and enjoy all the night markets, music, cuisine, and culture that Bangkok has to offer for an unforgettable trip.
Have you compiled your travel bucketlist for this year yet? Where are you off to in this new year? I want to read all about your plans in the comments. Tell me all… In the between time, follow me all over the web on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Until our next rendezvous…
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