Southeast Asia trips

Why Southeast Asia?

Southeast Asia offers fabled adventures for the Western traveller; a rite of passage for many first-time backpackers. But you’ll find there’s far more here than meets the eye.

Bangkok is officially the most visited city in Southeast Asia, but there’s plenty to be experienced away from Khao San Road: lesser-known islands, secluded temples and vibrant markets are all within reach.

Over in Hanoi, you’ll find a city of cobbled, historical streets; where traditional Vietnamese, Chinese and French influences come together to create an enchanting atmosphere. Luang Prabang in Laos is equally charming. One of the most sacred places in the country, this is where many young monks are spiritually trained, amidst the many ancient temples adorned with mosaics.

Further south, Indonesia is comprised of over 17,000 islands, many of them home to the world’s most famous volcanoes, including Krakatoa and Mount Batur (which you’ll climb on our Bali trip). And Borneo? A truly unique ecosystem, where you’ll see creatures from all walks of the animal kingdom living side-by-side (except, perhaps, polar bears).

Southeast Asia facts

From cuisine to wildlife, here are a few things you should know about Southeast Asia

Demographic

Southeast Asia boasts a population of around 665 million people, encompassing Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. The most populated country is Indonesia with 251 inhabitants, and the least are the Andaman Islands.

Heritage

Southeast Asia is a predominantly Buddhist region, with the exception of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei (which are Islamic) and the Philippines (which is Christian). The region’s cultures are otherwise strongly influenced by Theravada Buddhism and animist beliefs.

Food

You’re likely to be familiar with Southeast Asian cuisine, such is the scope of its appeal around the world: pad thai and tom yum from Thailand, pho noodle soup and banh mi from Vietnam, laksa and chicken satay from Malaysia are just a few beloved dishes.

Landscapes

Southeast Asia has a tropical climate, alternating between monsoon season and dry season. Most of the region is comprised of islands – Indonesia and the Philippines being the largest archipelagos – and covered in lush, dense jungle and picturesque coastlines.

Wildlife

Borneo has some of the world’s most abundant rainforests; one of the only places where you’ll find tigers, orangutans, elephants and rhinos living alongside one another. You’ll find native elephants, monkeys and tigers from China down to Indonesia.

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