27 reasons why every Flashpacker needs to visit Southeast Asia, now

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There is more to Southeast Asia than her reputation as a cheap backpacking destination would have you believe – much more.

1. Contrary to popular belief, Southeast Asia isn’t all about Thailand’s Full Moon Parties

2. Or dreadful hotels

3. Or even the dubious cocktails of Khao San Road.

4. On the contrary, Southeast Asia is a foodie’s dream, with fresh fruit and vegetables for sale wherever you go… 

5. From night hawker in Penang, Malaysia

6.  To a riot of flavours in Vietnam


7. Luang Prabang is also well known for combining French gastronomy with traditional Asian cooking

8. The bars and restaurants are just incredible. Just look at Chill Skybar in Ho Chi Minh City

9. Or the buzzing nightlife of Manila

10. At 5pm the locals of Hanoi hit the streets for “Beer Hanoi” where they say business is done over a beer or several. Joining this merry occasion should definitely be on the list of any Flashpacker hoping to mingle with the locals…  

11. While meeting the local tribes of Northern Vietnam (Sapa) for lunch and rice-wine is a must for anyone interested in the traditional side of Southeast Asia

12. Hoi An has some of the best –and quickest – tailors who will be able to measure you up and fit you with the perfect outfit in just a matter of days

13. Alternatively, you can bring your favourite clothing along and ask them to copy it in any material you choose

14. For those who like a little bit of action on their travels, there are plenty of opportunities for scenic cycle rides in Myanmar

15. Kayaking through the emerald waters and limestone caves of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

A silhouette of kayakers in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

16. Or even a spot of trekking

17. The photography opportunities are endless, whether you find yourself in the picturesque, mountain town of Luang Prabang

18. Anywhere along the Mekong River

A river cruise in front of the Pak Ou Caves on the Mekong River

19. Cruising through Halong Bay

Winter sun

20. Or unearthing incredible beaches

21. Unleash your inner foodie

22. And, of course, exploring the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia

23. And let’s not forget the hotels! Like the Shinta Mani in Siem Reap

24. And Amorita Resort on Panglao island in the Philippines 

25. Oh, and Villa Maly in Luang Prabang

26. Or Svarga Loka resort in the jungle hills of Ubud, Bali

27. To sample the delights of Southeast Asia for yourself, don’t miss our adventures to Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali and the Philippines

Images: Shutterstock, Flash Pack

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