Incense giving, Vietnam

Reasons to go Travelling in South East Asia

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Take yourself on a visual adventure through jaw-dropping South East Asia. Beloved by backpackers and adventurers alike, South East Asia has topped travel lists long before the term bucket list starting kicking around, and it's not exactly hard to see why.

With tantalising cuisine, heaps to see and do, and a fascinating, though sometimes very bloody, history, it is no surprise that travellers from all walks of life have fallen head over heels for this instantly likeable part of our planet.

Here are just 21 reasons to go travelling in South East Asia.

Things to See in South East Asia

It's incredibly photogenic.

Flower seller, Vietnam

 

The colours are mesmerising.

Inle Lake, Myanmar/Burma  

You can spend the night on a traditional Vietnamese boat...

Boats in Halong Bay

 

Climb beautiful, atmospheric volcanoes...

Mount Bromo, Java

 

And walk through beautiful terraced fields.

philippines viewGreat views, Philippines 

 

There are endless spectacular temples to discover...

Borobudur Temple, IndonesiaBorobudur Temple, Indonesia

 

Which you can explore by bike...

Cycling in Bagan, Myanmar/Burma

 

And see devout monks going about their day.

Student monks, Myanmar/Burma

 

 In fact, it's ideal for people watching generally.

Monks, Cambodia

 

There are friendly faces everywhere...

schoolchildren in LaosSchool children, Laos

 

In incredibly beautiful settings.

Inle Lake at sunrise, Myanmar/Burma

 

There is no shortage of spectacular sunrises...

The River Mekong, Laos

 

Or sensational sunsets.

sunset in burmaSunset over Bagan, Myanmar/Burma 

 

Generally, there is beautiful scenery everywhere you go. Whether you're inland...

Paddy fields, Laos

 

Or on an island.

Fishing boats, Philippines 

 

You can swim and snorkel to your heart's content...

snorkelling in thailandPerfect beaches, Thailand

 

And unwind on white-sand beaches.

Traditional long-tail fishing boat, Thailand

 

Thrill-seekers can get their kicks with exciting activities...

Ziplining in ThailandZiplining in Thailand

 

Foodies can eat like champions...

Dinner, Vietnam

 

And history buffs will never be short of iconic places to visit. 

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

 

So what're you waiting for? Time to start packing!

Monks, Myanmar/Burma

 

So there you have it. If you're not convinced to travel to South East Asia by now, we give up! If we've got your attention, though, browse our trips below and head to South East Asia. 

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