There is so much to South East Asia that a lifetime of holidays will barely scratch the surface.
Whatever your heart’s desire and wherever your interests lie. Southeast Asia stretches all the way from the Himalayas to the jungles of the far flung Indonesia Spice Islands, ensuring its natural beauty is as varied and enticing as its rich heritage. The region has smiling, welcoming locals, and each country manages to retain a traditional and authentic flavour alongside an exciting modern culture.
South East Asia is not just about the beaches. A popular combination is to combine a beach holiday with one of the region’s exciting gateway cities, such as fun-filled Bangkok or the global melting pot that is Singapore and, of course, there’s the high-rise money-hub that is Hong Kong.
Venture from the cities and beaches and the region also delivers a never ending array of cultural and historic sights. Explore the vast ruins of Angkor in Cambodia, its temples slowly emerging from the forest as the archaeology continues. Explore the colonial delights of Malacca and Penang in Malaysia, two cities savouring a cuisine enriched with the spices of India. Another Malaysian highlight is sampling fresh tea high up in the terraced hills of the Cameron Highlands.
Explore Vietnam and discover a landscape and a culture shaped by centuries of conflict with China, as well as the more recent tragedies of the 20th Century. Youthful, energetic and proud, the people of Vietnam always ensure a unique and memorable experience. Spectacular natural scenery includes magnificent Halong Bay (its innumerable limestone karsts are simply breathtaking), a rugged interior and the naturally luxuriant Garden of Eden that is the Mekong Delta.
Best time of year to visit
As it covers such a vast area the climate across South East Asia varies from country to country.
Singapore experiences a tropical climate all year round and it is likely to be hot and humid whenever you choose to travel. The wettest period is between November and January, but although there is a chance of rain year round, there is also plenty of sunshine and consistently high temperatures.
Southern Vietnam is generally dry from November to April. May to October is warm, with heavy showers and the odd overcast day. Northern areas are cooler and drier from January to May and September to December. June to August can be hot, humid and showery.