South East Asia Items
A US Marine has completed a 5,000-mile trek across Southeast Asia using Google Maps on his smart phone to plan his route while ‘on the road’.
Not sure where you want to go on your gap year, why not spend five minutes speed dating with some of the world’s best loved backpacker cities and see which one you fancy? This week we’re in Luang Prabang, Laos’ charming UNESCO World Heritage town.
Cambodia, in south-east Asia, is something of an up and coming gap year destination. Its fascinating-but-gruesome history, beautiful scenery, friendly locals and cheap living costs mean your money will certainly go far when staying in the country.
Burma is making plans to become more 'tourism friendly' in wake of a massive influx of traveller interest, according to TravelWire Asia.
Backpacker Esme Fox shares her best travel bragging stories with us, after a three month trip to South East Asia. Warning - contains spiders, cooked rats, and horses painted as zebras!
If you're interested in getting your hands dirty on your gap year by signing up to work as a volunteer on a building project, you'll be making a real difference to the community you are based in. Now you've decided what voluntary work abroad you want to do, the next step is to choose where!
MaptheGap.co.uk interviews Callie Morris about her gap year trip volunteering in Kenya and backpacking through South East Asia and Australia.
Haggling is an important and necessary skill when you’re travelling, especially if you’re travelling in South East Asia. If you’re on a tight budget then it’s important to learn a few haggling rules. In certain places you can haggle for almost anything including accommodation, transport and even tours. In many countries haggling has become an art form and if you plan to spend your gap year backpacking around the area you learn how it’s done. So here are some tips on the art of haggling to help you get started.
Jutting out from the South-East Asian mainland like a huge inverted comma, South Thailand is easily the most popular destination in the whole region. And it’s quite easy to see why! Blessed by year-round heat and skirted by two stunning seas...
Welcoming, tropical, spiritual and humid: Cambodia is a fascinating destination that has been cited as the ‘in’ destination in Asia. For the uninitiated, it’s a very poor country, but this only makes a trip here humble and eye-opening...
Flanked by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, Cambodia is the best of all three worlds. It’s Vietnam without the huge population, Laos with the South China Sea off its southern shore, and Thailand without the tourist tide.
After World War II and until 1975, the southern half of Vietnam was its own country. Although it’s wow officially joint with the north to make one unified nation, the differences between the north and the south can still be felt.
With a varied history including Chinese, French and Japanese occupation, war with America and a civil war; travelling in Vietnam is like seeing the old and new mix in bizarre harmony. Ancient Chinese temples decorated with French colonial signs...
Laos. It’s mystical, spiritual, friendly and beautiful all in one. Buddhist monks worship in ancient temples, little children play in the street when the rains come, and the whole country moves at a laidback pace.
Beautiful landlocked Laos; a land of abundant natural wonder and arguably the most relaxed country on the planet. Many visitors have found that long suffering ailments like muscle aches, asthma and stress related illnesses have all been cured here.
Northern Thailand: a place where verdant jungle mixes with hillside hippy towns, cultural cities, huge temple complexes and indigenous tribal communities. Be amazed by open aired markets selling multi-coloured fish and acres of tropical woodland.
Cambodia is a beautifully green land of tropical flatlands, rainforest, undeveloped shores, ancient temples, and some of the friendliest people on earth. Nestled snugly between Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand in the central South-East Asian landmass..
Taking a gap year – particularly if you’re travelling alone – can be a daunting prospect. But with the tiniest bit of effort it’s very easy to meet tonnes of new friends in every city or town you visit, and also on buses, and in bars.
Central Thailand offers a travel experience far removed from that of the country’s southern shores. Here there are no beaches and no resorts packed with tourists, but instead, fantastic floating markets, pristine jungle, and a relaxed way of life.
Imagine mist shrouded limestone peaks, turquoise waters, crumbling colonial towns, 50ft tall religious statues, the smell of frying in the morning, and heaving backpacker parties on paradise islands. Imagine this and you have pictured south-east Asia perfectly.
Book your flights in advance and you can save big with South East Asian low-cost airline Cebu Pacific. From tomorrow until Sunday (February 20), 1.2million tickets across 49 different routes in the region will be offered for half price.
Book early for your South East Asian adventure and you could make massive savings, with the two-day cheap flights sale from Cebu Pacific. Until Wednesday (February 9), customers can get flights for as little as PHP999 (£14).
The South East Asian state of Burma has been voted as the Top Emerging Travel Destination in the Wanderlust Readers' Travel Awards 2011. This controversial choice means that Burma is now top of Wanderlust's travel 'to do' list.
It pays to book your South East Asian transfers in advance, as Cebu Pacific, the Philippine airline is offering low-cost island hopping flights from just PHP488 (£7) each way, meaning you can discover even more of the Philippines on a budget.
Goway Travel, the American tour specialist, is offering a real highlight for your South-East Asian tour, in the form of a four-day Thailand expedition, which includes hillside trekking, elephant rides and wild river rafting.