Not just for beach-bums and backpackers, South East Asia holidays have the perfect destination for travelers of all varieties. From Vietnam and Cambodia, to Thailand or Singapore, the region’s enchanting mix of ancient traditions, ultra-modern cities, stunning scenery and fabulous flavours is filled with inspirational experiences.
Things to do in South East Asia
South East Asia is made up of several countries in the area between India, China, and Australia. With a hot climate, beautiful beaches, and rich and varied cultures, it is a popular region for long-haul holidays. Many people will visit more than one country during their South East Asia holidays to make the most of their time.
Holidays in South East Asia are ideal whether you just want to relax in the sun, explore the local culture or go on an exciting adventure. Solo trekkers, families, and couples can all find a holiday in Asia to suit their taste.
While on holiday in Southeast Asia, you will find fascinating sights wherever you are. From ancient temples to modern venues, natural beauty to incredible wildlife - there is so much to see.
As with many places, the best time of the year to visit southeast Asia will depend on the weather. There are monsoon seasons every year that are best to avoid if you are travelling with children, seeking some sun or want to do watersports. If you don't mind the rain, travelling during the monsoon season can be cheaper than during the high season when the weather is dry. The northwest and southeast monsoons travel across the region, so each country sees rain at different times of the year.
Flying to South East Asia is the best option for most travellers. Bangkok, Changi, Kuala Lumpur, and Ninoy Aquino (Manila) are some of the most-used airports in the region. Flying from the UK to southeast Asia takes between 12 and 14 hours on average. The time difference ranges from 6-9 hours ahead of GMT.
South East Asia travel gives you the opportunity to experience a variety of different cultures. Vibrant festivals, unique cuisines, and traditions can be found throughout Southeast Asian countries. Join in and enjoy a Thai water festival, delicious Malay curries, or a Filipino Christmas.
Each country in Southeast Asia has its own visa rules, so it is important to check ahead of time if a visa will be required for your trip. UK passport holders can usually travel to these countries for 15-30 days without needing a visa.
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