Southeast Asia is awesome… and some spots can be a wee bit too awesome.
It's a high compliment, all these tourists visiting areas that have been lauded in
When Southeast Asia's beaches and temples don't do it for you anymore, consider something more challenging.
You didn't travel all the way to Southeast Asia to just watch the sights go by from behind your bus window.
For the ultimate in authentic experiences, you can't go wrong by staying at a local homestay in Southeast Asia.
For a grittier cultural experience in Southeast Asia, you can hardly do better than take up a local martial arts class.
Who says the fun has to end after sunset? After dark in Southeast Asia, the festivities have only just begun:
As we've explained before, Southeast Asia loves strange things: and that applies to the food as well. We asked several blogger travelers what strange
Not a lot of travel brochures talk about the most rewarding Southeast Asia experience of all: giving time to a cause you believe in.
The “banana pancake trail” is looking a little too well worn. Its formerly out-of-the-way destinations, once much beloved by older backpackers, have since been deluged by crowds of package-tour travelers and flashpackers.
With Southeast Asia's summer season upon us, now's the time to review your beach options: where to go, what you'll find at each step, and a plan to move to the next one. We asked several bloggers to help us piece together a beach-only itinerary, and the resulting work (see below) gives readers a taste of the sunny, sandy landscapes you can explore this coming summer.
Avid hikers will go on and on about Southeast Asia's gorgeous multi-day trails – the hikes up Mount Fansipan in Vietnam and Myanmar's Kalaw to Inle Lake trail come to mind – but even the region's short hikes can give back far more than travelers dish out: amazing wildlife finds and stunning scenery out of all proportion to the effort hikers put in!
As the recent eruptions of Mayon in the Philippines and Gunung Agung in Indonesia demonstrate, no vacation can be completely insulated from the wrath of nature.
The new normal in Southeast Asia is "responsible travel" – and that's put plenty of formerly popular animal experiences under the microscope. Tiger sanctuaries and elephant rides are under scrutiny – after all, many such experiences come at the price of animal suffering.
It's a big world out there – and Southeast Asia is just the right place for your kids to discover the color and adventure available outside of their comfort zone.
Go ahead, let your hair down: the parties in Southeast Asia give you the chance to let all your ya-yas out with great music, bottomless drinks and wonderful company.
Most of the ruling dynasties that once ruled over Southeast Asia may have gone the way of Ozymandias, but their glittering palaces remain. These stately homes used to house entire governments, maintaining the power of life and death over millions.
Weird? Southeast Asia loves weird. The seriousness of the region's grandest temples and most majestic tourist attractions aside, a few hidden corners revel in the locals' quirky sense of imagination, as a few travel bloggers have been happy to explain to us.
Be prepared for anything: Southeast Asia might throw any combination of unpredictable situations at the traveler, including (but not limited to) typhoons, searing hot sunlight, humidity, and mosquitoes.
Southeast Asia may be better known to travelers for its chaos, but its quieter corners deserve some attention too: places are where locals go for a walk or to enjoy some quiet moments.
The overseas Chinese communities that populated Southeast Asia's cities over the past centuries celebrate a distinct calendar that have been fully embraced by their countries at large.