South East Asia

Last Updated on March 12, 2021

I flew the Sydney to Geneva route many times as a child. The planes often refuel in Asia, so I got a look at Asia quite young and was captivated.

My first backpacking experience was through South East Asia in 2004. It was a time when it was popular to carry a huge Lonely Planet paper guidebook with you. Sounds so antiquated as I write this today!

Thailand

Thailand is one of my favorite countries. It’s spectacular. Thai food is some of the best in the region, and actually some of the best in the world. From pad thai on the street to pad kra pao, tom yum goong, and som tam. Thailand taught me the wonders of spicy food.

The southern beaches and islands are must visit. The cities have their own bustling charm. Chiang Mai is a must visit. I lived in Bangkok for a while in 2009 and loved it.

A hidden gem is Sala Keoku Park in Nong Khai, Thailand. It’s wild. No hallucinogens required to trip out. Giant fantastic concrete sculptures inspired by Buddhist/Hindu. The Wheel of Life is incredible.

Cambodia

I know Cambodia very well after traveling there in 2005 and living there in 2008/2009.

Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat is one of the wonders of the world and for good reason. Spend a week in Siem Reap to explore the temples.

Laos

I thought Vang Vieng was spectacular. Luang Prabang is also lovely. I want to go back.

Vietnam

I’ve visited the South a few times. Daily pho is key, but there’s also so much more to Vietnam. I want to go back here too.

Singapore

Singapore has always been a great stopover destination. I’ve never spent extended time there.

Malaysia

I loved Malaysia. Penang Island was special. Kuala Lumpur and it’s towers is a favorite.

Indonesia

I must admit I’ve only been to Bali. I spent over a year there so I will write Bali a post of it’s own.