The Best of South East Asia
So... Any advice on where to travel to in July?
south east Asia, 1 month
I'm based in Western Sydney
The largest continent on the planet is sure to be the largest tourist destination of the world. Home to two of the ancient civilizations, this is a land of diversity and rich cultural history. From the world famous Mecca Mosque to the industrial hub of Tokyo, Asia has it all. There are a number of world class holiday destinations to visit and I have picked the following ones for you that I think you'd enjoy.
Lonely planet sums its up perfectly:
Asia sticks to you. The joss sticks lit for the household shrines in Thailand impart a sweet perfume to the thick air. The heavenly aroma of Indian spices follows you for days.This is a spiritual place infused with the gods of past and present: the ancient spirits of the land and the family, the deities of Buddhism and Hinduism and the rules of Islam. Architectural wonders and sacred spaces abound from the Great Wall of China and the temples of Angkor to lesser known marvels in Myanmar, Nepal and Afghanistan.
(Source: Lonely Planet)
A cultural and industrial hub, Hong Kong promises to be an excellent tourist destination. The former British colony boasts of having a unique blend of ancient Chinese and modern culture. A visit to the city will ensure a nice and memorable vacation.
(Source: The Travelling Bum)
The foremost attraction here is The Peak, a spot from where you can see the incredible skyline of the city, famous Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon towering skyscrapers. Another brilliant attraction would be the Ocean Park, which is a popular theme park and is favourite among the tourists. The park also houses the world famous Aqua Park, where you can see marine life through a very unique way. Hollywood too has its influence in this city and the magnificent Madame Tussauds is symbolic of it. Housing over 100 wax figures of famous celebrities this place is a must visit for any movie fan. In the end pay a visit to the Stanley Market, known for its fine restaurants and shopping areas.
Tripadvisor gives an excellent overview of this place:
Enjoy the quintessential Hong Kong experiences of endless shopping, big-city nightlife and delicious dim sum, but save time for other activities. Ride a double-decker tram past neon signs in English and Cantonese. Board a harbor cruise or head up to Victoria Peak to see vistas of lush green mountains and skyscrapers lining the coast. Spend the day on Lantau Island or at Hong Kong Disneyland or Ocean Park. Relax on the beach. And don't forget to take in Hong Kong's spectacular night views
One of the top emerging tourist destinations in the world, Singapore is known for its diverse culture and religion, brilliance of arts, the magnificent architecture and its scenic beauty. This small island located in South East Asia comes with warm hospitality along with some of the best experience a tourist can have.
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Singapore Flyer is one of the foremost attractions here. This giant 165 metre observatory wheel displays a 360 degree panoramic view of the city and is largest of its kind in the world. Another top attraction would be the Universal Studios, which is one of the best movie theme parks in the world. There are some 24 attractions along with and incredible insight into the best Universal Films. In the end have your share of the incredible Singapore shopping experience on the Orchard Road, which is famous for its large number of high end stores and malls.
Wikitravel puts it beautifully:
Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and boasts the world's busiest port. Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping and a vibrant nightlife scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region.
Cut into half by the South China Sea, Malaysia is another brilliant option. It is a top tourist destination and known for its blend of Indian, Malai and Chinese cultures. An emerging economy, this nation is a perfect mix of modern world and traditional culture.
Begin from the capital city with a visit to the majestic Petronas Twin Towers which are the highest structures in South East Asia. Offering breath-taking views of the city skyline this place is a must visit on any visit to Malaysia. Next up is the famous Islamic Arts Museum which offers a detailed insight into the hidden values of the Muslim culture and way of life. A trip to this museum is very knowledgeable and worth a visit on any given day. In the end finally head to Langkawi which is another favourite destination among the tourists. Its white sandy beaches coupled with turquoise coloured water offer an ideal tropical vacation.
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Here is a perfect description of the Malaysia:
To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia. A bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, it has also made Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very laid back, warm and friendly.
(Source: Tourism Malaysia)