Venture north of the Philippines' capital of Manila - take a culinary tour of the province of Pampanga for a deeper look into the nation's culture and history.
Planning to explore Kuala Lumpur's Dataran Merdeka in Malaysia on your own? consult this list for details on the sights you'll see along the way.
All about the elongated former cricket pitch - once the center of the British Empire in colonial Kuala Lumpur - that now serves as the birthplace of Malaysia as an independent nation.
The Royal Selangor Club is a relic of British Imperial rule whose traditions, are kept alive today by the Malaysian elites who still congregate at the Club's Long Bar.
Read all about Saint Mary's Cathedral in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - a small church in Dataran Merdeka with an outsize historical significance
Read about the Victoria Fountain in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur: a monument to a faraway monarch who couldn't even be present to see this monument to her continued reign.
The National Textile Museum as a comfortable air-conditioned respite from Kuala Lumpur's incredible humidity, an ideal break in the middle of exploring Dataran Merdeka on foot.
Find out more about this two-storey brick building in Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: a wide brick complex topped with copper-covered domes, and a single towering clock tower at its center.
Protect your Southeast Asia vacation from earthquakes, monsoons and tsunami - read this list and prepare for the worst (even as you hope for the best)
There's more to the Philippines' capital than meets the eye - find out what makes Manila tick, and what it has to offer the adventurous traveler