Southeast Asia Travel: Most Popular Articles
At a hawker center tourists can experience the best Southeast Asian cuisine at the lowest price. Here is a list of the ten best food centers in Singapore.
The former heart of a formidable empire, Angkor stretches over more than 200 square miles of forest and ruin. Angkor's magnificent structures are all that are left of the Khmer Empire's old capitals, constructed between the 9th to the 15th century CE.
Many travelers may come to Cambodia solely to visit the temples of Angkor Wat, but there are many other interesting things to do in Siem Reap.
A list of Bali's largest, most ornate, and most culturally significant temples, including a guide with images, location and GPS coordinates.
Tips for tourists who want to make the most out of their trip to Bali, Indonesia, including advice on safety, health, etiquette, and more.
Singapore is probably one of the most expensive places in Southeast Asia to visit, but some Singapore hotels offer great deals if you know where to look.
Instead of racking up ruinously expensive roaming rates while visiting Indonesia, smart travelers buy prepaid SIM cards like Telkomsel's SIMpati.
Southeast Asia’s governments impose the toughest drug laws on the planet. A list of notable drug convicts and how to avoid following their example.
Packing advice for the first-time traveler to Southeast Asia, including how to pack for the weather, what to bring, and what you can afford to leave behind.
Learn how to safely deal with banks and money changers in Bali, Indonesia, including the local currency and where to have your foreign currency exchanged.
Great things to do in Ubud, Bali. Read about Balinese dance, Hindu temples, shopping, spas, rice fields, and other things to do in Ubud, Bali.
Planning a trip to El Nido? Take stock of your transportation options here. Costs, duration, restrictions, and other details for getting to El Nido via plane, boat, bus, or air-conditioned shuttle van.
Where to eat in Georgetown, Penang. Making sense of the food courts, restaurants, street carts, and where to eat in Georgetown.
Don't say you've been to Hanoi in Vietnam until you visit all of these seven must-see sights, including Hoan Kiem Lake, Temple of Literature, and more.
Simple etiquette tips for visiting Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Read about do's and don'ts while visiting Buddhist temples.
What you need to know about getting around South Bali by taxi, including how to flag a taxi down, how much to pay, and what to expect.
Some tips on how not to commit cultural faux pas and understand the local culture when traveling to Bali, Indonesia.
Dos and don't's to help Bali tourists stay safe while on the island, with links to hospitals and clinics should you need to visit a doctor.
Learn how to prevent mosquito bites in Southeast Asia, including DEET alternatives, mosquito coils, electric fans, and other quick tips.
Visiting mosques is a learning experience. Follow these simple rules of etiquette when visiting mosques to ensure that you do not cause offense.
Vital information for first-time travelers to the Philippines, including visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, and getting around.
Trekking in Southeast Asia is always an adventure. Read about seven excellent places for hiking and trekking in Southeast Asia.
Cambodia understands that visitors may not be familiar with all of their customs, but by showing an effort you will have a better overall experience.
A walking tour of the oldest part of Old Manila: Intramuros, the walled city. Learn directions to the Visitors' Centre and what to bring.
All about renting a motorbike or scooter when in Bali. A review of the risks, tips, and things to remember when renting a motorbike for use when in Bali, Indonesia.
An overview of Siem Reap in Cambodia: find out about Siem Reap's transportation, nearby hotels, and etiquette for visitors to the town of Siem Reap and the nearby Angkor temples.
Learn how to use the Singapore EZ-Link Card for transportation, where to buy them, and why they're such essential tools for Singapore travelers.
All about Singapore's draconian drug laws, tips on how to avoid being arrested, and what to do if arrested in Singapore for drugs.
Vital information for first-time travelers to Malaysia, including visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, getting in, and getting around.
A list of the most popular shopping outlets in Bali – your best bet for cheap souvenirs, homeware, clothing, and more. Bali tourists swear by these outlets and specialty stores in Bali.
Monkey bites are serious if left untreated. Read about monkey behavior and how to avoid monkey bites while traveling through Southeast Asia.
Money tips and useful spending suggestions for travelers in Vietnam. How to change your money in Vietnam and how to get the most bang for your buck.
In this top ten list of Vietnam's top attractions, we'll explore all the ancient buildings, awesome food traditions, and natural wonders that the 20th century's wars couldn't erase.
A tour of the ancient Khmer temples in Angkor: Banteay Kdei, Banteay Srei, Bayon, Ta Prohm, and the incomparable Angkor Wat.
A list of reasons to put Singapore on your to-visit list: its verdant parks, world-class zoos, luxurious hotels, historical structures, and deliciously cheap eats, all in an area not much bigger than El Paso, Texas.
One of the best hawker centers in Singapore serving cheap but delicious food, here’s what you need to know to enjoy Katong’s original food experience.
A review of Starhub and Singapore Tourism Board's GSM Prepaid Card for travelers, including its call, text, and data performance.
Southeast Asia is generally open to US citizens, with different degrees of visa-free access throughout the region. Learn the requirements for each country.
All you need to know about cellphone roaming in Southeast Asia, including phone requirements, GSM bands, and cellular phone penetration.
The top ten dishes you should try in Southeast Asia's food capital. These delicious Singaporean dishes can be sampled at any hawker and food center on the island.
An overview of travel requirements for Cambodia, from getting a visa, what to wear, what money to use, and how to keep safe while traveling in the country.
Bali Indonesia overview, a comprehensive look at Bali's towns, attractions, and adventures.
Facebook is unofficially blocked in Vietnam, but there's nothing to stop you from using Facebook with this list of workarounds.
An introduction to Bali’s shopping scene – where to get your retail therapy fix in Kuta, Ubud, and everywhere in between
Standing in Singapore's business district, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market rocks on day and night, dishing out premium hawker food to visitors.
Transportation in Bali comes in plenty of flavors, some more tourist-friendly than the others. Here’s a guide to both public and private transportation.
A summary of the laws governing drug possession and trafficking in Indonesia, along with information on what to do if arrested for drug possession.
Dos and don't's for staying safe when in Bali, Indonesia - tips on how to prevent theft, arrest, or accident while traveling in Bali
These modern shopping malls are popping up all over South Bali, providing Bali tourists with dining, shopping and entertainment close to the island’s beaches
Kota Kinabalu attractions - learn about 8 interesting Kota Kinabalu attractions and things to do outside of the city.
Find out what a typhoon is, and what to do in the event your Southeast Asia trip coincides with a typhoon visit. Information and tips on typhoon season.
A comprehensive list of Singapore shopping centers in Orchard Road, arranged in alphabetical order.
The orangutans in Borneo are not easy to find! Read about five great places to see the orangutans in Borneo.
Vital information for visitors to Thailand, including visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, getting in, and getting around.
A travel guide to Tanjung Benoa, Bali's family-friendly beach - its dining, entertainment, and accommodations all in one handy place
The rafflesia flower is the world's heaviest and most interesting. Learn facts about the rafflesia flower, where to find it, and the future of the rafflesia flower.
Bali, Indonesia is a prime destination for tourists seeking cheap prices, a rich local culture, beautiful beaches, delicious food, and free-flowing Bintang Beer.
Trekking Mount Bromo, Indonesia's most famous active volcano. How to get there, tips, and what to expect at Mount Bromo.
Learn how to visit the Batu Caves in Malaysia. The Batu Caves are an important Hindu site and tourist attraction near Kuala Lumpur.
A look at Marina Bay’s many attractions: the best of Singapore’s most rapidly-evolving district. Once an unremarkable waste, Marina Bay is now Singapore’s most modern business and pleasure precinct.
All about shopping in the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam, where shoppers can get great bargains on silks, lacquerware, and much more.
Visitors going to Vietnam must show a valid Vietnam visa before being allowed into the country. A guide to where and how to get your Vietnam visa.
While Thailand is superficially becoming more and more Western, the Thai culture and habits are still practiced widely by its people.
Got some time in South Bali to kill? Try one (or all) of the region’s diversions listed here: everything from souvenir shopping to diving to dining.
The shopping scene in Central Bali, including its main tourist hub of Ubud, is a shadow of South Bali's. But Central Bali does have a vibrant retail scene.
El Nido can be a harsh town for beachcombers used to creature comforts. Here's a guide to mid-range to luxury hotels and resorts with AC, internet and more.
Fun facts about the durian fruit. Learn about nutritional data, addictive properties, and where the durian fruit smell comes from.
The low-cost El Nido hotels and resorts listed here leave more room in the budget for diving, island-hopping, and more.
The only way to avoid to scams is to know about them. Here are a handful of common ripoffs to be wary of when traveling around Southeast Asia.
Information and tips for travelers in Southeast Asia taking advantage of the monsoon season's lower prices. Tips, dos and don'ts, and packing advice for rainy season travelers.
How to apply for a Cambodia e-Visa, a travel document that you can apply for and pay online, in less than 24 hours.
The lovely shoreline surrounding the island of Bali are very vulnerable to tsunami. Here are what you need to know if a tsunami affects you on your travels.
Fruit in Southeast Asia is bizarre but delicious! Try these 6 strange Southeast Asian fruits on your next trip for a nice surprise.
A list of budget hotels in Singapore's busy Chinatown district. Guests can take advantage of Chinatown's central location, prime attractions, and their hotels' low rates.
Tips, warnings, and suggested trails for trekking in the Cameron Highlands. Read about jungle trekking in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia.
Bali has more great surfing shoreline per mile of coastline than any other place in the world. Here’s a brief run-down of the best surf spots.
Travel safety tips for Southeast Asia to keep you healthy and happy. Read these travel safety tips and recommendations for your trip.
Find out why UNESCO made Georgetown in Penang a World Heritage Site. Read about food, sites, and shopping in the “Pearl of the Orient.”
Kuching has many delicious foods that are difficult to find elsewhere. Read about local dishes, restaurants, and where to find the best food in Kuching.
The War Remnants Museum is a must-see in Ho Chi Minh City. Read about what to expect in the War Remnants Museum - Saigon, Vietnam.
Teh Tarik is Malaysia's famous tea drink. Read about the tradition, making, and even a recipe for making teh tarik at home.
How does Maxis' Hotlink Prepaid SIM card compare as a prepaid SIM card? All about the calls and surfing services Hotlink provides for smartphone-bearing travelers in Malaysia
An overview of the shopping scene in South Bali, including malls, traditional markets, and streetside boutiques in Kuta, Legian, Denpasar and elsewhere.
Scams in Vietnam are everywhere! Learn these common scams in Vietnam before you travel.
Rising to 5,633 feet, Mount Batur can be summited by physically-fit hikers in around two hours. Read about trekking independently, tours, and details.
A list of hospitals and clinics in Bali for travelers seeking medical services, including contact information, hospital websites, and emergency numbers.
A list of resorts located near Philippines' Davao City, on Samal and Talicud Islands, offering easy access to diving, snorkeling and other aqua sports.
An itinerary for a long week’s worth of travel through Vietnam, including travel tips, dining options, and hotel recommendations.
How to find a trustworthy travel agency in Hanoi, Vietnam. What to ask and what to expect. A list of travel agencies of some repute based in Hanoi.
Khmer food is similar but different to other cuisine found in Southeast Asia. Read about Cambodian cuisine and what makes Khmer food so special.
How to visit the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. Read about when to go, how to get there, and what to expect on the Perhentian Islands.
A full review of the Vietnam train experience riding from Hanoi to Hue, via Livitrans on the Reunification Express.
How to go direct to Ha Long Bay without going through a middleman. Transportation to Ha Long Bay, what to expect in the ticketing process.
Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave, is a mysterious Hindu site near Ubud, Bali. Read about the history and visiting Goa Gajah.
Here is what to expect while eating in Indonesia, including popular dishes, food terms, precautions, and the best food in Indonesia.
Important information for first-time visitors to Singapore, including visa requirements, currency, vaccinations, and climate.
The Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is an excellent place to view orangutans in the wild. Read how to visit Semenggoh from Kuching, Malaysia.
All about renting a self-drive car in Bali (as opposed to renting a car with a driver). Information, tips, and warnings about driving in Bali.
Since 1986, Maxwell Food Centre in Singapore has found its true calling serving authentic Singaporean food to an unending and unceasingly hungry crowd of both locals and tourists.
Detailed directions for visiting the White Dunes, the Red Dunes, and the Fairy Stream, one of Vietnam’s most charming geological oddities.
Read about things to do in the Perdana Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur. Visit the KL Bird Park, orchid gardens, planetarium, and other sites in the Perdana Lake Gardens.
Bedbugs are on the rise! Read about how to avoid bedbugs while traveling and how to protect your home.
Want to try riding the local Balinese public transport, the bemo? Read our basic information and tips on how to ride like the locals do.
Singapore packs the most malls per square mile within its tiny interior - making this island-state the best place in Southeast Asia to go shopping. A list of Singapore's shopping events, shopping precincts, and helpful hints on how to make the most out of your Singapore shopping adventure.
Jakarta's 290 square miles may give the casual visitor a profusion of sites to visit, so we've distilled Indonesia's capital city down to eight essential places to see.
Finding the party in Southeast Asia is never hard to do! Read about these hedonistic hotspots for parties in Southeast Asia.
Nasi goreng is the most popular food in Indonesia. An introduction to Indonesian fried rice and how to best prepare the dish.
A list of the Philippines’ oldest and most prominent churches, landmarks of the Filipino people’s fervent Catholic faith and culture.
How to navigate Kuala Lumpur trains and make sense of the KL rail system. Details for Kuala Lumpur trains to the airport and important attractions.
Traveler’s diarrhea doesn’t have to ruin your trip. Read answers to frequently asked questions on surviving — and curing — a bad stomach.
A list of cheap accommodations on Panglao Island, offering great value on stays near Alona Beach and some of the Philippines' best diving spots
Packing advice for rainy season travelers in Southeast Asia - how to contend with the monsoon season's humidity, health risks, and rains
The forecourt at Tu Duc Royal Tomb in Hue, Vietnam is lined with the usual honor guard of horses, elephants, and mandarins. Page 6.
All about Singapore's hawker centers - the nexus of the Singapore food experience, where hot, tasty cuisine from all over Asia can be had for less than a few dollars a meal
With good roads to the region, Kintamani can easily be explored on a day trip from Ubud. Read about transportation information, weather, and things to see.
Find out what you can buy at Kuala Lumpur's premier handicrafts market - pearls, pewter, batik, and more. Page 2.
How to stay safe while swimming on a Bali beach - dos and don't's to follow when swimming in Bali, to ensure your safety
East Sabah on Borneo is a paradise for nature lovers. Read about eight must-see places in East Sabah.
Information on how much it costs to get a Vietnam visa, timeframe, and additional tips to facilitate its processing. Page 2.
Read about the Go KL City Bus: a free transportation service that connects Kuala Lumpur's Bukit Bintang, KLCC, and Chinatown districts.
Description of Balinese holiday celebrating the ancestral spirits. Occurs once every 210 days, following traditional Balinese religious calendar.
An introduction to Penang food - must-try dishes, street carts, and the best of Penang food in Malaysia
All about beach dining in Bali, on Jimbaran Bay's wide selection of seaside restaurants serving grilled seafood, rice, and plenty of romance.
Read the best ways for getting around Georgetown, Penang in Malaysia. How to decipher the buses, taxis, and street names when getting around Penang, Georgetown.
Read about Chinatown Kuala Lumpur hotels, shopping, eating, and nightlife. A guide to Chinatown KL in Malaysia.
Travel guide to the island paradise of Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia. Read about beaches, diving, concerns, and how to get to Perhentian Kecil.
Southeast Asia has had over a century's history in drinking beers - this list represents the best of the brews you can drink as you travel across the region
Pura Besakih is the most important Hindu temple in Bali. Read about visiting, scams, and how Pura Besakih survived the eruption of Mount Agung.
A guide to climbing Bali’s tallest active volcano, including equipment, tours, and transportation information.
An overview of Bali temples - all about their origins, their ceremonies, and their purpose in Bali's fervently religious culture
An itinerary outlining three days' worth of activities in Saigon, officially Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam. Liz Ledden takes you to the tourist traps, chic nightspots, and shopping destinations in this vibrant Vietnamese city.
Vital information for first-time travelers to Laos, including visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, getting in, and getting around.
The essential lowdown on Vietnam travel: all about the nation's visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, getting in, and getting around.
An overview of Bali's complex and all-embracing culture: read on to put Bali's temples, festivals, and performances into context
Different countries have different greetings. Learn how to show respect and say hello across Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Laos, and the Philippines.
Baguio's Panagbenga Festival celebrates the flowering season. Information on what to see in Baguio during Panagbenga and how to get there.
Budget hotels around Bugis, Kampong Glam, Arab Street, and Dhoby Gaut - close to Singapore's cultural and recreational hotspots.
City Hall and Marina Bay is home to Singapore’s most prominent historical sites — and some of its finest shopping areas.
This list of hotels offer an incredible bargain for Singapore travelers along with great access to Little India’s dining, shopping, and entertainment.
From diving to tarsiers to old churches, we'll count down the most interesting sights you'll see when you visit Bohol, less than an hour's plane ride from the Philippine capital Manila.
How to protect yourself from sunburn when in Southeast Asia - tips for decreasing UV exposure on the sunny beaches and trails of Southeast Asia.
Tanah Rata is the base for exploring Malaysia’s beautiful Cameron Highlands. Read about trekking, accommodations, and tea plantation tours.
A list of Singapore budget hotels on Balestier Road, a historic street lined with preserved shophouses, hawker centers, and other sites of massive interest
Read about Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake, a charming pocket of the Vietnamese capital abutting the Old Quarter.
The Cambodian Water Festival (variously spelled in the original Khmer as Bon Om Touk, or Bon Om Thook, or Bonn Om Teuk, or Bon Om Tuk) takes place once a year, on the full moon of the Buddhist month of Kadeuk. Cambodians celebrate the life-giving Tonle Sap with three days of festivals, fluvial parades, boat races, fireworks, and general merriment.
Known as the backpacker district of Ho Chi Minh City, Pham Ngu Lao is a convenient place for cheap accommodation, food, and nightlife.
Penang National Park is Malaysia’s newest national park. Read about visitor information and the park’s beaches, hiking trails, and sea turtle population.
What you need to know about currency, banks, moneychangers, credit cards, and useful spending suggestions for travelers in Singapore.
Resource on transportation, hiking, acommodations, dining, and other activities on this archipelago of breathtakingly beautiful limestone islands.
Must-have information for first-time visitors to Indonesia: all about the nation’s visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, getting in, and getting around. Don't fly to Indonesia without it.