Southeast Asia Travel: Most Popular Articles
A list of great things to do in Siem Reap outside of Angkor Wat. Find out about Siem Reap's museums, village life, wildlife wonders, and things to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
A list of the ten best food centers in Singapore. Here, tourists can experience the best Southeast Asian cuisine... at the lowest possible price!
Top budget Singapore hotels, chosen for their adequate facilities, good value, and great local atmosphere.
A list of Bali's largest, most ornate, and most culturally significant temples - images, location and GPS coordinates included
Where to eat in Georgetown, Penang. Making sense of the food courts, restaurants, street carts, and where to eat in Georgetown.
Tips for tourists who want to make the most out of their trip to Bali, Indonesia. Advice on safety, health, etiquette, and more for your upcoming trip to Bali.
Don't say you've been to Hanoi, Vietnam until you visit all of these seven must-see sights!
Learn how to prevent mosquito bites in Southeast Asia! Read about DEET alternatives and ten quick tips for preventing mosquito bites.
Instead of racking up ruinously expensive roaming rates while visiting Indonesia, smart travelers buy prepaid SIM cards like Telkomsel's SIMpati. Find out about using Telkomsel's prepaid phone cards in Bali and the rest of Indonesia.
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.
The Khmer New Year is one of Cambodia’s major holidays. Here’s what you need to know if you want to see the local color of the holidays.
Southeast Asia’s governments impose the toughest drug laws on the planet. A list of notable drug convicts, and advice on how to avoid following their example.
Simple etiquette tips for visiting Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Read about do's and don'ts while visiting Buddhist temples.
How Holy Week is celebrated in Roman Catholic Philippines - specifically in Manila, in the towns of Paete and San Pedro Cutud, and in the province of Marinduque. Details on how to get there included.
All about getting around South Bali by taxi - how to flag one down, how much to pay, and what to expect
Trekking in Southeast Asia is always an adventure. Read about seven excellent places for hiking and trekking in Southeast Asia.
Etiquette in Cambodia - How to show respect and proper etiquette in Cambodia
A list of resorts located near Davao City, on Samal and Talicud Islands: offering easy access to Davao Gulf's diving, snorkeling and other aqua sports
Where It Is, How to Get There Indonesia has over 13,000 islands - and Bali is the one that everyone wants
All you need to know about cellphone roaming in Southeast Asia - a list of requirements, an explanation of GSM bands, and an overview of cellular phone penetration in Southeast Asia. Certain U.S. cellular phones will work in Southeast Asia, so if your phone meets a few conditions, you’ll be able to call home on your own handset to tell the folks how your trip is going.
Packing advice for the first-time traveler to Southeast Asia. How to pack for the weather, what to bring, and what you can afford to leave behind.
Dos and don't's when in Bali, Indonesia - tips on how not to commit cultural faux pas and understand the local culture when traveling to Bali
Mosque etiquette is simple. Read do's and don'ts for visiting mosques.
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.
Fruit in Southeast Asia is bizarre but delicious! Try these 6 strange Southeast Asian fruits on your next trip for a nice surprise.
Facebook is unofficially blocked in Vietnam, but there's nothing to stop you from using Facebook with this list of workarounds
All about the Singapore EZ-Link Card for transportation - how to use them, where to buy them, and why they're such essential tools for Singapore travelers seeking to cover a lot of ground.
Vital information for first-time travelers to Malaysia: all about the nation's visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, getting in, and getting around. Read this before making your trip.
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.
Dos and don't's to help Bali tourists stay safe while on the island - with links to hospitals and clinics should the need for a doctor's attention arise
Must-have information for first-time visitors: all about the Philippines' visa requirements, currency, safety situation, and climate. Don't enter the Philippines without it.
All About Singapore's draconian drug laws, tips on how to avoid being arrested, and what to do if arrested in Singapore for drugs
Kota Kinabalu attractions - learn about 8 interesting Kota Kinabalu attractions and things to do outside of the city.
A walking tour of the oldest part of Old Manila: Intramuros, the walled city.
A review of Starhub and Singapore Tourism Board's GSM Prepaid Card for travelers. A look at its call, text, and data performance, as well as a review of its specials and freebies for Singapore tourists
The orangutans in Borneo are not easy to find! Read about five great places to see the orangutans in Borneo.
Monkey bites are serious if left untreated. Read about monkey behavior and how to avoid monkey bites.
All about shopping in the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam - where shoppers can get great bargains on silks, lacquerware, and so much more!
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.
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
The food in Kuching is delicious! Read about local dishes, restaurants, and where to find the best food in Kuching.
Learn how to visit the Batu Caves in Malaysia. The Batu Caves are an important Hindu site and tourist attraction near Kuala Lumpur.
All about money in Bali, Indonesia - the rupiah, changing dollars and pounds to the local currency, and where to have your foreign currency exchanged while in Bali
How to respect Thai culture and habits when in Thailand - know the do's and don'ts that allow you to navigate Thai society without fear of faux pas.
Finding the party in Southeast Asia is never hard to do! Read about these hedonistic hotspots for parties in Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia visa information for US passport holders - different countries offer different degrees of visa-free access throughout the region.
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.
Scams in Vietnam are everywhere! Learn these common scams in Vietnam before you travel.
Trekking Mount Bromo, Indonesia's most famous active volcano. How to get there, tips, and what to expect at Mount Bromo.
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
Vital information on Cambodia travel requirements for the tourist, from getting a visa, what to wear, what money to use, and how to keep safe while traveling in the country.
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.
A comprehensive list of Singapore shopping centers in Orchard Road, arranged in alphabetical order.
Low-cost El Nido hotels and resorts - costing less than $50 - in Palawan, Philippines.
A list of cheap accommodations on Panglao Island, offering great value on stays near Alona Beach and some of the Philippines' best diving spots
An introduction to Bali’s shopping scene – where to get your retail therapy fix in Kuta, Ubud, and everywhere in between
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.
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.
An overview of the busy shopping scene in South Bali – including malls, traditional markets, and streetside boutiques in Kuta, Legian, Denpasar, Nusa Dua and elsewhere
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.
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.
All about beach dining in Bali, on Jimbaran Bay's wide selection of seaside restaurants serving grilled seafood, rice, and plenty of romance.
Teh Tarik is Malaysia's famous tea drink. Read about the tradition, making, and even a recipe for making teh tarik at home.
A summary of the laws governing drug possession and trafficking in Bali and the rest of Indonesia, plus information on what to do if arrested for drug possession in Indonesia.
Mid-range and Luxury El Nido Hotels - creature comforts in this beach town at Palawan, Philippines.
A list of hospitals and clinics in Bali for travelers seeking medical services, including contact information, hospital websites, and emergency numbers.
Clubs, bars and pubs in Hanoi, Vietnam. Most of Hanoi's nightlife is centered around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. Where to go, what to see when you get there.
Laos travel requirements. Everything you need to know about visa on arrival, vaccinations, and travel requirements for Laos.
East Sabah on Borneo is a paradise for nature lovers. Read about eight must-see places in East Sabah.
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.
A south-to-north tour of Vietnam War sites, like Hue and Hoi An. Learn more about historic Vietnam War sites of interest to visit on your trip to Vietnam.
A travel guide to Tanjung Benoa, Bali's family-friendly beach - its dining, entertainment, and accommodations all in one handy place
Get your facts straight before heading to Phuket: all about Thailand's visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, getting in, and getting around. Must-have information for first-time visitors.
A full review of the Vietnam train experience riding from Hanoi to Hue, via Livitrans on the Reunification Express.
Visitors going to Vietnam must show a valid Vietnam visa before being allowed into the country. A guide to getting your own Vietnam visa - where to get it and how.
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.
Pho is a delicious noodle soup from Vietnam. Read about ingredients, seasonings, types of pho, and how to eat this tasty dish.
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.
Traveler’s diarrhea doesn’t have to ruin your trip. Read answers to frequently asked questions on surviving — and curing — a bad stomach.
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
Singapore’s weather is uniformly warm and humid, experiencing year-round showers. Average daytime temperature is approximately 86ºF (30ºC), falling to 74ºF (23ºC) in the evening. Read the full article to see more details on Singapore’s weather. Includes information on recommended clothing and links to local weather conditions.
The dos and don’ts when watching or participating in this silent Buddhist ritual of the monks’ morning collection of food in Laos.
Essential travel information for visitors flying through Noi Bai International Airport to Hanoi in Vietnam. Transportation, nearby hotels, and travel tips included.
Backpacker on a shoestring budget or honeymooner, there are plenty of things to do in Bali to keep everyone happy. Here is what to do and see.
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.
The essential lowdown on Vietnam travel: all about the nation's visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, getting in, and getting around.
You can enjoy authentic hawker food even in swanky Marina Bay. Read about Makansutra Gluttons Bay, an affordable al fresco dining experience in Singapore.
Tips, warnings, and suggested trails for trekking in the Cameron Highlands. Read about jungle trekking in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia.
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.
The Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is an excellent place to view orangutans in the wild. Read how to visit Semenggoh from Kuching, Malaysia.
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.
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.
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.
A list of backpacker-friendly accommodations in Manila, clustered around Makati, Malate and Pasay. Philippines budget hotels and hostels for the low end of the travel budget.
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.
A list of mid-range and budget hotels and resorts on Boracay Island, Philippines. These Boracay hotels represent a wide range of prices and locations across the island.
A guided tour through a former war zone and war memorial an hour's boat ride away from Manila, Philppines - Corregidor was the site of hard-fought battles between Japanese and American forces during World War II
Detailed directions for visiting the White Dunes, the Red Dunes, and the Fairy Stream, one of Vietnam’s most charming geological oddities.
An introduction to the food in Indonesia. Popular dishes, food terms, precautions, and the best food in Indonesia.
Khmer food is similar but different to other cuisine found in Southeast Asia. Read about Cambodian cuisine and what makes Khmer food so special.
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.
A list of activities, entertainment, and dining options for tourists in Yogyakarta, Central Java’s cultural capital.
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.
Getting to and Getting around Boracay Island in the Philippines - Airplane, Bus, Ferry, Tricycle, and Bicycle to and around Boracay Island
How to protect yourself from sunburn when in Southeast Asia - tips for decreasing UV exposure on the sunny beaches and trails of Southeast Asia.
A list of the Philippines’ oldest and most prominent churches, landmarks of the Filipino people’s fervent Catholic faith and culture.
Bedbugs are on the rise! Read about how to avoid bedbugs while traveling and how to protect your home.
How to visit the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. Read about when to go, how to get there, and what to expect on the Perhentian Islands.
Sukau is the gateway to finding wildlife on the Kinabatangan River near Sabah, Borneo. Find out when to go, how to get there, and where to stay.
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.
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Despite a score of other reasons to love Southeast Asia, the food is always a highlight for any traveler. Here are the must-try dishes on your next trip.
Explore these 10 notable cultural and historical structures named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO that best encapsulates Southeast Asia’s past and worldview.
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.
Reasons to spend your layover in Changi Airport, Singapore - an efficient transport hub to the rest of Southeast Asia, and an attractive travel destination all its own
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.
Known as the backpacker district of Ho Chi Minh City, Pham Ngu Lao is a convenient place for cheap accommodation, food, and nightlife.
The Lao New Year is known as Bun Pi Mai (or Bpee Mai, or Bee Mai) - much like its Thai counterpart Songkran, it's a wet and wild celebration that ties ancient Buddhist beliefs with a splashing good time.
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
Fun facts about the durian fruit. Learn about nutritional data, addictive properties, and where the durian fruit smell comes from.
Suggestions for things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. Get the scoop on sites, markets, and interesting things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The active volcanoes in Indonesia promise incredible views and adventure. Read about famous volcanoes in Indonesia ready to be climbed.
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.
A list of important Vietnamese holidays and festivals. Vietnam's festivals follow an age-old calendar based on Buddhist and ancient Confucian beliefs.
A short tour through Garuda Wisnu Kencana, a tourist site in Bali showcasing a giant statue of Hindu deities Vishnu and Garuda.
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.
City Hall and Marina Bay is home to Singapore’s most prominent historical sites — and some of its finest shopping areas.
What you need to know and do to book a relatively rip-off free tour of Ha Long Bay from a tour agency in Hanoi, Vietnam.
How to apply for a Cambodia e-Visa, a travel document that you can apply for and pay online, in less than 24 hours.
What to do on Labuan Island - Sabah, Borneo. Read about 10 free and interesting things to see on Labuan Island.
Standing in Singapore's business district, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market rocks on day and night, dishing out premium hawker food to visitors.
Penang National Park is Malaysia’s newest national park. Read about visitor information and the park’s beaches, hiking trails, and sea turtle population.
An overview of Bali's complex and all-embracing culture: read on to put Bali's temples, festivals, and performances into context
Important information for first-time visitors to Singapore, including visa requirements, currency, vaccinations, and climate.
Travel guide to the island paradise of Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia. Read about beaches, diving, concerns, and how to get to Perhentian Kecil.
Find out why UNESCO made Georgetown in Penang a World Heritage Site. Read about food, sites, and shopping in the “Pearl of the Orient.”
Resource on transportation, hiking, acommodations, dining, and other activities on this archipelago of breathtakingly beautiful limestone islands.
A how-to on tax-free shopping in Singapore, with useful tips and links to redeem the Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on your shopping at the airport.
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An itinerary for a long week’s worth of travel through Vietnam, including travel tips, dining options, and hotel recommendations.
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A rundown of nature reserves in Malaysia that preserve some of Southeast Asia’s rarest plant and animal species, amidst some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth.
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.
A list of Malaysia's top street foods: these popular culinary finds in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Melaka provide cheap nourishment for travelers in Malaysia
Trekking Gunung Rinjani, an active volcano in Lombok Indonesia. Read about guides, safety, and what it takes to climb Mount Rinjani.
The original shopping destination in Singapore, enjoy this list of shopping centers and malls in Singapore’s Chinatown district.
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.
Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave, is a mysterious Hindu site near Ubud, Bali. Read about the history and visiting Goa Gajah.
Pura Besakih is the most important Hindu temple in Bali. Read about visiting, scams, and how Pura Besakih survived the eruption of Mount Agung.