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.
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.
Where It Is, How to Get There Indonesia has over 13,000 islands - and Bali is the one that everyone wants
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.
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.
Instead of racking up ruinously expensive roaming rates while visiting Indonesia, smart travelers buy prepaid SIM cards like Telkomsel's SIMpati.
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.
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.
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.
Simple etiquette tips for visiting Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Read about do's and don'ts while visiting Buddhist temples.
Trekking in Southeast Asia is always an adventure. Read about seven excellent places for hiking and trekking in Southeast Asia.
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.
Visiting mosques is a learning experience. Follow these simple rules of etiquette when visiting mosques to ensure that you do not cause offense.
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.
Where to eat in Georgetown, Penang. Making sense of the food courts, restaurants, street carts, and where to eat in Georgetown.
Learn how to prevent mosquito bites in Southeast Asia, including DEET alternatives, mosquito coils, electric fans, and other quick tips.
Some tips on how not to commit cultural faux pas and understand the local culture when traveling to Bali, Indonesia.
Vital information for first-time travelers to the Philippines, including visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, and getting around.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kota Kinabalu attractions - learn about 8 interesting Kota Kinabalu attractions and things to do outside of the city.
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.
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.
Vital information for first-time travelers to Malaysia, including visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, getting in, and getting around.
A tour of the ancient Khmer temples in Angkor: Banteay Kdei, Banteay Srei, Bayon, Ta Prohm, and the incomparable Angkor Wat.
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 for staying safe when in Bali, Indonesia - tips on how to prevent theft, arrest, or accident while traveling in Bali
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.
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.
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 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.
All about Singapore's draconian drug laws, tips on how to avoid being arrested, and what to do if arrested in Singapore for drugs.
Monkey bites are serious if left untreated. Read about monkey behavior and how to avoid monkey bites while traveling through Southeast Asia.
A summary of the laws governing drug possession and trafficking in Indonesia, along with information on what to do if arrested for drug possession.
Southeast Asia is generally open to US citizens, with different degrees of visa-free access throughout the region. Learn the requirements for each country.
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.
How to apply for a Cambodia e-Visa, a travel document that you can apply for and pay online, in less than 24 hours.
All you need to know about cellphone roaming in Southeast Asia, including phone requirements, GSM bands, and cellular phone penetration.
Bali Indonesia overview, a comprehensive look at Bali's towns, attractions, and adventures.
Bali, Indonesia is a prime destination for tourists seeking cheap prices, a rich local culture, beautiful beaches, delicious food, and free-flowing Bintang Beer.
A review of Starhub and Singapore Tourism Board's GSM Prepaid Card for travelers, including its call, text, and data performance.
Facebook is unofficially blocked in Vietnam, but there's nothing to stop you from using Facebook with this list of workarounds.
A travel guide to Tanjung Benoa, Bali's family-friendly beach - its dining, entertainment, and accommodations all in one handy place
Vital information for visitors to Thailand, including visa requirements, currency, safety situation, climate, getting in, and getting around.
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.
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.
The Old Town in Hoi An, Vietnam is an UNESCO heritage site located along the Thu Bon River. The newly-revitalized Old Town’s streets, clan houses, stores, restaurants, and tailors do brisk business with tourists. Page 8.
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 orangutans in Borneo are not easy to find! Read about five great places to see the orangutans in Borneo.
All about shopping in the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam, where shoppers can get great bargains on silks, lacquerware, and much more.
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.
Tips, warnings, and suggested trails for trekking in the Cameron Highlands. Read about jungle trekking in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia.
The dos and don’ts when watching or participating in this silent Buddhist ritual of the monks’ morning collection of food in Laos.
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
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.
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 the Philippines’ oldest and most prominent churches, landmarks of the Filipino people’s fervent Catholic faith and culture.
Travel safety tips for Southeast Asia to keep you healthy and happy. Read these travel safety tips and recommendations for your trip.
Standing in Singapore's business district, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market rocks on day and night, dishing out premium hawker food to visitors.
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.
While Thailand is superficially becoming more and more Western, the Thai culture and habits are still practiced widely by its people.
A comprehensive list of Singapore shopping centers in Orchard Road, arranged in alphabetical order.
Detailed directions for visiting the White Dunes, the Red Dunes, and the Fairy Stream, one of Vietnam’s most charming geological oddities.
To prevent the Philippine eagle from extinction, a captive breeding program was established in Davao City - one that eventually evolved into the Philippine Eagle Center.
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.
An overview of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam, which contains the embalmed body of the Vietnamese leader.
Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave, is a mysterious Hindu site near Ubud, Bali. Read about the history and visiting Goa Gajah.
The low-cost El Nido hotels and resorts listed here leave more room in the budget for diving, island-hopping, and more.
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.
Teh Tarik is Malaysia's famous tea drink. Read about the tradition, making, and even a recipe for making teh tarik at home.
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.
Scams in Vietnam are everywhere! Learn these common scams in Vietnam before you travel.
Bedbugs are on the rise! Read about how to avoid bedbugs while traveling and how to protect your home.
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.
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
An introduction to Bali’s shopping scene – where to get your retail therapy fix in Kuta, Ubud, and everywhere in between
Find out why UNESCO made Georgetown in Penang a World Heritage Site. Read about food, sites, and shopping in the “Pearl of the Orient.”
Important information for first-time visitors to Singapore, including visa requirements, currency, vaccinations, and climate.
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.
Learn how to visit the Batu Caves in Malaysia. The Batu Caves are an important Hindu site and tourist attraction near Kuala Lumpur.
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 Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is an excellent place to view orangutans in the wild. Read how to visit Semenggoh from Kuching, Malaysia.
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
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.
An overview of the shopping scene in South Bali, including malls, traditional markets, and streetside boutiques in Kuta, Legian, Denpasar and elsewhere.
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.
Known as the backpacker district of Ho Chi Minh City, Pham Ngu Lao is a convenient place for cheap accommodation, food, and nightlife.
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.
Traveler’s diarrhea doesn’t have to ruin your trip. Read answers to frequently asked questions on surviving — and curing — a bad stomach.
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.
Fruit in Southeast Asia is bizarre but delicious! Try these 6 strange Southeast Asian fruits on your next trip for a nice surprise.
Description of Balinese holiday celebrating the ancestral spirits. Occurs once every 210 days, following traditional Balinese religious calendar.
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 paper the Straits Times reports that Lau Pa Sat Food Centre will be closing for a much-needed SGD 4 million facelift.
East Sabah on Borneo is a paradise for nature lovers. Read about eight must-see places in East Sabah.
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.
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.
A list of resorts located near Philippines' Davao City, on Samal and Talicud Islands, offering easy access to diving, snorkeling and other aqua sports.
Information on how much it costs to get a Vietnam visa, timeframe, and additional tips to facilitate its processing. Page 2.
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.
Essential travel information for visitors flying through Noi Bai International Airport to Hanoi in Vietnam. Transportation, nearby hotels, and travel tips included.
A full review of the Vietnam train experience riding from Hanoi to Hue, via Livitrans on the Reunification Express.
An overview of Bali temples - all about their origins, their ceremonies, and their purpose in Bali's fervently religious culture
Pho is a delicious noodle soup from Vietnam. Read about ingredients, seasonings, types of pho, and how to eat this tasty dish.
A list of resorts located on Boracay's laid-back Station 1 on White Beach. Budget, mid-range, and luxury choices for Station 1, Boracay.
Finding the party in Southeast Asia is never hard to do! Read about these hedonistic hotspots for parties in Southeast Asia.
Read about Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake, a charming pocket of the Vietnamese capital abutting the Old Quarter.
Explore these 10 notable cultural and historical structures named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO that best encapsulates Southeast Asia’s past and worldview.
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.
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.
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
A list of hospitals and clinics in Bali for travelers seeking medical services, including contact information, hospital websites, and emergency numbers.
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.
Different countries have different greetings. Learn how to show respect and say hello across Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Laos, and the Philippines.
Khmer food is similar but different to other cuisine found in Southeast Asia. Read about Cambodian cuisine and what makes Khmer food so special.
You can enjoy authentic hawker food even in swanky Marina Bay. Read about Makansutra Gluttons Bay, an affordable al fresco dining experience in Singapore.
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.
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.
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 introduction to Penang food - must-try dishes, street carts, and the best of Penang food in Malaysia
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.
Fun facts about the durian fruit. Learn about nutritional data, addictive properties, and where the durian fruit smell comes from.
A preview of the notorious old prison.
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.
Here is what to expect while eating in Indonesia, including popular dishes, food terms, precautions, and the best food in Indonesia.
How to visit the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. Read about when to go, how to get there, and what to expect on the Perhentian Islands.
What sets Maxwell Food Centre apart from other hawker centers in Singapore? A number of factors, all at once: central location, long hours, low cost, and legendary hawker stalls. Page 2.
Essential information for first-time travelers to Myanmar - all about visas, customs, safety, and weather in the country formerly known as Burma
The Philippines has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons. Average temperature in the country can range from 78-90°F (25-32°C), with humidity around 77 percent. Read the full article to see more details on the Philippines’ weather conditions. Includes information on recommended clothing and links to local weather in cities like Manila, Baguio, Davao, and Cebu.
Whatever time of the year it is, there's sure to be a fiesta going on somewhere! Here's a list of fiesta events by month.
The tourist attractions in East Bali lean more towards cultural and nature-friendly pursuits, from the most important Balinese temple of all, Pura Besakih, to the hiking and diving you can do all throughout the region.
Due to its unique geography, Vietnam has a climate with wide variation from north to south, delineated into two distinct climatic zones. Read the full article to see more details on Vietnam’s weather. Includes information on recommended clothing and links to local weather conditions in Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi.
An introduction to Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Read how to get there, what to expect, and things to do in Kuching, Malaysia.
An overview of Bali's complex and all-embracing culture: read on to put Bali's temples, festivals, and performances into context
Visit these holy places if you want to see Southeast Asia's spirituality shining through: five sacred sites that transcend creed and touch the soul.
What you need to know about currency, banks, moneychangers, credit cards, and useful spending suggestions for travelers in Singapore.
Haggling prices is an art! Follow these simple tips on how to haggle prices to get the best deals on anything in Southeast Asia.
Baguio's Panagbenga Festival celebrates the flowering season. Information on what to see in Baguio during Panagbenga and how to get there.
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.
An introduction to Changi Airport - the world's air gateway to Singapore, and one of the busiest (and most efficient) flight hubs in Southeast Asia
Tanah Rata is the base for exploring Malaysia’s beautiful Cameron Highlands. Read about trekking, accommodations, and tea plantation tours.
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.
Resource on transportation, hiking, acommodations, dining, and other activities on this archipelago of breathtakingly beautiful limestone islands.