South East Asia
First things first! Do we write South East Asia or Southeast Asia? Opinions vary and there seems to be no wrong so I’m going with the OED (Oxford English Dictionary). South East Asia it is! Ok, with that out of the way, let’s talk about it some more. Here’s the technical rundown.
I didn’t get to visit all of these countries yet, but they’re bucket listed. So always keep an eye out for additions to this site, because it’s a work in progress and I’m constantly adding information.
The region covers about 4.5 million km2, which is 3% of earth’s total land area. Its total population is more than a whopping 641 million, about 8.5% of the world’s population.
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6 Reasons why South East Asia is so popular
What is it that makes this part of the world so attractive to millions of tourists and travelers? Here is my personal view in random order.
For me this is the main attraction. Part of the reason for travel is that we aspire contact with cultures different than our own. South East Asia really delivers on that promise big time with literally hundreds of ethnic groups. Because these cultures are so far away from our own (Western culture) we can really feel that we encounter the exotic.
The architectural remains of ancient kingdoms and religions are on display throughout the region. Just think Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobudur in Indonesia and the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar to name a few. We only knew these grand examples of illustrious history from books and images. Now suddenly, they are within easy reach for us to personally behold their grandeur.
Mountains, jungle, white sand beaches, deep sea, plains, enormous lakes, forests, you name it. There are ample nature and wildlife exploring opportunities, as well as spectacular sights for everyone.
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Overall, the infrastructure for travel is excellent. Admittedly, it can sometimes take a while to get from A to B, but there is always a way to get there in relative comfort. You will always find a place to stay and safety is normally less of a concern than on other continents.
Good food alone is reason enough for me to travel anywhere. That certainly goes for this region, because the food here is really something special. Since nowadays we are all foodies I know you understand exactly what I mean.
South East Asia is insanely cheap for travelers. The three main necessities of travel, being transportation, accommodation and food are all easy to come by. It all costs just a fraction of what you would pay back home. Money you would spend for 1 month of travel in Europe will give you at least 3 months in South East Asia, if not more.
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