27 Reasons Why Every Flashpacker Needs To Visit Southeast Asia, Now.

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There is more to Southeast Asia than her reputation as a cheap backpacking destination would have you believe, much more…

 

1. Contrary to popular belief, Southeast Asia isn’t all about Thailand’s Full Moon Parties… 

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2. Or dreadful hotels…

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3. Or even the dubious cocktails of Khao San Road. 

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4. On the contrary, Southeast Asia is a foodie’s dream, with fresh fruit and vegetables for sale wherever you go… 

Related: 17 Delish Street Food Dishes to Try Before You Die

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5. From the Chinese inspired noodles of Northern Vietnam…

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Like this amazing dish which originated in Hanoi – Bun Cha.

 

6. Through to the spicy, Indian infused cuisine of Southern Vietnam, there’s plenty on offer.

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 Banh Bao (or White Roses) originated in Hoi An and is simply divine.

Related trip: Vietnam & Cambodia group tour for solo travellers

7. And it’s not just Vietnamese food that rocks. Luang Prabang is well known for combining French gastronomy with traditional Asian cooking. 

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NOMNOMNOM.

 

8. The bars and restaurants are just incredible. Just look at Chill Skybar in Ho Chi Minh City…

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9. Or The Sugar Palm in Siem Reap as examples. 

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10. At 5pm the locals of Hanoi hit the streets for “Beer Hanoi” where they say business is done over a beer or several. Joining this merry occasion should definitely be on the list of any flashpacker hoping to mingle with the locals…  

Related: Bucket List Travel: 9 Epic Experiences for Travellers over 30

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11. While meeting the local tribes of Northern Vietnam (Sapa) for lunch and rice-wine is a must for anyone interested in the traditional side of Southeast Asia. 

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12. Hoi An has some of the best –and quickest – tailors who will be able to measure you up and fit you with the perfect outfit in just a matter of days. 

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13. Alternatively, you can bring your favourite clothing along and ask them to copy it in any material you choose. 

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14. For those who like a little bit of action on their travels, there are plenty of opportunities for scenic cycle rides…

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15. Kayaking through immense limestone caves…

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Related: Why every man should take a sabbatical once in his life

 

16. Or even a spot of trekking.

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17. The photography opportunities are endless, whether you find yourself in the picturesque, mountain town of Luang Prabang…

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18. Anywhere along the Mekong River…

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19. Cruising through Halong Bay… 

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20. Taking a road trip anywhere…

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21. Socialising with the locals…

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22. Or, of course, exploring the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat.

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23. And let’s not forget the hotels! Like here…

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Navatu Dreams Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

24. Or here…

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MyLaoHomeBoutique Hotel, Luang Prabang, Laos

 

25. Not forgetting here…

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Hotel Villa Langka, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 

26. Or even here!

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Calypso Luxury Junk, Halong Bay, Vietnam

 

27. You can cover the whole of Southeast Asia in just 3 weeks. Or, if you’re strapped for time, visit Vietnam & Cambodia for 14 days. So what are you waiting for? 

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Psssttt…. There’s amazing beaches all over Southeast Asia too!!

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