There’s a good reason that Southeast Asia is known as the backpackers’ paradise. Herds of backpackers visit the enticing land of Southeast Asia because the travel logistics are convenient. Most places here are inexpensive, so you don’t have to think twice about going out. Also, traveler’s safety is rarely a problem since the people are hospitable and welcoming. But most of all, the beautiful tropical climate is always an attraction.
The entire region is a refreshing exposure of diversified culture and flavorsome food. Even if you have a few spare weeks, a trip to Southeast Asia might just be all you need, with its picturesque towns and natural attractions.
Let’s go through some of the best travel spots you can find in Southeast Asia if you decide to plan a trip there.
· Temples at Bagan, Myanmar
They say there aren’t but a few sunsets in the entire world that can compare to the enticingly beautiful sunsets over at the thousand temples on the Bagan plains. Bagan used to be the capital city in the ancient Kingdom of Pagan and had 13,000 temples within the city. Now, only 2,000 of these Buddhist temples remain there engulfed in a mystifying spiritual aura that can be felt especially during the majestic sunsets.
The high density towering structures of the temples beholds admirable architectural designs that have stood there for ages. In Myanmar, you should also try out the local cuisine. The Ăthouq is one of the best foods to have there and is a kind of a light tart served with a spicy salad made with raw vegetables and lime juice.
· Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia
This is archaeological wonderland will take you back in time with its stone monuments. Tourists are always surprised at the awesome size of the temple complex. You can roam freely around the complex stretching more than 400 square kilometers and go on your own little discovery tour. The entire temple complex was actually built over by many generations of Khmer rulers. These crumbling ruins are one of the main tourist destinations in Cambodia.
One visit to these historic archaeological relics will give you a glimpse into the Mayan civilization and the once large densely populated cities that are now quiet and rural. In fact, there are still discoveries being made here.
Malaysia is one of the most awesome cities out there and people are very friendly too. That’s always a great combination. The food is zesty and always appeals to travelers. The city of Penang is probably the street food capital of the country with its food containing a unique blend of Indian, Chinese and Malay influences to create a fusion of savored flavors.
Food lovers need to visit Penang and try out the hot cutties, spicy laksas and exotic soups. Plus, all that food hunting won’t take a toll on your pockets either because almost all of the restaurant food is conveniently inexpensive. Be sure to visit Penang’s capital, Georgetown which has been a home to 200 year old temples, mosques and colonial buildings. It’s also been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.