Vietnam is a sensory adventure. Gaze at the magnificent limestone peaks that litter Halong Bay and provide such a monumental backdrop to one of the most magical places on Earth. Be taken in by the inviting aromas of the incredible food stalls that offer flavours that dance around on your palate. One of the remnants of the French colonial era is the baguettes that are used widely for the famous banh mi sandwiches that are filled with a variety of fillings.
Thailand will make you feel at home. Described as having the friendliest population on the planet, you’ll feel spoilt by the generous welcome that you receive. This is the most-visited country in the South East Asia region - and for good reason. With perfect beaches, sacred temples and exciting cuisine, it really has something for everyone. The capital city Bangkok will be on most itineraries to Thailand and is as lively and thrilling as you’d expect, but it is also the country’s cultural centre and you’ll find just as many quiet and peaceful temples as bustling tourist hotspots.
Singapore is sometimes referred to as the ‘Garden City’; the small island country is surprisingly green with numerous parks and open spaces among the metropolitan backdrop. The city is one somewhat of a microcosm of Asia blending influences from many of the nearby countries. But as with much of Asia, the Singaporean food is legendary – a visit to one of the many hawker centres is a must for any travelling foodie where the variety and quality of food is unparalleled, with flavours ranging from Chinese to Malay to Indian to Thai and beyond.
Malaysia and Indonesia are home to a multitude of gems. For example, the fast developing Malay capital Kuala Lumpur - a multicultural metropolis with excellent shopping opportunities - and the island paradise of Bali, where you can while away your time on the beach in the tropical sunshine.
From the vibrant hustle and bustle of marketplaces to the peaceful serenity of mountain temples; from the impossibly perfect beaches to the some of the most tantalising food on the planet - your journey to South East Asia will not be easily forgotten.