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From the scenic beauty of Halong Bay in Vietnam, to the idyllic Thai islands, to the Volcanoes of Indonesia, SE Asia is the land of exotic cultures and beaming smiles. Western travellers and tourists come to this tropical region in their droves to experience cultures that are a world away from those in their own countries. Travellers who come here never forget the delicious street food, the vibrant cities, the beautiful beaches, and the laid back way of life that can only be experienced in South East Asia.
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You could do a loop through Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai), through Laos down the Mekong (including the beautiful Luang Prabang) and then down to Cambodia and the incredible temples of Angkor Wat where you'll feel like Indiana Jones. This would give you a great combination of scenery, culture, great people and great food. Then after all of that walking, trekking and exploring, you could return to Thailand and go down to Krabi to relax on beaches overlooked by spectacular karst scenery.
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After doing an internship in Kuala Lumpur, I have 1 week left before I fly back home. I would like to go to a nice island but a place where I won't get bored after a few days. Hope you can give some suggestions where to go.
I was thinking to go from Thailand to somewhere else. At least about 3 asia countries to go. Anyone have great suggestions? We've been Bali before.
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population: 86 million
South East Asian nation bordering China, Laos, and Cambodia, with a coastline along the South China Sea. Travellers flock here to see sights such as the Cu Chi Tunnels and the islands of Ha Long Bay.
population: 66 million
Located in the heart of South East Asia, Thailand is a popular, value-for-money destination, famed for its rich Buddhist culture, delicious cuisine, beautiful beaches, and friendly people.
population: 5 million
Located at the bottom of the Malay peninsula, almost on the equator, Singapore is an ultra modern city state with superb shopping, vibrant night life, diverse cuisine, and one of the world's busiest ports.
population: 92 million
Archipelago of 7000 islands between the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea. Asia's largest Christian nation. Idyllic beaches, tropical reefs, amazing landscapes, and more than a hundred ethnic cultures to experience.
population: 50 million
One of South East Asia's least explored countries. Prepare to go back in time and experience hill tribes, colonial history and architecture, endless temples, a strong Buddhist culture, and super friendly people.
population: 7 Million
One of travellers' favourites of South East Asia. Mountainous, landlocked,and mostly covered by forests, Laos' highlights include the temples of Luang Prabang and tubing down the river in Vang Vieng.
population: 230 million
Huge tropical archipelago extending 5000km from Sumatra to Papua. More than 17,000 islands of volcanoes, mountains, rainforests, the world's richest coral reefs, exotic beaches, and friendly people.
population: 15 million
Beautiful Buddhist country of contrasts bordering Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Relive the dark past of The Killing Fields and spend endless days exploring the amazing ruins of Angkor Wat.
population: 0.38 million
Tiny Islamic nation on the north coast of the island of Borneo. Home to rain forests, mountains, vast oil reserves, and one of the world's richest man.
population: 28 million
Dubbed as "Truly Asia" for its eclectic racial and cultural groups, it is a country with natural wonders, beautiful islands, pristine beaches, colorful festivals and unique culinary delights.
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