Southeast Asia Travel

7 Tips For Travel In Southeast Asia

Monday, December 12, 2011

Southeast Asia is probably the best place in the world for your first extended backpacking trip. The food is delicious, the locals friendly, the beaches extraordinary, the accommodations well-established and the sites varied and unforgettable. You’re likely to return home with plenty of fond memories and incredible photos of Southeast Asia. If you’re considering setting […]

Is The Time To Visit Burma Now?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

With the end of Secretary of State Clinton’s historic visit to Myanmar (Burma) wrapping up last week — the first of any high-ranking official from the U.S. in 50 years — it’s safe to assume that a good portion of the millions of eyes that watched as Clinton toured Shwedegon Pagoda in Yangon (barefoot no […]

Setting Sail In Ha Long Bay [Video]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fresh from the crop of travel videes from our “Travel Videos” Vimeo group comes Asiantrip TV’s mini-epic from the Ha Long Bay portion of their trip in Southeast Asia. Yes, that is dreary fall outside your window you’re looking at. Yes, these French students are having way more fun than you right now. Cruel, cruel […]

What’s Up With Tubing And Vang Vieng, Laos?

Friday, September 23, 2011

I’ve never been to Laos, but it seems like everyone who has inevitably spends some portion of their trip tubing in Van Vieng, a town in Vientiane Province that has begun to take on the dreaded moniker: “Backpacker Ghetto.” And when I hear this I ask why they ended up going. Was floating down a […]

Author Attempts Southeast Asia Trip Using Original Lonely Planet Guide From 1975

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

As travelers all know, people gripe about the problem of the outdatedness of guidebooks enough, and that’s in reference to current guidebooks. Imagine heading out on the road with one pushing 40 years old. That’s exactly what Brian Thacker attempted on a dare from friend and Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler. The result is the […]

Cooking Class In Thailand: Learning Culture Through The Tongue

Monday, September 12, 2011

“Tan Khao Ma Rue Yung?” asks our cooking instructor, as she holds up ginger root, also known as khing in Thai, its sharp and slightly tangy scent awakening my sense of smell. We are standing in a Chiang Mai market choosing fresh ingredients for the day, and she has just asked us if we have […]

An Unforgettable Tour Through Southeast Asia [Photo Essay]

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 founder and friend of our site Stephen Bugno spent a good part of this year traveling through Southeast Asia as part of his nomadic wanderings. To try to encapsulate such a trip in 10 or 11 pictures would be futile, but I asked Stephen if I could share with our readers some of my […]

A Vietnamese Tourist In Vietnam

Monday, August 15, 2011

“I’m Drunk!” I found Sue sitting on a bamboo bench basking in the glare of a dangling florescent light bulb. The bench was directly below the communal stilt house we were sharing, but we hadn’t spent much time at home. Sue kept an exhausting itinerary that I had no choice but to follow and, after […]

Boracay: The Light At The End Of Manila

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’ve got those Hollywood ad campaigns pegged: A sweeping shot of an unimaginably beautiful beach fades in from black. You picture yourself lying on a chaise lounge, toes in the warm sand, drinking from a freshly cut coconut. The picture quickly becomes a backdrop for […]

Getting Off That Darned Beaten Path In Cambodia

Thursday, July 14, 2011

With prices dropping in the fall and the rainy season letting up in November, now is the time of year travelers start booking those trips to Southeast Asia. And just in time for pre-trip planning, Lonely Planet and CNN both came out with articles on getting off the proverbial beaten path in Cambodia. Lonely Planet […]

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