Come on in, the water's fine! There's water all around you in Southeast Asia; its beaches are famous enough for activities like scuba diving and surfing, but even inland, you can find aquatic adventure waiting for you thanks to an endless assortment of river activities.
Combine these two 20th-century masscult icons – a roaring motorcycle, a stupa-studded Southeast Asian panorama – and you have the recipe for an epic trip.
You might think the luxury travel experience in Southeast Asia revolves around nice beaches, exotic food and cushy suites. And you wouldn't be wrong – you just haven't seen the complete picture.
“Authentic” remains a potent buzzword for travelers to Southeast Asia. Much-abused by tour brochures, and somewhat hard to find at stops along the famous “banana pancake trail” beloved by Western backpackers, authentic local experiences can be maddeningly elusive… until you go well off the beaten path.
There’s a real buzz when it comes to documenting that around-the-world trip or gap year, and most likely, that droning noise comes from, well, a drone.
Bird watching has always been around for decades, but has always been considered a unique hobby till today. In the last decade, with the emergence of social media and online platforms, more people around the world have now discovered the joy of watching birds in the wild
There's no denying the mass appeal of Bangkok, Siem Reap and Singapore for travelers to Southeast Asia, but not everybody wants to follow the herd.
Southeast Asia can – and should – be a family affair. Don't let its scruffy, backpacker-friendly reputation fool you: kids are welcome all over Southeast Asia, with adventures of all kinds ready and waiting.
The tiny nation of Brunei and the massive Malaysian state of Sabah share the northern part of Borneo Island that extends into the Sulu Sea. But even this small slice of Borneo reveals the island's natural beauty in close to its full splendor.
The patchwork of cultures that swept over Southeast Asia in the past millennia have left their mark on the local calendars.
You'll have no better – or more enthusiastic – pair of food guides through Southeast Asia than Rosemary Kimani and Claire Rouger, who we last met dishing about their most surprising food discoveries as they traveled through Southeast Asia.
What's the point in visiting Southeast Asia's temples, mansions and fortresses, if you can't share photos of your time there on social media? And what's the point of even sharing your snaps if you can't take good ones in the first place?
The Khmer Empire that brought us Angkor Wat was born at the same time as Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire.
Mike Clegg, a traveling photographer, joins us for a guest post that recaps a three-week itinerary he's blazed himself.
For all of Southeast Asia's popularity with gap year travelers, the average gap year itinerary can be a mystery, requiring an expert's opinion to unravel.
As more travelers take notice of Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, a growing number have taken to their rivers – and their accompanying opportunities for adventure.
Spend a few jaw-clenching winters in Chicago in the U.S., and you'd be taking the first flight to Bangkok, too. That's what Ric Gazarian did: “I had a couple of friends in Chicago who were spending the winters in Miami,” he told me. “I said to myself, why are my friends so smart and why am I so dumb? I shouldn't be here!”
Work, retirement, or an extended sabbatical: many travelers take advantage of these opportunities for an extended, months-long stay in Southeast Asia.
For many younger travelers taking a year off from their academic calendar, Southeast Asia has become something of a Holy Grail:
You think of beaches, culture, and street food first when Southeast Asia comes up in conversation. But for a growing number of travelers to the region, golf has become a significant reason to invest time and money traveling here.