Flavour, hustle and bustle, heat, action, and contrasts. Temples, architecture, and markets. I’m dreaming of South East Asia, baby! One of my favourite pass times is looking into a region I wish to travel to and planning what I would see. I even get so far as deciding upon my accommodation. What a travel-nerd passtime. Please tell me other people do this too? Anyway…this week South East Asia had my attention.
My Dream Route:
Singapore – Kuala Lumpur – Phuket – Bangkok – Siem Reap – Ho Chi Min City – Vientiane – Hanoi. South East Asia has a train network which I am yet to figure out but this is looking like a good option for getting around.
What I would see:
Singapore: Obviously I would have to jump on the Singapore Flyer for the incredible views. I love getting views of cities from up high, in my opinion it’s the best way to see a city. Food-wise, I would be hitting up a hawker centre to try out some local eats. Haw Par Villa for the statues, Chinese folk tales and legends.
Kuala Lumpur: I would have to check out the Petronas towers, obviously. I would also like to visit the Islamic Art Museum as this sounds different to anything I have ever seen before. Other than that the plan of attack would be to wander around and see what I find. Take in some local food, check out the architecture and wing it.
Phuket: Time to relax with a cocktail and watch the world go by. At some point, check out the markets and the goings on, but mainly lie on the beach and work on my tan!
Bangkok: The weekend market, the temples, Chinatown, the food, the colour, and the list goes on and on. Banglamphu sounds like a neighbourhood crammed with markets and food stalls, so that would be high on the list. I would also want to be tracking down a skyline view of Bangkok, luckily there seem to be quite a few rooftop bars and restaurants.
Siem Reap: Well. Angor Wat. Obviously. Sorry to be a generic disappointment but yup. Angor Wat.
Ho Chi Min City: Street food markets and history! Talk about heaven. Honestly I would bit hitting up the museums, the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and eating. A lot.
Vientiane: Buddhist temples juxtaposed with French architecture? Sounds amazing! I would spend most of my time here looking at temples and architecture. Also there is a riverside night market which sounds like lots of fun.
Hanoi: Hanoi sounds like a real clash of cultures which would be fascinating to see. For views of the city I would be heading to Lotte Tower Observation deck. Floor 65 of this building is said to have wonderful views of the city. I am so there. Hanoi also has temples, museum, and parks galore to experience.
TO be fair, I would probably be winging most of this trip, the best adventures happen that way.
Have you been to South East Asia? Is there anything I absolutely must see/do??
As always, let me know in the comments!