There are millions of reasons to visit South East Asia, but to celebrate the launch of the fab new AnySomewhere Facebook page as well as the new page on Google+, here are five main reasons to be going on with.
1) It’s Cheap
Despite this being the twenty-first century, it is still possible to travel very cheaply in South East Asia. The US$10 per day that sufficed ten years ago may no longer be possible, but US$15-20 a day is certainly doable if you’re not expecting fancy accommodation or luxury transport. Working in a wealthier region of the world, you can save up and travel for a long time here. I have met people who have travelled for years at a time by sticking to cheap areas and people who do seasonal work for several months each year (Wimbledon tennis and the UK Christmas markets are two examples I’ve come across), saving enough money to travel for the rest of the time.
2) People are Friendly
Perhaps it’s a cliché, and there are certainly unfriendly people around, but for the most part, South East Asians welcome guests. You may be treated with curiosity or yelled at in the street, but you’re unlikely to be looked upon with suspicion or mistrust in this region.
3) A Warm Tropical Climate
The warm humid climate of tropical South East Asia may be just what your body needs to ease your joints and loosen your muscles. There are only two seasons in South East Asia—rainy and dry—and unless you’re up a mountain, it stays warm throughout the year.
4) Something for Everyone
Perhaps you want to rough it, travel off the beaten track to remote areas, meeting the natives and avoiding the tourist trail. Or would you prefer to stay at the cheapest scruffiest backpacker haunts, meeting travellers from around the world before you party the night away on the beach? Or maybe you’re on a quest for total relaxation at a five-star beach resort with a 24-hour bar in the swimming pool and a restaurant serving up raw food dinners. You can find all those options and anything in between here in South East Asia.
5) Good Infrastructure
Ok, so it’s cheap and friendly, but poor right? Developing countries must surely mean bad infrastructure, which means no internet access, no public transport and just dirt tracks, right? Wrong. Although many people of South East Asia are undeniably poor, the infrastructure is on the whole perfectly adequate for the average visitor. There is internet access, public transport and the roads aren’t so bad. In fact, you can expect most if not all of your home conveniences to be available in South East Asia, though possibly not throughout the entire region.
So, there you are. Five great reasons to buy that plane ticket and come to this wonderful part of the world! I’ll be waiting…
And in the meantime, “like” me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/anysomewhere and add me to your circles here on Google+.