Asia

Southeast-AsiaSoutheast Asia has become a hotspot for would-be travelers. With the allure of affordable travel and diverse, culturally rich locations, many parts of Asia have opened their doors to welcome in the influx of tourists.

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Tour businesses and groups have popped all over to take advantage of the travel boom. I find tours can be alright if you have a limited time and want to see the highlights. But remember many of these companies work with the high-end hotels and merchants and can cost you a lot more than if you went on your own.

 

 

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You also need to remember you will most likely be seeing “the tourist” spots. If you dig a little deeper you will find many Southeast Asian countries have become good at creating mini-tourism hubs with cheaper accommodations that are surrounded by restaurants, street vendors and everything you need.

 

 

 

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But I urge you to get out on your own and explore and “experience” other areas on your own.    But as with traveling to any country, it is always advised to do your homework before visiting.

 

 

Please share your must see and dos with me; cities, favorite spots, best RV Park or boon docking location, great restaurants or those unique places that I would be heartbroken if I missed.

Throw me a comment at the bottom of the page and help me plan my next great adventures. I’m counting on you!

 

China

  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Hong Kong
  • Great Wall
  • Forbidden City

Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Osaka
  • Kyoto
  • Nara

Taiwan

Singapore

  • The Marina Bay Sands

Vietnam

  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hanoi
  • Da Nang
  • Phu Quoc Island
  • Mui Ne Sand Dunes
  • Mekong Delta
  • Sapa
  • Hang Son Doong (World’s Largest Cave)

Cambodia

  • Sunrise at Angkor Wat
  • Angkor Thom
  • Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Cambodia; The “Tomb Raider” Temple
  • Siem Reap
  • Pub Street and Siem Reap Night Market
  • Tonle Sap Lake; Take A Boat to the Floating Villages
  • Drive 6 hours on Route 6 from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh
  • S-21 aka The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh
  • Banteay Srei
  • The Killing Fields
  • Angkor Archaeological Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Koh Rong
  • Preah Vihear
  • Sihanoukville
  • Tonlé Sap
  • Silver Pagoda within the Royal palace Compound (Phnom Phen)
  • Bokor Hill Station near Kampot
  • Kratie
  • Koh Ker

Thailand

  • Bangkok
  • Elephant Refuge
  • Pai
  • The White Temple in Chiang Rai
  • Mai Sot
  • Lod Cave – Caves of Mae Hong Son Province

Tibet

Nepal

Palau

Myanmar

  • Bagan
  • Mergui Archipelago
  • Ngwe Saung Beach

Malaysia

  • Cameron Highlands
  • Kuala Lumpur

 

8 Responses to Asia

  1. Bev Booth April 4, 2014 at 3:34 am #

    I can’t believe you’ve missed Cambodia of that list, still a poor country but fighting hard to develop into a tourist country, the people are welcoming and very friendly. A great country to visit to see the ‘real Asia’. One of my favourite places – a homestay at Banteay Chhmar – it doesn’t get any more real than this! And although it’s one of the tourist hotspots, Angkor Temples cannot be missed.

    • Tom Robertson April 4, 2014 at 8:08 am #

      Thanks Bev, you are correct I was remiss by not adding Cambodia. I have seem and read about the temples which appear to be amazing. It was mostly do to just not knowing that much about Cambodia and how welcome tourists were. I have heard alot about how Vietnam has become a tourist mecca and it only makes sense that Cambodia would as well. I’ll be adding it!!! 🙂 Any other good recommendations on specific places to see there?

  2. Bev Booth April 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    There’s so much to see and do, beautiful French architecture in the cities, the usual tourist spots such as The Royal Palace and National Museum in Phnom Penh, but most of all getting out to the more rural towns to see the people, they really are special. Still on tour here, have the south beaches to do yet, but apparently they are very good too!

    • Tom Robertson April 5, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

      Thanks Bev….That gives me a place to start. I love getting off the beaten path and away from the tourist spots in whatever country I am in. I think you get a better feel for the country and the people.

  3. Bev Booth April 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    You’re more than welcome to follow my blog, will give you some idea on the places we visit. Like you, we have sold everything to follow our dreams of travelling. Hoping to go to most of Asia and have started in Cambodia. Happy days 🙂
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    • Tom Robertson April 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

      I’ll keep an eye on it and follow your travels, it sounds like you are having a great experience.

  4. Hitch-Hikers Handbook May 18, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    If I can recommend something, I’d definitely suggest going to Kyoto, Osaka and Nara in Japan and to KL in Malaysia, it is an interesting but modern city.

    This year we will be thumbing Central Asia, so after this trip we can give you some more recommendations 🙂

    Fascinating blog, Tom! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work and travel safe!

    • Tom Robertson May 27, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

      Thank, I really do want to see Japan as well. The world is so large it seems impossible to see it all in one life time. I have traveled Europe extensively and really want to spend a lot of time in Asia. I think Hong Kong and China will be my first trip to that side of the world. Travel safe and live life to it’s fullest.

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