So is South East Asia the right travel destination for you? I think it is an acquired taste and like a lot of things in life you need to try it at least once to make up your own mind. For me I unreservedly give South East Asia the “thumbs up”!
Koh Samui is one place I could definitely return to again and again, just for the sheer relaxing vibe that it exudes.
Pattaya provided all the perfect things that a thriving beach resort city should offer: long stretches of sandy beaches, world-class resort hotels, water activities aplenty, beachfront restaurants and bars, great shopping and tourist attractions.
Made up of over 17,000 volcanic islands, Indonesia has something unique to offer everyone. Blessed with rich jungles, imposing volcanoes, and hundreds of kilometres of gorgeous beachfront there is plenty to do and see.
Sihanoukville, the capital of the Sihanoukville Province was not the prettiest of the Asian cities I have visited, however it does have some lovely palm-fringed beaches, tropical islands and the mangrove jungles of Ream National Park.
Already a popular resort before the war, Vung Tau came to be used by Australian and American servicemen as a rest area during the Vietnam War campaign. After the war, Vung Tau was a common launching place for the Vietnamese Boat People fleeing the new regime.
The opulence and wealth of Brunei, as revealed in its spectacular mosques and government residences, is a sight to behold. However at the other end of the spectrum, the floating villages were also delightful.
A day in Langkawi left me thirsting for more of this magical land of legends. I would have liked more time to explore the beautiful rainforests, rivers, waterfalls and marine parks; cruise around some of the other 99 islands; or see some of the other gorgeous pristine beaches that Langkawi is renowned for.
After setting sail from Singapore we cruised through the night and the following morning where we docked at the port of Penang. The largest and most populated state in Malaysia, Penang is located on the northwest coast of Peninsula Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca.
However I discovered that this international city gave me a rush of sensory stimulation with its exotic sights, world-class shopping centres, centuries old temples and palaces, the boat-filled congested Chao Phraya River and the state-of-the-art public transport system.