Tired of holidaying across the length and the breadth of India? Looking for your first international holiday, but don’t know where to start? A short visit to one of the Oriental countries, is just about the perfect choice in such a situation. What’s more, you are spoilt for choice – Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, or a good mix of all these – you can choose a holiday that best suits your pocket, taste, and sense of adventure.
Here are some reasons why you should look at South East Asia as your first international holiday destination.
International Experience at Affordable Prices:
Some of the world’s best organized and planned cities are to be seen in South East Asia. Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur are amongst the most vibrant and modern cities in the world. Thus, a visit to one of these places gives you a truly international experience. Yet, belonging to the same continent, air fares are affordable, and the exchange rate just stops short of pinching you too much! Hence, if you are a first-time traveler abroad, you will truly experience value for money on a Oriental holiday.
While there are several destinations that you could look at, some of the all-time-favourites are:
Other, equally fascinating destinations include Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, and so on.
Enchanting Natural Beauty:
If exploring places and sight-seeing is what you crave for, then South East Asia offers you a whole platter of visual delights – unending strips of pristine beaches, soothing backwaters, ancient temples steeped in history, breathtaking gardens, awe inspiring islands. These are just a few natural treats that are on offer.
If you get tired of sight-seeing, you can always choose among the countless man made delights of this little corner of the world. Be it zoos to underwater worlds, to entire islands dedicated to fun, be it a maritime museum or a wax museum, right down to Asia’s own Disney Land – South East Asia has something for every member of your family.
If you are a culinary adventurer, you will never tire of the Orient. While ‘Indian Chinese’ may not be on offer, you will certainly find a wide range of original, along with Japanese cuisine that goes beyond the ubiquitous Sushi, Thai, Mongolian, & Vietnamese fare. Of course, your burgers and pizzas are to be found everywhere too. Food in South East Asia is very affordable, & you can eat without hesitation from the several rustic eateries that dot the landscape. Of course, if Indian food is what you would rather have, you will have plenty of choice in that too!
Who doesn’t know that this place is a shoppers’ paradise. Be it the weekend markets of Bangkok, or the posh malls of Singapore, you can almost spend your entire holiday shopping, should you choose to! Not to mention, this is shopping ‘Indian’ style shopping – with plenty of scope for bargaining and negotiating. So go ahead, sharpen your bargaining skills to your heart’s delight.
South East Asia is a melting pot of cultures. Especially cities like Singapore and Bangkok are a beautiful and mesmerizing patchwork quilt of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Western cultures. You will find a baroque Church fitting in as seamlessly into the landscape as a Buddhist temple, you will find an array of costumes, languages, sights and sounds that will leave you spell-bound.
Well, if you are the sorts who thinks what’s a holiday abroad without some partying, gambling and fun, then fear not. Places like Bangkok, Hongkong, Kuala Lumpur are known for their thumping nightlife. For the more adventurous amongst you, you can even opt for some of the more risqué experiences in complete safety and completely legally!
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, plan that first international trip with an experience that appeals to all your senses, gives you unforgettable memories, and does not cut a huge hole in your pockets.