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South East Asia is the geographical region south of China, east of India and north of Australia. The South East Asian mainland consists of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, and the islands of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. Taking a South East Asia holiday rental will, in my opinion, be the start of one of the most exciting and exhilarating holiday experiences on the globe. The countries of South East Asia, whilst having a range of similarities, are hugely different, each offering incredible sights and unique activities.
Indonesia consists of over 13,000 islands, only 1,500 having been named so far. The most popular, most inhabited and most culturally significant islands of Indonesia are Java, Bali and Sumatra.
The Royal Kingdom of Thailand is the most visited country of South East Asia. Its historic culture, lively people, stunning beaches, excellent transport networks and magnificent nightlife have really opened up Thailand to the western traveller. The northern districts of Thailand are natural areas, where fabulous trekking allows you to discover the hill tribes and culture of northern Thailand. Chiang Mai has become a hub of Thai culture, specialising in cuisine, massage, meditation, silversmithing and even elephant training! The famed beaches of Thailand are in the south. The beaches of Koh Tao and Phuket have gained global recognition, and although some have become touristy, the majority remain quiet. Bangkok and Phuket have emerged as Thailand’s most popular destinations.
The Philippines are a collection of thousands of islands, and hundreds of cultures. It is known affectionately as the ‘smile of Asia’ due to the incredible hospitality of the locals. There is a beach to suit every holiday maker, and the capitol Manila has become a tough but charming cosmopolitan city.
Malaysia is a rapidly growing fusion of cultures, with the commercial centre of Kuala Lumpur shining under the massive monuments of the Pretronas Twin Towers and the BT tower. The jungle train going north east takes you to the Malaysian coast, where the islands are paradise, and the scuba diving is incomparable.
Taking a holiday rental in Southeast Asia opens the door to an incredible region of the world. There is so much to see, do and contemplate once out there, whether you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday, a holiday to explore cultural delights or an adventure holiday, travel to South East Asia on a shoestring or a large budget will be hugely rewarding.
There is a no limit to the number of fascinating and awe-inspiring religious, natural and historical monuments across the whole of South East Asia, and the walking, guided and unguided, is spectacular. The coastal regions are filled with blissful beaches, and exotic fish fill the waters. There are just so many excellent reasons for taking a holiday rental or villa in South East Asia, whether you are on a shoestring or looking for luxury.
South East Asia’s tropical climate does not mean it is hot and humid all year round. Temperatures are high around 40°C in the height of summer, and dip to around 16°C in December, but the monsoon winds are regular and vital to the region, coming around November to February.
There are a magnitude of international airports in South East Asia, and a variety of good deals on cheap flights, which makes this magnificent region accessible even if you wish to do South East Asia on a shoestring. There are a beautiful range of South East Asia holiday rental villas, and the area is waiting to be explored.