Historically influenced by China to the North and India to the West, South East Asia has evolved into a region of incredible richness and diversity. Spiritual and dramatic, blessed with lush scenery, wonderful food and a warm and hospitable people, the region is a cultural melting pot, with a tumultuous history and a fascinating heritage. From the bustling streets of Bangkok and Saigon, to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and Luang Prabang, this is a region of incredible vibrancy and colour. Here the colonial wars of the 20th century vie for space against the natural beauty of Halong Bay and the cultural diversity of Sarawak and the Mekong Delta. These are the lands of smiles and Orang Utans, floating markets and golden beaches, where you can immerse yourself in centuries old cultures and primeval jungles that are as unique as they are spectacular.
Ask your local guide to teach you the phrase ‘have already’ in Vietnamese (co roi) – you will find it stops street sellers in their tracks.