Southeast Asia boasts of some of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world. Every year, millions of tourists brave the sweltering tropical heat that prevails over this region so that they can enjoy all that this part of the world has to offer.
Those who travel to Southeast Asia go there for several reasons, the first of which is the warmth of the sun. Studies show that many tourists who visit are from cold countries that have four seasons. Maybe you’re one of these folks eager to escape the harsh winter of your country, to trade in your snow boots for a tank top and flip flops.
Those who love the sun almost always love a beautiful beach as well and Southeast Asia has some of the most pristine beaches in the world. Being in a tropical portion of the globe, it’s only natural that it offers fine sand and crystal clear blue waters for tourists to explore and enjoy.
Aside from the sand and the sun, tourists visit Southeast Asia for the great bargains, as many of its countries are shopping meccas for bargain hunters. From Chatuchak in Bangkok to Divisoria in Manila to Little India in Singapore, each country offers a world of shopping possibilities!
Many tourists are also foodies who like going to different destinations to try the food. From spicy to sweet to tangy, Southeast Asia offers all types of food, from the exotic to the mundane! Fine dining and street food alike are sumptuous to even the pickiest of palettes. So foodies who visit Southeast Asia should get ready to gain a few pounds for their gastronomic adventures!
For the trendy and discerning set, lodgings are a major determinant of the trip. There are those that equate luxury to a good trip and have no qualms about shelling out hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a beautiful place to stay and Southeast Asia is certainly not lacking in luxurious lodgings!
3 Rupar Mandalar Resort (Myanmar): $2,800/night for the presidential suite
2 Hilton Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia): $3,000/night for the penthouse
1 Sofitel Metropole Hanoi (Hanoi, Vietnam): $3,240/night for the Opera Wing
It’s no surprise that the most expensive hotel in Southeast Asia is located in the region’s richest country. Singapore is home to Raffles Hotel, the seat of old-world opulence in all of Asia. Built in 1887 and mentioned in literature by some of the world’s greatest writers, Raffles’ all-white walls and marble columns further enhance the hotel’s class and elegance. For a whopping $9,600 a night in the hotel’s presidential suite, no expense is spared in ensuring every guest at the Raffles is treated like royalty.
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