Top destinations to hit on a whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia

Heading to Southeast Asia for a month or less? Since you won’t have much time to spare, you’ll want to make the most of it. In this guide, we’ll talk about three places upon which you’ll want to centre your travels.

1) Koh Phangan, Thailand

Love an epic party? During your time in Southeast Asia, make sure you plan your itinerary so that you’ll be on the Thai island of Koh Phangan when the moon is full. On that night, the Full Moon Party, of the biggest regular celebrations on the planet, pops off at Haad Rin Beach.

Attended by up to 30,000 people at the busiest times of the year, it is an all-night, open-air celebration of electro, trance, drum & bass, and other forms of dance music. 

It is a wild time to be sure, but take precautions to protect your safety –  lock the door of your accommodation before leaving for the party, never leave your drink unattended, wear closed-toed shoes to protect your feet from broken glass, avoid flame skip rope games, and so forth.

There are other things to do than party as well, and you’ll need things to do on nights when you aren’t living it up. Despite what other people might think, there are many other ways to pursue excitement.

Gambling adds as such, with many people finding its ups and downs to be a thrill they crave. No matter whether you enjoy a good game of roulette or Words With Friends, staying in and playing games makes for a healthy break from heading out to the bar every night while you are on the road.

2) Penang, Malaysia

After recovering from the most epic time of your life in Koh Phangan, travel south into Malaysia. Make Penang your first destination in this country, as it is home to some of the best food in the world – this isn’t just us saying this, many trusted travel publications have feted this place for the quality of its cuisine.

Start by having some Nasi Kandar at Line Clear. An eatery that’s been open for generations, it serves a variety of tasty dishes in a buffet format. From fish head curry to a number of different types of fried chicken, it is amazing soul food you’ll get addicted to from the first bite.

Next, have a northern Indian meal at the Restoran Kapitan. Famous for its buttery slabs of naan bread, Indian curries, tandoori chicken, and refreshing mango lassis, this eatery is often busy late into the evening with local customers and tourists alike.

3) Bali, Indonesia

After you have had your fill of Malaysia, hop on a plane to Bali. Easily the most popular travel destination in Indonesia, this gorgeous volcanic isle is home to beginner-friendly and expert surf breaks, verdant rice paddies, and an intoxicating local culture that will transfix you from the moment you arrive here.

Start on the coast – there are a variety of destinations suited to different visitors. Kuta appeals to party animals, Legian to those looking for something a bit more mature, Seminyak to the upscale traveler, and Canggu to hipsters and digital nomads.

Once you have gotten your dose of Vitamin Sea, head inland to Ubud. Home to green rice fields, amazing temples, and plenty of culture, it will provide the proper balance to the hedonism present on the coast.

Top 5 Cities To Shop ‘Til You Drop In Europe

Europe is not only the perfect destination for travel and adventure enthusiasts, but also for fashion gurus looking to spice up their wardrobe. Some may travel to Paris, Milan, and London to experience the general hustle and bustle of city life and take in the culture, while others see it as the perfect opportunity to take in upcoming style trends and shop the day away. If you’re the latter, check out these European cities that are considered to be the top shopping destinations and well known for their fashion forward style trends.

Milan, Italy

This may come as no surprise to you, but Milan is considered to be one of the most fashionable cities of the world. The city caters to styles of all kinds, especially if you’re shopping in the famous district known as quadrilatero della moda. The streets of this area are lined with tiny boutiques and large designer stores alike, so no matter what your budget or style may be this is a must-see spot of Milan. Another fashion hotspot of Milan is the Navigli area, which is most famous for avant-garde shops and picturesque canals.

Paris, France

Parisians are often referred to as some of the most stylish people in the world, so it is no wonder that Paris is a top shopping destination for travelers. There are many shopping areas throughout the city, so depending on your spending budget there are different options available to you. If money is not a question, head to Faubourg Saint-Honore, which is home to some of the most famous designer brands around the world. If you’re style preferences are more eclectic and funky, hop on the metro toward the Marais quarter. Here you’ll find vintage and antique items, and it is also home to high-end art galleries.

London, United Kingdom

If fashion is your passion, you’ve probably heard of Oxford Street in London. Home to more than 300 shops of all kinds, Oxford Street is a shopper’s paradise. Here you’ll be able to find anything from sporty shoes to designer dresses to antique furniture. Also don’t miss out on a visit to Notting Hill, where you’ll not only find a funky outfit for a night out in London, but also have the chance to treat yourself to some of the best food in the city.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul may not be known for its traditional fashion looks, but you’ll definitely be exposed to some funky trends while visiting this city. Every true shopper needs to visit the famous Nisantasi Shopping Center. This is without a doubt the most iconic shopping paradise in all of Turkey, where you’ll find luxurious shops, 5-star hotels, authentic restaurants, and historical buildings. This area may not fall within every traveler’s budget, but even so be sure to take in the sights here.

Geneva, Switzerland

The shopping in Geneva is known to be some of the most high-end and luxurious of the world, so don’t come here expecting not to spend a pretty penny. While here, head to Rue de Rhone to visit the world’s most famous designer stores. If shopping is not the only thing on your agenda, satisfy your sweet tooth by visiting Chocolatier Auer. This chocolate confectionary has been around for five generations and is the most popular in Switzerland.