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.

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