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Southeast Asia is the perfect destination for those looking for a dose of culture with their sun, and what's more the scenery is like nothing else on earth - exotic and simply awe-inspiring.
Thailand is the ultimate beach destination in Southeast Asia, and gone are the days when it was simply the first port of call on a backpacker's circuit. Now a whole host of luxury hotels line the pristine beaches. Whether it's fast-developing Phuket or Koh Samui or the curling beaches of Koh Phi Phi, you won't be disappointed.
Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam are also growing in popularity and with their glorious coastlines it's easy to see why. Sihanoukville is the go-to beach spot in Cambodia, with just a couple of secluded luxury hotels ensuring the utmost privacy. In Vietnam, we recommend Hoi An which has seen an increase in new resorts over the last few years, but its charming old-world port is a gentle reminder of its magnificent history and culture.
Indonesia is of course not to be forgotten, boasting some of the best beach-side hotels in Southeast Asia. Bali is a well-known beach hotspot, and Lombok is an idyllic hideaway away from the crowds.
Treat yourself to a beautiful sunset cruise in Vietnam
Top tip.. Halong Bay is a great place to enjoy this unforgettable experience
Try something a little different and go for a night dive.
Top tip... Go out on the boat during the afternoon and enjoy watching the sunset before your underwater adventure begins.
Go off the beaten track in Yao Noi, Thailand and take a bike tour to discover some less-seen areas
Top tip... Go with a guide so you don't miss out on any hidden gems. Plus, you're less likely to get lost.
Learn some new skills and enjoy your delicious creations by trying a Thai cooking class
Fun fact... Thai people never step on rice because it's considered sacred
Ho Chi Minh
This city is full of wonderful architecture, heart-warming locals and a wealth of culture. Spending a few days here could make your already incredible holiday unforgettable.
When in Cambodia a visit to the temples of Angkor should not be missed. A beach break and Siem Reap are contrasting but perfect to combine together.
Suggested accommodation for South East Asia
Alila Villas Uluwatu
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Six Senses Con Dao
Ho Chi Minh
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Six Senses Yao Noi
The Peninsula Bangkok
Featured articles for South East Asia
The Paths less travelled – by Ross Pakes
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Thailand - But Not As You Know It
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Into the blue
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