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  • Nick and Dariece | April 13, 2015 12:00 PM ET

    5 Reasons To Travel To Southeast Asia

    5 Reasons To Travel To Southeast Asia

    Southeast Asia is a traveler's mecca, and has been for many years. With amazing scenery, great people, and incredible food, why wouldn't you go? There are so many reasons to travel there, but these are the top 5.

    The Food

    The food of this region is bursting with flavor! Some of the most popular ingredients are lemon grass, lime, chili and coconut. Each dish is prepared with complex flavors and a perfect balance of salty, sweet, spicy, and sour notes. Rice and curry are commonly served together, while noodles are typically fried together with sauces, meat, and vegetables. Some must-try meals of Southeast Asia include Pad Thai in Thailand, Yao Hon hot-pot in Cambodia, Pho noodle soup in Vietnam and peanut satay in Indonesia and name a few!

    The People 

    The locals of any country you visit can have a huge impact on your trip, and luckily, the people of Southeast Asia will only make your trip a better one. Warm welcomes, friendly faces and huge smiles will greet you wherever you go. Shop owners can be a little bit pushy, but bargaining and transactions are still done in a friendly fashion. Guesthouse owners, locals on the street, and tour guides will be kind to you, and if you give respect, you will gain it. Also, speaking just a little bit of the local language will go a long way and will help you build friendships.

    The Scuba Diving

    If you're a scuba diver, you'll be in heaven in SE Asia, but even if you're not a diver, the snorkelling is incredible too. Crystal-clear waters give great visibility, allowing you the opportunity to see sharks, turtles, and even whale sharks. The island of Koh Tao in Thailand is a great place to get certified, while Sipadan off the coast of Borneo has some of the best diving in the world. This is the ultimate region for scuba divers.

    The Beaches

    Pure white sands, clear waters and swaying palm trees = paradise! Southeast Asia has some of the best beaches in the world. Some are secluded, while others are popular with day-trippers, locals and tourists. Swinging in a hammock while gazing out at the sea is the best way to spend the day. Some of the top beaches of the area can be found in Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

    The Cost

    This part of the world is definitely easy on the budget. Meals cost as little as $1 a piece, or splurge for a bigger plate of food for $3. Bus transportation is generally $1/hour on the road, or less in some cases. Beers and cocktails are $1-$5 and hotel rooms and guesthouses can be had for $20 for a double room. The value for money is pretty good as well. If you spend around $50-$60/day as a couple, you'll be able to live comfortably. Up your budget to $80-$100 and you can pretty much do any excursion and stay in gorgeous rooms!

    Pack Your Bags!

    Southeast Asia is popular for good reason. It's one of the friendliest regions on earth and is such an easy place to travel to. With ease of transport and a well-worn tourist trail, this is a great place for first time travellers, and travelling veterans. For more about SE Asia, check out this website.

    Have you been to SE Asia before? Which countries did you go to? 


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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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