25 August, 2019
Noodles sizzle in street-side woks between the alleys of Ho Chi Minh City. Waves roll into white-sand beaches through the glimmering waters of the Thai Andaman. There are karst mountains spiking the clouds throughout Laos and Cambodia, occasionally dropping to the misty Mekong River or mythic temple stupas in Angkor Wat. Further away, coral gardens are teeming with parrotfish in Palawan, the bazaars of Kuala Lumpur buzz with life, and the soaring skyscrapers of Singapore hide an urban jungle of markets and monuments. Cheap flights to South East Asia are your chance to explore all that and more. Common deals from Australia will go to cities like Jakarta, Bangkok, and Hanoi.
Pack the surf wax and ready those boardies, folks – the swell-splattered isle of Bali has reefs and beach breaks to rival Bondi and the Gold Coast.
Dive into the crystal-clear waters around Palawan to discover a scuba heaven, where brain sponges meet manta rays and more.
Bangkok is a sprawling megacity. One moment you're glugging beers with backpackers down Khaosan Road, the next your meditating in a gold-tipped Buddhist pagoda.