The Best of SE Asia

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Well, folks – that’s all she wrote for SE Asia at Wanderrlust.  After four months in Vietnam, a month in Laos, two weeks in Cambodia, a month in Thailand, a week and half in Malaysia, a week in Singapore and a month in Indonesia, we’re moving on.

What a ride, pun intended.  There were some deep, dark lows that have now transitioned to “good-travel-story” status thanks to time and many cocktails (a surefire way to heal all wounds).  Of course, there were many highs as well, which we love to reminisce about over … you guessed it, more cocktails!

For fun, we decided to write down our all favorites and compile them into one big list – the best of SE Asia according to Wanderrlust, if you will.  I’ll be doing more extensive write-ups of our favorites by country as well as by various categories, but for now, we bring you the best of the best of our almost eight months in SE Asia.

GENERAL

Best Captial City: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Best Public Transportation: Singapore

Cleanest City: Singapore

Most Charming Town: Luang Prabang, Laos

Best Nightlife: Bangkok, Thailand

Clockwise from top: floating market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam; Central Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Citadel, Hue, Vietnam; National Orchid Garden, Singapore

SHOPPING + CULTURE

Best Overall Shopping City: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Best High-End Shopping City: Singapore

Best Budget Shopping City: Bangkok, Thailand

Best Tour: Mekong Delta tour, Mekong-Logis Hotel, Can Tho, Vietnam

Best Propaganda Museum: Lao National Museum, Vientiane, Laos

Best Historical Sites: Hue, Vietnam

Best Garden: Singapore Botanical Garden

Best Holiday: Lao New Year/Songkran

Best Ladyboy Scene: Bangkok, Thailand

Clockwise from top left: Steak and blue cheese sliders at Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House, Singapore; Il Forno, Siem Reap, Cambodia; fully loaded, “Anthony Bourdain” banh mi at Banh Mi Phuong, Hoi An, Vietnam; sour pork and crispy rice salad at Coconut Garden, Luang Prabang, Laos

FOOD + DRINK

Best Food City Overall: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Best Street Food (tie): Georgetown, Malaysia and Hanoi, Vietnam

Best High-End Dining: Singapore

Best City, Food Shopping: Singapore

Best Wine Program: Cut by Wolfgang Puck, Singapore

Best Brunch: Tartine, Bangkok, Thailand

Best Indian Food: Namaste, Hanoi, Vietnam

Best Pizza: Il Forno, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Best Salad: Coconut Garden, Luang Prabang, Laos

Best Pasta: Il Forno, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Best Sandwich: Banh Mi Phuong, Hoi An, Vietnam

Best Burger: The Outside Inn, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Best Cocktail Bar: Hyde and Seek, Bangkok, Thailand

Best Local Beer: Beerlao Dark, Laos (duh)

Best Supermarket: Festival chain, Thailand

Clockwise from top: Viewfrom Phong Nha Farmstay, Phong Nha, Vietnam; our bungalow at the River Resort, Champasak, Laos; in-house restaurant at The Outside Inn, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

HOTELS

Best Hotel, Overall: Phong Nha Farmstay, Phong Nha, Vietnam

Best Hotel Room: The River Resort, Champasak, Laos

Best Service: The Outside Inn, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Best In-House Restaurant: The Outside Inn, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Best In-Room Bathroom: Sirilanna Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Best Hotel Pool: The River Resort, Champasak, Laos

Clockwise from top: Sarah’s Beach, Malenge, Togean Islands, Indonesia; Hang En, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park; road between Meo Vac and Dong Van, Vietnam; Kanawa Island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

NATURE

Best Marine Life: Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Best Natural Wonder: Hang En Cave, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Best Beach: Sarah’s Beach, Malenge, Togean Islands, Indonesia

Best Riding Experience: QL4C Highway from Meo Vac to Dong Van, Vietnam

 

 

2 Responses

  1. Loretta Hirschfeld
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    Still lovin’ this armchair traveling!!

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