The Earth is round and seasons vary around the globe. So if you’ve got Southeast Asia on the mind, what highlights should you pursue? Where should you spend your winter in Southeast Asia?

Thailand is a great place to begin your journey. You might want to start in Chiang Mai in the north. North Thailand can be cheaper than parts of Indonesia such as Bali and parts of Vietnam.There is plenty to see, such as relics of elaborate Buddhist temples like the 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang. It also has good infrastructure and a low cost of living. This is, providing you have some self-discipline to resist wiling away your money on various temptations. Anodard Hotel in the old city has a decent swimming pool that non-guests can use for a small fee.

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An ideal itinerary is take some time to travel around. Take some time to head down south. You can easily take a week in Penang or Langkawi in Northwest Malaysia. Rather, if you are already down south, spend a few weeks in Luang Prabang in Laos then back to Chiang Mai.

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For centuries, Penang has served as the link between Asia’s two halves. A fascinating fusion of the East and West, the Malaysian city embraces modernity while retaining a charismatic old world charm. Head to Penang Hill, (Bukit Bendera) which rises 821 metres above sea level providing a great view and a welcome break from the heat of the street. Also must-see is Kek Lo Si, one of the the largest Buddhist temple complexes in the region. Standing regally atop of a hill in the little town of Air Itam, it is filled with hundred-year old sacred temples and landscaped gardens.

Luang Prabang

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This area is a UNESCO heritage center, for a good reason. Luang Prabang is unique for both its rich architectural and artistic heritage. Check out the fusion of Lao urban structures with traditional architecture and those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries.



This archipelago of 99 islands is rich with history and rich opportunities for exploring.  Truly a tropical paradise surrounded by white beaches, jungles, and rainforests with a wide variety of wildlife, it’s something you’ve got to add to your bucket list.


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