Wander to Southeast Asia and Travel on the Cheap!

Elephant Ride at  Siem Reap, Cambodia

Elephant Ride at Siem Reap, Cambodia

As J.R.R. Tolkien wrote so many years ago, not all who wander are lost. Maybe those who wander are just filled with a little more wonder than the average person. If you think you are this person, well, the world abounds in low-cost places to travel. One such place is Southeast Asia — Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Once a very war-torn part of the world, these unique cultures are now more like paradise, offering you an oriental relief from the rigors of western society. Whether it’s one night in Bangkok or several in Ho Chi Minh City, these countries and their favorable exchange rates won’t break the bank!

The most expensive item you’ll have to purchase when visiting Southeast Asia is your plane ticket, but even this item is far cheaper than what it once was. You can fly from London, Paris or most major cities conveniently to Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore and then transfer flights if need be. These regions are isolated from the West no more. Once you’re there, you can lie upon the beaches of Thailand or ride an elephant in Cambodia. Or visit centuries old temples and learn about the lost long-ago culture that made this region one of the most advanced in the world at that time.

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are also cities not to be missed and you can help yourself to some pho or other tasty Vietnamese cuisine. You’ll find your money will go far here and feel like your money will last forever. Adventure trips could include backpacking in from Bangkok and discovering villages few Europeans ever see. The opportunities are boundless in Southeast Asia and nothing will cost too much money. You’ll save so much money choosing this region for your next vacation you’ll want to come back again and again.

Anne Perkins is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips and enjoys taking any idea and making it easier or cheaper to complete.

The Spectacular Angkor Complex

The Angkor Complex was once the center of the Khmer Empire. The empire’s boundaries were central Vietnam, China, and the Bay of Bengal. The ruins lie in modern day northern Cambodia in the Siem Reap Province. The word Angkor means city and the complex was once a huge city, believed to be the largest city in the world prior to the Industrial Revolution. The rulers of the Khmer Empire were known as universal monarchs or god-kings.

The complex itself composed of over 1000 temples, but are largely recognized in 3 main temple groups. They are Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Bayon temple. Everyone knows of Angkor Wat, as it is the biggest of the 3. It is considered to be the largest single religious monument in the world.

Below you will find some spectacular imagery of the Angkor Complex. Is it any wonder why I wish to travel here someday soon?

Angkor Wat Aerial View

Angkor Wat Aerial View

Apsara Dancer Carvings

Apsara Dancer Carvings

Empty Pools of Angkor Wat

Empty Pools of Angkor Wat

The Bayon Temple

The Bayon Temple reflected in the moat.

God-King Statue at Bayon Temple

God-King Statue at Bayon Temple

Artistic shot of Angkor Wat

Artistic shot of Angkor Wat using zoom.

Entering Angkor Thom

Entering Angkor Thom

Angkor Wat Sunset and Reflection on Moat

Angkor Wat Sunset and Reflection on Moat

54 Stone Figures line the South Gate Causeway at Angkor Thom

54 Stone Figures line the South Gate Causeway at Angkor Thom

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Have you been to Angkor? What did you like best about it?