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Singapore

Get rid of the image of Singapore as a dull and sterile utopia – scratch the surface and discover a strange mix of cultures Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western, a rich stew social is anything but boring. Sure, graffiti-free trains run on time, traffic jams do not exist and everyone looks clean cut and healthy, but who needs pollution, poverty and chaos?

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Singapore Food mouthwatering is the number one drawcard. Pull up a bench in a downtown street vendors, open a beer Tiger and dive into a wide range of Asian delicacies generous, heavy on flavor, light on the wallet. Do not waste? Singapore offers the best shopping and restaurants in Southeast Asia innovative and stylish, plus a range of first class hotels. Top of the tree is Raffles, a timeless symbol of colonial opulence.

Of course, not all about shopping, food and G & T on the terrace. Please outdoor activities – Sports of the street, bicycle and water – or draw out the contemporary art scene, thriving on government promotion of Singapore as an arts center. If you want a break from the city limits, the center of the island has reserves of bright green forest tract which is all you’ll hear monkeys clattering through the branches.

The city of Leon is more than I expected – the dust of the credit card, the first of her stomach and dive right in.

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Malaysia

Malaysia is really like two countries in one, split in two by the South China Sea. The peninsula is a multicultural buffet of flavors Malays, Chinese and Indians while the Borneo rainforest is home to a smorgasbord of wild orangutans, granite peaks and remote tribes. Within and across these two very different regions are an impressive array of microcosms ranging from space-age skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur to the people of Sarawak longhouse of smiling and calm beaches and dusty Perhentian Islands. And we mention the food? Malaysia (especially along the mainland coast, west) is one of the best assortments of delicacies in the world.

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Start with Chinese-Malay ‘Nonya’, go to India on banana leaf curry, law Chinese, Malay spicy food stalls, and even some western food amazing. However, despite all the pockets of ethnic groups, religions, landscapes and sometimes very large distances between them, the beauty of Malaysia lies in the fusion of all this, in a country that is one of the most safer, more stable and easier to manage in Southeast Asia.

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Laos

After years of war and isolation, the most pristine environment in Southeast Asia, intact cultures and quite possibly those most chill-out on the land means the destination Laos is fast earning cult status among travelers. Is developing rapidly, but still has a lot of tradition that has sadly disappeared elsewhere in the region. Village life is refreshingly simple, and even in Vientiane, it is hard to believe this sort of languid riverfront life exists in a national capital. Then, of course, is the historic royal city of Luang Prabang, where watching as hundreds of saffron-robed monks move silently among centuries the monasteries is as romantic as a scene that you will experience anywhere in Asia.

Away from the cities, there is more to be seen, the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang province, the forested mountains of northern Laos, the gothic limestone karsts around the backpacker shelter Vieng Vang and the Deep South, more beyond the market area Pakse, is Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands), where the mighty Mekong river spreads and all hammocks are made.

The wilderness of Laos is attracting travelers in search of nature, adventure, or both. Kayaking, rafting, climbing and biking are available, but the community-based trekking is popular because it combines spectacular natural attractions with the opportunity to experience the “real-Laos” with a family home town – while spending your money where most needed.
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There is undoubtedly a tourist route that grows in Laos, but that just means that there are plenty of ways of Route 13 where you can make your own way. After all, half the fun of traveling here is on the same trip – the people you know, seats share chickens, and retakes Wrong Lao-Lao drinking with family smiling down the road less traveled.

Travel to Fiji

travel to fijiIt is believed that the first inhabitants of the island came from Southeast Asia long before the Europeans in the seventeenth century discovered. Despite the beauty of its shores was not until two centuries later when starting definitively established here frequent trips Fiji by the aristocratic classes more adventurous.

These were the times that were formed as colonies of the British Empire until 1970, Queen Elizabeth II granted independence. However she was reigning there indirectly, a situation that changed in 1987 when a coup established a republic which has now been replaced by democratic normality.

In Fiji travel can be seen as the natives have managed to retain many of the traditional art forms including some popular folklore customs. Even the Christian missions, so destructive to colonized cultures have been able to eliminate many of the aspects of this cultural village, at the same time has adapted to the demands of tourism.

Travelers find here endless activities and attractions between what stands are those practiced outdoors as is the case of snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, rafting or sailing.

Especially in the first two cases, what they do is more popular coral reef environment is offering to its shores for the fans of this sport one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world.

However, surfing, a sport rife among those who love water sports, is rare here as these coral reefs are rare cause the breakers suitable for surfing. Still, there are some highlights in the islands centers Mamanucas where good waves and where are the sports fans.