Rough Guide to Southeast Asia (Rough Guide Travel Guides) - Rough Guides
Tourist hotspots, like Koh Samui in Thailand or Bali's Kuta beach, can isolate travellers almost completely from authentic local culture. If you confine...... more
Tourist hotspots, like Koh Samui in Thailand or Bali's Kuta beach, can isolate travellers almost completely from authentic local culture. If you confine yourself to these places it's quite possible never to take a local bus, eat a typical meal, or utter so much as a greeting in the local language"Luckily the Rough Guide to Southeast Asia provides a "springboard" for travellers who don't want to "mollycoddled". If you buy it planning a conventional trip to Thailand or Indonesia's beaches, you may well end up floating own Laos' Nam Xong river through dramatic limestone forest on a tractor inner-tube or witnessing Hindu devotees skewer themselves with steel in Malaysia. If you're going to Cambodia just to see Angkor Wat, you could end up exploring recently opened-up areas like Bokor National Park or obscure smugglers' islands as well.Incredibly, it has taken Rough Guides 18 years to get around to producing this very first edition of Rough Guide to Southeast Asia. It goes head-to-head with the classic, original Lonely Planet book South-East Asia on a Shoestring, providing budget sleeping, eating, transport and sightseeing tips. It packs in details on the obscure corners of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Borneo, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei and Vietnam. Hong Kong and Macau are also featured while, unlike most other guides, it excludes Burma, respecting the tourist boycott requested by Aung San Suu Kyi.If you're planning backpacking through more than a couple of counties, this book is very useful as it condenses all Rough Guide's other guides to the region. Unfortunately though, this means that some sections are less up-to-date than others. --Sarah Champion
Advantages: Nightlife, good place to learn how to surf Disadvantages: Full of drunken tourists, no real budget accommodation, zero culture....
...and the Canary Islands; A place to get drunk and party for much less than they would at home, with great beaches and reliably hot and sunny weather.
Other than the nightclubs, bars, resturants, shops, and travel agents selling tickets and packages to other destinations in Indonesia, the only other thing Kuta really has are Surf instructing shops selling surfing lessons.
The waves on kuta beach are perfect...
Advantages: Good facilities, sunset view, warm people Disadvantages: None
...I've visiting Bali (one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia) several times for business and leisure between 2000-2005.
One of my first choice hotels in Indonesia is ones that owned by Santika Group (the big company in Indonesia) for customer-care reason.
One of Santika Group's hotels is Hotel Santika Beach Bali.
The hotel is easy to be reached from the airport.
Advantages: Cheap, sunny and plenty to do Disadvantages: Can be loud with the nightlife
...Kuta is the most popular tourist destination in Bali. The beaches here are absolutely beautiful.... as long as you don't look too close (there is a lot of rubbish).
When I first arrived there I had no idea where I was going to stay which was kind of scary but a couple of us hunted around for cheap accommodation and eventually found a place called Uncle Sams on poppies lane.