10 Reasons Why Singaporeans Shouldn’t Travel Around Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has been a hotspot for travellers coming in from different parts of the globe. However for Singaporeans living in the little red dot, it just feels too ordinary and not worth exploring. Anywhr understands that we are all different, and this means each traveller has his or her own preference when it comes to envisioning their perfect vacation, and Southeast Asia just doesn't cut it for your precious holiday time. So here are 10 reasons why we think Singaporeans shouldn’t travel around Southeast Asia, and your getaway is best spent in other parts of the world instead.

1. It’s Overrated

Everyone has been to the usual cities like Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. We find tourists hanging around in almost every corner. In fact, a handful of destinations are so popular that it is not uncommon for tourists to settle there for good (Hint: Bali). Apart from these mainstream destinations, is there really anything else we can see in this part of the world? Scroll through your Instagram feed and you will spot your friends at the same location, trying the same food and doing pretty much the same things, at different times of the year.

Source: Suxin

Source: Suxin

Thanks for sending me to such an amazing place that I never knew existed! I truly had the time of my life exploring!!
— Suxin, who spent her week-long surprise birthday trip somewhere less than 3 hours flights from Singapore

2. It’s Just (Too) Rural

For some Singaporeans, the neighbouring countries are perceived as endless forests with a couple of interesting natural attractions. The natural landscape of these places may come off as ‘less developed’ and can make us feel deprived of certain luxuries that those living in Singapore have already been accustomed to, such as sheltered concrete walkways and air-conditioning at every corner. Bearing these in mind, the region is probably suited for those looking for an adventure or to rough it out. Anything else, would just seem a little off.

Source: Charis

Source: Charis

It was through this trip that I realised how I actually quite like trekking while soaking in the gorgeous scenic views and enjoying the natural air-con with ‘breeze-mode’ as I got higher up the mountains.
— Tharn Chun & Charis, having a father-daughter jeep ride adventure in Southeast Asia
Source: Unsplash

Source: Unsplash

Yeah we get it, the heat in Singapore is unbearable. So who in the right state of mind would visit somewhere that is just as hot? It will be wiser to pay a visit to experience Europe’s cool temperatures, because it is totally not a misinformed generalisation that the entire region has the same climate. Scenic mountain towns rich with heritage definitely only exist in Europe and the Americas.

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4. Crimes, Crimes Everywhere

Southeast Asian countries are extremely unsafe for travelling, filled with shady locals who are all out to get you.

Source: Michelle

Source: Michelle

Smashed someone’s flower pot; all because I wanted to get some fuel for the rented scooter. However it was through small accidents I got to experience kindness from both locals and other travellers alike. I wasn’t scolded or judged for my carelessness, but was showered with care and concern and that really warmed my heart.
— Michelle, on her solo trip to a cold mountainous town in Southeast Asia

5. Food Is Mundane

Source: Keishiro

Source: Keishiro

Singapore has a reputation for being a food paradise. That means other local cuisine around the region pales in comparison. After all, we can get almost everything on the tiny red dot and not waste our time travelling around Southeast Asia to sample authentic local fare, such as the one above where Keishiro went Anywhr and had a delicious bowl of noodle soup made in a small local hut in the middle of the wilderness.

6. Way Too Near Home

If a destination is near home, then it’s not a vacation, it’s a staycation. Venturing to a place that is seemingly further makes more sense for a holiday. The vibe is just, different. Besides, we are familiar with the few places near us and they don’t appear interesting enough to show off to our Instagram followers.

We went to a beach so secluded that there was only us and a fisherman, discovered something breathtakingly amazing that we never knew could exist in Southeast Asia.
— Maurina & Yee Ching

7. It's Not Pretty

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Source: Unsplash

When we think of going for a picturesque kind of holiday, deep blue waters and pretty sceneries appear in our minds- you know, something that looks like its taken out of a storybook. Unfortunately, such pretty sights can only be found in places like Europe. It’s not like there are lesser known sites like that in Southeast Asia, are they?

8. Not-So-Interesting Cultures

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Mention interesting cultures and we will think of places like Spain or Japan -  countries with fascinating traditions, festivals, and customs. Immersing yourself is a great way to get acquainted with the them, but how often do we choose to experience the lifestyle of those living in our region? I mean, you don’t hear someone saying that they wish to learn more about Khmer or Isaan culture right? Do you even know that those cultures exist? Boring.

9. There is Nothing Exciting To Do

Can I hop on a hot air balloon? Will I ever get to try stuff like skydiving or sand-boarding in Southeast Asia? Apart from the typical shopping for affordable clothes and tasting local food by the street, we wonder what else can an individual possibly do to spend time in this part of the world.

Source: Li Li

Source: Li Li

Going solo, I will never have ventured into such places myself if I were to plan it. The locals are always willingly to help if asked, the best part is that the place is not crowded with tourist like the usual places. Spending time with myself and really enjoying the vacation time without the need to fulfill specific itinerary is something I have never get to experience in my travels.
— Li Li, on her solo trip to a Southeast Asian town not far away

10. It’s The Same Thing

There really isn’t anything unique about the region. They all look, feel and taste the same, right?

Source: Deng Yang & Minren

Source: Deng Yang & Minren

The destination was a place that I’ve never heard of. It was full of sights, great food, friendly people and culture. Plenty of activities and comfortable accommodation awaited us at our destination. It was like finding a hidden gem
— Deng Yang & Minren, who got surprised to a little island in Southeast Asia

AUTHOR: KASSHIF

A guy that has a thing for world maps, he is often planning an adventure, out on an adventure, or watching a documentary about what could possibly be his next adventure.

A guy that has a thing for world maps, he is often planning an adventure, out on an adventure, or watching a documentary about what could possibly be his next adventure.