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.
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.
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3. "OMG, IT'S SO HOT!"
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.
5. Food Is Mundane
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.
7. It's Not Pretty
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
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.
10. It’s The Same Thing
There really isn’t anything unique about the region. They all look, feel and taste the same, right?