Thanks all. I am defintely going to make a special effort to visit most / all of the places listed above. It is especially great to hear about smaller less well-known places that may not be neccessarily reccommended in the guidebooks! If any of the you do have any more reccommendations, please keep sending them my way!
Thailand: if a small-almost-desert island is what u r looking for, dont miss Koh Lee Pae (Ko Lipe), very close to the Malaysian border, Andaman See. BKK sorroundings: lots of history in the former Thai capital, Ayuthaya, worth a one-day trip
Vietnam: Halong Bay is simply magical (be careful with all the zillions agencies selling Halong Bay packages in Hanoi. Its very commom turistings paying double. make your own research with other travellers to be sure u r paying a fare price for the product u r buying - one day package, overnight package, etc...)
Drink snake blood (only once is enough...!) and be a little agreesive when crossing Hanoi streets...!
Angkor temples: dont listen anyone else, 3-4 days are more than enough (unless u have specific reasons to stay longer). Take the boat trip along Tonlé Sap river from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap if you want a pleasant time and r willing to pay a little more (ca. USD 30 in Dec/2008).
Indonesia : bali & jogja (borobudur n prambanan temple)
Bali,d'ìsland of d'god,ìs blessed by goes,decorated with beautiful countryside,rice terrace,exotic beaches,holy templer,fascinating cultures & much more.
Its important to know that peaceful balinese welcome visitor warmly with great hospitality,so visit to bali is still replite with kingly comfort immersed in an ancient culture on d'beautiful island paradise.
Live in bali is inexpensive,u can adjust ur budget.
If u want visit to bali, i can help to guide u & u can stay at my place during in bali.
(It's free,cos i'm not commercial guide)
Luang Prabang (Laos), Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Bangkok (Thailand)
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Try Langub (Sugar) Beach in Sipalay on Negros in the Philippines it is a great beach resort and not many people know about it so it is always quite quiet.
I'd have to say Hanoi, Vietnam - the Paris of Asia
good people, good food, good hotels, very interesting sights, inexpensive
And I thought Shanghai is the Paris of the east.
For a former French colony, the men in Hanoi should all be arrested by the fashion police.
Good food, I eat at Little Hanoi(fantastic cuisine) and KFC, coz anywhere else is gold.
People who love Vietnam really make me want to return and give them another chance. In all fairness to the annoying people of Vietnam, it is the only country in Southeast Asia that offered me job, in spite of my passport.
I have to agree with Mike, I loved Dalat in Vietnam!! Heading to Laos and Cambodia this summer so am hoping I'll have a few more places to add to your list!!
Indonesia for sure. Planning my 9th trip to Indonesia in 2010- wonderful place.
If you need any information on Java, Sumatra and/or Aceh contact me and I can help you.