Tuesday, 30th December 2014
Top places to include on your 2015 itinerary
If there is one New Year's resolution we should all be making, it is to travel more. After all, what could be more rewarding and be a promise that we can actually keep? South East Asia has a veritable treasure trove of places to explore and there is no better time to seize the day than now.
Da Nang, Vietnam
The port city of Da Nang has not attracted much attention over the years, but all that seems to be changing, as it has topped a recent poll. Da Nang has been named as the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Destination on the Rise for 2015. An algorithm was used to find the result of the biggest increase in year-on-year positive reviews on the website, with Da Nang coming out top.
James Kay, a spokesperson for TripAdvisor, said: "While this part of the world has been firmly pinned on the travel trail for some time, it's the region's lesser known destinations that are now rising up to rival the more established tourist hotspots."
In the tenth anniversary edition of Lonely Planet's Best in Travel book, Bagan is listed as one of the most incredible places to get a 'yes'. Even if you aren't intending to propose to your significant other, this expansive plain is still an amazing location to add to the coming year's travel plans.
Once there were some 10,000 Buddhist monasteries on the site and despite the fact this number has now been reduced to 2,000 it is still impressive. Romantics will want to watch the sun go down behind the many stupas, while others will prefer looking at the hugely varied interiors.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Visitors to Laos will be struck by how much of its traditional character is still intact despite a steady rise in the number of tourists visiting the country - 2015 will be a great year to visit as it remains unspoilt. The city of Luang Prabang is a must-visit, as UNESCO has included it on its list of World Heritage Sites. There are so many brightly coloured temples here you will be spoilt for choice.
Mekong or Irrawaddy rivers
CNN has suggested visitors to South East Asia take to the water in 2015, as river cruises become more widely available on both the Mekong and the Irrawaddy. Even if you don't like the idea of sleeping aboard such vessels, travelling along these waterways has many benefits, such as fewer obstacles (potholes) and the chance to see everyday life being lived on the banks.
Related news stories:
South East Asia's cities scored highly in Wanderlust's Travel Awards 2015 (2nd February 2015)