The history includes centuries-old cultures and the echoes of colonialism. The modern has some of the most amazing architecture, shopping and dining in the world.

 

 An oil lamp lights the way home for Malaysian Malays as they "balik kampung" or return home for the all-important end of fasting holiday.

An oil lamp lights the way home for Malaysian Malays as they "balik kampung" or return home for the all-important end of fasting holiday.

At the core of most cultures in Southeast Asia you'll discover the family.  You might find three generations living under one roof, working together and passing along needed life lessons.

You can also find families who are divided by hundreds of kilometers, some living the slower village life while others toil away in the fast-paced cities.  

But the family connection remains strong as everyone gathers back in their hometowns to celebrate the many festivals you'll find across SE Asia's diverse peoples.

 An 18th century cannon looks out protectively from Fort Cornwallis in Penang, Malaysia.  Tour the fort along with other amazing sites when you visit.

An 18th century cannon looks out protectively from Fort Cornwallis in Penang, Malaysia.  Tour the fort along with other amazing sites when you visit.

While not the oldest evidences of habitation, the remains of colonialism are still strong in Southeast Asia.  Whether its the British influence in Singapore and Malaysia, the Dutch in Indonesia, the French in Vietnam, or the Spanish in the Philippines you can still see the echoes of Europe from centuries ago.

Those coexist alongside the incredible early exploring influences of Arab, Indian, Javanese, and Chinese traders, Bugis pirates from Indonesia's Sulawesi island and settlements of native peoples still evident today.  

 

 

Travel today is easier than ever, you do some research, buy a guide book, and get your tickets.

But when you reach your destination what will you find? Other people just like you using the same travel books and websites to arrange their trip!

This is what sets EthnoJourneys apart!  

Our field reps have lived in their locations for years.  They speak the local language, know the local customs, and have local friends.

A great trip is about more than not getting sick: you want to experience things you'll never forget and make new friendships that can last a lifetime.