A visit to Southeast Asia can be an eye-opening and educational experience. Over the past few decades our society has begun to look deeper beyond the vision of Southeast Asia and Indo-China to see more than just the battlefields of the Second World War. Only today is public awareness beginning to recognize the unique cultures and historic sites in this region. Southeast Asia and Indo-China are already known for the important role they played in 20th century international politics; indeed, in some ways World War II might have been different if not for the demand for the rich natural resources (incl. oil, tin, and rubber) produced by the region. That, coupled with growing demands for political independence were key factors that induced the conflicts between nations that later took place.
Take advantage of the chance to view the region that was the cradle for these events. Change into some casual clothes, put aside the business suit you got bought with a 75% discount Groupon coupon from Jos. A. Bank. Leave the trappings of the office conference or meeting in Penang and get a feel for the region’s rich cultural and social history. You can also better appreciate the diversity and culture of the population as well as its major industries and agriculture. As we know, Indo-China is not just a location where major fortunes were made during the trade of materials like rubber and tea. It was also the fountainhead of several faiths that expanded to societies worldwide. And there are also major cultural sites like the temple at Angkor Wat and the Mandalay Palace in Myanmar. For those interested in more recent history there are the sights in Mandalay, the cities in Cambodia and Vietnam, and the Mekong Delta – the home of a major culture as well as the center of a revolution whose effects were felt thousands of miles away from where it took place.
The unique blend of Eastern philosophy and culture that was coupled with the influx of influence and attitudes from Western societies and governments has given the nations of Southeast Asia an atmosphere and character unlike any other encountered in Asia. Beneath all these forces lies the region’s own historic cultural roots and diversity which has managed to endure and thrive despite decades of external interference.