Some of the coolest things to do in South East Asia are also among some of the weirdest experiences you might have on your travels around the world, but there’s also some pretty fabulous activities too. I’m going to try and provide you a balance of things to do in South East Asia that will give you a taste of how richly diverse the region is. So read on for a ride through the magnificent, bizarre, beautiful and weird as I present the 8 Coolest Things to do in South East Asia.
1. Watch the Thaipusam in Penang
This one is definitely not for the squeamish. Each year Malaysia holds the Thaipusam – a Hindu festival. The biggest most flamboyant festivities take place in Penang where you’ll see people having their heads shaved and then participating in a pilgrimage carrying a Kavadi (a large iconic statue of one of the Hindu Gods). What makes watching the Thaipusam one of the strangest things to do in South East Asia though, is the incredible body-piercing that takes place. This isn’t about a nose ring or a tongue stud. The ‘needles’ are great long skewers which are threaded through body parts that should be left well a2lone.