Iced coffee with condensed milk, freshly brewed in Vietnam.
The random animals that are everywhere – dogs, cats, birds, geckos hanging out in restaurants, shops, massage parlours and on the streets.
Service staff with impeccable manners and big smiles, even if they don’t understand that catching their eye means you want something.
Fresh fruit juices and smoothies for less than £1.
The best prawns I’ve ever tasted in excessive quantities – and not a bout of food poisoning yet.
The fact that no one will ever tell you what is going on. If your bus breaks down they won’t tell you, if your boat breaks down they won’t breathe a word (but worrying looks in the engine hatch indicate a problem). If you’ve accidentally got on the wrong bus or boat, no one will tell you. It’s all part of the fun of travelling in Asia.
That you can haggle for pretty much everything and anything – and the markets are AMAZING!
The street dogs in Thailand are total mutts with about 10 different breeds mixed together. It means each one is totally unique.
You get given free tea all the time.
Thai massages, manicures, pedicures, foot massages – all for under £5 each. And they usually do a fantastic job.
Wherever you are, if you get hungry and thirsty there will be a hawker in shouting distance with something to sell.
Every kind of coastline you can imagine exists in Southeast Asia. Powder fine white dust and shallow turquoise sea barely lapping the shore; steep yellow sand with an indigo sea the perfect depth for swimming; rugged cliffs dropping down to longtail fishing boats way below, plus sunset; stunning karst islands jutting out of crystalline blue water, covered in wild jungle. Heaven on earth.