This region includes 11 countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Brunei and Timor Lester. It also has the Australian territories Christmas Island and Cocos Islands. Thailand, meaning “Land of the Free,” is just that; anything goes there for better or worse but the people are all smiles, reflecting many Buddha statues, and the beaches and islands are gorgeous. It has hands-down the most interesting architecture in the world. Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are fascinating historically and contrasting, modern Singapore is known for safety and cleanliness. The Philippines stand out for friendly people, Indonesia for exotic islands (think Bali), Malaysia for palm oil and sadly, Myanmar for the Rohingya conflict.