Welcome to the “sunny-side of life”. This phrase does not just apply to the Maldives. Thailand and Bali also feature welcoming locals and an exotic tropical paradise worth the journey. Dine on delicious food or ride an elephant in Thailand. Enjoy dancing, art and the rich culture Bali offers. Or if beach, sun, turquoise water and solitude are your ideal, the Maldives is calling your name.
If you seek a cultural immersion, there are also several more cosmopolitan options. Japan offers a rich beautiful history mixed with the completely innovative and modern. Hong Kong is another amazing destination that can be the starting point for many adventures to other parts of Asia.