Southeast Asia in detail


For reasons that are not entirely clear, the whole of Southeast Asia is obsessed with anthemic pop and guitar-based rock, and cover bands are found almost everywhere performing very credible versions of the latest international hits, as well as golden oldies. It's easy to find authentic local music too, alongside traditional forms of dance, theatre and puppetry traditions such as Burmese yoke thé, Vietnamese water puppetry and Indonesian shadow play.