The amazing cultural diversity of South East Asia is reflected in the large number of ‘minority communities’ – running into the hundreds – each with its own set of religious beliefs, architecture, festivals and traditions. Meeting specialists is a great way to get a deeper understanding of their history and cultural context. Or experience first hand the rhythms and realities of their daily-life by spending some time in a homestay within the community itself. Visiting markets and learning about local handicrafts and farming practices also deepen the unique encounters one can experience in this fascinatingly rich and varied part of the world