The South East Asian Games were known as the South East Asian Peninsular Games until 1975 when the SEAP Games Federation accepted Indonesia and the Philippines as members. The name was then changed to South East Asian Games.
The South East Asian Games intention is to rotate the hosts alphabetically by nation name which removes the politics of bidding for the games, and allows the host countries ample time to plan for their turn at the games.
The games returned to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the sixth time in 2001.
Manila, Philippines will host the 2005 SEA Games.
The games were held: 1959 Bangkok, Thailand; 1961 Rangoon, Burma; 1965 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 1967 Bangkok, Thailand; 1969 Rangoon, Burma; 1971 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 1973 Singapore, Singapore; 1975 Bangkok, Thailand; 1977 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 1979 Jakarta, Indonesia; 1981 Manila, Philippines; 1983 Singapore, Singapore; 1985 Bangkok, Thailand; 1987 Jakarta, Indonesia; 1989 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 1991 Manila, Philippines; 1993 Singapore, Singapore; 1995 Chiangmai, Thailand; 1997 Jakarta, Indonesia; 1999 Bandar Seri Bagawan, Brunei; 2001 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 2003 Vietnam.