THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SOUTHEAST ASIA - Southeast Asia is a region of the world that is growing more and more in popularity, that it isn’t just for backpackers or gap year students. But with so many stunning places, bustling cities, and beautiful islands to choose from, which do you choose to visit first? Don’t forget about the volcanic peaks, jungles, and unique wildlife out there too; there really is something for everyone. So to help you to decide where to go first, here are some of the top places to visit; have you got any of them on your bucket list.
Hoi An, Vietnam
Vietnam has had some negative connotations in the past, but it is a county that is definitely worth adding to your list. Hoi An is found on the map halfway down the South China Sea coast. Unlike Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, other major cities in the country, that are quite busy and found with motorbikes galore, Hoi An is world’s apart as it is so different and in a much more zen-like and laid back compared to other cities. The old town area is practically untouched with some cute and classic shopfronts and sinewy canals. To can tell that it is different from the other cities because cars and motorbikes are in fact banned from the town center, making it a great place to walk and cycle. There are temples, rice paddies, and some pretty Instagram-worthy beaches; it is an idyllic city in southeast Asia.
The island city of Singapore is found just off Malaysia, that is a busy city and is pretty futuristic as it is one of the most modern and upcoming cities on the continent. There are great places to shop, great places to eat, as well as modern tourist attractions and historic things to see and do, it is a place that is really unique. You can get around easily in the city too, and it is a major travel hub as well. Why not look for a property near Sengkang MRT station to get really stuck into the hustle and bustle of the city? It is one of the most populated areas of the city, but modern transport links mean that it can be a good place to stay.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is one of the most stunning parts of Cambodia and is really known for its stunning temples that are dedicated to gods and demons that are one of the main tourist attractions that can really bring in the crowds. For a classic look of Southeast Asia, it is a part of the country that shows the pilgrimage and ritual of the country as you see the red-robed monks wandering around; you can really take in the wonder of the place. As far as Cambodia as the whole goes, Angkor Wat is only just the start of exploring the country.
Bali is a place that has always been a popular choice, so as a result, it is a place that keeps renovating and changing; it seems to be one of the places that get better and better with age. It is a mixed bag, though, meaning that there is something for everyone. There are deluxe five-star hotels as well as local rentals, as well as cafés and bars that go above and beyond to recreate something marvelous. Being an island location, it also has the classic beach and jungle vibes that you would expect (but they certainly do not disappoint). The area of Nusa Dua is really a good spot for water sports, whereas Ubud is better for inland jungle experiences, as well as pool villas, showing off the heart of the island. Places like Uluwatu are better for partying, so there is plenty of choices when you plan a trip to Bali.
Luang Prabang, Laos
One of the most beguiling cities in southeast Asia is Luang Prabang. It is a unique place that is crammed with spired buildings, colonial-era houses and so many UNESCO-protected temples that are so stunning. More than that, though, it has a river that is overlooking the river Khan, as well as bamboo huts, cocktail lounges, and plenty of coffee roasters. It is a place that is really different and has a modern as well as an old-school vibe.
Located in the middle of the country, it is really a stunning destination that is really unique. The weather is amazing, the sky is blue, the beaches are stunning and it has some really unique wildlife, such as the bug-eyed tarsier which is the world’s smallest primate. There is also a place called the Chocolate Hills, which is a really unique geological formation of mounds that are all pyramid-shaped; talk about natural wonders of the world.
Ko Samui, Thailand
There are many islands that make-up Thailand and Ko Samui is one of the largest, with absolutely breathtaking coastline and some of the world’s best beaches. There are five-star resorts aplenty to choose from, but you can still experience a lot of the real Thailand as it is all close by. You can eat food just like the locals, as well as tour fishing villages and enjoy the local experiences. There are boat trips aplenty in the area to see different islands, as well as the Ang Thong National Marine Park, which is made up of several small islands that make it an ultimate getaway.
The island of Borneo is really stunning and you are surrounded by rivers, jungles, monkeys, orangutans; it is an indelibly wild place full of over-the-top wildlife and completely spirited adventures. The jungle area of the island gives way to the mountain of Mouth Kinabalu, which is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. If you like adventure then it is a two-day walk for any avid hikers.
Sa Pa, Vietnam
The city of Sa Pa was established by the French in the 1920s, and it was used as a summer escape from the summer heat. It has a lot of popularity and that has grown and grown in recent years, but there is still plenty to see and do. Like many Southeast Asian countries, there are tiered rice terraces that you can hike to, as well as walks to the Muong Hoa valley, or a chance to hike down the mountain of Mount Fan Si Pan.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Located in the north of Thailand, it is really different from other parts of the country. Bangkok is known for having a little bit of an attitude, and the south can be a little hedonistic. Chiang Mai is much more laid back than both of those places and it is a great place to visit for a chilled and relaxed vacation. There are yoga centers, chakra spas, and spiritual centers, so can be a great choice if this kind of thing is what you are into. It is all about zen and chilling out, though. There are ancient and primal villages to visit, as well as habitats for elephants, sanctuaries, and places to hike and swim. It is a place that is a little off the beaten track too, so a must for those of you wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of it all.
There are so many great places to see and visit in southeast Asia, and these are only a small number to choose from. But they are great choices, you just need to pick one that will work for you and that suits your travel needs.