10 best destinations in Southeast Asia to add to your travel bucket list
Southeast Asia boasts world-renowned beaches, natural wonders, and deep-rooted cultures. Whether you are currently planning a trip to the region or are dreaming for tomorrow, here’s a list of 10 of Southeast Asia’s most breathtaking places that you shouldn't miss.
Southeast Asia has become one of the most popular travel destinations in recent years for everyone from celebrities to budget travellers, and it's really not difficult to see why. As though the dreamlike landscapes, world-renowned beaches, vast mountain ranges and bustling cities aren't reason enough to visit, the region also has a rich cultural and spiritual history, often dating back thousands of years. The region encompasses tourist hubs like Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok but also many lesser-known gems equally worthy of a visit. You can get a taste of paradise in Krabi, Thailand, or dabble in spiritual enlightenment at the Borobudur Temple in Indonesia. If you're thinking of heading to Southeast Asia for your next trip (and you definitely should), keep reading to learn more about some of Southeast Asia's best places you would not want to miss.
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Home to nine spectacular temples, both ancient and fairly new, Bali's incredible spiritual retreats, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality will make you want to keep extending your stay. Among the temples, Tanah Lot is one of the oldest sites for worship perched on the shores of the Indian Ocean and looks just like a floating castle straight out of a fairytale. Uluwatu Temple is also one of Bali's most spectacular Hindu worship sites, overlooking the shores that make up some of the finest beaches in Bali.
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The second rainiest province in Thailand, Phang-nga holds one of the world's largest rainforests and is central to Thailand's finest conservation areas. Phang Nga Bay, an archipelago of 42 islands, is known for its picturesque limestones jutting from the Strait of Malacca waters. For next-level sublime island scenery, the 11 Similan Islands, located right off the coast of Phang-nga and Phuket, are home to some of the most unique ecosystems and clearest blue waters.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
An ancient stone village from the Khmer Empire, this northwestern province of Cambodia is one of the country's biggest tourist attractions. From rice fields to the vast rainforests, this town holds an abundance of rural and agricultural landmarks. One of Cambodia's hundreds of ancient temples, the Angkor Wat temple complex is by far the most-esteemed for its intricate, world-renowned architecture. Directly translated to "temple mountain," it was originally built as a spiritual home for the Hindu god Vishnu and has since become popular among Buddhist pilgrims.
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The largest island province in the Philippines, Palawan, is perhaps one of the most underrated tropical destinations, given its incredible subterranean waters, rock formations, and rare wildlife from both sea and land. While Palawan has been deemed "The Best Island In The World" by Travel + Leisure magazine, its neighbouring islands are also dreamlike and suitable for hiking, diving, and horseback touring, among other recreational activities.
Vientiane is the capital and the most populated province of Laos. Rather than bucket-listing and specific sightseeing, this province is best for taking in as a whole for its languid and laid-back culture and atmosphere. Among its charming villages, Vang Vieng is a scenic rural town along the Nam Song River and surrounded by strikingly gorgeous mountains and caves. Once an agricultural landmark, this scenic village now offers water-sliding along the river, caving, and hot air ballooning.
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Picture an exotic beachside: there are narrow, multicoloured wooden boats docked along the white sand shore, floating in tranquil turquoise waters with jagged sea cliffs afar. This idyllic setting can be found in the province of Krabi. Characterised by exceptionally clear waters, premier cliffs for rock climbing, and numerous national parks, this region has something for everyone.
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Borobudur Temple, Central Java, Indonesia
It’s hard to believe that just a couple of centuries ago, layers of volcanic ash and jungle growth veiled this intricately sculpted temple. Since its rediscovery in 1814 by Java's then-ruler, a Brit named Thomas Stamford Raffles, Borobudur has evolved into a spiritual mecca. Climb the three divisions of the temple – each symbolises one stage in the conception of the universe according to Buddhist cosmology – and you will be on your way to enlightenment.
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Kuang Si Waterfalls, Laos
Located in the region of Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfalls encompass a three-levelled cascade that supplies water for a series of small pools at the foot of the hill. Surrounded by rocks, these shaded waters are an idyllic place to cool off on a warm day.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei
In between the dome of pure gold and the marble and crystal chandeliers imported from Italy and England, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is well-deserving of its title as one of the most beautiful mosques in Southeast Asia. Beyond the structure’s glitzy facade, however, tourists can appreciate it as a symbol of Brunei’s Islamic faith.
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If you’re the adventurous type, then pay a visit to Luzon. While the island is home to the bustling national capital of Manila, it also boasts various natural wonders. Escape to its northernmost region to find picturesque rice terraces or head south to see the active Taal Volcano. The village of Batad in the Ifugao province here is also known for its amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces.