The funny thing about traveling is that most people dream about flying off to places like Paris or New York where your pocket money (unless you’re a millionaire!) won’t go very far. Meanwhile, if you travel to Southeast Asia, you could spend weeks, months, even years moving from one country to another where you could explore various islands, eat different cuisines, immerse in diverse cultures! This only a fraction of what you’d spend on a trip to Europe or the United States.
There are a lot of beautiful places to visit in Southeast Asia, but we’ve only listed down a few of our favorites which we hope will inspire you to take a trip around this continent to nourish your soul.
This might be one of the least visited countries in Southeast Asia but is actually worth exploring. With voluptuous landscapes and a vibrant culture rooted from a rich historical past, one will be enthralled by Laos’ charm. Landlocked Laos is traversed by the Mekong River and has 4,000 islands for you to discover. Since it’s less popular with backpackers than its neighboring countries like Cambodia and Thailand, it’s the perfect destination for those who want to avoid the crowds and just laze the day under the sun.
Known for its incredible ancient forests and dynamic cities, Malaysia is enjoyed by all kinds of travelers. You can spend your entire trip hiking and visiting the vast wildlife sanctuaries. You can always get your shopping fix and delight in their delicious street food dishes from various hawker stalls afterward.
Made up of thousands of volcanic islands, surrounded by beaches, and is home to hundreds of ethnic groups with various speaking languages is the nation of Indonesia. Being one of the most diverse countries in the world, Indonesia has a bit of everything for everyone. From Bali’s lush rice fields and amazing waterfalls to strings of volcanoes running throughout Java, to the rich wildlife existing in the forests of Sumatra. Indonesia may be less-known than its neighboring Southeast Asian countries but should definitely be on your bucket list of travel destinations.
One of the more popular Southeast Asian destinations is Vietnam, and it’s really no surprise why a lot of travelers can’t stop raving about this country because there really is a lot to love. A land filled with natural beauty and cultural diversities, Vietnam is a completely spellbinding and compelling place. Visitors can enjoy crawling the Cu Chi tunnels utilized by the Viet Cong in the war with the USA, or explore the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh, or take a cruise for an up-close look at Halong Bay’s incredible limestone pinnacles, rock formations, and caves.
Last, but definitely not the least is the Philippines, a country flourishing with natural resources and boasting 7,641 inviting islands for you to choose from. The Philippines will excite any beach lover because there’s a perfect island to suit every taste. Boracay is for island bums seeking to bask under the sun with views of the clear blue ocean and white powdery sand. Surfers can ride waves at the island recently awarded by Conde Nast as the best in the world, Siargao. If you’re looking for a unique island adventure then head to Palawan, where you can go on a diving excursion and see the sunken Japanese warships. Filipinos are also one of the most happy-go-lucky people you’ll ever meet so wherever you may find yourself in this country, you’ll surely be able to make a new friend.
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