Eight Best Places to Visit When in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia has a lot of cool places to visit. There is so much to explore. The beauty you will experience is absolutely incomparable to all the other continents. If you travel to Southeast Asia for a longer-term, then you will make wonderful memories, that last for life. But there are definitely a couple places that stand out compared to the rest. These are my personal 8 best places to visit in Southeast Asia.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay was an easy one of the best places I have seen in my entire life so far. I can still remember it like it was yesterday when I was driving my motorbike along the coastline and all of a sudden I could slowly see some silhouettes of wonderfully shaped rocks in the distance…
A moment that I will probably never forget. I recommend to anyone, who is traveling Vietnam, to do a boat tour at Halong Bay. It is not only a lot of fun, but it is also incredibly beautiful. There is a reason why it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Dalat is kind of an insider. It lies in the south of Vietnam. Not many people know this small but very beautiful city. It is not only Dalat itself, that fascinated me. It is also the whole area around it. All the valleys, hills and untouched forests are something truly special.
Especially when you drive around with your own motorbike. It is the best way to explore Vietnam and all its pretty places. If I would have to choose the place I would go back to in this country, I’d take Dalat for sure
Killing Fields, Cambodia
One place, that every traveler should visit one time is the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh – Cambodia. Why? Because you will see what brutal and fatal things humanity is capable of doing. It will make you think and eventually grow a lot as a person. At least that`s what this place did to me. It made me think and reconsider my true inner believe about humanity a lot. The Killing fields also made me think about what I want to do in life, what kind of value I can give to people and how I want to behave as a human being.
The Killing Fields are a very special part of the history of Cambodia and you must see them when you travel through this unique country.
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Pure paradise and wasted paradise. That is what I call Koh Phi Phi in Thailand. This gorgeous piece of nature lies in the south of Thailand. After the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio and the tsunami in 2006 it got really popular. It looks like someone imagined paradise, drew it and just placed it somewhere on the planet.
Unfortunately, nowadays tourism took over, but I think, that it‘s still one of the most beautiful places you can visit in Southeast Asia.
Rinjani Volcano, Indonesia
Climbing the Rinjani on an island called Lombok in Indonesia was a once in a lifetime experience for me. It is quite tuff to make it to the summit of this terrific volcano, but when you reach it, you will be blown away. Trust me. It is not just the view. It is also the fact that you made it up to the highest point (3726 m).
The volcano itself is not active anymore. But therefore you will find a very pretty lake in the middle of it. You can go for a swim, hike around and enjoy the environment. Absolutely awesome!
El Nido Palawan, Philippines
El Nido in Palawan is the same for me like Koh Phi Phi. A crowded paradise with too much tourism. But what you will find around it is nothing but mind-blowing. All the untouched islands and beaches. Especially Nacpan Beach and Duli Beach are absolutely fantastic.
Also, go for an island hopping tour. There are so many islands, bays, and lagoons, that even look better in real life than on postcards. You won`t believe what you will see in Palawan.
Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines
A hiking tour in the Banaue area should also be on every travellers list for many reasons.
This UNESCO World Heritage is one of my favorite places. You can see more than 2.000-year-old rice terraces and go for tremendous hikes. You will also see some completely remote villages with people, who have never seen anything else but their own villages. A completely isolated life. You can also explore some untouched waterfalls, rivers and walking tracks. So cool!
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The last one is a very impressive one. The Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia are a must-see in Southeast Asia in my opinion. This place was built thousands of years ago and it looks phenomenal.
You can do a different kind of tours to explore these historical monuments.
When you walk through all the temples, you will definitely feel like you are in the “Lara Croft” movie. A couple of these temples can actually be seen in this movie, The whole scenery is absolutely beautiful and it should really be on every travelers “to see” list.
It was not easy to decide, which ones are my favorite 8. I could have put in 8 other ones as well if I wanted to. So whatever you decide to see, I guarantee you will have a blast in Southeast Asia.
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