The geographical south-eastern region of Asia (Southeastern Asia or SEA) is an impressive mix of eleven countries with splendid diversity in terms of landscape, religion, infrastructure, history, culture, etc. The countries that make up Southeastern Asia are Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the newly formed Timor-Leste (earlier a part of Indonesia).
These countries not only offer countless varieties in their cultures and heritage but also their impressive sceneries, unique foods and hospitality. It is definitely impossible to cover the grandeur and vastness of these countries in one or two, three, four or more trips.
If you ever plan on visiting any of these countries, here is a list of some inexplicable destinations in Southeast Asia, from every country that you would regret missing out on your vacation:
1. Georgetown (Penang), Malaysia
Popularly known for its metropolitan capital, pristine beaches, tropical rainforests and a confluence of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultures. It is easy to obtain a Malaysia Visa and cheap flights to Malaysia, with comprehensive Malaysia tour packages. Malaysia has many tourist destinations to explore like the Petronas Twin Towers, Langkawi, Batu caves, etc.
Do not miss a visit to one of the popular destinations in Southeast Asia, the Georgetown of Penang island. The famous street art and murals of the city will surely captivate your mind and heart. Roam through the streets and explore all these paintings inspired by the daily lives of the people of Penang. These murals make for interesting photo spots. The city offers other attractions like Penang National Park, Kek Lok Si temple, clan jetties, street food, etc.
2. Coney Island, Singapore
Another popular destination in Southeast Asia is Singapore. There are so many things to do in Singapore whether you are with friends or family. The tourist attractions of Universal Studios, Gardens by the Bay, S.E.A. Aquarium and Sentosa Island are inviting.
Plan a getaway to the rustic green Coney Island. Located in the town of Punggol, with its hidden white sand beaches, coastal forest filled with Casuarina trees, mangroves and birdlife it takes you into tranquillity. Here you can cycle, hike or walk on the boardwalk, birds and animals sightings and explore other fauna, walk through the mangroves or relax on the beaches. Admission to the island is free and it stays open from 7 am to 7 pm. It is a must-add to your Singapore tour packages.
3. Talu Island Sea Caves, Thailand
Thailand is a sought-after destination in Southeast Asia for a vacation. Keep some extra days while applying for your Thailand Visa and booking flights to and from Thailand, as the country has got some top-secret places to explore. Apart from its beaches, parties and temples, Thailand has a lot of natural landscapes that will leave you in awe.
The Koh Talu beach resort serves perfect tranquil beaches and pristine blue waters. From the island, you can take an amazing sea canoe tour through mangroves and lagoon swamps to reach the magnificent Talu island sea caves. Paddle your canoes with local paddlers beneath limestone cliffs and above marine water. This is a perfect location to paddle off in the sunset. You can also try other water activities like scuba diving and snorkelling here.
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4. Bali, Indonesia
Made up of 17,000 islands and an abundance of natural beauty, Indonesia is a welcoming retreat. Rules to obtain an Indonesia Visa are also very fair and one can even find great deals on flights to Indonesia.
Bali is one of the popular destinations in Southeast Asia that provides unparalleled natural beauty. A potent mix of beaches, lush green landscapes, hospitable people and warm culture, Bali is a long rejuvenating vacation in itself. The place has gotten quite popular over the past decade. Bali offers peace and tranquillity to its visitors. When in Bali you can visit Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest, experience local culture at Double Six Beach, calmness at Seminyak beach, try out the famous Bali swings and discover temples all around.
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5. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
A developing country quite nestled in its religion, history and culture, the beauty of Cambodia’s popular destinations in Southeast Asia is highly undiscovered. Cambodia tourist eVisas are the best and easy option to travel to Cambodia.
Your Cambodia tour package is likely going to take you to places like Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Battambang, Koh Rong, Krong Kaeb and a mix of several other places. The most prominent spot, Angkor Wat, however, is unmissable. The Angkor Wat is a huge temple complex housing the largest religious monument in the world and miles of ruins and forests. The temple is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site with stories carved in stone and overrun walls.
6. Vigan, Philippines
Made up of 7000+ islands, the Philippines are famous for its beaches and local food. You won’t need a Philippines Visa for a 30-day stay, but what you’ll need are cheap and affordable flights to the Philippines.
When in this beautiful country, head over to Vigan, a Spanish town that encapsulates European colonial architecture and Asian designs. Old and modern buildings stand next to each other on the streets. Visit the mini-zoo with exotic animals in the governor’s fortress, ride through the streets on old calesas or try your hand at making a traditional clay jar at Pagburnayan.
7. Tour mosques in Brunei:
A tiny nation on the north coast of Borneo Island, like its neighbouring countries, is famous for its beaches and biodiverse rainforests, much of which is protected. With Islam as its major religion, the place is filled with opulent mosques. Choose your ideal Brunei Visa and check for flights to Brunei now.
One of the three famous mosques of Brunei is the Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque in Kampong Kiarong is the largest in Brunei. With its 29 glittering golden domes, it creates an aura of grandeur and mystery. The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is one beautiful sight known for the Moroccan-style architecture the Ash Shaliheen mosque is famous too.
8. Yangon, Myanmar:
Made up of more than 100 ethnic groups, the country has several ancient places, temples and bustling city markets.
The largest city in the country, Yangon, is definitely not to be missed in your Myanmar tour packages. The city is filled with Buddhist pagodas and colonial architecture. The Shwedagon Pagoda with its golden stupa is the city’s central Buddhist attraction. Other famous pagodas in the city are Botahtaung Pagoda and Sule Pagoda. Travel from one place to another on the Yangon circular train. There are several other religious sites across the city.
The country is known for its tropical beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. The history and culture of the region invite several tourists for an experience. There is no one popular tourist destination here but all the attractions build an experience together. Owing to its war history, there are places like the Cu Chi tunnel- a large maze of wartime tunnels, Independence Palace- a prominent government centre during the war and the War Remnants Museum that houses pieces of military equipment and photos on display. Vietnam is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Southeast Asia.
Roam around the Ben Thanh Market or take a stroll on the Côn Đảo beach. You can also visit the Temple of Literature, the Hoàn Kiếm Lake with a temple, a bridge and a tower or the Ho Chinh Mausoleum to dig deeper into history.
10. Wat Xieng Thong, Laos:
With welcoming wholehearted citizens, this destination in Southeast Asian countries is known for the Mekong River, the mountainous landscape, French colonial architecture and several religious and cultural places.
The Wat Xieng Thong is a Buddhist temple located on the northern tip of Luang Phrabang. The temple was built in the 1960s by King Setthathirath and is one important place for the Lao community. Apart from being a significant religious monument it also sparks royalty and traditional art. Other sites to explore in Laos are Kuang Si Waterfall, Phousi Hill, Patuxay Monument, Vat Phou, etc.
These touristy destinations in Southeast Asia offer abundant beauty to quench a traveller’s need for religious, cultural, historical and mesmerising places to visit.
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