You will not be short of things to see in Southeast Asia. It is one of the most exciting and tourist regions on the planet. With countries as beautiful as Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, or Indonesia, among others, you can visit authentic gems that will never be erased from memory. This post tells you 9 essential places to see in Southeast Asia to inspire you when planning your trip.
Ha Long Bay (Vietnam)
This is without a doubt the place that most impressed us in Southeast Asia. It is located in the northeast of Vietnam, near Hanoi, and it left us speechless. They are about 3,000 rocky islets that seem fictitious. The best thing is to take a cruise for several days and visit its caves or some very interesting fishing villages.
Temples of Angkor (Cambodia), one of the most spectacular places to see in Southeast Asia
The temples of Angkor could not be missing in this list of the best places to see in Southeast Asia. Most of them are located on the outskirts of Siem Reap. The most famous is Angkor Wat you cannot miss the sunrise from there. But you cannot miss the Bayon Temple, Preah Khan, or Ta Prohm, among others.
Bagan and its temples (Myanmar)
As a destination, Myanmar was a bit disappointing. But in Bagan, all the penalties have passed! Between the 9th and 13th centuries, Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan (former Myanmar). At that time, many temples were built, that despite the natural disasters that the country has suffered, we can still visit more than 2000. And if those temples are joined by their sunrises/sunsets and a balloon ride, you would stay there! Forever! Without a doubt, one of the unique places to see in Southeast Asia.
Bangkok (Thailand), one of the most attractive cities to see in Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, you can also visit very interesting cities. But in our experience, none are as fun as Bangkok. The capital of Thailand offers a great contrast between cultural attractions and leisure. Do not forget to visit temples such as Wat Arun, the Grand Palace in Bangkok, or Wat Pho. And if you want to party on Khao San Road, you will not get bored. A good place to start exploring Thailand.
Gardens by the Bay (Singapore)
Singapore is a very interesting city-state. But above all, this complex of gardens stands out. As a curiosity, it has exotic plants from all the continents of the planet except Antarctica.
The most famous is the “Supertree,” a kind of vertical garden that you can even climb to be amazed by the views.
And by the way, don’t miss the rest of Singapore. A small but super interesting country.
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Along with Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur is one of the most attractive cities to see in Southeast Asia. It is the capital and most important city of Malaysia, one of the most touristic countries. Its multicultural character struck us. You can go from haggling on Petaling Street and feeling in China to moving to Delhi in Little India in a few meters. And of course, don’t forget to climb the Petronas Towers!
Phi Phi Islands (Thailand)
They are the most famous islands in Thailand. Di Caprio’s film “La Playa” surely influenced his popularity a lot, although the beauty of its waters speaks for itself.
The Phi Phi Islands are an archipelago of six islands, although Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Lee are the main ones. You will have to sleep in Koh Phi Phi Don, although Koh Phi Phi Lee is the one that offers the most spectacular landscapes. Without a doubt, one of the most spectacular places to see in Southeast Asia.
Ninh Binh (Vietnam)
Ninh Binh is probably our favorite place in Vietnam. Its name may not sound like much to you, but it has incredible places in its surroundings. First, the spectacular caves of Trang An, a natural paradise. You can also visit the Mua Caves viewpoint with incredible views of Tam Coc. And then go down to take a boat ride there.
Don’t forget to visit the Bai Dinh pagodas, the largest Buddhist temple complex in Vietnam, or the Hoa Lu citadel, the country’s capital until 1010.
Bali and its rice fields (Indonesia), one of the most famous places to see in Southeast Asia
Bali does not need too many explanations. Bali is one of the most famous islands in the world! Its environment grabs you. It may not be the island in Indonesia with the best beaches, but its rice fields, waterfalls, and temples will captivate you. And you don’t need a big budget to travel!